Upcoming Events…

Stephen Marley at the 9:30 Club

Don’t miss Stephen Marley and Ghetto Youths Crew at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, Thursday July 14. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Stephen Marley

$26 entry fee, You can get tickets here. 9:30 Club is at 815 V Street NW, Washington, DC

Kassav’ at Crossroads – New Date!

The Premier zouk band in the world, Kassav’ will be in town for a one night only show at Crossroads. There’s a new date: Thursday August 4!

Tickets ate $35 at the door, but $30 for early birds. Crossroads is at 4103 Baltimore Avenue in Bladensburg, Maryland.

2nd Annual DC Africa Festival

This one kicks off at noon on Saturday July 16 and runs until 6:00pm. Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of African Affairs, it features an amazing variety of activities. There’ll be music performances (Diaspora band Sahel is scheduled to perform), face painting, a drum jam session, an African Bloggers exhibition, storytelling, art vendors, and many more!

It’s all going down at the Takoma Recreation Center, 300 Van Buren Street NW, Washington, DC. Check out their facebook page for more information.


New African Films 2011 at the AFI Silver Theatre

The TransAfrica Forum and AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD present the New African Films Festival 2011. Featuring films from all over the continent, the festival runs from March 10th to the 15th. Of note: 2010 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Winner Une Homme Qui Crie (A Screaming Man) which is also in competition at FESPACO in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Also, 2010 Rotterdam Film Festival Lions Award-winner The Athlete (Atletu), an Ethiopian movie about 1960 Olympic Gold-winning legend Abebe Bikila. The Athlete is the opening night film (Thursday March 10, 7pm), and will feature a post-screening Q&A with co-director and actor Rasselas Lekew. A Screaming Man will be shown Saturday March 12 at 7pm and Sunday March 13 at 4:30pm. Films from Niger, Mozambique, the Congo, Nigeria, and Côte d’Ivoire are also screening. AFI member passes will be accepted at all films except the opening night film. You can view the full schedule here.

Etana and Gyptian to perform live at DC Star

Kings and Indo Promotions present Gyptian and Etana live in concert at DC Star (formerly the Tunnel) as part of their Dancehall Planet 2011 Reggae Concert series. Grammy-nominated Gyptian, who won a 2011 Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist will join forces with roots reggae singer Etana, who made waves with her 2008 debut album “The Strong One,” but now has a brand new one out: “Free Expressions.” Etana kicked off her US tour in Florida last month, and will continue with whirlwind multi-continent performances in the coming months. Don’t miss these two stars at the top of their game when they step on the stage in Washington, DC, Sunday March 6 at DC Star. Music by DJ Trini, EZ Street and more… DC Star is located at 2135 Queens Chapel Road in Northeast Washington. More detailed info here.

Taste Lounge and Restaurant Grand Opening in Northeast DC

Tribe X Entertainment presents the Grand Opening of Taste Lounge! The owners of Taste Lounge describe it as “A Classy, Upscale, Chic African/Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge that has Delicious and Scrumptious Food, Fantastic Service, and a Very Elegant, Stylish Ambiance ..Plus it’s 100% African Owned!” They are organizing a three-day celebration, starting this Friday March 4, featuring an appearance by two-time WBA Middleweight Boxing Champ William Joppy. The celebration continues with Pretty Girl Saturdays, featuring hip hop, R&B, reggae and Afro, and then on Sunday, with 80’s and 90’s vibes, reggae and world beat. Check out photos of the place and the food here. Makes me hungry already… Taste Lounge is located at 1812 Hamlin Street NE (corner of 18th and Rhode Island Aves.) in Washington, DC.

Caribbean Film Series at the Art Museum of the Americas

The Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC is holding a Caribbean Film Series as part of its Film Program. The series runs from February 23rd until March 16, with films from and/or about Haiti, the Bahamas, Trinidad, and Jamaica. The only documentary among the films is an examination of Bahamian artists whose works contributed to the initial art movement in the Bahamas. Entitled Artists of the Bahamas, it features legendary Bahamian musician John Berkeley “Peanuts” Taylor, who also provides music for the film’s soundtrack; the documentary also features commentary by a favorite Bahamian son, actor Sidney Poitier. The Junkanoo African Festival, annually held in the Bahamas, is also featured. This is a free event, open to the public. For more information about the AMA, visit their website.

A Conversation with Emerging Leaders in African Literature

Olufemi Terry, 2010 Winner of the Caine Prize

Friday, February 25, at Asafu’s Restaurant and Lounge, the Young African Professionals Network will feature three emerging young African writers. Of note is the winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for African writing Olufemi Terry, a Sierra Leonean writer whose short story Stickfighting Days nabbed the award last year. The other writers featured are Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, another short story writer, and Helon Habila, who won the Caine Prize in 2001 with his first novel Waiting for an Angel. Asafu’s Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1920 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. The event starts at 6:30pm. You can RSVP for the event at the Young African Professionals Network site here.


DC Fashion Week 2011: Fall/Winter Collections

DC Fashion Week 2011 kicks off February 21st, and runs until Sunday February 27th with a grand finale ending: the International Couture Collections at the French Embassy in Georgetown. Director Ean Williams organizes a week-long series of fashion events at multiple venues across the city twice a year – February and September – in an effort to highlight the nation’s capital as a frontrunner in international fashion. The influence of world cultures is a common theme, and this week will feature fashions from at least four Nigerian designers: Coco Couture, House of Jola, Berry Couture, and Sally Bawa Lagos. Last September, U.S. based 17 year-old Ivorian designer Alex Zohore debuted his designs at the International Couture Collections. That event also featured designs by Guyanese fashionista DonJ’ Moda. For more detailed information about DC Fashion Week 2011, visit their website

February 21, 2011- MON 6PM to 9PM DCFASHION WEEK KICKOFF RECEPTION at Kellari Taverna
Kellari Taverna DC,             1700 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006Free Admission, first 75 guests get complimentary glass of champagne.
Special Jewelry & Accessories Fashion Show
February 22, 2011 – TUE 10 am to  5PM Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats at the Textile Museum The Textile Museum            2320 S Street  NW Washington, DC 20008Open to the public$8.00 Donation Suggested
February 23, 2011 – WED 10 am to  5PM Second Lives : The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles at the Textile Museum
The Textile Museum 2320 S Street  NW Washington, DC 20008Open to the public$8.00 Donation Suggested
February 24, 2011 – THU
6 PM to 10 PM
FASHION INDUSTRY NETWORKING PARTY at Tabaq Bistro Models, Designers, Stylists, Journalists, Makeup Artists, Fashion Show Producers, Talent Agents, Modeling Agencies, Personal Shoppers, Film producers, Photographers, and fashionistas network. Tabaq Bistro Open to the public
1336 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC
Special Fashion Show PresentationFree admission/No RSVPBring business cards
February 25, 2011 – FRI
9 PM to 2 AM
Corjor International Fashion ShowAfter recent showings in Paris, Belgrade and Lviv, 2010 Fashion Icon recipient Ean Williams premiers his new European inspired collection. Mood Lounge 1318 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001Free Admission with codeword DC Fashion Week. Fashion Show @ 9 PM
February 26, 2011 – SAT
7 PM to 9 PM
WASHINGTON MENSWEAR COLLECTIONS at the Washington Post Conference CenterSaturday, February 267:00 PM to 9:00 PMEight critically acclaimed menswear fashion houses showoff their latest creations for gentlemen of style.$25.00 Front Row Washington Post Conference Center 1150 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20071Requires Ticket Purchase or personal invitation           Tickets
February 27, 2011 – SUN
INTERNATIONAL COUTURE COLLECTIONS at the Embassy of France5:00 PM to 8:30 PMVIP Reception @5:00 PM      Fashion Show  @6:00 PM$60.00 General Admission$75.00 after February 15,$120.00 VIP Admission (includes front row, deluxe gift bag, champagne toast, and VIP pre-show reception) 17 fashion labels from around the globe exhibit on Washington’s most prestigious catwalk. Embassy of FranceLa Maison Francaise 4101 Reservoir Road, DC 20007 Open to the public Requires Ticket PurchaseCocktail Attire RequestedTickets: 800 494



If you happen to be in Paris, France this weekend….

My friend Ferricia Fatia and her group the Soul Journers will be performing live Soul, Jazz and Spoken Word on Saturday February 12 as part of World Day to end the use of Child Soldiers. A group of artists will be performing street art in solidarity to call for an end to the use of Child Soldiers on Sunday February 13. Saturday’s performance will also include Kuku (Nigerian Soul) and Supa Dona (Caribbean Soul). See the flier for full details!


It’s Party Time at the Smithsonian! At their Museum of African Art, the Smithsonian is kicking off the first of several after-hours events that they call Africa Underground, on Friday February 18! There’ll be drinks, socializing, and great music; come check out DJs Munch and Adrian Loving as they spin several slices of seriously solid sounds!

The theme for this first event is Brazil! Zezeh Brazil Samba Troupe will be performing live, with lots more Brazilian vibes! 21 to party, tickets $18 in advance and $20 or more at the door. Check out their website for full details and tickets.


A Black History celebration that organizers hope will become an annual event: Umoja on U. Lincoln Theatre and Adinkra group will honor the likes of Kenny Barnes, Ron Clark, Ayo Handy-Kendi, et al at the historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street.

Hosted by Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton and EZ Street, it will feature performances by Farafina Kan, BlackNotes, and the Ballou High School Choir, among others. General admission is $20, with Children and Seniors paying $10. Call 202-328-6000, or 202-286-2688 for more details.

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