The African Beat

February 24, 2017


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In This Issue:

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


South African Wine Safari


The staff of Wardman Wines are chosen specifically for their geek cred. Come join them for one or a series of seminars where Wardman Wines dive deep into grapes, places, and the parts of wine that matter most.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Wardman Wines | 625 Monroe Street Northeast | Suite A7 | Washington, DC| 20017

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The Emerge Project - Countdown to Liftoff!


The Emerge Project is organizing The Emerge Project - Countdown to Liftoff. Celebrating and cultivating Black ingenuity around the world, starting in South Africa and Brazil. That's what The Emerge Project is setting out to do.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: The Potter's House | 1658 Columbia Road | Washington, DC | 20009

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A Taste of Africa 




Enchanting West African performances are coming to The Barns soon. On March 1,2017 witness the "startling, neoclassical fusion" (The Guardian) of entrancing duo Ballaké Sissoko of Mali and French cellist Vincent Segal.

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 8:00pm

Where: WolfTrap Foundation |1645 Trap Road, Vienna, VA | 22182

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Tours in French at the National Museum of African Art


In celebration of the month of Francophonie, Alliance Francaise de Washington, DC is pleased to offer guided tours in French of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA).

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

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AfropolitanDC Presents "The Blueprint"


Join DrumPulse Entertainment for another amazing evening of connections and culture over cocktails at DMV's largest &most diverse Afro-Caribbean mixer for over 600 Diaspora professionals.

When: Friday, March 3, 2017 | 6:00pm -11:00pm

Where: Corcoran School of the Arts & Design @ GW | 500 17th St NW | Washington, DC | 20006

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Exquisite Ghana Ball Ft Live Performance By Runtown (Official Ghana @ 60 Independence Celebration)


DrumPulse Entertainment is organizing the Exquisite Ghana Ball Ft Live Performance By Runtown (Official Ghana @ 60 Independence Celebration). DMV's top African event production companies and promoters are uniting to bring to the diaspora a historic Ghana Independence Celebration.

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 10:00pm - Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 3:00am

Where: Howard Theatre | 620 T Street,NW | Washington DC, DC | 20001

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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 seeking a Summer Intern for the Conservation Department. 

Deadline for application:  March 15, 2017

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President and chief executive officer (CEO)- The District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA)

The District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPCA) has retained Slesinger Management Services to recruit a dynamic, visionary, and innovative leader with experience in healthcare and underserved communities to serve as president and chief executive officer (CEO).

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Environmental Protection Specialist-
Department of Energy and Environment

The incumbent serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Stormwater Management Division, Office of Natural Resources, District Department of the Environment. 

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Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist-
Department of Energy and Environment

This position is located in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The incumbent in this position serves as the Associate Director, with responsibility for the day-to-day operation and administration of the division, which includes the Water Resource Protection and Mitigation Branch and the Building Permit and Plan Review Branch.

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Public Library, DC

The D.C. Public Library is looking for an Archivist. The Archivist is responsible for assisting, patrons/researchers with reference questions, supporting collection development activities, supporting digitization efforts, helping supervise and train interns and volunteers, and assisting the Special Collections Manager with public programs, exhibits, and publications.

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Front Desk Receptionist-
Community Management Solutions LLC - Washington, DC

Multi-Family Residential complex looking for a Front Desk Receptionist with great customer service skills to act as a liaison, provide services, information and resolve any emerging problems that our tenants might face with accuracy and efficiency. 

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Food Truck Manager & short order Cook-
Charming Nomad

Charming Nomad is looking to hire a responsible, customer-service focused, FUN, hard-working individual with a flexible schedule: 30 – 40 hours or more per week including some weekdays, weeknights, and weekends.

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Retail Sales Associate-
Event Network, Inc

Event Network, Inc are searching for friendly, enthusiastic and reliable retail talent who love interacting with guests and who are committed to delivering outstanding guest service.

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MOAA hosts A Celebration of Black History Month 

Director Mamadou Samba with the moderator Quito Swann and speakers Nemata Blyden, Elvia Duque, Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr and Shellée M. Haynesworth

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) in collaboration with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs (MOAAA) and the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) hosted A Celebration of Black History Month. As part of MOAA's Multicultural Awareness and Development Program, the evening honored African American, African and Afro-Latino history, arts and culture.

Over 600 people attended the event and had the opportunity to explore historical, cultural, and contemporary ties between African, African-American, and Afro-Latino communities. 

DC Black History 2017 Film Festival 


Come join the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA) in Conjunction with the Urban Film Review, the Dc Mayor's Offices on African American Affairs, Latino Affairs, Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Office on Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment, and DC native Actor Lamman Rucker for the 2017 DC Black History Film Festival.

When: Sunday, February 26, 2017 | 2:00pm -5:00pm

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

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Join the EKO | African Diaspora Coding Academy 4th Mobile Application Training Class on Saturday, February 25, 2017


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 beginning Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Future 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)

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

Panel Discussion: Afro-Latinos in the District of Columbia


Join the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in collaboration with the DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA) for the panel discussion with DC community advocates, international development practitioners and entrepreneurs while celebrating and acknowledging Afro Latinos' experience in, and contribution to, the District of Columbia. 

When: Friday, February 24, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: 1901 Fort Place SE | Washington, DC | 20020

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Join Mayor Bowser's Budget Engagement Forums


Mayor Bowser is currently hosting Budget Engagement Forums, designed as interactive discussions where DC residents from all eight wards are providing input to help shape the Administration's priorities.

The 1st Budget Engagement Forums was scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at Wilson High School. The following ones are scheduled for Saturday, February 21 at Anacostia High School, and Monday, February 23 at Dunbar High School.

Register for a Budget Engagement Forum using the links below:

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 Names Peter Newsham as Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police

MOAA team congratulates Peter Newsham as new MPD Chief of Police

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Mayor Bowser announced that she has nominated 28-year Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) veteran and longtime deputy to former MPD Chief Cathy Lanier, Peter Newsham, as the next MPD Chief of Police. Newsham joined MPD in 1989 and has served as Interim Chief of Police since September 2016.

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Mayor Bowser Highlights FEMS Reforms and New Legislation to Cover Cost of Ambulance Transport


On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Chief Gregory Dean to highlight the significant improvements made at FEMS in just two years. Under the Bowser Administration, the Department has made a number of reforms to ensure the city is delivering the most immediate, responsible, and appropriate level of care to all residents and visitors who call 911 seeking medical assistance.

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Mayor Bowser Announces Government Employee Residency Act of 2017


On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Mayor Bowser announced legislation that will offer new incentives for DC residents to become DC Government employees. Since coming into office, Mayor Bowser has put an emphasis on ensuring that more DC Government employees are also DC residents, and in fiscal year 2016, 51 percent of all DC Government hires were DC residents.

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African Immigration to U.S. Keeps Rising


The United States remains a popular destination for immigrants from Africa, according to the U.S.-based Pew Research Center. The number of African immigrants coming to the U.S. has more than doubled since 2000, Pew said in a new report. The organization said that as of 2015, 2.1 million African-born people were living in the United States. That number is up from 880,000 in 2000. Back in 1970, there were just 80,000.

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Importing African Innovation To Silicon Valley: 5 DEMO Africa Startups Compete On Their Own Terms 


Five winning startups from DEMO Africa 2016 are in California this week to compete with tech startups from Silicon Valley and around the world, and hopefully attract venture capital through a series of curated events and activities. The five winning startups were chosen from 600 applicants on the continent. They’ll compete as part of the 2017 edition of the Lions@frica Innovation Tour.

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Public Meetings with Mayor’s Offices of African, Asian and Pacific Islander and Latino Affairs 

Come join Council Member Brandon Todd for Office Hours in Ward 4 with Directors Mamadou Samba,  Office of African Affairs; David Do, Office of Asian Pacific Islander Affairs; and Jackie Reyes, Office Latino Affairs to discuss personal or community concerns.

When: Monday, March 6, 2017 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Sabor Latino | 3910 14th Street, NW

Contact: Dolly Turner: (202) 724-8052 or

Community Forum on Immigrants’ Rights with Ward 1 Brianne K. Nadeau

Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau, in collaboration with Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, CARECEN, MLOV, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, and other community partners, will hold a forum about rights and resources for our immigrant community. Residents will also be able to share concerns and ask questions.

Spanish and Amharic translation services will be provided. Please contact us to request additional translation services.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School | 1100 Harvard Street, NW 

Contact: Nadeau's Office: 202-724-8181

Single Family Home Rehab Program Orientation

The Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program (SFRRP) is sponsored by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). They provide grants and loans, not to exceed a total of $75,000, to help DC homeowners finance home repairs that will: Correct building code violations, remove barriers to accessibility for persons with physical impairments, and remove threats to health and safety in their homes including roof repairs and lead-based paint hazards.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Where: Housing Counseling Services | 2410 17th Street Northwest | #100 | Washington, DC | 20009

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LGBTQ Workshop: Know Your Rights in DC

The DC Office of Human Rights is organizing LGBTQ: Know Your Rights in DC. At this workshop, staff from the DC Office of Human Rights, DC’s civil rights enforcement agency, will explain civil rights laws that protect residents, visitors, and workers in DC from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 1:00pm -2:00pm

Where: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library | 1630 7th Street Northwest | Washington, DC | 20001

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

During this session, the DCRA Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) staff will provide one-on-one assistance with navigating through the regulatory process. You 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. Additionally, you will receive assistance with the zoning application process (i.e. Certificate of Occupancy and or Home Occupancy Permit).

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

Where: 1100 4TH Street, SW | E-268 | Washington DC | 20024

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IDPSA Site Visit: Institute for Reproductive Health

The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University is dedicated to improving the sexual and reproductive health of women, men, and youth through a research-to-practice agenda. The emphasis is on increasing access to and use of family planning, increasing fertility awareness through life-stage appropriate interventions, expanding access to fertility awareness-based methods (FAM) of family planning in an informed choice context, and developing scalable interventions to transform gender norms and catalyze the diffusion of social norms that support family planning.

When: Monday, February 27, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Where: Institute for Reproductive Health |1825 Connecticut Avenue NW | Suite 699 | Washington, DC | 20009

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