At the close of a decade that has reinvigorated awareness in the value of Black Lives past and present, the theme of an evening invested in supporting Black Businesses was “Black to The Future—they keep trying to kill us but we keep getting stronger.”
The NYC drill firebrand has the whole city behind him, and he’s just getting started.
Engaging in the labor of storytelling is not a tradition of exclusivity; it’s one of exchange and collaboration, as long as all parties arriving at the table have entered into a safe space of mutual respect and understanding. It’s a loss for us all when a new piece of Black work fails to understand that framework.
People will need to reconcile what definition of punk ultimately works for them and whether that aligns with continuing the consumption of Afropunk as a brand.