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world flagsRepresentatives from countries of Africa and the African Diaspora have been invited to participate in the “Parade of Flags” ceremony during the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism (ADWT) Awards & Travel Expo. The “Parade of Flags” is in recognition of the United Nations’ declaration of the International Decade of People of African Descent.

According to the UN Proclamation: “The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.”

“Our plans are to have representatives of Embassies, Consulates and Tourism Offices carrying their country’s flags in possession,” says Kitty J. Pope, the founder/director and executive producer of the ADWT-Awards and Travel Expo event. “We strongly feel that the “Parade of Flags” would serve as a tribute of commemoration of International Decade of People of African Descent as well as a symbol of the promotion of world peace and multiculturalism.

The 2016 ADWT-Awards event, the 2nd historical awards event that takes place in Atlanta, Ga. (USA) on this August 26-28 recognizes destinations, historic sites and tourism leaders of influence in the global African Diaspora as well as Africa. In addition to honoring influential leaders, the noteworthy event that also includes a Travel Expo, serves to highlight the cultural heritage of people of African descent from around the globe.

UNEmbassies, Consulates and Tourism Boards of various countries with significant populations of people of African descent are invited to participate in the “Parade of Flags” which include African countries in addition to countries of the global African Diaspora. In support of the UN’s International Decade of People of African Descent, countries of the African Diaspora and Africa are asked to highlight structures, sites, trails, people and all things related to black cultural heritage in the promotion of tourism to their perspective countries.

Embassy and Tourism officials of the various countries of Africa and the African Diaspora are also invited to participate in the Pan African and African Travel Forum and Travel Expo that will take place in the morning and afternoon on Saturday, August 27th before the awards gala that evening.

The support and participation of the embassies, consulates and tourism boards for the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo is very much needed and appreciated. If this event is anything like the inaugural event where dignitaries, officials and professionals from around the world attended, it promises to be an enormous success!

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National Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2016

Washington, DC

 

Join Rev. Dr. Ron Myers, chair of the National Juneteenth Foundation and other leaders for two days to pay homage to our enslaved ancestors. The first day is the National Day of Reconciliation Healing from the Legacy of Enslavement and the Remembrance of the MAAFA in America. This will include the presentation of the Dr. James Cameron National Juneteenth Leadership Award in honor of the late Dr. James Cameron, founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum.  The National Juneteenth Celebration take place on the second day which represents Independence and Freedom Day for blacks all across the America. Celebration services on this day include a National Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast that morning, National Juneteenth Congressional Reception and the National Juneteenth Wreath Laying Ceremony. Please support this cause. For more information, visit http://www.NationalJuneteenth.com/

 

 

Israel Juneteenth Reconciliation Tour

July 2016

Israel

 

 israelAs leader of the Juneteenth Movement, Dr. Myers along with Dr. Walter McCray, president of the National Black Evangelical Association: Rev. William Gwynn, III; Executive Secretary for the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council and other leaders will go to Israel for a Juneteenth Celebration and Reconciliation Tour. They will meet with the first black Miss Israel, Titi Aynau; teachers, researchers, government officials and other leaders. This tour will include visiting Israel’s historic, biblical and holy sites. For more information, visit http://www.feastofpentecostlive.com/juneteenth-celebration/index.html .

 

 

 

World Day of Reconciliation & Healing from Legacy of Enslavement

August, 2016

Hampton, Va.

 

This event commemorates the date the first Africans, twenty Angolans, in British colonial America, arrived in the slave ship, the White Lion, at Old Point Comfort, Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA, in 1619. This was America's first Middle Passage. The events are part of the Annual African Landing Commemoration Day led by Calvin Pearson founder of Project 1619, Inc. Commemorations include the Reconciliation and Healing Prayer Service on August 20 at the historic marker where the first Africans landed in America on August 20 in Fort Monroe. There will also be a Jazz & Heritage Reconciliation & Healing Concert in Hampton. For more information, visit http://www.Project1619.org .


Juneteenth Alaskan Alcan Highway Celebration

October, 2016

Anchorage, Alaska

 

 Led by Bishop Dave Thomas, Chairman of the National Juneteenth Armed Services Commission, this event honors the Alcan Highway Veterans. There is a three day celebration that includes a Juneteenth Alaska Reconciliation Prayer Brunch, the Anchorage Juneteenth Jazz and Arts Festival and the Juneteenth Military Honors Awards Reception and Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of African Americans army engineers who built the Alaska Alcan Highway and completed the Sikanni Chief River Bridge on October 28, 1942 and ultimately ended segregation in the U.S. military. For more information, visit     http:// www.JuneteenthAlaskaALCAN.com.

 

To participate in any of the above tours and travel groups, contact Kitty Pope at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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WHAT

The Africa Travel Association's 7th Annual U.S.-Africa Tourism Seminar at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 

WHEN

Friday, February 21, 2014, 8 am (Registration begins); 9 am - 4 pm (Program)

WHERE

Washington D.C. Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW., Washington, DC

LEARNING & NETWORKING

The learning sessions will focus on the unique U.S.-Africa travel connection, new travel trends and niche tourism products in Africa, airline connectivity, and hotel growth. There will also be ample time for networking and building business-to-business connections.

WHO'S COMING

ATA's leading industry event in the USA attracts government tourism leaders and diplomatic community representatives from Africa and the USA, travel agents and tour operators, Diaspora community leaders, non-profit organizations focusing on Africa and/or business and investment, travel media, PR agents, and faculty and students.

PREMIER SPONSOR

TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW

The seminar precedes the Travel & Adventure Show, held February 22-23, 2014. ATA seminar participants will receive a complimentary ticket to the travel show.

Advance media registration is now open. Media wishing to attend the seminar must apply for media accreditation. For more information, contact ATA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

caf57Now in its sophomore year, Caribe Arts Fest brings the essence of the Americas and the Caribbean to downtown Fort Lauderdale through art exhibits, independent films, music and educational workshops.

Taking place October 17-20, 2013, the festival has collaborated with Nova Southeastern University Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Broward Cultural Division and the City of Fort Lauderdale to showcase the cultural differences in the county. Early bird admission is $10, available online.

Positioned as a destination event, this four-day celebration will consist of industry professionals facilitating educational workshops; international artists, such as Haitian artist Eduoard Duval Carrie and Dillard High School celebrating their 10 year anniversary of “The Indigo Room – The Revival”; and Caribbean filmmakers, such as Dalton Narine from Trinidad screening his Carnival documentary, “Mas Man.’’ These events will be held at NSU’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.

Musical performances, art exhibit stations, tasty cultural cuisines and a kid’s art zone will be available on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Esplanade Park, Downtown Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the talents of local musicians and drummers, the park event will have the melodious sounds of Afro Cuban funk from internationally acclaimed band, The Spam Allstars and conscious reggae from Jamaican band, Rootz Underground.

This event is endorsed by the Greater Ft Lauderdale Visitors and Convention Bureau, City of Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida Power and Light and the Broward Cultural Division.

Detailed times and schedules are available online at www.CaribeArtsFest.com. Source: Repeating Islands

Original Source: http://flcourier.com/2013/08/22/caribe-arts-fest-returns-to-fort-lauderdale-next-month

 

 

 

Filmposter-Tula-the-RevoltIt was recently  announced that the slave-uprising drama Tula: The Revolt, starring Danny Glover, will close this year’s Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival (ttff). The film will premiere on 01 October  at the festival.


Tula: The Revolt is based on true events that took place on the island of Curaçao in 1795. It tells the story of Tula (Obi Abili), an enslaved African who, after learning of the successful revolution in Haiti, downs tools and sets out to meet with the governor, de Veer (Jeroen Krabbé), to demand his people’s freedom.

The rulers don’t look kindly upon Tula’s actions. But they resonate with his fellow slaves, including Shinishi (Glover). Inspired by Tula’s example, they unite in a passionate struggle for equality, freedom and brotherhood.

Shot entirely on Curaçao, Tula: The Revolt is an English-language, Dutch-Netherlands Antilles co-production, and features an international cast. It was written and directed by first-time feature-filmmaker Jeroen Leinders.

Leinders, who is from the Netherlands, spent a large part of his youth on Curaçao, and lives and works there regularly. He will be present at the Festival to introduce his film.

“We are very pleased to have Tula: The Revolt be the closing night film of the Festival,” said Jonathan Ali, Editorial Director of the ttff. “In particular, we note that it is based on historical events, and hope that when people see the film they will be inspired to learn more about Tula, the man.”

The ttff13 begins on 17 September with the Caribbean premiere of the Nigerian film Half of a Yellow Sun, directed by Biyi Bandele and starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor. For further information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

About the trinidad+tobago film festival

Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, bpTT, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and the Ministry of Tourism. The ttff/13 takes place from 17 September–01 October.

 

tpoc-logo-wbThe 2013 Travel Professionals of Color (TPOC) Conference and Trade Show will be held in Trinidad and Tobago July 28th-August 4th, 2013. The 11th Annual TPOC Conference, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad is corresponding with the 175th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago's emancipation from slavery.  Conference participants will get to participate in the island nations' Emancipation Day celebrations. They will also hear top travel industry professionals, and attend informative workshops and panel discussions during the conference.

TPOC is the first industry conference to focus on the needs and education of today’s travel professional of color. The TPOC conferences allow participants to learn how to start and grow a travel agency, network with hundreds of other minority travel professionals, learn how to market to the travel communities and more. Attendees also earn CLIA credits towards accreditation. There is also a Heritage Summit and participants will get to tour the island and visit heritage sites.

TPOC is an organization that promotes training, networking and support of minority travel professionals. TPOC seeks out travel suppliers who have an interest in reaching the multicultural market. The TPOC conference & trade Show was organized in August, 2002 by two African-American travel agents Charlotte Haymore and Betty Jones in Denver, Co. The intent of the company is to sponsor conferences and many other positive programs for the minority travel agents with a focus on profitability and raising an awareness within the travel community regarding professional services provided by capable minority travel agents.

For more information and to register for this year's conference, visit TPOC.org.

ron sempleRon Bobb-Semple rendered an acclaimed re-enactment of Marcus Garvey for the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards and Travel Expo event in Atlanta. The two-day included the Africana Extravaganza of cultural performances and a cultural heritage Travel Expo. The awards ceremony was dedicated to the late great Marcus Garvey who was all about uplifting people of African descent and preserving their culture. Since the ADWT-Awards event, Bobb-Semple has been getting many invites to do his signature re-enactment of Marcus Garvey.

Bobb-Semple has moved audiences around the world with his brilliant one-man show, The Spirit of Marcus Garvey. As Michael Reckord wrote in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, “The words ‘show’ and ‘performance’ do not do justice to the actor’s portrayal of our National Hero. As we watched, Bobb-Semple seemed to become Garvey.”

In 1999, Bobb-Semple, who was born in Guyana, journeyed to Dakar, Senegal, where he presented The Spirit of Marcus Garvey" on Goreé Island. In November of 2000, he returned to the Motherland with the project, this time at the Elmina Castle in Ghana. Bobb-Semple received the Marcus Garvey Awards from the Government of Jamaica’s United Nations Association in 1988, and from the Marcus Garvey Celebration Committee in 1991.

For Black History Month 2001, Bobb-Semple was the voice of Garvey in the U.S. Public Broadcasting System’s special film, Marcus Garvey: Look For Me In The Whirlwind. He recently returned from London, Sweden, Belgium and Germany where he showcased his cultural and educational presentation on Garvey as part of the Marcus Garvey Legacy Tour 2012 to Europe. The Spirit of Marcus Garvey has also been seen in Bermuda, Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, The Virgin Islands and throughout the United States.

In 2012, Bobb-Semple appeared in Award winning playwright August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at the American State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL, and as Steve Daniels in Athol Fugard’s “A Lesson From Aloes,” at the Banyan Theater Company in Sarasota, FL. following his portrayal in 2011 of ‘Slow Drag’ in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

 A few of Bobb-Semple's other stage credits include:

 •Wilson's Seven Guitars, The Piano Lesson and Fences, the latter co-starring with Avery Brooks;

•South African playwright Athol Fugard's My Children, My Africa!; •Bingo!, a musical directed by the legendary Ossie Davis who said, “Ron, you are one of the most gifted performers I have worked with.”; •Pulitzer Prizewinner Derek Walcott's musical, Steel;

•Pepe Carille's, Shango de Ima, for which he received the 1994 AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) Award for 'Best Supporting Actor,' in New York.

In 2005, Ron won the AUDELCO's 'Lead Actor' award for his portrayal of Durbin Freeman in Joyce Sylvester's 'A Freeman’s Hope' at The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

Bobb-Semple’s film credits include Tyler Perry’s soon-to-be-released, The Marriage Counselor; Nursing Tuskegee; Mental Vengeance; Playing Both Sides; Deep Trouble; Pressure; Truth; Lost Money and several national television commercials. 

ron headshotCritics have written of Ron Bobb-Semple:

“In body and features, [Bobb-Semple] looks very much like [Garvey]. However, it is what he did with these attributes that persuaded the audience to suspend disbelief in a ‘performance.’” – The Jamaica Gleaner

 “…You even have his smile.” – Ruth Prescott (Niece of Marcus Garvey)

 “I saw my father; I heard my father; I was moved by my father.” – Marcus Garvey, Jr.

 “You brought Garvey onto the stage, and then to reality.” – Kamau Braithwaite, Author/Professor

 Ron Bobb-Semple can be heard hosting Caribbean Forum and Golden Sunday Sounds respectively on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. EST on The Uhuru Radio Network (www.uhururadio.com).

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The 9th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival take place on Decemebr 6-9th at the Atlantis Resort. It will screen an incredible line-up of independent films, provide educational programs for youth, host panels and networking opportunities for participants and will attract celebrated actors and filmmakers from around the globe. Events will include classes, awards night, galas and receptions in addition to screenings. Notables expected to be in attendance include Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, Rick Fox and Sean Connery.

The Bahamas International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the local Bahamian community and international visitors with a diverse presentation of films from around the world. In addition to offering films that might not otherwise be released theatrically in the Bahamas, BIFF will provide a unique cultural experience and set of educational programs and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema.  

The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) was launched in 2004 with its mission as a non-profit organization dedicated to create a cine-literate arts community, bridging cultures, gaining knowledge, and attracting a targeted tourism sector through the film industry. Each successive year, BIFF grows significantly, with public relations dollar value of $20 million over 8 years, according to the renowned publicity firm Rogers and Cowan. BIFF has attracted A-List celebrities such as Heather Graham, Johnny Depp, Alan Arkin, Sir Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Laurence Fishburne, Roger Corman, Daryl Hannah, Sophie Okonedo, Anna Faris, Naomie Harris and Zoe Kravitz.

BIFF has showcased more than 600 films from countries around the world exposing The Bahamas to an international audience of filmmakers. As recent as June 18, 2012, U.S. Secretary Hillary Clinton delivered a video message addressing the example of Nassau, Bahamas civil society joining together with the US Embassy to advocate and break barriers to raise awareness by showcasing films that combat discrimination.

Additionally, BIFF has succeeded in promoting The Bahamas as a tourist destination and potential cinema production venue through its annual events. For more information, visit www.bintlfilmfest.com.

 

dom_creoleDominica’s World Creole Music Festival is taking place from October 26 to 28, 2012, at Windsor Park Sports Stadium (WPSS). The stadium is located at Bath Road in the Commonwealth of Dominica’s main town, Roseau. With the subtitle “Mizik A Nou!” [Our Music], the World Creole Music Festival offers a fitting musical feast to usher in Independence celebrations on November 3.

Event director Natalie Clarke-Meade explains, “WCMF caters for all who enjoy life, various popular music genres unique to the Creole and Ethnic speaking world. Cadence-Lypso, Zouk, Zyecco, Bouyon, Kompas, Soukouce and other indigenous styles from East and West Africa, are intertwined with fusion music such as Reggae, Soca, Calypso, and Soulful music. The festival has a rich line-up history drawing from Creole acts from Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Africa, Dominica as well as the Creole Diaspora in Europe and USA. Even more interesting is that the WCMF is held within the month of October leading into November, when Independence is celebrated. At this time, Dominicans embrace their Creole culture and celebrate their rich island history with a joyous de vivre in traditional national wear, tasty wild meats, and memories of their ancient past through African drumbeat and Kalinago Indian song… defying the everyday to shout ‘I am Dominica.’”

The line-up for this year promises a wide array of gifted artists including Kolo Barst, Jocelyn Beroard, Ali Campbell, Carimi, Bunji Garlin, Dobet Gnahoré, Gyptian, Harmonik, Fanny J, Jeff Joseph and his Grammacks New Generation, Triple Kay, Jocelyne Labylle, Fay-Ann Lyons, Jean-Philippe Marthely, Midnight Groovers, Singing Starz, Third World, and WCK, among others. For more information, visit www.wcmfdominica.com.

Original Source: http://repeatingislands.com/2012/07/16/dominica-prepares-for-world-creole-music-festival-2012/

AfricaoutlineOn July 14th 2012, the African community across New England will come together to celebrate African arts and culture at the 3rd annual African festival of Boston. The 1-day festival will welcome more than 20,000 attendees. In past 2years, approximately 15,000 people attended to enjoy African culture at its finest. The festival will feature over 10 musical performances, cultural dances, African foods, vendors, children’s games, arts, crafts, a health fair, tourism fair, and a career fair. The theme for the festival is "Rebuilding the African Diaspora."  The festival is still in line with the message of Unite- Promote Legacy-Educate ’s theme.  The African Festival of Boston promotes community service opportunities by highlighting non-profit organizations doing good work in Africa such as the lead organizer Shalupe Foundation and supporting its cause with donations from the festivals proceeds. Once again on July14th the City Hall Plaza will attract a widespread ethnic and socio-economic mix.

Since it’s inauguration on July 17th 2010 the African Festival has created an unforgettable experience for the attendees. Ugandan Orphan’s Dance Group "DESTINY AFRICA"will be entertaining the children pavilion. Confirmed artist include Fally Ipupa, Nimbaya and Annie Soul. For more information, visit www.africanfestivalofboston.org.

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It is said that the people of Santiago, Cuba, Santiaguerros, are known for their party spirit. And so it is no surprise that Cuba’s Fiesta del Fuego (Fire Festival), a week-long celebration of Cuba’s colorful history and cultural influences, is held in Santiago, Cuba’s second largest city, every year the first week in July. 2011 marks the 31st year since the inception of the festival in 1981, and the party begins on July 1st and doesn’t stop until July 10th.

The carnival features an international parade where countries all over the world are represented and an academic exchange and panel, where international scholars and experts discuss issues related to identity and culture.  But of course, the Fiesta del Fuego is celebrated Cuban style- rhythmic music, performances by local, national and international artists on various stages, vivacious street dancing, and expressive art of every genre.

The idea for the festival, which was first presented in 1981, began as way to celebrate the African influence on Cuban culture along with other cultural influences including Spanish, Asian and Arab influences. On a larger scale, the Fiesta del Fuego festival serves to unite all the people and countries of the Caribbean, Latin America and the world.

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Tourists can expect an authentic Cuban party. For several days and nights, during the Fiesta del Fuego, the rum never runs out, and vibrant music coupled with jubilant dancing continues until the wee hours in the morning.

More info on this festival can be found out:

www.globalexchange.org/tours/997.html