The groundbreaking documentary Tell Them We Are Rising, by award-winning filmmaker #StanelyNelson, premieres on Independent Lens | PBS: Monday, February 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm ET / PT. Thank you AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. for sharing the news. We encourage everyone to watch tonight and share the news. #SupportBlackFilmmakers #HBCURising.

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"Special Lecture for "Black History Month / Part 2: A Focus on Women" featuring

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She also teaches classes in Race and the Law, Evidence, and Gender and Justice. She a former civil rights attorney who litigated cases for Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defe...nse Fund, Inc. Professor Browne-Marshall is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She addresses audiences nationally. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall has spoken on issues of race and the Constitution in Ghana, Rwanda, England, Wales, Canada, and before the United Nations in Geneva.

Sunday, March 25, 2018


IAAFestival Headquarters at 1360 Fulton Street, Suite #401 • Brooklyn, NY 11216 (Bed-Stuy)

ADMISSION: Suggested donation is $10


PHONE: 718.789.3264 or 718.638.6700
SOCIAL MEDIA (@IAAFestival): Facebook + Twitter + Instagram

This program is presented by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO), in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival). Media inquiries for IAAFestival events are directed to or 718.756.8501 office.

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#HipHopMusicIsAfricanMusic and we will uplift it all at #Libation (Sunday, June 4, 2017). Libation is bought to you by @iaafestival as the opening concert for Brooklyn's INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL (which is July 1-4, 2017 at Commodore Barry Park). Headliners: @blitzambassador and @asaseyaa. Featuring MILAGRO: The #CarlosSantana Tribute Band, and Hearts of Steel. Pure Magic is the DJ. . . Libation is for everyone! There will be food, arts and crafts vendors, and much more! Join us from 4pm to 10pm for a full day of family-friendly entertainment. We will be at #BedfordStuyvesantRestorationPlaza located at 1368 Fulton Street in #BedStuy #Brooklyn. . Blitz performance is scheduled for 6pm. Asase Yaa is scheduled for 8:30pm. . . This is a ticketed event. $15 only for the entire day. Tickets are online at Eventbrite (search Libation2017) and will be sold on-site.
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LaNeia Thomas
· July 18, 2017
Great festival with a ton of vendors. I think 2017 had even more vendors than the 2016 festival - seemed like it at least. The festival really could use a large outdoor public tent for people to congr...egate. The sun really beams down on you in the field and it makes it hard to watch the artists. I know its an expense, but would be so worth it to keep visitors around longer to enjoy the music and spend more time with the vendors. See More
Kwame Sha
· July 11, 2017
From the tech point of view the IAAFestival was well coordinated and ran well. Over all the Festival still has room to grow and improve, but given the challenges of location and the small amount of f...unding, this festival still continues to sustain itself while bringing quality crafts, food, family activities and entertainment from the African Diaspora. See More
Avery White
· July 5, 2017
I look forward every year to attending the IAAF for the last 25+ years. While I agree somewhat with 2 of the reviews I read about the noticeable absence of the milenials in the stage productions, and overall attendance, it is the baby boomers and gen ex that birthed the now millenials. Why aren't our children attending/participating stepping up to the plate with community based, African centered events as this? Where were they? The festival output is a mirror reflection of the cultural input based on our cultural mindset, or lack thereof. It is only with all hands on deck can the much needed cultural "evolution" be born and nurtured to maturity. IAFF cannot do it alone. With love and respect� See More
Mars Goodman
· July 4, 2017
i've been attending this event since its days at boys & girls high back in the 80's. i still go annually because it's rejuvenating and good for my spirit + mental health to see people of african desce...nt doing great things. it's especially important with the constant bombardment of negative black imagery permeating throughout the dominant culture.

my only gripe is that i have not seen much evolution, growth or change. the festival seems stagnant and stuck in the radical politics and aesthetics of the baby boomers and gen xers with little input from younger generations. same logo. same queen mother idia mask. same "2 black 2 strong" t-shirt with the fist printed on it and of course, the overdose of ankhs, oils, incense and egyptophilia. the festival needs innovation badly. let's take afro-diasporic culture and consciousness to the next level.
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Roni Anderson
· July 22, 2017
It is always such a pleasure to go to this event...all the vendors selling beautiful African the performances..activities for children... It's so fabulous
Jo Kel
· July 4, 2017
Festival is always the same every year...No accountability for the donations being FORCED upon people visiting a PUBLIC PARK..let alone the overpriced FOOD and other garbage they get you to buy that h...ave nothing to do with the black community, nor is there no accountability for the monies going back into the community from the money they are soliciting from the people who already paid a donation fee.. Not that many black owned and operated vendors.. they buy african statutes and trinkets made in china and pass it off as African and or black owned and operated.. no forums on Financial literacy for the black community. No Prominent and influential performers or entertainers showcasing these events like they used to...i just think they get whatever donations they can get and pocket it for their own use..they need to shut it down and either start over with a new agenda or give it to the white people.. they're gonna take it anyway.. See More
Celeste Brown
· July 4, 2016
I have been going to this event for years before it relocated from the Boys & Girls HS field ( when it was called the African street festival). Unfortunately the event has changed for the worst instea...d of the better.
First off the event entrance fee has always been a voluntary donation. However when I attended with my niece yesterday the woman at the gate went off on her when she said that she had no change. This unidentified woman who was holding a fist full of cash told my niece that she need to support her own and compared the festival donation to the fee you would pay to enter Disney world. LOL.
Clearly this grassless park in the middle of Brooklyn in no way can be compared to going to Disney world. Also, the donation has always been VOLUNTARY and covers nothing within the park. Once you enter the park you have to pay for all the services you receive. So it's pretty ignorant to compare this event in anyway to something like Disney world LOL!
Secondly, all company's requesting donations are required to disclose how the donated money will be used. The money at the gate is being stuffed into an unmarked barrel and the website nor any of the signage in the park discloses this information.
Also, some NOT ALL of the companies with in the festival can be just as rude. For example, I attempted asking a question about the food being served at a vendor called King Halal and just received a blank stare and attitude in response. Against my judgement I stayed in line and ordered a $17.00 meal that was the worst food I have tasted in a longtime! The collard greens needed to be washed because every bite was watery and grainy. The fish smelled and the macaroni was full of some cheese that was not cheddar. This is why events like this don't make it and can't maintain the communities support!
Later on my niece and I went to a Thai restaurant and received courteous service and deliciously prepared food. We had planned to go to the festival for more than one day but after that I couldn't and wouldn't support the event again in the future. — with Amerrah Brown and Beautiful-Amore Skin-Care at International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park.
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Julianna Marie
· July 4, 2015
To the man at the Navy Street and Flushing Avenue entrance a donation is just that a donation not a mandatory fee. How dare you try to insult me and my intelligence because I asked you what the funds... are for. This is a for profit organization that I was entering to spend my hard earned money and because I said I do not want to donate you choose to argue stating that mo one else questioned you well they should. You re collecting money in a barrel drum with no official accounting of the collection who knows how this miney is counted behind the scenes and if people are not lining their pockets with the funds. You placed a distaste in my mouth enough that I chose to go and spend my hard earned money elsewhere. Clearly I'm not the only one who is being pressured to drop money in your drum as others have commented as well. Have some decorum in how you speak to and treat people. See More
Lateef Jawara
· July 5, 2014
I've been an active participant in the #IAAFestival as a vendor since 1976. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the last few years because my family and I moved out of N.Y. to Virginia. However, I... miss the spirit, atmosphere, aroma, entertainment, arts, crafts, music, creativity and family reunion. The facebook page and website are great media outlets, they give me the feeling of being there. To the festival committee, staff, vendors and participants, thank you for 43 wonderful years of promoting and building our culture in Brooklyn. The struggle continues! See More
Tomas Hull
· June 30, 2017
It keep me in touch with my root and enhanced my spirit.
Blacky Black
· July 5, 2014
Informed your people at the gates that suggested donation is not a must! People will give at their own free will and you can't force anyone to give donations.
Kellie Quarles
· July 4, 2014
I have attended off and on for several years and it is always good to experience and embrace the culture of my people. Food, clothing, music, dance, spoken word, you name is there.
Saana A. Malik
· July 3, 2015
It's a event with good people food and crafts from African The entertainment was top notch Talib Kwali just to name a few
Monifa Wilson
· July 20, 2015
Love the fest! I grew up here. I still remember it on Claver Pl. then worked the gate at the High for years. Good to see that we are growing stronger. Peace to the family!
Yonette Goodridge
· November 5, 2015
This event makes me high on life. I enjoy every aspect of it. Can't wait for July 2016 to roll around.
Nafar TwyTwy
· July 6, 2015
Had a wonderful time at the International African arts Festival omg there were so many vendors and food! I had a wonderful time i will definitely be going next year
Georgia A. McIntosh
· July 6, 2014
Had a wonderful time yesterday and will be going back today! It was great seeing so much creativity, love and just plain old fun!
Richard A Honeywell
· June 17, 2015
Still one of the best African arts festivals in the nation. You must experience it at least once in your lifetime.
Tara Collins
· October 26, 2015
Wonderful!!!!! Loved being there enjoyed the culture and the music by DJ Juwandi Barney at the handball courts !!!!
Vida McWhite
· December 11, 2015
The African Arts Festival is an awesome gathering that can enjoyed by all ages.

From our friends at Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. Please share and bring the entire family!


The Center for Black Literature to Present Douglass Relative Lloyd Weaver and Best-Selling Author Herb Boyd to Discuss the Douglass Legacy in the Era of Trump: February 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm (Brooklyn).


In honor of the bicentennial birthday of Frederick Douglass, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (CBL), in conjunction with AKILA WORKSONGS, presents a Black History Month program featuring a talk with Lloyd Weaver, the great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass. “A Celebration of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial” will take place Monday, February 26, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Medgar Evers College at the Edison O. Jackson Auditorium (located at 1638 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Central Brooklyn).

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP and learn more about the featured guests and presenters, visit

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Five Full Days of Celebrating #AfricanSolidarity. Join us Saturday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in #Brooklyn. Details soon come!

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SAVE THE DATE! The 47th International African Arts Festival is 7 Months Away: June 30-July 4, 2018!

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Check this message from April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. regarding one of Brooklyn's esteemed elders, Baba Lloyd Weaver, who is also a direct descendant of FREDERICK DOUGLASS. Contact Ms. Silver if interested in booking Mr. Weaver as a guest speaker at your campus or conference (either before, during, or after the upcoming Douglass Bicentennial this February). All details below. Please share!

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If you're not on Instagram or Twitter, you may have missed my summer announcement about a new client here at AKILA WORKSONGS. We are currently working with Mr. ...Lloyd Weaver, a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass and we are deeply honored to do so. As the great-great grandson of Mr. Douglass, Baba Lloyd (as he is affectionately known) has decided to return to public speaking in order to illuminate the true meaning of the Douglass legacy. Below is a bit of background information on the family lineage, as well as contact information on how you can host Baba Lloyd as a part of your programming agenda this year and in 2018 (the bicentennial of Douglass' birth).

Honoring the 2018 Douglass Bicentennial, A Message from Mr. Lloyd Weaver, Great-Great Grandson of Frederick Douglass

:: The Weaver-Douglass Lineage ::
LLOYD WEAVER was born in 1941 in Washington, D.C. and raised in Harlem, New York. The writer and veteran television producer is the paternal great-great grandson of 19th century abolitionist FREDERICK DOUGLASS. As documented, Weaver is the descendant of Douglass’ daughter Rosetta Douglass Sprague. Douglass’ daughter Rosetta gave birth to Weaver’s grandmother, Estelle Irene Sprague Weaver. Estelle gave birth to Frederick Sprague Weaver, Lloyd Weaver’s father. Weaver’s aunt, Anne Weaver Tebeau, was the custodian of Douglass memorabilia and property. She was regularly engaged with the U.S. National Park Service to assure the proper preservation of Douglass’ personal items. Among the personal effects retained by the family were a pair of eyeglasses which were given to Frederick Sprague Weaver and then to Lloyd Weaver, which he still has in his possession today.

:: Frederick Sprague Weaver ::
Weaver’s father, Frederick Sprague Weaver—a graduate of Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.— was a noted political figure in New York and a weekly columnist for the New York Amsterdam News. He also served as the Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Buildings for the City of New York, an appointed position in the administration of Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri. On several occasions, Weaver was called upon to represent the Douglass Family, most notably during the annual Frederick Douglass Award Dinners held by the New York Urban League. On other occasions, such as school dedications, street dedications, and other community events, the entire Weaver family in New York would make an appearance. In 1953, the Weaver family was invited to visit President Harry S. Truman in the White House in recognition of the significance that Frederick Douglass had to the Office of the President of the United States.

:: A Personal Statement from Mr. Lloyd Weaver (Abbreviated) ::
"For 76 years I have shied away from public recognition of my direct lineage to my great-great grandfather Frederick Douglass. My preoccupation with the struggle for Black liberation and empowerment has marked every stage of my life ... It was only recently (earlier this year) that I became increasingly sensitive about the upcoming Bicentennial celebrations for the birth of my great-great grandfather and how they would be presented throughout the world. I felt compelled to ensure that the legacy of Douglass as a revolutionary man of African ancestry be highlighted. Douglass sought to issue a challenge to African American men and women who are challenged by a racist society. That is an important narrative that must be put in its political and broad context. As a direct descendant of Douglass, my talks about the Douglass family legacy emphasizes the need for strong, devoted African American families. I also highlight the role of Douglass’ first wife, Anna Murray Douglass, an exemplary and heroic Black woman. It was Anna who rallied her and Frederick’s children to stand up and advocate for the cause of African liberation."

For more information or to inquire about speaking engagements or media interviews, contact April R. Silver of AKILA WORKSONGS at 718.756.8501 (office) or

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Join Us for a Lecture and Dialogue
(Past President of the New York Chapter
of the Association of Black Psychologists)


Join us for a lecture entitled “Self-Care as Black Power: Managing Seasonal Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.”

This presentation and dialogue will focus on self-empowerment and self-care. This community forum recognizes the importance of mental health management during the holiday season when financial expectations, excessive commitments, remembrances of love ones and social/family gatherings can trigger stress, anxiety, sadness and loneliness. Dr. Codrington received the 2010-2011 distinguished Bobby E. Wright Award by the Association of Black Psychologists for her exemplary commitment to community service and empowerment. She is a New York state licensed psychologist specializing in children, adolescents, and families. Also, she is founder of Asili Services, Inc., providing holistic and culturally-aligned interventions for individuals, communities, and institutions.

»» Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017
»» Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
»» Venue: IAAFestival Headquarters at 1360 Fulton Street, Suite #401 • Brooklyn, NY 11216 (Bed-Stuy)
»» Admission: Suggested donation is $10

»» Phone: 718.789.3264 or 718.638.6700
»» Email: or

This program is presented by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO), in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival).
»» Media inquiries for IAAFestival events are are directed to or 718.756.8501 office.

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!!VENDORS!! The Super Early Bird Registration for the 47th Annual International African Arts Festival Is Underway!! Email us for the vendor application at or call us 718.638.6700. The super early bird registration deadline is January 6, 2018. Don't delay!

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In case you missed the filled-to-capacity community event, presented by IAAFestival and NAKO featuring David Robinson (son of baseball legend Jackie Robinson), here is the podcast. Please listen (and feel free to share!). The interview starts at 19:25. Thanks BRIC TV and the team at #112BK. Link:

This is 112BK, coming to you from BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn. On today's show: Laurie Cumbo - incumbent running for reelection in Brooklyn's 35th...and baseball legend Jackie Robinson's son. 1

A Discussion With

DAVID ROBINSON is the son of baseball great JACKIE ROBINSON and he has been living and working as a coffee farmer in Tanzania, East Africa for 30+ years. Come out to meet him in person THIS SUNDAY (October 29, 2017) at 3:00pm. Hear his story, learn about investment opportunities, purchase coffee from this second generation coffee worker, and hear his perspective on African development and state of affairs. Robinson will ...also speak on his work in developing a multimedia education, training, and entertainment center in Africa. The entire family is welcome.

» Click this link: to WATCH THE ESPN VIDEO by SPIKE LEE featuring Robinson's family life in Tanzania, the impact of his father's legacy, and his own life long commitment to Africa.

»» Date and Time: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
»» Venue: IAAFestival Headquarters at 1360 Fulton Street, #401 • Brooklyn, NY 11216 (Bed-Stuy)
»» Admission: Suggested donation is $7


»» Phone: 718.789.3264 or 718.638.6700
»» Email: or
»» Social Media (@IAAFestival): Facebook + Twitter + Instagram

This program is presented by the New York Chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO), in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival).

»» Media inquiries for IAAFestival events are are directed to or 718.756.8501 office.

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To everyone and every organization and company that helped make this year's #IAAFestival a success, we offer a heartfelt THANK YOU. We could not have done it without you. Please stay tuned. The best is yet to come!

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The great trombonist Fred Wesley is celebrating his birthday at #IAAF! He is live onstage with the new JB's!!

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In all our celebrating of #IAAFestival and #IAAF2017, let us remember that WBAI 99.5 FM New York needs our support. This listener-supported community radio station has been a friend to IAAFestival for decades. It's our turn to spread the word and do our part to help keep them on the air. Please click the link below for all the details about this urgent matter.

"We still need as many NY people as possible to contact their elected officials in the next few days, briefly tell them of our problem with ESRT [Empire State Reality Trust], ask for their support, ask them to sign onto the resolution, and come to the July 6 press conference (time and location still TBD). You can use the resolution letter that is attached below."

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