This was my first year attending the Afropunk Music Festival and it impressed me beyond my imagination. Afropunk is an annual arts festival accentuating socio-cultural politics, surrounding diversity, equality, inclusion, freedom of expression, and the value of the arts, to redefine culture. It takes place in Atlanta, London, Paris, Joburg, and Brooklyn. The only rules of the festival: “no sexism, no racism, no ableism, no homophobia, no fatphobia, no transphobia, no hatefulness.” I was able to cover the festival on Saturday in Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park. The event is known by many and was deemed “the most multicultural festival in the US” by The New York Times. It was such an awakening to be in the midst of such black joy, which is the greatest resistance. It is about celebrating difference in a place that welcomes nonconformity and lays the foundation of understanding the subcultures within our society. The carefree attitudes, fashion statements, star-studded line up of artists, running into famous influencers and bloggers, and the love that sprouted from every individual I came into contact with was beautiful. This year the artist line up was one for the books filled with well-known and up-and-coming artists. There was Brooklyn native, Leikeli47 and Harlem born, Princess Nokia to Willow Smith, SZA, and the iconic Solange. SZA got everyone in their feels, while Willow kept us groovy, and Solange made us remember that we can have A Seat at The Table. There were vendors representing As I Am, Joyful Heads Hair Jewelry, The Wrap Life, Fashion With A Purpose, a braiding bar, and much more. The fashion trends this year were flowers and butterflies, inspired by featured artist SZA. Black excellence comes in all shapes and forms and this festival is a reminder that it is possible to live without fear of judgment from anyone. I was able to catch some fearless people who truly embodied the definition of being unapologetically you. There were squad goals, couple goals, and of course outfit goals that was necessary to capture. Needless to say, everyone came ready to slay!