AfroPunk: The Other Black Experience

Summer Festival Road Trip: The annual Brooklyn event celebrates all things Afrocentric and alternative.

Janelle Monae at AfroPunk in 2012 (Stacy-Ann Ellis/The Root)

As a longtime festival attendee, I can say that, even as the audience size swells each year and people start to complain, AfroPunk continues to be a fantastic reflection of why I love New York. The annual two-day event provides an all-inclusive cultural diversity that says, “Give us your leather jackets, studded nose rings, shredded jean shorts and P.M. Dawn look-alikes! You’re all welcome.”

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Hillary Crosley is the New York bureau chief at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.