This year was the 5th Annual Broccoli City Festival and some big names showed up, such as Nao, AlunaGeorge, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Rae Sremmurd, and Solange. Despite the fact that a lot of my favourite artists were performing, my attention was focused on the festival-goers and their bomb style. The looks were all over the scale, from messages of Black Pride to shouting out HBCUs, signs of resistance, and dope minimalistic street style.

I am a native Washingtonian and have been hip to the fact that the young people of my city are some of the most stylish in the world, but it was more than just a sense of avant-garde dress, it was an expression of acceptance of who we are and a testament of love for ourselves. Broccoli City is a social enterprise that focuses on creating sustainable living, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, economic opportunity, and access to high-quality food and shelter. I admire all of the social reform they are bringing to DC and the festival in itself creates an amazing opportunity for the young people in the DMV to experience a festival who may not get the chance to travel. It also creates an amazing sense of community and dignity in our city.

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