Carolyn Malachi Sings at NCAA
Grammy-nominated Jazz and R&B singer Carolyn Malachi will perform the national anthem before the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four national semifinal games in Nashville, TN. on April 6 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Malachi’s performance brings the artist full circle from her days playing college basketball at Shepherd University in West Virginia.
“Playing college basketball gave me the foundation for a successful music career. Now a recording artist, I employ the same values I learned as a student athlete: teamwork, precision, endurance, and vision,” Malachi said.
Malachi holds the unique distinction of being the first former NCAA women’s basketball player to have received a Grammy nomination. In addition to excelling in sports and entertainment, she maintains a tech column in Black Enterprise magazine.
The Washington, D.C. native released her critically acclaimed album “GOLD” in July of 2013.
National Black Memorabilia and Collectible Show – April 26 & 27
The National Black Memorabilia and Collectible Show returns to Metro Washington, DC for the 30th year. The annual indoor event is Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Show hours are Saturday, 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $7 and students are admitted free.
At the event, vendors from across the United States will display and sell historical Black items from civil rights memorabilia and coins to kitchen collectibles and entertainment memorabilia.
The Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery exhibition will include authentic items such as slave tags and whips similar to those seen in 12 Years a Slave. Also, there will be a lecture on the subject of slavery and Negro League Baseball players and other celebrities will be on hand for autographs. Food is available and off-street parking is free.
Gentrification and Black Lives
with Dr. Frances Welsing
Sankofa Video, Books & Café
2714 Georgia Ave, NW
Sat, April 5, 4p, $
New Africa Students of
Imam Mohammed Conference
8777 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD.
Sat, Apr 5, 8a-3p, $
77th Anniversary Banquet, 6p–11p, $
Autism Fair & Zumba-Thon
South Bowie Community Center
1717 Pittsfield Lane
Sun, Apr 6, noon- 4p, free
Twelve Years A Slave:
Solomon Northup's Washington
Frederick Douglass Home
14th & W Sts SE
Fri, Apr 11, 2p, free
National Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Sat, Apr 26, 10a-7p,
Sun, Apr 27. 10a-5p, $7, students free
Black Male Summit
Fri, Apr 11 - Sat, Apr 12, $
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
Thu, Apr 3, 8p, $
17th Annual Spring Benefit & Silent Auction
Maryland Art Place
218 West Saratoga St
Fri, Apr 4, 7p,$
Save the Dunes Wine and Dine
Miller Beach Café
555 South Lake Street
Sun, Apr 13, 4p-8p, $
Memhis Commedy Festival
Fri, Apr 4, 8p, $
Women of Soul: In Performance
at the White House
featuring Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe, Ariana Grande, Jill Scott and Tessanne Chin
Mon, Aprl 7, 9p. ET, free
Hassoum Ceesay: Colonized Africans and WWII
Hassoum Ceesay, a senior official at the National Center for Arts in Culture in Banjul, The Gambia has focused much of his written work on the contributions of Gambian women. My reading of his second book led me to a passage that left me wondering how the great World Wars affected colonized Africans. Our discussion centered on Gambia as an example of how World War II affected Africans ruled by Europeans.
“The majority of Gambians did not understand the war and therefore, did not at first show open support,” wrote Ceesay, as he describes how the Gambia Women War Workers group eventually supported the cause in Gambian Women: Profiles and Historical Notes.
As we walked from the National Museum to the Gambia National Archives, Ceesay added, “But there was a general state of paranoia in the colonial government because Hitler’s people were in Dakar, Senegal, just 150 kilometers (93 miles) away.”
He continued, “Dakar was the capital of French West Africa, therefore, when Paris fell to Hitler, overnight the whole of French West Africa became controlled by the Nazis and French West Africans became suspects to the Allies."
At the Archives, I looked at the original files of mostly Black people detained after being suspected of being Nazi sympathizers, though being a Black Nazi is an oxymoron with Hitler having disliked Blacks as much as he disliked Jews.
In 1942, two years after France surrendered to Germany, one detainee, Bah Faal, a Moor from Mauritania (then a part of French West Africa), claimed that that he was simply selling sheep when he was arrested after being accused of being a French spy. Faal never returned to his wife; he died in detention.
Another person, David Bell, a White man, was deported from British controlled Gambia because he lacked proper identification, was heard making anti-British statements, and was considered a nuisance. In describing his behavior, one entrant wrote he was “loafing about the town among Africans . . . he is no credit to the White race.”
The well manicured Fajara Cemetery in The Gambia is a lasting symbol of the war’s impact on colonized Africa. Many of those buried there are not Gambians says Ceesay, but many are other West Africans, Brits, and Canadians who were on war duties while in the Gambia. Its perpetual care is in the hands of the British.
Like many soldiers, Gambian soldiers were buried where they were killed. The veterans says Ceesay, “got small pensions, but in my research, I have not come across instances where they got such benefits as health care for life.”
Ceesay’s research interest has led him to archives in Banjul; Freetown, Sierre Leone; and London. England. His book, Gambian Women: Profiles and Historical Notes, and his first book, Gambian Women: An Introductory History, are available through the Library of Congress.
Coalition for Smarter Growth's Walking Tours & Forums
Coalition for Smarter Growth's popular Walking Tours & Forums Series continues this year with tours as diverse as H Street, NE - Washington, DC and East Falls Church, Virginia. Besides meeting an array of diverse people and learning what is planned for a community, walkers learn what makes a successful walkable, livable neighborhood.
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