Before we took our talents to this year’s Afropunk Festival, as part of Toyota’s overall Afropunk Brooklyn experience, we were privy to attend a special dialogue/panel (done over brunch) which promoted and discussed the growing community of African Americans engaging in and practicing sustainable living.
Held at Brooklyn’s newest obsession, Sweet Chick (the downtown Flatbush location), tastemakers and members of the elite brown press in NYC congregated over the franchise’s signature chicken & waffles, mac & cheese, mimosas, bloody mary’s and more over a smooth Brooklyn soundtrack as the conversation started up.
Kerene Tayloe, policy director for Green For All, a national organization working to ensure people of color and working families have a place and voice in the climate movement, lead a panel conversation with sustainability advocates and TGI coalition members, hip-hop artist Stic of Dead Prez, selfproclaimed “Queen of Green”, Yoli , as well as, Yvonna Wright of Lomar Farms.
The group kicked off the conversation about the emerging green movement among people of color and the importance of building a coalition of green advocates in those communities at an intimate brunch near the festival. Needless to say it was a much needed conversation, and we were glad to be in attendance.