The African Beat

February 10, 2017


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In This Issue:

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


Will Masters on African Nutrition Transition & Agricultural Transformation


The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Global Agriculture Seminar Series presents Dr. Will Masters, Professor at Tufts University, on the “Nutrition Transitions and Agricultural Transformation in Africa”. 

When: Monday, February 13, 2017 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Where: Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies | 1740 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest | Room 806 | Washington, DC | 20036

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Foreign Investment in Africa: A Conversation with Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah


Hudson Institute will host a discussion on Nigeria’s efforts to attract foreign investment with Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. 

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 11:45am - 1:30pm

Where: Hudson Institute | 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW | Suite 400 | Washington, DC | 20004

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Docent Led Tour I Am Africa


Join Adventures for Creative Tourists group to celebrate Black History Month with the docent-led highlights tour I AM Africa. Visitors are invited to take a journey through the galleries while considering what a work of art can tell the organizers about a person or community in Africa.

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue Southwest | Washington, DC | 20560

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Ni Dembaya West African Drum & Dance Class


Join in the good vibes with Ni Demabaya every Sunday for West African Drum and Dance class. The dance class features a thorough warm up of the body and exploration of sacred movement through West African and African Diaspora dance with a solid foundation of technique and fun and funky choreography.

When: Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 1:45pm - 4:15pm 

Where: Riverside Healthy Living Center | 5200 Foote Street Northeast | Washington, DC | 20019

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The World Bank Africa Knowledge Fest!


Please join the World Bank for the first-ever Africa Knowledge Fest to explore with experts the most recent, relevant knowledge products and celebrate some of the most dynamic thinkers on Africa’s development today and enjoy a live musical performance by celebrated jazz bassist Richard Bona.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 9:00am - 6:00pm

Where: The World Bank Headquarters | 1818 H Street, NW Washington | JDW Atrium & Preston Auditorium | Washington, DC | 20433

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National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day


On February 22, 2017 the Alliance for Aging Research will take action to improve awareness of the risks and symptoms of heart valve disease, increase detection and treatment, and ultimately save lives.

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Where: Capitol Building | Room HC-8 | East Capitol St NE & First St SE | Washington, DC | 20004

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East$ide Golden / User Discretion is presenting #TRAPIKA: a journey through the diaspora, themed to the tune of Trap. An experience sure to change lives… unlike any other you've ever seen or heard before.

When: Friday, February 24, 2017 | 9:00pm - Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 3:00am

Where: Hands On Drums | 600 Rhode Island Ave NE | Washington, DC | 20002

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DPR's Human Resources Division 2017 Summer Employment-
Department of Parks and Recreation

DPR's Human Resources offers summer employment opportunities for the following positions at DPR: Aquatics, Camps and Operations. For each job interested applicants should click on the position's specific "employment application" link. 

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Nurse Practitioner
Department of Behavioral Health

This position is located in the Office of Medical Affairs and has a dotted line to the Chief Nursing Executive. The incumbent provides independent general medical care and treatment to Saint Elizabeths Hospital consumers including performing physical examinations and preventive health measures.

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Cooks and Servers and Bartenders
Areas USA DCA 

Areas USA DCA is now hiring Bartenders, Servers, and Cooks for Sam and Harry's a full service restaurant in Regan National International Airport. Areas USA DCA are looking for responsible, team-oriented people. Job responsibilities include setting up for service, servicing the guest with food and beverages.

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Administrative Support Assistant
Department of Public Services

The DC Public Library is seeking  an Administrative Support Assistant to provide administrative and front-office support to the Assistant Directors of Public Services, Public Services Operations Managers as well as other senior level managers as necessary. 

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Staff Assistant
Metropolitan Police Department

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is seeking a staff assistant. This position is located with the Metropolitan Police Department, Professional Development Bureau, and Recruiting Division.

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Del Frisco's Grille

Del Frisco's Grille is looking for a server to help continue to meet and exceed their guests’ expectations. Del Frisco's Grille is a modern twist on the classic bar and grill, with an energetic bar scene, true hospitality and a menu of prime steaks, fresh seafood and modern American cuisine, providing guests with a familiar, yet exciting atmosphere fresh, approachable fare and genuine hospitality.

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Home Cleaner

Handy, the leading platform for connecting individuals is looking for household services with top-quality, pre-screened independent service professionals. From home cleaning to handyman services, Handy instantly matches thousands of customers every week with trusted professionals in cities all around the world.

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

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

Application deadlineMarch 15, 2017.

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Critical Missing Person: Yididya Endashaw


The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Yididya Endashaw, who was reported missing on Sunday, February 5, 2017. He was last seen in the 100 block of Wayne Place, Southeast.

Yididya Endashaw is described as a black male, 5’8” in height, 150 pounds, with a light complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. He was last seen wearing a green shirt, black jeans,black jacket, and black sneakers without shoe laces. He may be in need of medication.

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 Black History Month Celebration 


Mayor Muriel Bowser presents A Celebration of Black History Month Honoring African American, African and Afro-Latino History, Arts and Culture.

Performances by local artists, discussions by leading scholars and a presentation from the Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia, Dolores Kendrick.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm

Where: Historic Lincoln Theatre | 1215 U Street, NW | Washington DC | 20009

Doors open at 6:00 PM | Free admission 

6:30 pm

The District’s African Diaspora: Communities in Conversation

Panel discussion presented by the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs.

8:00 pm

The Women of Plums II

A theatrical adaptation of the book The Women of Plums by DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick. Featuring poems written in the voices of slave women who relate lives of appalling deprivation in lyrical monologues, with dance, music and visual arts. Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

RSVP for a Celebration of Black History Month here

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 hosts Immigrant Justice Legal Services Mixer 


On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA), in partnership with the the Mayor's Office on Asian Pacific Island Affairs (MOAPIA), and the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA)hosted the Immigrant Justice, Legal Services Mixer at the Franklin D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs Foyer with close to 100 attendees. The mixer was a networking opportunity for immigration service providers and attorneys to meet with community-based organizations leaders to extend support and grow resources through the Mayor's Immigrant Justice Legal Services initiative.

MOAA’s Director Mamadou Samba Attends Georgetown University Town Hall on Immigration 


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) and the African Studies Program hosted a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017 to give support, resources, and answers to a variety of questions by students, faculty, and staff affected by the recent executive orders banning immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.

As a  panel discussant, Mamadou Samba, Director of the D.C. Mayor’s Office of African Affairs (MOAA) echoed the concerns of the African immigrant community in regards to protection of religious freedoms going forward, but advised people not to be afraid.

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Budget Engagement Forums


Throughout February, the Bowser Administration is engaging residents from all eight wards to discuss DC's budget and collect feedback. As part of the process, Mayor Bowser will host Budget Engagement Forums, designed as interactive discussions where DC residents can provide input to help shape the Administration's priorities.

Mayor Bowser will also host an Employee Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, February 21 so that employees have an opportunity to share their budget ideas. 

Register for a Budget Engagement Forum using the links below:

Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School (3950 Chesapeake Street, NW)

Saturday, February 25, at 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE)

Monday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (3101 16th Street, NW)

Mayor Bowser Launches DC's Resilience Effort with 100 Resilient Cities 


On Thursday, February 9 ,2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser; Rashad Young, City Administrator for the Executive Office of the Mayor; Andrew Salkin, Senior Vice-President of City Solutions, 100 Resilient Cities; and District stakeholders joined 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) to launch the first year of Resilience-Agenda Setting Workshop in Washington, DC. 

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Mayor Bowser Announces UDC Workforce Edge Partnership, Celebrated District of Columbia University Partnership Scholarship Recipients


On Friday, February 3, 2017, in recognition of Education Week in Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and University of the District of Columbia (UDC) President Ronald Mason launched the UDC Workforce Edge (UDC-WE) partnership, a program that will support adult learners who want to get a high school diploma or a GED. 

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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.


Three Africans Shine in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List


This year’s Forbes’ 30 under 30 list is brimming with ‘black excellence’. From entrepreneurs, to scientists, to media personalities and athletes, it is refreshing to see how much impact the black community is having on the world. What is most exciting is the three star Africans who have been featured on the list. Among this year’s finalists are Augusta Umamanzu-Nna (18), Kwame Onwuachi (26) and Yaa Gyasi (27).

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Meet Dr. Emmanuel Agu, the Sober Test App Developer

Dr. Emmanuel Agu of Worcester Polytechnic passion for mobile health innovations has led him to come up with the AlcoGait App which would ease user’s peace of mind when they go out to have some fun. 

This breakthrough app is designed to monitor the steps of the user in order to ascertain whether he or she is sober enough to drive. AlcoGait is being designed to link to a person’s mobile phone in order to continuously monitor any changes in walking patterns.

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Pre-bidders Conference: FY17 IJLS Grant 

The Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) is organizing the Pre-bidders Conference: FY17 IJLS Grant. All Applicants who have questions regarding the Immigrant Justice Legal Services (IJLS) Grant Request for Applications (RFA) are encouraged to attend one of the pre-bidders’ meetings.

When: Monday, February 13, 2017 | 10:00am -11:30am

Where: Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs | 2000 14th Street Northwest | Room 200 | Washington, DC | 20009

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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:

For more information:

DPR Offers International Lifeguard Training Courses for Summer 2017

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to offer International Lifeguard Training courses for Summer 2017. Courses will be offered through May 2017. DPR employs certified International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) lifeguards year round in order to serve District residents and guests at DPR Aquatic Facilities.

To register click here

Azonto Style Dance Health and Wellness

New Azonto Style Dance Health Classes will start classes. There are two components that make Azonto Style Dance Health and Wellness Consulting great: Azonto Style Dance Health fitness classes - an African- based dance fitness workout program and Health Wellness Coaching - a tailored health coaching program.

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Where: CityDance POP | Tenleytown | Washington, DC - 435 Wisconsin Ave | Washington, DC | 20016

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BPHSN: Communities of Color Health Conference

The Black Public Health Student Network is organizing a panel discussions on an array of topics including education, housing, healthcare, and criminal justice to present people with the opportunity to engage with professionals with different backgrounds, different voices, and different perceptions.

When: Friday, February 24, 2017 | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Milken Institute School of Public Health | 950 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest | Washington, DC | 20052

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DC Oral History Collaborative Community Meeting

HumanitiesDC and the Historical Society of Washington, DC are proud to announce the DC Oral History Collaborative.  The DC Oral History Collaborative is an ambitious city-wide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents and communities through the collection of oral histories.

When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Where:  Southeast Library | 403 7th St SE | SOE Meeting Room | Washington, DC | 20003

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