February 18th is approaching, and we hope that you're making plans to join our friends in Miami at AFRIKIN: Healing Our Nation, the first of a series of events that will explore the condition of our nation. In addition to the world-class roster of entertainment, the event will include the speaker series, AFRIKIN: Talks to inform, empower, and provide human and capital resources to future generations of the diaspora.
AFRIKIN hosts the first of a series of discussions and live music events to address condition of the African diaspora. Event production company AFRKIN will host a series of events in 2017 that will feature internationally acclaimed musical artists, activists, and industry leaders among the African diaspora. AFRIKIN: Healing Our Nation, will kick off the series in Miami with a live musical performance by Grammy-nominated Haitian outfit, Boukman Eksperyans. Jamaican dub poet, actor, and educator, Mutabaruka, will grace the AFRIKIN audience with a lecture on the current state of race relations, and award-winning writer of Haitian descent Edwidge Danticat will hold a keynote on healing our nation.
AFRIKIN founder, Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks, also the producer of Miami Reggae Festival, Bayside Rocks, and Reggae Carifest in New York, shared his inspiration behind the 2017 AFRIKIN series:
So much has gone on in the last few years events that have caused uncertainty, fear, and at times, unrest. Our goal is to utilize the arts to open up the conversation about issues that affect the African diaspora such as economic development, social justice, and education. We also can’t ignore the changing administration, and how that will affect people of African descent. This event is simply a primer for what’s to come in 2017.
AFRIKIN: Healing the Nation kicks off during Black History Month, and will be held on February 18th at Sixty10 in Miami. Professors from Cornell University, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, and Florida International University will join a panel discussion during the event that will focus on approaches to healing our nation. African inspired food provided by Lovely Roots Gourmet and Teff Fields Ethiopian will top off the night.
AFRIKIN: Talks Speakers
Edwidge Danticat, Award-Winning Novelist
Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, Professor of Africana Studies
Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Visual Artist
Keshia Abraham, Professor of English
Andrea Shaw Nevins, Professor of History and Political Science
Moin Haroon, Authority on Islamic History
Michelle Gomez, Art Curator
Melissa Hunter Davis, Founder of Sugarcane Magazine
Eddie Osborne, Educator
Moderated by: Rosie-Gordon Wallace
Learn more about each AFRIKIN-Talks speaker here.
Event proceeds will benefit Give Me Dignity, a Miami-based nonprofit that provides resources for survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. For more information, visit www.Afrikin.org
The night will also feature a live musical performance by Grammy-nominated Haitian outfit, Boukman Eksperyans, with their captivating Haitian roots music ("Rasin"), and a spoken word performance by Jamaican dub poet, actor, and educator, Mutabaruka.
AFRICA + KINSHIP = AFRIKIN || AFRIKIN is an African-inspired experience, a dynamic integration of cultural innovation, communication, cultural entrepreneurship and scholarship through the arts.The AFRIKIN series brings together artists, policy makers, cultural industry leaders, and scholars to highlight the impact on the future of cultural industries among the African diaspora.
The AFRIKIN launch event was held on July 2nd, 2016 in Miami, and has since earned accolades for introducing a new concept of cultural celebration to the community.
Team AFRIKIN is a dedicated and accomplished collection of entertainment, media, marketing, and international relations professionals who together pool their expertise to create cultural events unlike any other. From event management to booking first-rate artists and developing effective press and marketing campaigns, the team’s skill in creating new experiences with a social impact is unparalleled.