The Go Africa Harlem Street Festival 2018

July 14, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Themes for this year are unique, innovative & fresh. Celebrating African, African-American & Caribbean cultures from all parts of the world.

There will be three (3) stages showcasing dance, art, music and dress from various regions throughout Africa and the Caribbean with direct participation from the African community & Cultural groups, consulates and embassies from the city’s five boroughs an NY Region.

The Go Africa Master Chefs will be on eight (8) grills cooking up African, Caribbean, and American specialties for the duration of the street festival. The Go Africa Master Chefs will be cooking it up in addition to the other featured food merchants at the Festival to increase your food choices and eating pleasures. We will also be selling Beer, Wine and special beverages during the event.

Grand Marshall & Master of Ceremonies: We are proud and honored for the Go Africa Street Festival 2018 to announce the Following: The Honorable Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President will serve as the Grand Marshall for this marque event

The Go Africa Network Inc. (a 501(C)(3) non-profit focusing on Development, Culture, Education and trade initiatives for Africa) in conjunction with Go Africa LLC, Go Africa Health, LLC, Go Caribbean Inc, Go Africa News, LLC, Go Africa Capital Inc., The NYS African Chamber of Commerce & The African Union Expo, LLC. is hosting this one-day street festival.

Cost: FREE

116th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (7th Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue)
New York NY



Barbara Jordan “I Dared To Be Me”

April 15, 2018 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Born on February 21, 1936, in Houston, Texas, Barbara Jordan was a lawyer, educator and politician. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the Texas State Senate (1966) and the “first” African American from Texas to serve in the United States House of Representatives, from 1972 to 1978.  As President “Pro Temp” Jordan was called upon to be the acting governor of Texas for a day. By becoming governor for a day Jordan becomes the “first” African American woman governor in the history of the United States. She captured the attention of President Lyndon Johnson, who invited her to the White House for a preview of his 1967 civil rights message.

Barbara Jordan emerged as an eloquent and powerful interpreter of the Watergate impeachment investigation at a time when many Americans despaired about the Constitution and the country. Jordan lent added weight to her message by her very presence on the House Judiciary Committee. She was the keynote speaker during the impeachment process of Richard Nixon.

Cost: FREE

Raymour and Flanigan Furniture Store
100 West 125th Street btwn Park and Lexington Aves – Third Floor
New York NY 1002

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Young Lions Volunteer Day at The Schomburg Center


April 14, 2018 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Explore the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at our Young Lions Volunteer Day! This is a unique opportunity to help archive materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Enjoy a light breakfast with friends and work alongside Kadiatou Tubman, Education Coordinator for the Schomburg Junior Scholars program, who will guide us through the archiving process.

This event is open to all Young Lions, and this is a members only event. For more information about the Young Lions program or to join, please contact Kayla Ponturo at 212.930.0885.

Cost: FREE

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037

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2018 African-American Book Expo – New York Edition

April 28, 2018

The 3rd African American Book Expo is Here and we’re heading to New York next!!!

Vending tables are now open for Myss Shan’s African American Book Expo. Set in the city of New York; meet hundreds of readers, bloggers, and fellow writers who write just like you! Learn to master the art of selling while pitching your books to local and national media. FREE to the Public, so readers grab your tickets now.

Vendor Tables Include:
Two Chairs
1 guest ticket
Personalized Graphic Flyer
Social Media Mentions on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
Tables are sold on first come basis. Gets yours today!

Cost: $0 – $300

Location to be confirmed.

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Three Women who Inspire us to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Don’t you think there should be events to commemorate women who have contributed to the history and contemporary society? Well, Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions that women have made throughout history. Women have created a legacy that expands the frontier of possibilities for generations to come. It is observed during March in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia and during October in Canada.  As a part of this effort, let us take a moment to recognize several remarkable women in history.

1. Josephine Baker (Singer, Dancer, Civil Rights Activist):

Josephine Baker was a renowned African-American dancer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her parents named her Freda Josephine McDonald. She was born on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. Josephine Baker was very well known and earned nicknames like “Black Venus” and “Black Pearl.” Early in her career during the Harlem Renaissance, she performed at the Plantation Club and in the chorus lines of the groundbreaking and hugely successful Broadway revue Shuffle Along in 1921. In 1927, while performing in “La Folie du Jour,” she caught the eyes of the world by dancing in a costume consisting of a skirt made of bananas which was a revolution in the Jazz Age of the 1920’s. Baker was the first African-American to become a worldwide entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou.  Baker was also an activist, and she served in the military.  Baker supported the

Civil Rights Movements in 1950’s was unwavering, she refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States, she wrote articles about segregation in the United States, and in 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  She was cast in many films, and she adopted 12 children from different nationalities referred to as “The Rainbow Tribe.” Baker died on April 12, 1975, in France and she was buried with military honors and 21-gun, making Baker the first African-American woman in history to be buried in France with military honors.

2.Florence Mills (Singer, Dancer, and Comedian):

Florence Mills was popularly known as “Queen Of Happiness.” Born on January 25, 1896, in Washington, D.C, and died on November 1, 1927, in New York City. She was African-American singer, dancer, and comedian during the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance who captivated the world with her talent, beauty, and dedication to racial equality. Mills became well known in New York as a result of her role in the successful Broadway musical Shuffle Along (1921) at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre, written by African-American Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. In 1924, she headlined at the Palace Theatre, in the hit show, Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds (1926).  While in Europe performing Blackbirds for more than 300 performances of the hit show in 1926, she became ill with tuberculosis.  Mills is credited with having been a staunch and outspoken supporter of equal rights of African-Americans with her signature song, “I’m A Little Black Bird” as a request for racial equality. During her life, she broke many racial barriers. She was a fascinating, intelligent and socially conscious human being.   Mills died on November 1, 1927, in New York City.  Three thousand fans attended her funeral in Harlem, and thousands more saw her funeral procession as it moved through the black community.

3.Cora T. Walker (Lawyer)

Cora T. Walker was born on June 20, 1922, in Charlotte, NC. Walker was a dedicated lawyer and community activist, and she was the first African-American woman to practice law in the state of New York.  She later became the first female president of the Harlem Lawyers Association. In the early stages of her career, Walker found it chCora T. Walker - Black and white photoallenging to get a position at a law firm. She established Walker & Bailey, one of the city’s few black law firms, with her son, Lawrence R. Bailey, Jr.  The firm’s practice eventually included corporate clients like Conrail, the Ford Motor Company, Texas Instruments and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  This allowed her to work for the residents of the Harlem community for more than half a century. She was active in the National Bar Association which was a professional organization for African-American lawyers formed in the 1920’s. She was also honored when she was listed in New York Times as one of the most powerful people in Harlem.   She ran her private practice in Harlem from 1976 until her retirement in 1999.

These three phenomenal women broke the barriers of racism and continue to be inspirations to today’s society. These fearless and unbowed women are one of the many reasons to celebrate Women’s History Month which also helps to spread awareness regarding the significant contributions of women.

Films at the Schomburg: The Watermelon Woman

March 15, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

watermelon-womanThe Watermelon Woman made its debut 30 years ago. Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye, it became the first feature film by a queer African-American woman. The lead character, played by Dunye, finds parallels between herself and 1930s actress Fae Richards, popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman,” a domestic servant stereotype or “Mammy” played by many black women in her time. The film explores the historical exclusion of black queer women working in Hollywood. Dunye will appear in conversation following the screening. Join us as we explore race, sexuality, history, and finding one’s identity in archival sources.

Cost: Free. Firs come, first seated. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registration via

RSVP.  All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. Guests, please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

Columbia and Barnard celebrate acquisition of Arthur Mitchell’s archives with symposium

Columbia recently acquired the archives of dancer and choreographer Arthur Mitchell, who rose to fame in the 1950s when he became the first African-American principal dancer in the New York City Ballet.Article Image

Now 81, Mitchell hopes to use his archives, which will be held in Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library starting in 2017, as a way to bridge the growing gap between Columbia and Harlem due to the University’s Manhattanville expansions. The archives, which include photographs, posters, programs, clippings, correspondence, early film footage, and video content, chronicle Mitchell’s career.

Mitchell was honored on Monday night at Barnard with a screening of a film about his career and a panel discussion that featured famed actress and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, ballerina and Co-chair of Faculty at the School of American Ballet Kay Mazzo, and members of the Barnard dance department.

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By Veronica Suchodolski | October 27, 2015

Republican William Hayward: Commanding Officer of the Harlem Hellfighters

On June 2, President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Henry Johnson (1897-1929) for his heroism during World War I when he had been a private in the all-African-American 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed “the Harlem Hellfighters.” The award was made possible when an historian working with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office, found a contemporaneous account of his heroism in a letter by his commanding officer, Col. William Hayward, printed in the September 4, 1918 Congressional Record. (Hayward wrote the letter to Johnson’s wife as Johnson was recuperating from his wounds. It is reprinted in full in Emmet J. Scott’s 1919 book, The American Negro in the World War here. The dramatic story of Johnson was well known in the United States within hours of the event. It was named “The Battle of Henry Johnson.”
That Johnson, who died in 1929, was buried in Arlington Cemetery came to light in 2001 by a Tuskegee Airman named Johnson who believed at the time that he was his relative.  See here and here. Johnson’s receipt of the Medal of Honor marks, presumably, the last chapter of the story of the Harlem Hellfighters.
By James Thunder | July 29, 2015

Honoring the Legacy of Norma Merrick Sklarek: The ‘Rosa Parks of Architecture’

The year was 1928. It was the year that the world saw the first fully air-conditioned office building open, Amelia Earhart make norma-merrick-sklarek_blog-1her first Atlantic Ocean flight and the last recording of Ma Rainey, “Mother of Blues.”

That same year in Harlem, where wealthy residents of color were becoming land owners, Dr. Walter Ernest Merrick and Amy Merrick’s child, Norma Merrick Sklarek, was born. Their daughter would later make history as the first female Black architect. Little did they know how impactful the 1928 earmarking of 640 acres of land by the Los Angeles City Council for a new airport would be to Sklarek, until 58 years later when her completed design on the historic Terminal One for the landmark Los Angeles International Airport was unveiled.

“Until the end of World War II, I think there was strong discrimination against women in architecture. The schools had a quota, it was obvious, a quota against women and a quota against blacks. In architecture, I had absolutely no role model. I’m happy today to be a role model for others that follow,” Sklarek said.

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By Chérmelle D. Edwards | May 18, 2015

WWI ‘Harlem Hellfighter’ Henry Johnson to Receive Medal of Honor

They called Sgt. Henry Johnson “Black Death,” a soldier from the all-black “Harlem Hellfighters” unit who fought off two Image: Henry Johnsondozen Germans with a gun and then a knife during World War I.

But when the war ended and the lauds from President Theodore Roosevelt and the French, who awarded him their nation’s highest award for valor, the “Croix de Guerre avec Palme,” faded into the recesses of American history, Johnson couldn’t even get a pension. It was an era of racial segregation and Johnson, who spoke out against racism in the Army in a 1919 speech, died at age 32 after having spent his post service career as a porter for the rail service.

Now, nearly a century after his efforts in battle, the White House announced this week that Johnson will receive the Medal of Honor. Johnson and another WWI veteran, William Shemin, a Jewish sergeant who lied about his age in order to serve, and eventually led a platoon in battle, will be awarded the nation’s highest military honor on June 2.

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By Halimah Abdullah | May 15, 2015