What’s it like to experience the Odunde Festival firsthand? Just ask Kingsley Ibeneche, Marc Lamont Hill, and Oshunbumi “Bumi” Fernandez. For Ibeneche, it’s a space to unapologetically be oneself. For Hill, it’s a reaffirmation of Blackness. And for Fernandez—daughter of co-founder Lois Fernandez—it’s a reminder of her mother’s belief in her self. “When I get on that stage, and I see nothing but a sea of humanity, and here are all these people and not one ounce of trouble—that speaks magnitudes,” Fernandez tells CASSIUS. Take a closer look at the largest African-American street festival in the country through the lens of those who cherish it.
Directed & Produced by Sofiya Ballin, Filmed by Lou Peluyera