Miami, FL, January 9, 2017 – Event production company AFRIKIN 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 Memorial 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 cuisine will top off the night. 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.
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, 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. For more information, visit Afrikin.org or follow us on Twitter @AfrikinMovement.