I absolutely love living in Chicago, but if I had to choose somewhere to relocate…my next pick would be Brooklyn. Forget the fact that New York is expensive, stressful and I could swing a cat and hit a Trini I grew up with there – Brooklyn has a life, an energy and a flavor like nowhere else. They’ve got the funkiest shopping, the coolest people, the best food (I might be expressing some island bias here). Please know if I lived in Brooklyn I would have been all up and through the Afropunk music festival this past weekend. But since I wasn’t able to be there, I’m LIVING for the photos sent to me by brilliant visual artist Nastassia Davis.
Nastassia was at the fest, selling her gorgeous prints (which are also available on Etsy!). Remember when I featured her in that Afrobella Art series I really need to get back to? Here she is, doing her thing, gorgeous as ever!
Nastassia was at Afropunk both days and captured some stunning images of attendees. SO much gorgeous natural hair and so much style! Here are my favorite shots. Style inspiration for days!
Natural hair was everywhere!
Gorgeous style and I LOVE those earrings! Check out the shorts!
I love the individual style on display at Afropunk. It’s about doing YOU. Case in point:
How GORGEOUS are these girls? I love their style. Courageous, unique, fresh. Young and fun. I used to play with hair color a LOT before I went natural and I applaud her courage with this look.
I love that there are no obvious fashion trends besides individuality, summer’s flowy shapes, and vibrant prints. And freakin’ gorgeous natural hair in all its glorious lengths and textures.
The headliners at Afropunk this year included Alice Smith, Erykah Badu and brand new Cover Girl Janelle Monae. Nasstasia was able to capture a bit of Ms. Monae’s magic.
“Taken with my arms stretched high in the air, this is George 2.0 on stage at AfroPunk yesterday as he hypes up the Janelle Monae’s fans. It was a packed crowd of all kinds of beautiful individuals. Such an awesome show!”
Reach for the moon, Janelle! A fan zooms in as he holds his video camera steady to get a closer glimpse of her electrifying show. There was very little space between our bodies as we jumped, clapped, sang and danced to songs like “Cold War” “Sincerely Jane” and new song “Electric Lady”.
From Nastassia’s pics it looks like fans were in absolute musical rapture.
Thanks for the gorgeous pics, Nastassia! You can follow her on Twitter @NastassiaDavis.
Did you go to the Afropunk fest? How was it, bellas?