Welcome to Spring! Well at least for many of you. Some states have seen tons of snow since the start of Spring. However, here in the Natural State, we are well on our way to enduring pollen, revamping our yards and making way for outdoor events.
Recently, I have completed my second round of ancestry research and I was excited by the results! 23andMe was the company used because they had an awesome sale at ½ off plus, I used Ebates (free membership + earn $10 when you sign up and shop your 1st $25) to get additional savings. I will be working to share those results very soon. There is no secret that most of my ancestry comes from West Africa! With that said, I have made many connections to my roots and even found local shops here in Central Arkansas: Harambee Market, Hearne Fine Art & Pyramid Bookstore, and The Magic Soul Shop that I have supported over the years!
Along with all these new found discovers I have also made it a point to be more involved in my community and attend African Events! This is what inspired this blog so that I could share with all of you, too. So let’s get into it!
#1 Reading and Booksigning of “My Easter Story” by author: Maria Haskins
Easter is around the corner and this event fits the bill. Unfortunately, since this post, the event has expired, but I want to share this because there are tons of other events going on at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center each month and this is a non-profit Museum that highlights to most amazing African History! There is something for everyone so please click the name in blue and browse the “news and events” section.
#2 Designer Choice Fashion Preview-DCFP by Designer Korto Momolu
If you are a fashion lover, have an appreciation for the arts|charity and can’t get enough of celebrity host, Larenz Tate mark your calendars for April 7, 2018, at the Metroplex! You can purchase tickets at Eventbrite.There are VIP and regular admission pricing, but VIP will go fast. Korto is known for her unique fashion sense, inspired by her Liberian roots. You may have seen her craft of Project Runway All-Stars! This fashion show highlights local|surrounding area designers and proceeds are raised for the Timmons Art Foundation which is a 501c3 non-profit that provides Summer Camp supporting the youth in the arts. Word of advice, make sure that you have your set secured if you are in VIP because if you leave you may come back to a filled seat. Otherwise, the show is always exciting with some of the most amazing talents!
#3 Sip & Twist by Real Natural Salon, Hairstylist Alisha Davis King
This event is perfect for the individual that is natural, has to do their child(ren)s hair, transitioning, or considering going natural! Alisha has reached many across the state and beyond to show them that natural hair is good hair and can be managed by yourself. April 8, 2018, from 4p-7:30p at The Ladies Room Studio Space on 65th St. is where it will be held. Tickets on Eventbrite are sold out because she is offering a 2-for-1 special. I was able to purchase mine at Real Natural Salon so click the link to see if there are any still available on her website. Get signed up and bring a friend, on her!
#4 Classic Context: Maya Angelou
The Arkansas Literacy Festival Presents, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch goes beyond the pages of our beloved Arkansas Native, Maya Angelou’s memoir! This event is FREE! However, please register at Eventbrite so that it will give them a heads up on approximate attendance. The event will take place at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater from 5:30p-8:30p. A screening of the film will flow. I really hope you can take advantage of this awesome event!
#5 The Second Annual Africa Day Fest
You all this is an event that you want to be apart of on Saturday, May 26th, 2018! I was blessed to be at this event last year and it was filled with beautiful people of all backgrounds in celebration of African Culture! It gets better…I present to you another $FREE.99 event! You are more than welcome to register at Eventbrite or just get more details, but it is not necessary. Last year my son and I were blessed to get tribal marks placed on us by the amazing Korto Momolu! I was able to personally ask her what their significance was and she stated, “In Liberia, tribal marks are applied in celebration. They are painted as their tribal costume much like their clothing and tribal jewelry…almost like a finishing touch. This is also, practiced in children’s rights of passage (around sixteen) in addition to them being branded on their bodies permanently.” How rich is that? Look forward to vendors and food for sale, dance performances, a kids zone and a fashion show!
Well now that we have your Spring Agenda worked out for you what do you think? I want to hear about it. Leave a comment and let me know what events you have or will be attending! If you know of something not listed, share that here with the community!
♥ ~Baby Be Better
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