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On October 13th and 14th  I was given the opportunity to work under AfroPunk as an official volunteer for the Atlanta festival. This was a tremendous opportunity for me to participate in cultural engagement and community building through a music event. The goal of AfroPunk is to promote activism and fellowship through music and productive conversation. Not only are the artists that are booked revolutionary in their performance and style, but also in their message. I was very excited about this opportunity because this movement is pushing boundaries through what they deliver, but also encouraging the public (festival attendees and media users) to do the same. The role that I was assigned throughout the weekend was artist relation. This included greeting the artists and activists as they arrived at the venue and making sure that their performance or session ran smoothly by helping with production and operations. The first night I worked on the Gold Stage which hosted discussions with dozens of nationally known activists that work to shed light on important issues that are supported through AfroPunk. The second and last night I worked on two other stages helping the production and logistics that surrounded the musical artists and providing hospitality. In terms of enjoying the music, I had many different opportunities to enjoy what was happening around me from listening backstage or while traveling across the venue doing a specific task. There was a packed line up, but the artists I were able to catch included Samurai Shotgun, Pusha T, the Internet, and Kaytranada. My favorite artist to watch was the Internet given that I like and am most familiar with their music, especially their previous album. Outside of a few sound complications, their performance was a popular attraction given their fame. I also enjoyed Samurai Shotgun because of the energy they brought to the stage. This was my first time being introduced to them and my recent interest in rock music was increased after hearing their sound. I also enjoyed the visual aesthetics of their performance of vibrant lights and a ringing bass sound.

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Amirah Anderson

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