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Celebrating 7 Years of Black President’s Day

ThatKellieGirl at the Black President’s Day 7 Year Celebration

ThatKellieGirl was on the scene for the Black President’s Day on Thursday.  This is one of my favorite annual events.  Produced by Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi, founder of Lil SoSo Production, Black President’s Day serves as the official DC tribute to Afrobeat creator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

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Freedom Friday

Hello Good People,

TGIF! :-)

Some of you have wondered why ThatKellieGirl hasn’t been on the scene this week.  Well, I’ve been preparing to travel to Africa, specifically Nigeria, for my job.  So in a couple of hours, I”ll head across the Atlantic Ocean to the Motherland. :-)  I don’t think it will really hit me until I am sitting in the airplane.

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Black November

ThatKellieGirl attends the Black November screening at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 8, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Hello Good People!

I hope each of you are having a wonderful day so far.  I am still beaming after attending the screening of the film, Black November at the Kennedy Center yesterday evening.  It was truly a red carpet affair! :-)

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Get Some Culture

I attended the first screening for the Nollywood Film Festival.  I recommend getting there early, because seats go fast.  Once the seats are gone, no one can enter the building.

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Nigerian cinema, or “Nollywood,” has become one of the largest film industries in the world. Documentaries and feature films highlight the production values and narrative content of this cinema on the rise. 

In Nollywood Lady (2008, 52 min, English subtitles, directed by Dorothee Wenner), Peace Anyiam-Fibresima — an impresario of showbiz and an impassioned spokeswoman for the thriving and innovative African film industry — is the “Nollywood Lady.” An ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures, she is reshaping the way Africans see themselves—and how the world sees Africans. Sharing her vision for transforming preconceptions about Africa and African images with filmmaker Dorothee Wenner, Anyiam-Fibresima takes viewers on an all-access tour to film locations, markets, and sit-downs with Nollywood professionals in the vibrant production hub of Lagos. Rounding out this insider’s primer to a dynamic $250 million industry are several clips from the more than 1,500 direct-to-video, mostly low-budget, culturally distinct and immensely popular Nollywood films produced each year.

Discussion with Peace Anyiam-Fibresima follows screening.

@National Museum of African Art

Lecture Hall, Sublevel 2

950 Independence Avenue SW

http://www.nmafa.si.edu/index2.html

FREE!

Screenings are every Thursday during Black History Month.

Ke ma Rocky

I am so excited when I hear something fresh especially within gospel music.  TolumiDE (pronounced toe-LU-me-day) is a singer-song writer who grew up in Nigeria.  She is a talented recording artist with her African flair and inspirational musical stylings.  Her stage name is a collaboration of her first name Tolulope and her last name, Olumide, which means “Thank you God” in her native language of Yoruba.

Check out her track …My Love (Ke me Rocky).  It’s an uplifting song with a fun beat.

Want to hear more? Check out her website.

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