Weekend UpdateBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Weekend Update
By Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Sat, Jul 07 2007 by Iquo Essien
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Peace,

The AFRican Blogger

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FIRST SATURDAYS @ BROOKLYN MUSEUM (BKLYN)


Tonight is gonna be too much fun! At 6:00PM, watch Eddie Murphy as the prince of Zamunda in Coming to America, which is STILL one of my favorite films even though its depictions of AFRicans and AFRica are totally stereotypical. I can quote just about every line from this film...

Akeem: "Bark like a dog."
Princess Imani: "Arf arf!"
Akeem: "A big dog."
Princess: "Woof woof woof!"
Akeem: "Hop on one leg."
Princess Imani [hopping while barking]: "Woof woof woof!"

King Jaffe Joffer [Looking at Akeem's McDowell's Employee of the Month picture]: "My son works?!"

Semmi: "I cannot live like this. [Inspects his nails] I am badly in need of a manicure!"

This has to be one of the funniest films of all time. The bone I still have to pick, of course, is that terrible dance sequence. Couldn't they afford some real AFRican dancers? Pick up your free tix at 5:00PM at the Visitor Center.

At 7:00PM, meet at the entrance to American Identities (5th Floor) where Brooklyn's Ferentz Lafargue reads from his new book, Songs in the Key of My Life (free tix are available at the Visitor Center at 6:00PM). Ferentz is a Haitian transplant to BK, Yale PhD, and literature prof at New School University. He is also close friends with several close friends of mine and, consequently, a recent acquaintance.

To be perfectly honest with you, my first impression of Ferentz was that he was bland, uninteresting, and a little bit awkward. But after attending a book talk and hearing him wax poetic on the impact of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on his young development, I changed my mind. This guy can write! Seriously. And he's witty, intelligent, challenging, and compelling. Maybe he doesn't come off that way at first, but Ferentz is definitely worth a second look.

From 8:30PM - 11:00 PM, join fellow punksters for the official dance party culminating the 2007 Afro-Punk Festival with DJs CX Kidtronik and King Cole, bands The Exit and the Dragons of Zynth, and a special performance by Stephanie McKay.

Event Details:

Saturday, July 7, 2007
Target First Saturdays
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway (@ Washington Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cost: FREE
2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
Target First Saturdays

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THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL @ COMMODORE BARRY PARK (BKLYN)


The IAAF ends tomorrow! Last night I passed through and caught a great jazz show, roasted corn, Ray Hands hat stand, and the nice Guyanese guy who sold me my favorite pair of leather sandals last year. If for nothing else, it's a great place to meet, greet, and people watch. ;) Don't forget this years' theme, Kombit, a Haitian tradition of communal achievement. Reflect and respect!

Event Details:

The 36th Annual International AFRican Arts Festival
Commodore Barry Park/Brooklyn Navy Yards
Navy St btw. Park Ave and Flushing Ave
Wednesday, July 4 - Sunday, July 8, 2007
Cost: FREE
International African Arts Festival

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THE SHRINE (HRLM)

Come sample DJ Sirak, DJ Biran and DJ Baba Tundey for the "comeback of the three best AFRican DJ's for Big AFRican night," as the website contends. I don't know if they're the best, but I do know that they're pretty damn good -- I haven't had as much fun at another AFRican party in the city (aside from Somi's CD release party, co-hosted by The AFRican) as I had at The Shrine. It is AFRican-owned and supported, with AFRican bartenders and DJs, a veritable oasis in a dry land. Think of it as your connection to home!

Event Details:

Saturday, July 7, 2007
12:00AM - Until
DJ Sirak, DJ Biran and DJ Baba Tundey @ The Shrine
Ages 21+
Cost: 10 dollars
The Shrine
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (btw 133 & 134 St)
New York, NY 10030
2/3 to 135th Street; B/C to 135th Street
The Shrine

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JUNIOR REID, DJAKOUT MIZIK, JOEY STARR, BLACK ALEX, MECCA aka GRIMO HOSTED BY WYCLEF JEAN & PAPA JUBE @ CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE (MNHTN)


Join Wyclef Jean & Papa Jube for a celebration of music & culture to support Yéle Haiti; presented in collaboration with the Museum for AFRican Art. I have to admit that the only ones I've heard of before are Jr Reid and Papa Jube (and, of course, Wyclef). I'm not really "in" to reggae for some reason. I think the beats are just too slow for me; I like things a little more...fast-paced. However, I'm sure this is gonna be off the chain and of course it's F-R-E-E, which is my language. And it's for a good cause too, Yéle Haiti, Wyclef's nonprofit foundation that uses music, sports and the media to reinforce projects that are making a difference in education, health, environment and community development. Come early if you want a seat!

Event Details:

Sunday, July 8, 2007
3:00PM - 7:00PM
Junior Reid, Djakout Mizik, Joey Starr, Black Alex, Mecca a.k.a GRIMO hosted by Wyclef Jean & Papa Jube
Central Park Summerstage
Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (Enter the park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the west side)
Cost: FREE
East side: 6 train to 68th or 77th Streets
West side: 1, 2, 3, 9, B or C trains to 72nd Street
Central Park Summerstage

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SAK PASE RECORDS PRESENTS: THE OFFICIAL SUMMERSTAGE AFTERPARTY (MNHTN)


After the show, come to SOB's for the official afterparty! Featuring performances by Djakout Mizik, Krezi Mizik, Carimi, Black alex, Mecca aka Grimo. Hosted by Wyclef Jean and Papa Jube.

Event Details:

Sunday, July 8, 2007
8:00PM - 2:00AM
Junior Reid, Djakout Mizik, Joey Starr, Black Alex, Mecca a.k.a GRIMO hosted by Wyclef Jean & Papa Jube
Ages 21+
Cost: 25 dollars
SOB's
204 Varick Street (corner Houston)
New York, NY 10014
1-train to Houston; C-train to Spring Street
SOB's

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