I think this Jean Grae photo sums up how I feel about shooting the Afropunk Festival. Too many fucking photographers, fucked up band schedules, and idiotic security (really, you want to push me 5 inches away while I’m shooting in the photo pit because Jada Pinkett Smith moved in my general area while performing? fuck you, douchebags).
Redeeming factors of said festival:
- great people watching
- Big Freedia
- Trash Talk fans and their ability to destroy the barricades. It was such a cathartic experience witnessing that first hand (props to the panda dude).
Photos of the shit show are on BrooklynVegan along with Amanda’s photos here and here.
So am I bitter? Quite. Also - condolences to Jean Grae’s mom who just passed away. It seems petty that I complain about this shit and she goes out and gives it her all but I am pretty shallow.
"I don’t expect to be loved, adored, or even noticed. I expect to exceed the goals that I set for myself and be kick ass on my own terms." - Jean Grae