The Zeal Life attended Afropunk Miami this past weekend, and the energy was unmatched. Where else do you experience a sea of beautiful Black people, expressive and free in every form, celebrating us? The first Afropunk festival was in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, made to amplify the Black punk culture, fashion, and art. The festival has expanded to several cities, including Miami, Minneapolis—slated for Juneteenth weekend, Atlanta, and more.

This past weekend was Afropunk’s first time in Miami, and it may arguably be the hottest one to date. Miami takes no losses when it comes to heating things up, and the festival was no exception. The line-up included dancehall artist Skiibeng—his first performance in the states, the iconic Mavado, singer-songwriter Yendry, Kaylan Arnold and many more. We caught up with Yendry and the incredible new talent Kaylan Arnold; they each spoke to us about staying on top of their mental health and latest projects.

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Yendry Photo by Brianna Fee

And while the artists bring the tunes, the Afropunk audience brings the style, finesse, and character. We witnessed and captured a myriad of anime and superhero costumes, exaggerated headdresses, tall freeform locs, goth dresses, and ethereal looks. Afropunk Miami weekend temperatures were well over 90 degrees, so melanated skin was shown and glowed up in the Florida sun. And it wouldn’t truly be a celebration without having the black dollar flowing. The Zeal Life stopped by several vendors, including sustainable clothing line Inperfect Denim, Her Story loungewear, and LA Raw Inc.

Kaylan Arnold Photo by Brianna Fee

Are you planning to attend Afropunk this year?  Be sure to follow our Instagram and TikTok for our favorite fashion moments and style inspiration, and get a peek into last weekend’s festivities for a taste of what to expect.

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Photos by: Brianna Fee

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