Africa Now June 8, 2016
Topics: Commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month with Films; and Stepping's Story, Art and Sound
Topics and Guests: In stepping the body is a musical instrument that creates intricate rhythms through footsteps, claps, and the spoken word. Today Africa Now! focuses on stepping's art form, its sound and story as the show commemorates June as African American Music Appreciation Month. Joining Africa Now! today to talk about the story and the art form of stepping, and about Step Afrika! is Mr. C. Brian Williams. Mr. C. Brian Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of Step Afrika! who founded Step Afrika! in 1994—the county’s first nonprofit devoted to the art of stepping. Brian Williams has performed, lectured and taught in Europe, South & Central America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. Mr. Williams is a recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Art Award for Innovation in the Arts and the Pola Nirenska Award for Contemporary Achievement in Dance. Most recently, Brian Williams received an appointment from Mayor Muriel E. Bowser to serve as a Commissioner for the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities.
June is Caribbean American Heritage Month. A major event part of celebration is the DC Caribbean Filmfest. From June 10 – 12 in its 16th year, the DC Caribbean Filmfest will be showing films that display the diversity of the Caribbean. There films from all over the Caribbean: Barbados, Cuba, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and more. The event is presented by Caribbean Association of World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI), Caribbean Professional Network (CPN), Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), AFI Silver and Africa World Now Project. Joining Africa Now! to discuss the Caribbean American Heritage Month and the 16th DC Caribbean Filmfest is Ms. Patricia Moran of Caribbean Association of World Bank IMF Staff (CAWI).
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