If you are a true Brooklynite (or at least someone who is in the know) and are a lover of all the things Melanin, then you were probably in attendance for the BAM Dance Africa Festival (or as I am calling it MelaninFest 2016); whether you are inside watching the performances take place on the stage or you are outside partaking in the bazaar outside. Unlike years past, I made sure to affix this year's festival to my iCal so I partake in the community, the sights and the music on both Saturday and Sunday.
It's always positive to see with each passing year more and more people (from all walks of life) attending the four-day event. However, with the way the Downtown Brooklyn area has been transforming and gentrifying, I wonder how many more years this festival will take place in it's current location. Or worse, if the festival/bazaar continues to operate... It'd definitely be cool to see the event take place in a larger area so more vendors and more people can participate but I love the coziness and nostalgia of the current location.
Armed with my Sony A6000, two lens and a good group of friends, I present to you an offering of images captures from my two days at the event.
That weekend was a great way to kickoff the unofficial start of the Summer Sixteen season! Here's to more adventures and street festivals! Heck, maybe even a concert! We'll see.