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Upcoming Events


Comic Relief For Puerto Rico

A Charity Fundraising Event

 - OCHO is sponsoring this fun-filled event to raise funds for Hurricane Maria Relief and Restoration Projects in Puerto Rico
Who: Come out to see an all-star comedic line-up. Featuring comedians Melissa Diaz and Rojo Perez. Headlining will be Author of the book "Pardon My Spanglish", and Comedy Central Comedian; Bill Santiago.
- Come out, have a few drinks, laugh, and help support Puerto Rico!
* Raffles and merchandise will also be available*

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PLAYING IN THE SUN: A PHOTO PROJECT ON AFRO-DOMINICANS IN NEW YORK CITY
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018 | 6:00PM
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018 | 8:00PM
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035

Join us for the final part of Dr. Grieselda Rodriguez 3- part Sankofa Series: AfroLatin@s of the 21st Century.

The Sankofa Series culminates with a panel discussion on the project “Playing in the Sun”. Playing in the Sun is a photojournalistic project that highlights Afro-Dominicans; the journey of self-actualization. The project's' participants will share stories of being Black Latinos in New York City. “El negro tras de las oreja”, or “Black behind the ears”, is a common expression in The Dominican Republic. It captures the complicated, and often-misunderstood relationship that the country has with its African ancestry. By denoting that Dominicans are “Black behind the ears”, the phrase points to the fact that the African aspect of Dominican identity is ever-present regardless of its denial.

A denial of Blackness, as a pivotal anchor in the formation of the Dominican nation, runs deep and pierces much of daily life. This denial laces Dominican history. It has also led to tumultuous relationships with its neighboring country Haiti. Extreme measures are often taken to ensure that this Blackness remains behind the ears. For example, children dissuaded from playing in the sun for fear of darkening their skin. Yet, Afro-Dominicans have defied these messages and embrace a Black identity. They proudly play in the sun.

When: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Where:  Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute - 120 East 125th Street - New York, NY 10035

Admission: $7 - $10 






 


ANCESTORS IN TRAINING: WRITING THE FUTURE W/VERONICA AGARD
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
 
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Insisitute 
FREE

“We are the ancestors of the future and what we do now will have an impact.” - Yeye Luisah Teish

This is part 1 of the 3-part Ancestors in Training Series creating and facilitated by Verionca Agard.

How can we live lives that our descendants and the next seven generations can be proud of? How can we walk with integrity in the face of an uncertain future? As New Age science catches up with ancient and sacred technologies, what will we do with the tools that we’ve been given? During this exploratory workshop, collaborators will explore these questions through a guided healing practice featuring mixed media, discussion groups and writing with the intention of rediscovering how to navigate being Ancestors in Training.

PROGRAMMING
Thursday, September 13 - Ancestors in Training - Queering Divinity 
Thursday, October 11 - Ancestors in Training - Activation Through Movement 

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (120 East 125th Street, East Harlem)

Admission: $10.00 




TASTE JOY: A MENTAL WELLNESS WORKSHOP FOR QTPOC
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM
 
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035
 FREE

"Taste Joy", will explore herbs and essential oils used in culinary settings to liven one's mood. The menu will include honeysuckle lemonade, lemon cupcakes with lavender icing, sorrel with ginger and rosehips, and rosewater lime sorbet. It is also a community potluck and participants are encouraged to bring a dish that brings them joy. We will sit on a painting made especially for the occasion, opening with a meditation and live improvised cello music. There will be free tarot readings for participants if they desire them. Come to create a communal space for wellness. Come taste joy.

Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow, Zellie Monton's Rose Petal Refuge: Taste Joy is one of three workshops supported by The Laundromat Project through its 2018 Create Change Residency program.


When: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (120 East 125th Street, East Harlem)

Admission: FREE