Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art Launches After Hours Series “Africa Underground”
“Africa Underground” will open the doors of the Smithsonian‟s National Museum of African Art after hours. The public may come and experience the museum's exhibitions, ambiance and performances, as well as dance and enjoy African and Brazilian foods and refreshments Friday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m.
This inaugural event will not only celebrate the common creativities of mixed-media artists Sandile Zulu (South Africa) and Henrique Oliveira (Brazil), but also allow the museum to demonstrate its continued cultural dialogue with the diaspora through art. “Africa Underground” will feature dance performances by Zezeh Brazil Samba and Afrobeat music spun by DJs Adrian Loving and Munch throughout the night.
“We look forward to launching Africa Underground, an exciting way to celebrate the ties between Africa and the African diaspora, and for our museum to continue a vigorous conversation with communities in the diaspora,” said Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the museum.
“Africa Underground” will be held four times a year in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Each event is themed and features works of art, cuisine from the African diaspora from area restaurants, specialty cocktails, creative art activities, live performances and music entertainment from emerging DJs and music groups.
For ticketing and additional information, visit http://www.africa.si.edu/.
Support for “Africa Underground” is provided by BET Network, DC United, the Brazilian Embassy of Washington, D.C., and Tryst Coffeehouse.
The Washington Post to Host New Discussion Series Exploring Issues Affecting Black Communities
Michelle Singletary, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Michael A. Fletcher, Jeff Johnson, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, and Rev. Al Sharpton Join to Talk About Race and the Recession
WASHINGTON—February 15, 2011—The Washington Post introduces “Behind the Headlines,” a three-part series of community forums driven by three groundbreaking public opinion polls on issues facing the black community conducted by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University. The Washington Post will partner with The Root to provide thought-provoking commentary that analyzes each poll and captures local perspectives on topics covered during the series.
This effort is part of The Washington Post’s ongoing commitment to providing Metro Washington’s black communities timely, informative discussions and original Post journalism about critical issues that directly impact their lives. “The Post serves one of the country’s most prosperous and diverse regions, and we believe it’s important to delve into issues of significance to this particularly vital, economically dynamic community,” said Marcus Brauchli, Executive Editor of The Washington Post. “With our partners in these forums, we hope to lead an important conversation about matters that deserve wider, continuing attention, not only in Washington but across the nation.”
The first forum in the series focuses on the recession’s impact on black families and how economic policies in Washington have affected them. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 from 6:30-8:30pm at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. The discussion will be lead by Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated Personal Finance Columnist for The Washington Post, with panelists including Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman; Michael A. Fletcher, National Economic Reporter for The Washington Post; Jeff Johnson, Political Commentator on The Tom Joyner Morning Show; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist and Educator; and the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network President.
In addition to the discussion on race and the recession, other planned Behind the Headlines forums will explore local perceptions about the future of the District and what it means to be a black woman in today’s society. Aggregation of Post journalism and data, reporting by The Root, poll results, and information about upcoming events can be found by visiting www.washingtonpost.com/behindtheheadlines or http://www.theroot.com/.
Sprite Announces Sprite Stepoff II
Attention step teams! The Sprite Step Off II competition is currently open for submissions. Teams will battle it out at regional event competitions to make it to the championship event for scholarship money and the ultimate grand prize---bragging rights as the Sprite Step Off II Champion! Visit http://spritestepoff.com for more information and to submit videos and register teams – the deadline is February 20th. Winners from each of the regional events will advance to the finals in Washington, DC on May 21, 2011.
The Boomerang Effect: March 11-13
Participate in a global movement to encourage volunteerism, service and change within an emerging generation of youth and young adults. Gather a team of students, creative professionals and/or community members to develop a 60 (second) viral video encouraging volunteerism for a local community organization. Teams must register by March 10th at 11:59pm CST to participate. The video that receives the most votes will have the opportunity to compete for a scholarship prize of $1500 donated to your favorite organization. More information is available at http://www.marcusgrahamproject.org/.
The Boomerang Effect is a national social media experiment produced by collaborative partners, SERVE 60™ and The Marcus Graham Project (MGP). The 60-hour event combines elements of social media, traditional networking, diversity and volunteering/community service. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and resources for the nonprofit Marcus Graham Project and its cause-related initiatives, including funding, supplies and volunteers. The Boomerang Effect takes place in multiple cities around the nation during the start of daylight savings time weekend. This year’s Boomerang Effect will involve a Friday mixer, day of community service and culminate in a global tweet-a-thon.
Arete Magazine Hosts DC VIP Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of Arete Magazine, a new publication highlighting social impact, good will, urban sophistication and culture.
February 18, 2011
1904 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
For more information and to register, visit http://savvydogoodervip.eventbrite.com/
New Website: BlackCelebrityGiving.com
BlackCelebrityGiving.Com is a new website launching February 18, 2011 focused on showcasing celebrities and charity organizations that benefit and are supported by the black community. Founded by Jasmine Crowe, she states the idea for the site came from the vivid awareness of a lack of media coverage for black celebrity philanthropists doing positive deeds to impact our communities. The site will also serve as a portal for readers to learn about nonprofit organizations and services that align with their personal needs and values, and to encourage social change in our communities. On the site, readers will find content matched with photos and videos of celebrities, foundation spotlights and ways to support one of thousands of causes to make our world a better place. www.blackcelebritygiving.com
Webinar: Next Steps to Building Power in Black Communities
Hosted by Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy featuring Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO, Green for All
Thursday, February 24, 2011
10-11:30 am PST
Visit http://babip.org/ for more information.
For more events, please visit our Upcoming Events page HERE! To list your event, contact blackgivesback[at]gmail[dot]com.