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African Diaspora for Change has teamed up with Howard University and Ghanaian documentary filmmaker Kobina Aidoo to present “The Neo African Americans.” Students, faculty, staff and the public is invited to screen Aidoo’s documentary film by the same name, which examines how rapid voluntary immigration from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America to the United States is transforming the “African American” narrative.
“The Neo African Americans” is an attempt to start a public conversation about this very important untold story and offer a more balanced view of the people behind the story — the diverse people of the black diaspora.
A panel discussion, moderated by Howard University associate professor of history Dr. Jeanne Maddox Toungara will follow the film screening. Panelists include:
Dr. Jules P. Harrell, Howard University Professor of Psychology
Dr. Quito J. Swan, Howard University assistant professor of history
Dedrick Muhammad, senior organizer and research associate for the Inequality and the Common Good project at the Institute for Policy Studies
Mandinema Kumbula-Fraser, former executive chair of the board of directors for Constituency for Africa.
“After people see this film, I hope they think, talk and transform,” Aidoo declared. “Think about their own experiences, talk about them openly and honestly to gain perspective from outside their own biased lenses and begin to transform our interracial and intra-racial relationships for the better.”
The dialogue is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to RSVP by visiting the ADC website, www.ad4change.org.
Slap the Donkey, by filmmaker Edward J. Harris, Jr. is narrated by Danny Glover and features such notable luminaries and public intellectuals as Percy Sutton, Dr. Ron Daniels, and Dr. Cornel West. Slap the Donkey was recently featured in Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications Film Festival in New York, NY at the Magic Johnson Theater in Harlem.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by journalist and CNN correspondent Jamal Simmons with guests XM Satellite Radio host Joe Madison, IPS scholar Dedrick Muhammad, and actor/producer Doug E. Doug.
Slap the Donkey takes a critical look at black politics at the start of the 21st century, while tracking Al Sharpton’s 2004 bid for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. The documentary features commentary and interviews from members of the Democratic Party, such as George McGovern and Joseph Lieberman. The film also features well-known figures in the African American community such as Jesse Jackson Jr. and Herb Boyd.
Admission is $10.00 tickets can be purchased at E Street Cinemas. For more information about Harris’ film or to interview Harris, please call 646-217-9995 or email slapthedonkey [at] gmail [dot] com.
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