Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In Celebration of Francophone Africa and the French-speaking Diaspora!



Hon. Cynthia McKinney, Actors CCH Pounder, Lorraine Toussaint and Richard Gant, and UCLA Scholars Polly and Allen Roberts scheduled will present at the only celebration of Francophone Africa and the French-speaking African Diaspora in Los Angeles

Kymberly Newberry

LOS ANGELES – For the 5th year in a row, "Siggi Dimanche: A Celebration of Francophone Africa and the French-speaking Diaspora," will take place in the historic Leimert Park Village.  This year's even will be held Sunday, April 22, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Kaos Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd., at the corner of 43rd Place, in Los Angeles (90008).

This year's program, the theme of which is in celebration of African women writers, will feature an array of tandem French/English readings of classical and contemporary Francophone African literature.  Presenters and readers scheduled to participate include noted scholars Polly and Allen Roberts of UCLA; Shireen Lewis of Washington, DC; and Dr. David Horne of California State University, Northridge; Actors CCH Pounder (The Shield, Warehouse 13), Lorraine Toussaint (Saving Grace); Richard Gant (Men of a Certain Age); and the Hon. Cynthia McKinney, former United States Congresswoman from Georgia and former Green Party presidential candidate, will join the festivities via Skype.

Attendees will again be treated to musical artistry provided by DJ Nnamdi of Radio Afrodicia (KPFP 90.7 FM) as well as a representative sampling of food and drink.  The event will be hosted by Dedon Kimathi of KPFK's Freedom Now radio program.

"Siggi," a Wolof word from Senegal meaning 'Keep your head up," and "Dimanche," the French word for Sunday, is the passion of Kymberly S. Newberry, a Los Angeles-based dramatic artist and performer.  "This is an inspired celebration of Francophone literature, art, music, cultural iconography, narratives, life-motivating stories and tone-talking," said Newberry.  "It is about providing an annual conducive environment for African and African descendant vocal and visual spirits to swirl together, convene in one place briefly and jump for joy."

This free event is open to the public but donations will be accepted at the door.  For more information, please call 213.422.6916, send an e-mail to, or visit

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