Driving over 500 miles with friends from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, junior Ashley Gill embarked on a journey last Friday to Afropunk Brooklyn, a global Black arts and music festival garnering over 60,000 attendees annually.
“We left at 4:00 a.m. from Raleigh and arrived around 3:00 p.m. in NYC. The morning wasn’t bad at all,” Gill told me. “Everyone was really excited to be in each other’s presence and we slept for most of the ride.”
UNC MJ-School student Venetia Busby and I opted to fly to New York. She arrived at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 3:30 a.m. for her 5 a.m. departure and I followed later, leaving Carolina's campus at 3 p.m. We lodged in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for the weekend, a 30 to 40-minute commute away from Commodore Barry Park where the festival was held. Busby said she and Gill had been planning this since April 2019.
“The process was first finding a place for all of us to sleep. We rented a large Airbnb to fit 12+ people, then bought our Afropunk tickets, and then lastly, we found travel accommodations,” Busby said.
Although Afropunk Atlanta is coming up this October, there was something so alluring about attending Afropunk in New York that they could not shake.