Afros, Community and Acceptance at CurlFest 2019

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes

CURLFEST 2019, RANDALL’S ISLAND, NYC

“The only natural beauty festival in the world that was created by five Black women for Black women.” ~Simone Mair, co-founder of the Curly Girl Collective and CurlFest

Glistening, pride, power, natural, love. The only words needed to describe the scene at Randall’s Island in NY this past weekend. The throngs of natural hair beauties, at least 100,000, covered the green grass of Icahn Stadium for the sixth annual CurlFest 2019. The music throbbed non stop, as you heard inspirational words at the Empowerment Stage.

Hair, skincare and drink sponsors offered free braiding, entertainment and products to all the attendees. The early birds left with Creme of Nature gift bags filled to the brim and didn’t mind waiting on the long lines for product.

Mack Wilds, Yandy Smith-Harris, Tiffany M. Battle, Jacque Reid were just a few of the celebrities and influencers to grace the CurlFest Empowerment Stage.

The encore to Saturday’s festivities was the RollerFest, sponsored by Target at the LeFrak Skating Rink at Prospect Park. The venue decorated with every primary color in existence and a ball pit, showcased a throw back skate party with Top DJs on stage and in the rink.

There were smiles and laughter at every turn. A successful event indeed! Visit http://www.curlfest.com for information on their next event in Atlanta this fall.

#curlfest2019 #curlfest #curvygirlcollective

Photos and article by Jovanna Reyes http://www.jovannareyes.com

The Beauty of Afro Punk 2016

The Afro Punk Music Festival, held at the Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY, embraces the alternative music, fashions and lifestyles within the African American community.  This year the festival hosted Janelle Monae, Ice Cube, Gallant, Earl Sweatshirt and more.  The festival is not only about music, it draws creatives from all over the city and is a visual feast of artistic beauty.

All photos by Jovanna Reyes

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I also had the fortune of running into THIS IS DOPE! fashion truck @newdopeness on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  The truck is a collection of one of a kind designers, accessories, retro records and more.  The items were curated in partnership by THIS IS DOPE! creator and The Global Style Gypsy, Latisha Daring(designer of the amazingly, original headphones).

Necklaces by The Sheila Gray Collection