5.24.2018

GDW EVENT ALERT: JUNE IS NOW OFFICIALLY BLACK PEOPLE MONTH - WE ARE A BUSY BLACK PEOPLE



By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Well, it's official - the month of June belongs to Black People  or at least it ought to be - so I'm claiming it:  
JUNE IS BLACK PEOPLE'S MONTH!!! DEAL WITH IT  - ENJOY IT - SHARE IT

In fact, when you think about it,  we pretty much dominate June - so much so, we actually start it in May, with the celebration of Malcolm X's Birthday on May 19, and keep up the momentum   to Dance Africa on Memorial Day Weekend New York), and then segue  right into a round of June activities non-stop, right up to July  with the celebration of Black Arts.
Any who doubts that June belongs to Black people (especially Black people in Philadelphia) should consider this:

June is Black Music Month,  Caribbean Heritage Month, Juneteenth Celebrations - Philadelphia actually  has two JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS 
ONE IN GERMANTOWN and the other in CENTER CITY
Both events  are awesome!!! 
Juneteenth in Center City is sponsored by The Philadelphia Council of Leaders(PCOL)
This is their third year, but promises to be a monumental event - Channel 6 - WPVI-TV will broadcast the entire parade from opening ceremony to the culmination of the merchants fair at Penn's Landing.  The Parade will have more than 3000 participants from all over the US, as well of Philadelphia local talent.  Special discount hotel accommodations have been made for those traveling to Philadelphia to participate in or see the parade; and lets of Black owned restaurants, businesses and other attractions are also being provided for tourists and locals alike.
This is the beginning of an annual  massive parade and festival, commemorating our ancestors who first learned of their freedom in Texas literally 2 years after others had been freed - it was called Juneteenth because the date they received the news was on June 19th, over 150 years ago.

Prior to Juneteenth is  Odunde (Philadelphia), now in it's 43rd year.  There should be a smile on the face of every Black Philadelphian as we celebrate our heritage and share our respect ands regards for each other - and look forward to so many more wonderful things to com.

So anyone who claims there's nothing to do or nothing going on is not tuned in to what's happening on this planet - or not trying 

Make it your business to support your Black Businesses and your Black Celebrations 
It's our culture - and it's up to us to keep it alive.   

As always, this list is by no means exhaustive - there is always something going on - just want to put some positive things on your plate 

AND REMEMBER:

JUNE IS BLACK PEOPLE'S MONTH!!! DEAL WITH IT  - ENJOY IT - SHARE IT!!



NEW YORK

MAY 25-28, 2018
DANCE AFRICA 2018:  CELEBRATES SOUTH AFRICA

Dance Africa is one of my favorite events on the Planet - I've only missed 3 during the entire history of the event, and those times were due to illness.  I've been a fan since Baba Chuck Davis first announced his intention to establish it back in the 80's - and my loyalty continues through the assumption of leadership by Brother Abdel R. Salaam, who is also the founder of Forces of Nature, another favorite dance troupe of mine.  Baba Chuck announced he was passing the baton to Abdel in 2015, made his transition in 2017, secure in the knowledge that his legacy was in excellent hands.

https://www.bam.org/dance/2018/danceafrica?gclid=CjwKCAjwopTYBRAzEiwAnU4kbyly0uLsFQBOjrFF3fXAyicwxKV-1zhEUe3QedbDxOOi33hyue3nmRoC7VIQAvD_BwE

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Dayaan and Abdel Salaam Now heading up DANCE AFRICA 



AFROPOP WORLD WIDE FESTIVAL:
http://afropop.org/page/gala2018

MAY 25- JUNE 30
SONY HALL EVENTS CALENDAR
https://www.sonyhall.com/shows


MAY 24 - JUNE 10, 2018

NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
The New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) celebrates its milestone 25th edition, with a presentation of African and diaspora film and culture. Co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Maysles Cinema, the 2018 festival will feature new and classic African cinema, with a special focus on works by women and younger generations of African and diaspora creators, highlighting an intergenerational discourse. We also celebrate the centennial and legacy of Nelson Mandela. As in previous years, the festival program will include screenings and discussions with filmmakers and artists, panels, master classes and an art exhibit. This year, the NYAFF is preceded by events at city-wide locations to celebrate its milestone 25th!

Dates
Brooklyn Academy of Music: Thursday, May 24 – Monday, May 28Maysles Cinema: Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, June 10
https://www.africanfilmny.org/2018/save-the-dates-the-2018-new-york-african-film-festival/

JUNE 1- SEPTEMBER 7
IMAGENATION FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL
http://www.imagenation.us/copy-of-imagenation-outdoors-1

JUNE 21, 2018
NETWORK JOURNAL MAGAZINE

https://tnj.tix.com/m/Event.aspx?EventCode=1077129

JUNE 23, 2018
MADE IN AFRICA - BET AWARDS PARTY


PHILADELPHIA
JUNE 2, 2018

JAMAICA FESTIVAL
Jamaica
Curator Deborah Thomas. Full details online.


CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org

MAY 24-JUNE 21(Thursday Evenings)
MUSIC IN MALCOLM X PARK
52ND & PINE STREETS
Sponsored by JANNIE BLACKWELL&
   Friends of Malcolm X Park
Showtime 7:00 PM
5/24: Keni Jackson Experience
6/7: Glen Bryann, Keyboardist & Friends
6/21: The Budesa Brothers

JUNE 2, 2018
JAMAICA DAY CELEBRATION
https://www.penn.museum/calendar/eventdetail/883/celebration-of-jamaica
 CELEBRATION OF JAMAICA
Date Saturday 02 June 2018
Time 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Location Penn Museum
CategoryCelebrate the great cultural contributions of Jamaicans on the island and here in Philadelphia! 
Come out and enjoy reggae and other steel pan band 
music, learn some Caribbean dance moves, and experience 
the island arts, culture, stories, and the foods of Jamaica at 
this World Culture Day, co-sponsored by the Young Caribbean 
Professional Network, Team Jamaica Bickle – Philadelphia, and
Jamaica Land We Love. While you’re here, explore the Museum’s 
special exhibition Bearing Witness: Four Days in West Kingston

ODUNDE`
June 4-10, 2018 
Odunde Festival, founded in 1975, was the brainchild of Philadelphia Native Lois Fernandez, and was kept alive by enthusiastic Philadelphians and her daughter Osunbumi (Bumi) Fernandez. Our dear sister made her transition to the Ancestor/Angels last year leaving a lasting legacy that is now heading for its 45th year – it's even bigger and better than ever!!! There is a week of activities, roundtables, and ceremonies leading up to the big day SUNDAY JUNE 10 -
https://www.odundefestival.org


JUNE 6, 2018

Black Music Celebration Black Music: A conversation with Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff & Vivienne Crawford


2:00 PM
Blockson Collection/Sullivan Hall
1330 W Polett Walk (Polett at Broad Street)
Philadelphia, PA 
215.204.2828

June 16, 2018
iBuyBlack PHILLY SHOPPER'S TOUR & 
GERMANTOWN JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Black Owned Businesses North of City Hall as we celebrate our 
Independence Day at the Germantown Juneteenth Day Festival
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION NOW $20.00 Regular 
TOUR: 8:45A-3:30P 
BUS BOARDS AT CARPENTER PARK 
on Johnson between Magnolia and Morton

More details and tickets at: www.ibuyblack-business-tours.eventbrite.com
for more information or to volunteer 
call: 215.247.1545 or 
267.736.7468

TOUR WILL CULMINATE AT GERMANTOWN'S JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
THERE WILL ALSO BE AN AFTER PARTY AND ROUND TABLE 
Come out and meet and support the Black Businesses in your neighborhood


JUNE 19, 2018
iBuyBlack & PCOL Bus to Harrisburg to request Juneteenth be declared a State Holiday in Pennsylvania
The legislation will be presented by State Representatives Vanessa Lowery Brown and Stephen Kinsey - and has broad support throughout Philadelphia
To participate in the trip and for information of what you can do to help make this a reality, please call:  215.284.1926 to find out when and what time the bus is leaving.

JUNE 22-23, 2018
PHILLY JUNETEENTH SPECTACULAR

http://juneteenthphilly.org/?utm_source=IBuyBlack%20Community&utm_campaign=b70e4a1f74-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7622268d9e-b70e4a1f74-58014737&mc_cid=b70e4a1f74&mc_eid=2dc456ecef
Brother Kofi Asante - The Genius Behind Philly's Juneteenth Celebration
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING





JUNE 30, 2018

BLACK MUSIC MONTH CELEBRATION
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-black-music-month-w-sound-stage-live-tickets-45215214925

NOW THAT YOU KNOW
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO 
ABOUT IT?  
Stay Blessed & 
ECLECTICALLY BLACK  
Gloria