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AfroPunk Brooklyn Photos Show The Beauty Of Blackness In All Forms

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AfroPunk Brooklyn Photos Show The Beauty Of Blackness In All Forms

By Taryn Finley via https://www.huffingtonpost.com

Behold the magic of melanin!

It’s that time of the year when flower-decorated afros, eclectic outfits and scents of sage fill Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Thousands of people flaunted their carefree and expressive style at the 13th annual AfroPunk Festival over the weekend, an event that doubles as a safe space and celebration for the various subcultures and identities within blackness.

AfroPunk reminds us each year of the multidimensional beauty of blackness, whether…

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Chrysalis

I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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