Teyana Taylor took center stage at AfroPunk Brooklyn at Greenpoint Terminal on August 27, 2023 in New York City.

During the event, Taylor brought out her husband, Iman Shumpert, and their daughters, Rue and Junie. Junie, in particular, stole the audience’s hearts with her impressive dance moves, showing she’s undoubtedly following in her mother’s footsteps.


Iman Shumpert also showcased his musical prowess by rapping during one of Teyana’s performances..

Teyana’s  performance at AfroPunk is the second in two months after she announced her retirement with the Last Rose Motel Tour in 2022. In an emotional moment during the show, the multi-hyphenate tearfully expressed her gratitude.

“I am so happy that i get to share my last moments on stage with y’all. I came out of retirement just to do this show,” she said tearfully.

She candidly shared her fears of headlining festivals, doubting if the audience would stay for her performance

“I always get scared to headline festivals because i never think anyone will stay for me. And i just want to thank y’all so much for staying out in this hot weather for me. It feels so good to be back on stage.”

This year’s AfroPunk event holds special significance as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of the documentary that birthed the global AfroPunk brand. Originating as an exploration of punk music within the Black youth community, AfroPunk has since evolved to embrace a diverse array of musical genres.

“[The documentary] spoke to young Black poeple who operated differently in the world; they listened to metal and what we would call punk today. But just like any other movement, music itself has really evolved. And so we have kept up with the times,” says Allen T. Lamb, the Chief Operating Officer and Brand Lead for AfroPunk.

“We operate with a set of core tenets: no sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no fatphobia, no transphobia and no hatefulness,” Lamb states. “I always say that last one and pause because that should be standard across any place in the world. What’s special about this brand is we really create a space for all.”

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