The African Beat

January 27, 2017


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In This Issue:

  • MOAA Frontpage
  • What's New with Your Mayor?
  • Rolling in Resources 
  • You Should Go
  • Get Hired 


Advancing Women Leaders in Africa: A Discussion with Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi 


Join the Women in Public Service Project for a moderated conversation with Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow Dr. Joyce Banda, the former President of Malawi and the first woman to hold that office. 

To attend the event in person, RSVP here.

When: Friday, January 27, 2017 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow Wilson Plaza | 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Washington, DC | 20004

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DTRB-Afrobeat Mix Master Class


Come join DanceThe Royal Beat (DTRB) and learn a full routine to an Afrobeat Mix. Participants will have the opportunity to master the choreography and go home with a full routine completed. This is for all dance levels.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 2:00pm -3:30pm

Where: Dance Place (Edgewood Arts Building) | 3415 8th Street NE | Washington, DC | 20017

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Dish and Sip: Conversations with Cravings


Join Dine Diaspora presents Dish and Sip featuring Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, Museum curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).  

When: Monday, January 30, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: HalfSmoke | 651 Florida Ave. NW | Washington, DC| 20001

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YEP Presents: Career Opportunities in Government and Public Policy featuring Dr. Menna Demessie


Your Ethiopian Professionals (YEP) is presenting: "Career Opportunities in Government and Public Policy" featuring Dr. Menna Demessie, the Vice President of Policy Analysis and Research at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.  

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: Washington Marriott Marquis | George Washington University Room | 901 Massachusetts Ave NW | Washington, DC | 20001

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The 2nd Georgetown Africa Business Conference "A Time For Ownership"


The Georgetown University Africa Business Conference is organizing its second annual conference, themed: “A Time for Ownership: The Future of Business and Governance in Africa”. 

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 9:00am– 6:00pm

Where: Georgetown University | 37th and O Streets NW | Rafik B. Hariri Building | Washington, DC | 20057

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2017 Black History Civil Disobedience-The Revolution Will Not Be Televised!


Taratibu Youth Association (TYA) is hosting its 2017 Black History. The event show kicks off the celebration of 10 years for the organization. This show, "Civil Disobedience-The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", is a hard-hitting statement about protest, resistance and resilience throughout Africa and the diaspora.

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 4:00pm -6:00pm

Where:  THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus | 1901 Mississippi Avenue Southeast | Washington, DC | 20020

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AfropolitanDC (2017 Premiere) - The Black Heritage Experience


AfropolitanDC is back for the 2017 premiere and to kick-off the year in style with "The Black Heritage Experience" as part of Black History Month celebration.Join AfropolitanDC at Cities where culture, heritage & connections collide. 

When: Friday, February 3, 2017 | 6:00pm - Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 12:00 am

Where:  Cities | Washington DC, DC | 20006

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Film and Discussion - We Can’t Breathe: People with Disabilities & Police Violence


The District of Columbia Department on Disability Services (DDS) is hosting a film and discussion, entitled: We Can’t Breathe: People w/Disabilities & Police Violence.

To RSVP, send an email to: or Call: 202-531-9808.

When: Friday, February 10, 2017 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Where: Department on Disability Services-DDS | 250 E St. SW | Washington, DC


Paid Summer Internship-   The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAFA) is seeking a Summer Intern for the Conservation Department. The internship is paid and open to students. 

Deadline for application:  March 15, 2017.

Click here.

Public Library

The D.C Public Library is seeking a plumber. This position is located in the Engineering Unit, Office of Facilities Management, Directorate of Library Business Operations, District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL).  

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Lot Attendant-             Department of Public Works

The District of Columbia Department of Public Works (DPW) Parking Enforcement Management Administration (PEMA) is looking for a Lot Attendant. This position is located in the District of Columbia. 

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Cashier-                           Paradies Lagardère Restaurant

The Food and Beverage Cashier is responsible for totaling and processing guest food and beverage purchases in a restaurant while continuing to deliver outstanding guest service to both external and internal customers.                   

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Motor Vehicle Operator-   OSSE DOT Department

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), within the Division of Student Transportation (DOT) is seeking a Motor Vehicle Operator.     

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Plumber-                             Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins Health System is looking for the Plant Operations Mechanic III. Plumber will perform all necessary functions in the operation, preventive maintenance and repairs of buildings and equipment in a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to plumbing systems. 

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Pest Controller-       Department of Health

The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) is looking for a Pest Controller. This position is located in the DOH, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), Rodent Control Division (RCD). The incumbent serves as a Pest Controller and will be responsible for inspecting buildings dwellings grounds. 

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Immigrant Justice Legal Services Mixer 


Please join the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA), the Mayor's Office on Asian Pacific Island Affairs (MOAPIA), and the Mayors Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) at the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Mixer to explore the ways that you, your firm, and community-based organization can become involved with the Mayor's Immigrant Justice Legal Services initiative.

At this event, you will have a chance to mix and mingle while gaining more insight on how we can join efforts in providing immigration services across the District.

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Where: Franklin D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs Foyer | 2000 14th St NW | Washington, DC | 20009

To RSVP for the Immigration Justice Legal Service Mixer click here.

FY 2017 Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant (IJLS)


The Justice Legal Services Grant program will make a total of $500,000 available to fund programs that provide targeted services and resources to the DC immigrant population and their family members. The FY 2017 Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant Program will award one-time grants of up to $150,000 to organizations with a current and valid 501(c)(3) status as well as private organizations, associations and law firms that plan to mobilize pro bono services in order to provide immigration legal services.

For more information on the Immigration Justice Legal Service Grant click here.

Black History Month Celebration - Save the Date 

Black  History Month 2017

Join the EKO | African Diaspora Coding Academy 4th Mobile Application Training Class 


The Mayor's Office on African Affairs is launching its 4th EKO | African Diaspora Coding Academy's Mobile Application Training class. The class will be held once a week for five (5) weeks on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. 

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a District Resident
  • Must be unemployed or underemployed (working less than 32 hours per week)
  • 18 years or older
  • Must have basic computer skills (No prior coding experience necessary)

Click here to apply

EKO | African Diaspora Coding Academy is a program developed in partnership with Coders4Africa (C4A), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), and DCHR’s Center for Learning and Development to provide greater access to introductory classes of coding software design and application development to 120 African born residents in the District of Columbia. 

Watch video to learn more about EKO

MOAA Monthly Commissioner’s Meeting


Community Conversations with Mayor Bowser


Join Mayor Muriel Bowser on a Community Conversations call to discuss public safety in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 1:00pm. The Community Conversations call will focus on gathering input from residents regarding public safety in DC. 

Residents wishing to join the public safety Community Conversations call can register in advance.

Simultaneus tanslation will be available in Spanish, Amharic, and Mandarin Chinese.

To Register click Here

Mayor Bowser Calls on DC Council to Permanently Expand the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program


On Friday, January 27, 2017, Mayor Bowser called on the DC Council to give more young Washingtonians the opportunity to gain critical job skills by permanently expanding the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. In 2015, Mayor Bowser expanded the program to include DC residents ages 22-24. In 2016, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) received 2,688 applications from young adults ages 22 to 24 – a 6.4 percent increase from 2015. 

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Mayor Bowser Speaks on Washington, DC’s Status as a Sanctuary City


D.C. is still a sanctuary city, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser affirmed on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 evening, although President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from cities that decline to help his administration in round up and deport people. The mayor said that she and her legal team were still reviewing the executive order at a hastily called press conference in the John Wilson Building.

In case you missed Mayor Bowser's speech, watch the video here

District Unemployment Rate Improves to 5.8 Percent, Down from 7.5 Percent When Bowser Administration Took Office


On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in December – down 0.2 percentage points from the reported November unemployment rate, down 0.7 percentage points from one year ago, and down 1.7 percentage points since Mayor Muriel Bowser was sworn into office on January 5, 2015.

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Knighthood of New Dawn for African diaspora creatives


When the prestigious Knighthood by the Queen of England holds in June this year, two Africans, whose works in art and design are highly revered globally, would assert the importance of Africa to the world’s contemporary creative landscape. Nigerian-British artist, Chris Ofili, and his Ghanaian counterpart, architect, David Adjaye, also based in the U.K., are on the list of the Queen’s Knighthood honors. It is part of the event that marks the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

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This Online Retailer Wants to Make African Brands Household Names


How does one go about defining a continent's personal style? Is such a significant undertaking even possible? Those are some of the questions Akin Adebowale is trying to answer when it comes to African fashion with the luxurious e-commerce platform named Oxosi. 

Developed in 2011, the site aims to provide a voice that encapsulates every region on the continent and throughout the diaspora with ready-to-wear clothes and beauty.

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Apply for DC's Public School Lottery

The My School DC lottery application for school year 2017-18 is open. The deadline to apply for grades 9-12 is February 1, 2017, and the deadline to apply for grades PK3-8 is March 1, 2017. The application is an online-only application available at

Watch video on how to apply: English | Amharic | French

Download your guide to the My School DC process here: English | Amharic | French

For more information click here: Amharic | French



2017 Young Professionals Mentoring Program

The 2017 Young Professionals Mentoring Program (YMP) is open. The YMP is an annual career and leadership development program, designed to empower young professionals with the skills they need to actualize their personal and professional goals.

The applications for the 2017 cohort are being accepted through February 11, 2017.

Register here:

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Grants Planning Training Series: Establishing Successful Partnerships

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Grants Planning Committee (GPC) cordially invites you to participate in the Establishing Successful Partnerships, the second in the GPC Training Series. This training will bring together leaders from government and the private sector to provide participants with insights on how to initiate, sustain and leverage partnerships to enhance the work of your agency.

When:  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:30am

Where: 441 4th Street | District City Wide Conference Center | 1107-S

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SBRC One-On-One Session: Basic Steps to Obtaining a Business License

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) staff will provide one-on-one assistance with navigating through the regulatory process. During this session, participants will gain in-depth knowledge of registering with corporations (i.e. Limited Liability Company, Corporations, Non-Profit, etc.) and with the basic steps of obtaining a business license.

When: Monday, January 30, 2017 | 10:00am - 10:30am

Where: DCRA Small Business Resource Center | 1100 4TH Street, SW | E-268 | Washington, DC | 20024

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

The Foundation Center is offering classes on how to start fundraising for a project or idea. This class will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to generate a standard project budget for a foundation proposal.  The instructor will provide insight on the basic components of a project budget including income and expenses, how to estimate the realistic cost of a project and what other financial documents that also need to submit with a proposal

When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Where: The Foundation Center-Washington, DC | 1627 K Street NW | Third Floor | Washington, DC | 20006

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Hands Only CPR/AED Awareness Training-MPD 1st District Headquarters

Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to give D.C. residents the skills they need to help save lives. This is why the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) is offering a number of free classes on the basics of hands-only CPR and AED awareness. Attendees take part in a 20 minutes training to learn hands-only CPR, a technique that uses chest compressions without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

When: Friday, February 3, 2017 | 2:30pm

Where: 101 M Street Southwest | Washington, DC | 20024

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