AfroPunk 2015 Festival Goers Tell Us What Black Beauty Really Means

"It takes a lot of inner strength to walk around in black skin."

If there is any music festival where black men, women, boys and girls can be their carefree, cool and creative selves, it's at AfroPunk Fest.

The annual festival this past weekend attracted thousands of innately stylish people from all backgrounds to Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park, where they grooved to the sounds of Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lauryn Hill, Gary Clark, Jr. and other big acts.

These proudly pierced, tattooed, braided and Afro-wearing individuals also had the opportunity to express their unique voices freely on "Activism Row," where non-profit organizations set up booths to educate attendees on political, racial and gender equality issues.

Needless to say, it wasn't hard to get the crowd talking. The Huffington Post interviewed festival goers at AfroPunk 2015 on what black beauty really means. Read their remarkably candid responses below.

Black beauty means ...
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Black beauty means: "Doing what everyone wants to do effortlessly. It's not a trend, it's a lifestyle." - Blue, 21, Brooklyn, New York

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Black beauty means: "Natural beauty." - Dani, 22, Maryland

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Black beauty ... "Is beauty!" - Jesse Boykins III, 30, Chicago, Illinois

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Black beauty means: "Being comfortable in the skin you're in and not being afraid to express yourself in the skin the Creator created you in." - Robyn, 23, Long Island, New York

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Black beauty means: "God." - sHaLiCeeA Earth, 26

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Black beauty means: "Something that can't be defined but always sought after." - Nnenna, Brooklyn, New York

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Black beauty means: " Owning one's authenticity and wearing it." - Violeta, 29, Detroit

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Black beauty means: "Confident bursting love." - Shoshanna, 29, Bronx, New York

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Black beauty means: "Unconditional love." - Edvin, 22, Brooklyn, New York

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Black beauty means: "It's all encompassing." - Briana, 27, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Black beauty means: "Empowerment." - Rosco, 28, Detroit

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Black beauty means: "Confidence. Stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks." - Krystal Butler, 28, Washington, D.C.

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Black beauty means: "Lineage, where you come from." - Raynard, 24, Baltimore (pictured left)

Black beauty means: "Inversion of society's standards." - Amy, 28. (pictured right)

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Black beauty means: "Not being ashamed." - Kristen, 18, Maryland

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Black beauty means: "Power." Lauren, 30, Bronx, New York

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Black beauty means: "Self love." - Danielle, 30, Brooklyn, New York

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Black beauty means: "Rich and regal." - Steven Chew, 30, Los Angeles, California

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Black beauty means: "Being able to express yourself without being ashamed." - Jessica, 26, Richmond, Virginia (pictured left)

Black beauty means: "Being free." - Karen, 25, Brooklyn, New York (pictured right)

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Black beauty means: "Being comfortable with what you're born with." - Justice Smith, 20, Los Angeles, California

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Black beauty means: "Melanin." - Ivory, 36, Pasadena, California

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Black beauty means: "Strong. Gold. And forever evolving." - Moon Livingston, 16, New York

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Black beauty means: "Power." - Rhonesha Byng, 26, New York

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Black beauty means: "Heavenly beauty dipped in love" - Ayade, 18, Dallas, Texas

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Black beauty means: "Being comfortable in your own skin." - Delvon, 29, New York

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