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A Newsletter. Issue Nº 3

The Memories We Keep 
by Chika Dunga and Eleanor Igwe

"Memory is a diary we all carry with us." - Oscar Wilde

Sorry no Kanye stuff. Maybe next week. But Childish Gambino did drop a very intense music video. This issue is an attempt to turn our eyes to the past to analyze present times. The memories we keep and the memories we choose to forget often dictate our actions. For some, we aim to preserve memories of home in a foreign land, while others are just now acknowledging the past, and increasingly the distractions of pop culture and trends pushes the awareness of important events and public consciousness too quickly into the past.  

When Celebrity Clashes with Politics 
In an unprecedented move, President Trump, has approved what the White House calls a "Race Summit" and has invited pundits from both left and right wing circles, including (surprisingly) Colin Kaepernick and (unsurprisingly) Kanye West. We looked to precedent to analyze the outcomes of these meetings for black celebrities in American history. Sometimes the truth comes at a cost.

When Eartha Kitt Made Lady Bird Johnson Cry. The famous African American actress salvaged her career by heading to Europe after publicly criticizing the Johnson administration at a White House lunch reception. Ironically, she was asked to give feedback about the presidency. Kitt made an American comeback as the villain in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove. 

Muhammad Ali vs. The Vietnam War. Arguably the pioneer of the #iammorethananathlete movement, Muhammad Ali stung the US government and they responded by banning him from professional boxing during his prime. 
A Home Away from Home - Immigration and Professional Sports
It's not news that sports teams search far and wide for the best talent, but that practice wasn't always the case. And when talent does make their homes in foreign lands, they try to bring a piece of home with them. 

The Changing Color of UK Football. If it weren't for one man, the world may have never known the likes of Thierry Henry. OkayAfrica ran a great story about Arsenal Coach, Arsène Wenger's push for African talent before it became fashionable to do so. One of his former players ended up becoming the President of Liberia. Coach, pick me! 

Serge Ibaka Enjoying Congolese Food in Toronto. Before we begin. . . a moment of silence for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka, originally from Brazzaville, Congo likes to change up his diet right before the playoffs by enjoying some home cooked meals straight from the motherland. Be careful not to drool. Vice gives us the behind the scenes of Serge's life. 
Commemorating History and Reimagining Tools of Oppression
It's interesting to observe how different countries acknowledge history to commemorate important stories, even the bad ones -- and how other countries just ignore history. For example, while Germany will force the Holocaust into public consciousness, its European neighbor, Portugal only just recently apologized for it's role in the transatlantic slave trade. And when I say recent, I mean like last month. Yikes. 

The Casspir Project. The Casspir is a military truck that stands as symbol of Apartheid - era repression in South Africa. The vehicle is used globally in combat situations. This past weekend, at the 1 - 54's African Contemporary Art Fair, Ralph Ziman presented his piece a reimagination  of the controversial vehicle. 100 artists came together to embroider the truck in South African Ndebele designs, using 70 million beads. Pretty cool right? 

The African Doctor. What's a better feel good story than one of a Congolese immigrant that escapes a dictatorship to become a popular physician in a rural French village? Well its actually a true story. French rapper, Kamini, wrote co - wrote a comedy drama about his father. It's quite good and sheds light on the West African francophone population in France. 

Portugal Confronts Its History. Portugese vessels carried an estimated 5.8 million Africans into slavery and 500 years later they are preparing to building a memorial. Despite Europe's appearance of racial integration, there's ALOT going on. African influence is very present in Portugese and lusophone cultures (i.e., Brazil, and Cape Verde - must be why the food is so good) and Lisbon has an estimated 12% black population. The memorial initiative was pushed by Djass Associação de Afrodescendentes.
Trying something new here by adding a concrete events section. NYC focused for now. If you want to help curate events in other cities and countries, let us know! 

Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, is giving talks on the Great Migration - Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th

Turning Truth into Power: A Panel with author Maaza Mengiste, journalist Mona Eltahawy, and NYU Professor Chike Franké Edozien - Monday, May 14th

Tarrell Alvin McCraney, the screenwriter of Moonlight, is giving a talk at the New York Public Library - Wednesday, May 16th

Maya Wiley is speaking at the launch of A New Social Contract - Thursday, May 24th

Music / Arts / Fashion
A Tribute to African-American Women Composers - Friday, May 11th

Bankra Carribbean Folk Festival - Saturday, May 12th

Around the World Beauty Culture Walking Tour, "The Roots" - Saturday, May 12th

Fear Knot - Saturday, May 19th

Making and Marketing Documentaries - Saturday, May 19th

africaboutik Pop-Up - Saturday, May 19th - Sunday, May 20th

Film Screening of Adayeba at the National Black Theatre - Tuesday, May 22nd

National Tap Dance Day, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Open Archive - Thursday, May 24th

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Tribute Performance on National Tap Dance Day - Friday, May 25th

Betty Davis Symposium at NYU - Friday, May 25th

Haitians Who Blog Pop-Up - Saturday, May 26th

Juneteenth 2018 - Unifying Cultures "The Brooklyn Melting Pot" - Saturday, June 16th


BEDIDI Exclusive Afro Fusion Dinner Series - Thursday, June 7th (recurring)

Afropolitan Mixer - Friday, June 8th

Young Black Professional Networking - Friday, June 22nd

Summer Time Fun

Check out these cool music and cultural fests and ultimate celebration of melanin happening this summer.

The Taste and Tour of the Caribbean (Haitian fundraiser) - Friday, May 11th
Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival - Saturday, May 12th
AfroJam- Saturday, June 2nd 
Creole Food Festival - Saturday, June 9th
Essence Fest - July 5-8, 2018
Afro-Latino Fest  - July 13-15, 2018
PanAfricanWeekend - July 12 - 15, 2018
AfroPunk - August 25-26, 2018

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