Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Annual Freedom Dance celebrates Black Liberation Fighter Assata Shakur. Nov 2, Harlem NY


The Freedom Dance Committee                                     917-415-5653
Invites one and all to eat, drink and dance
“Party With A Purpose”
On Saturday – November 2nd -  the Fifth Annual Freedom Dance is taking place at Harlem’s historic National Black Theatre - beginning at 7:30PM and featuring DJ Lumumba aka Revolution.
In the proud tradition of struggle and liberation, Freedom Dance honors those who have carried high the banner of resistance.  We remember those Sisters and Brothers who bravely gave their lives and liberty in the cause of freedom and justice knowing they cannot represent themselves because they are imprisoned for those very beliefs and actions.  Freedom Dance is a party with a purpose – all proceeds go to the support of political prisoners held captive in the United States.
This year’s Freedom Dance celebrates exiled Black Liberation Fighter - Assata Shakur. November 2nd marks the 34th year of her liberation.  To many Assata is a symbol of bravery and dedication…                                   On May 2nd 1973 State troopers on the New Jersey State Turnpike stopped Assata and 2 other members of the Black Panther Party.  Surviving 2 deadly gunshot wounds, Assata was charged with the murder of a trooper.  Six years later, on November 2nd 1979 she escaped from New Jersey’s Clinton Correctional Facility and is living in exile. 
On May 2nd, 2005, the FBI classified her as a “domestic terrorist” - placing a $1 million reward for her capture. An inspiration to many, this Freedom Fighter was (on May 2nd this year) placed on the Most Wanted Terrorist list and the bounty was increased to  $2 million.  In her own words Shakur says “I am a 20th century escaped slave”. 
The government has elevated this barbaric conduct to the diplomatic level as a way to re-imprison one Black woman who dared fight for our freedom. The FBI and the state of New Jersey must be forced to obey the law. We cannot allow them to engage in lynch-mob diplomacy.
                                      Kathleen Cleaver – Former Communications Secretary BPP- West Coast
Celebrate Her Freedom - Protect Her Liberty
2031 Fifth Avenue @ 126th St. in Harlem


Free All Political Prisoners! •

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Lurie Favors & Ama Karikari-Yawson on Raising Confident Kinky Curly Coily Haired Black Kids November 2, Brooklyn NY


Raising confident kids is hard under most circumstances. As Black parents, educators or anyone working with Black children, the challenges associated with instilling confidence and a sense of pride into our children can be even more complicated. Especially when it comes to their hair and skin color.

Children's author Ama Karikari-Yawson and Afro State of Mind author Lurie Favors will address this very issue at an event called "Raising Confident Kinky, Coily and Curly-Haired Kids" Saturday November 2, at the Macon Public Library in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Yawson, the mother of two young boys, recently wrote Sunne's Gift, a children's book that deals with hair type and bullying.

She wrote the book after an incident in which the barber cutting her son's hair told her:

"How can I tell you this? You have a real nigger here. He's from the tribe. He is a native boy. This is not pretty hair."

Lurie Daniel Favors' book Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl is both a memoir and coming of age story about a Black girl struggling to find her place in a world where her hair and skin color simply do not fit the norm. After coming to grips with the reality that she doesn't have "good" hair, she begins the process of challenging long accepted norms and standards of beauty. In the process, she learns to love the hair she has and by extension learns to love herself and her community. 

This kid friendly event will include a children's dance performance, read alouds from Sunne's Gift and from Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl, and a presentation on tools that we as parents can use to instill that necessary sense of pride in our children.

Join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm sharp at the Macon Public Library (361 Lewis Ave Brooklyn, NY 11233 on Lewis between Macon St. and Halsey St). Space is limited so be sure to get there early!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

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The Annual Caribbean Studies New College Conference on Racism and National Consciousness, Toronto, Canada



The 12th annual
Caribbean Studies New College conference on
Racism and National
Towards a Self Caring
Filiberto Penados
Institute for
Sustainable International Studies, Belize
Arnold Itwaru
Caribbean Studies, UT
on The Impossibility
of a Self Caring Society under Capitalism
Worker Self
Management as Self Care:
Towards an Economics
of Emancipation

Ajamu Nangwaya, Network for Pan-Adrikan Solidarity
Adrian Worrell, co-host of CIUT's 89.5 Vibe Collective
Reba PlummerSecretary of the
Canadian Worker Co-op Federation
Saturday October 26th
10 am - 5 pm
William Doo
45 Willcocks Street
at Spadina
Open to
Everyone  -  Lunch is provided
If you are interested in volunteering to help with facilitating the event during the morning portion of the conference, please contact: for details

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Friday, October 18, 2013

The Black Beauty Supply Entrepreneurship Conference, Houston, TX on March 15, 2014. Register Now!



-- Beauty Supply Institute, which trains aspiring and existing beauty supply store owners, will hold their next conference on March 15, 2014 at the Westin Houston Airport Hotel in Houston, Texas. --

Beauty Supply Institute has trained thousands of aspiring and existing beauty supply store owners in a sector that is highly competitive and dominated by the Asian community. It trains individuals through online courses, consulting, do-it-yourself materials, a 9-month program and conferences.
The company is now in its 5th year of holding conferences, which attracts blacks from across the globe. The company founder, Devin Robinson, who was once a victim of poor customer service while shopping in a beauty supply store a decade ago when the Asian owner wielded a golf club at him pressuring him to shop or leave said, "When I opened my first of 3 locations almost 10 years ago, I thought that my situation was isolated to me and my community. I had no idea this was a national, and since offering the conference, really a global problem. We have opened or trained owners in Canada, Switzerland, the Caribbean, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Don't get me wrong, not all non-blacks are standing in the way of black owners, but with 96% of the customer base being black and only 3% of the owners being black, it's obvious that there are some impediments, which were confirmed when I became an owner too."
The Beauty Supply Entrepreneurship Conference has taken place in multiple cities. It has traveled to New York, St. Louis, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Las Vegas since 2010. Now, it will take place in Houston, TX on March 15th, 2014 at the Westin Houston Airport location.
When asked about the logic behind the travel schedule, company VP of Operations and Academic Affairs, Roschel Davis said, "In the first year, we visited four cities we felt had a strong interest in store ownership. After getting a good idea of the best schedule, we decided to keep the conference twice per year, with the summer conference being in Atlanta every year, and the winter conference in the Midwest or West Coast. We are still tweaking out the best place to hold our winter conferences but Texas and California are at the top of the list."
The conference is a 2-day conference that consists of specific store opening-type classes, take-home materials, a full lunch, a store visit and an in-the-field experience on how to select a profitable location.
Beauty Supply Institute recently celebrated opening its 50th store since they began helping others in 2007 and has been credited for bringing over $10 million in revenues to urban communities across America. Robinson said, "We are seeing the impact slowly, but our efforts to take it back is definitely happening."
To register for the conference, visit or call Anne Holder at 404-551-4398.
(Early bird specials are available while seats last.)
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

End apartheid in the Dominican Republic

More than a million Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent live in the Dominican Republic. Haitians are black while Dominicans regardless of their actual skin color consider themselves to be white or Indios. For generations the history of these 2 peoples who share the same island has been marred by racism and violence. This violence culminated in the 1937 massacre of an estimated 30,000-40,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic at the behest of Dominican dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. 

Today, in 2013, Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent are still living in perpetual fear of their lives in the Dominican Republic and daily face arbitrary and ruthless deportation. Haitian immigrants practically have no rights and a recent ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court (168/13) renders stateless 4 generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent that the country's own laws had recognized as Dominicans for over 80 years. With this ruling, they are to be immediately denied or stripped of their birth certificates, identity and voting cards, and passports. 

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Get Tickets: Central Brooklyn Jazz 14th Anniversary Celebration with South African trumpeter Lesedi Ntsane


Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium celebrates its 14th year of providing cultural entertainment for New Yorkers and others on Sunday, November 3 at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The newly named, after our recently deceased chairman, Jitu K. Weusi Founders Award will be presented. Live music by South African trumpet sensation (the next Hugh Masekela ?) Lesedi Ntsane's band performing featuring Paul Simon's Graceland band member Bakithi Kumalo. South African cuisine and other beverages available.
Just about four (4) more weeks to purchase discounted advance tickets, more at the door, for the anniversary celebration. Don't wait till last minute and get shut out. Award recipient and guest of honor Bongani Sibeko-son of RSA freedom fighter David Sibeko, NYC's South African community, South African Consule General-NY, the JAH/Jazz Africa Heritage 2007 pilgrimage patrons, friends of Madiba Restaurant-NYC's premier South African dining establishment, legislative leaders, friends and family of Jitu Weusi to attend!
CBJC's anniversary chair Bessie Edwards and her team have cooked up a lively, African setting, celebration for us!
Limited seating. Buy your tickets call 800.838.3006 ext.1. Or contact me, Bob, at 718.467.1527 /

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The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) 8th Anniversary Gala, Oct 12, San Francisco, CA

  • 8th Anniversary Gala (Oct 12) Festivities include Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Dr. Sandra Hernandez, Moet Hennessy USA, Ledisi and Pam Moore --

Deborah Santana, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Wilkes Bashford, Belva Davis

San Francisco, CA ( -- The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and retailer Wilkes Bashford joined forces on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to hold a festive Pre-Celebration of MoAD's upcoming anniversary black-tie Gala, which will be held October 12, 2013 at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, co-chaired by Wilkes Bashford and Deborah Santana.
Santana, MoAD Board Vice Chair and Founder/CEO, Do A Little Foundation, Inc., and well-known retailer and fashion icon Bashford, kept company with event hosts former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., a key catalyst in MoAD's formation, and legendary broadcast journalist Belva Davis, founding MoAD Board Chair. Together they joined an enthusiastic, elegant crowd of notables in preparation for the museum's approaching signature event, entitled "MoAD: The World's Canvas."
The October 12 black-tie Gala, celebrating MoAD's eighth anniversary as a vital part of the San Francisco cultural landscape, will be held at the Palace Hotel. Award-winning news anchor Pam Moore of KRON 4 will emcee. Eight-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Ledisi, who is also a producer, actress, author, educator and activist, will provide jazz-influenced entertainment.
During the evening, MoAD will honor four world-changers: Actor and activist Danny Glover (who will receive the Patron of Culture Award); Dr. Sandra Hernandez, CEO of San Francisco Foundation (the Legacy of Philanthropy Award); Academy Award-nominee Alfre Woodard, (the Performing Arts Program Award); and Mo√ęt Hennessy, leading importer of luxury wines and spirits (the Corporate Leader Award). The Gala also includes a red-carpet cocktail reception, dinner with live auction and an after party.
Glover and Woodard, both active off stage in humanitarian causes, have global perspectives on MoAD. "MoAD's extraordinary exhibits, youth education, and community outreach ably communicate a crucial message of unity," said Glover, known for his peace activism. Woodard, who is busy preparing for the highly anticipated release of 12 Years a Slave in movie theaters next month, co-founded a nonprofit, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), to advance democracy. "I believe MoAD's mission of drawing together the children of the African Diaspora to celebrate their heritage and acknowledge their common bonds, then share those ideas and traditions with the wide world is a monumental gift," she said.
Deborah Santana, who also serves as MoAD's interim executive director, shares those sentiments. "MoAD is dedicated to being a bridge that connects all people through our shared African ancestry and our common humanity." She added, "The museum is a wonderful educational resource to parents, teachers, artists, and all who are interested in learning more about global art and cultures."
"MoAD is an important national treasure," added Wilkes Bashford, Co-Chair of this year's Gala and a supporter of the museum. "For eight years it has been connecting with people of every background. We are fortunate to have it here in San Francisco, attracting visitors from across the globe and helping to build bridges among people of all ethnicities."
Since opening in 2005, MoAD has welcomed more than 350,000 visitors from around the world. All visitors walk through seven displays that tell a story: The Origins of the African Diaspora; Celebrations: Ritual and Ceremony; Music of the Diaspora; Culinary Traditions; Adornment; Slavery Passages; and the Freedom Theater.
MoAD's educational Wells Fargo Heritage Center opened in June 2006. Some of MoAD's education initiatives include the Youth Media Training Program, a youth development and job readiness program featuring multimedia training and stipends to youth in grades 10 through 12. This program targets key areas such as the Bayview/Hunters Point and West Oakland.
As a cornerstone of the economic and cultural revitalization of downtown San Francisco, MoAD is uniquely positioned as one of the only museums focused exclusively on the history, art and culture of the African Diaspora.

About the Museum of the African Diaspora
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) showcases the history, art and the cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world, with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, MoAD opened its doors in 2005 in space contiguous with the St. Regis Hotel and Residences and in the historic Williams Building at 685 Mission Street at Third Street. MoAD was conceived as a cornerstone of the revitalization of downtown San Francisco, and has become an anchor with its neighbors San Francisco MOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Children's Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, in making this dynamic cultural corridor a premier destination. This area of Mission Street is a destination for artists, students, teachers, scholars, local residents and tourists alike. As a nonprofit organization, the museum's operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources. For more details, visit

WHO: Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
WHAT: 8th Annual MoAD Gala, "The World's Canvas"
WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013
Reception/Red Carpet Photos 6:00pm | Dinner & Awards Program 7:30pm
WHERE: Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

Michael DeFlorimonte
michaelD. Communications

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