31 Ridiculously Gorgeous People At Afropunk
This is just a smattering of the beautiful crowd at the Brooklyn-based music festival.
With these words, a series of seriously stylish and beautiful people were revealed on the Buzzfeed page curated by Tracy Clayton. I bet when Chris Charles aka BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE featured artist AND, as fate would have it, designer (Creative Silence) of the bold graphic that graced his chest landed in Brooklyn to kick it with actor and brand ambassador Malik Yoba at AfroPunk he would have never known that he and his super regal partner would be featured on this list. Neither would we. But here you have it.
Beautiful...no wait...GORGEOUS...In Every Shade
Reporting Live from AFROPUNK, Style Confidential joins Actor Malik Yoba (iconic32), the creator of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE Carlton Mackey, and a team of BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE featured artists (Adrian Franks, Chris Charles, Rachel Stewart, and Dex R. Jones to spread its positive message and to find out:
"What does BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE mean to you?"
AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of. AFROPUNK is defining culture!
AFROPUNK has been deemed by some as the most diverse festival in the country.
It began with a black T-shirt and a powerful phrase: “Beautiful in Every Shade”. The shirt is part of a grassroots empowerment campaign and international brand founded by Carlton Mackey, Director of the Ethics and the Arts Program here at the Center for Ethics. Knight has been actively involved in Beautiful in Every Shade since 2012 and works alongside Mackey as the project’s Director of International Initiatives.
His wearing the symbolic shirt while in Rwanda welcomed opportunities for thought-provoking dialogue on color complex discrimination and identity, a topic all too familiar to the African-American artist. Maja Ladić had been taking Knight on a tour of the Nyamirambo Women’s Center when their discussion first began. Ladić is a coordinator of various development projects like this local women’s center in Rwanda for the Mirovni inštitut (or Peace Institute).
by Kimberly Johnson
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