12.16.16 9:45 P.M. Copacabana Rooftop 760, Times Square.
Friday night marked the year’s final edition of AfropolitanNYC, a Manhattan networking event and dance party that celebrates the African diaspora. The bash began in 2013 when, observing the fast growth of young African professionals in American cities, D.C.-based DJ Kweks quit his corporate job and became a pro- moter. Afropolitan is a place for African and Caribbean folks to embrace their vibrant roots (and their unmistakable big-city swag), and it now runs in six major U.S. cities. By 2018, DJ Kweks plans to start parties in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. “I strongly believe in the potential of the diaspora and what it has to offer the rest of the world,” he told the Voice. “We’re hoping to get to the point where the movement has a big impact on the African brand. This is the beginning.”
Text by Isabela Raygoza; Photography by Sean Pressley for the Village Voice