African Beat

June 14, 2019


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In This Issue:

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


Afro Karaoke x Jollof Gist (DC)


Afro Karaoke is collaborating with Jollof Gist to bring you a night filled with dancing, karaoke, and most importantly cultural vibes! Hosted by DMV’s own, CJ Obima! DJ Renzay & Guest DJs will be spinning afrobeats, reggae, soca, soukous, highlife and more so bring your afrocentric vibes as we vibe out all night!. 

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - Sunday, June 16, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Where: Big Chief | 2002 Fenwick Street NE |Washington, DC | 20002

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A Taste of Foutta Djallon: Meet the Chef, Fatmata Binta


A Taste of Foutta Djallon is a series of dining events celebrating the cuisine and culture of the Western African Fulani people. The 2019 tour will take place in select cities in North America, Europe and West Africa.

When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: 910 16th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20006

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Doing Business In Africa & the Caribbean Symposium


Harness the power and investment opportunities of these fast growing regions at 'The Doing Business in Africa & the Caribbean Symposium' that showcases leaders from African and Caribbean public and private sectors.

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 & Thursday, June 20, 2019

Where: African Union Mission | 1640 Wisconsin Ave | Washington, DC | 20007

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I Am A Masterpiece: Benefit Cocktail Reception


Join the South African embassy on 20th June 2019, 6:00-8:30 pm, at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Washington, DC for I Am, We Are’s Fourth Annual Benefit Reception.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Embassy of South Africa | 3051 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20008

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Zambia's Robert Mwamba w/ Special Guest Cynda Willlams at Blues Alley


Zambian born guitarist - Robert Mwamba clearly comes out of the great Jazz guitar tradition of Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Martino, Rodney Jones and others. Mwamba has performed at Events for such diverse people as UN Secretary-Generals - Ban Ki Moon and Kofi Annan, the British Billionaire - Sir Richard Branson, Oscar Winning Actress - Mira Sorvino and Hip-Hop Mogul - Sean "Diddy" Combs "All White Party". Mwamba's Debut Album "Coastin'" comes out shortly.

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 8:00pm and 10:00pm

Where: Blues Alley | 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW | Washington, DC 20007 | 20008

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job opp

Program Associate

DC State Board of Education/Office of the Ombudsman

This position provides operational and logistical support for outreach and advocacy programs and events, including developing brochures, promotional materials, and other operations tasks.  Setting up outreach events for Ombudsman, appropriate; Develops and implements, in conjunction with the Ombudsman and Assistant Ombudsman—public outreach strategies and direct public outreach activities to encourage communication between residents and relevant education stakeholders.

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Motor Vehicle Operators (Tow Crane Drivers)

DC Department of Public Works

Serves as a uniformed member of the DPW vehicle impoundment operation, driving  Wheel-lift Tow Cranes to tow vehicles of various makes, large trucks, buses, and trailer cabs.

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Program Officer, Africa

Center for International Private Enterprise

CIPE is seeking a full-time, exempt Washington; D.C. based Program Officer for Africa region. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of CIPE’s strategic focus on democratic governance through private sector collective action initiatives to improve business participation, economic freedom and opportunity across the continent.

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Temporary Project Assistant: Central and West Africa (CEWA) - Francophone Programs

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is seeking candidates to work with its Central and West Africa (CEWA) team beginning in May 2019. This is a temporary position based in NDI’s Washington, DC office. The project assistant will be responsible for assisting with implementation of democratic development programs in francophone countries in the region through the following assignments:

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2nd Annual African Community Soccer Game


Please join the Mayor's Office on African Affairs for the 2nd Annual Washington Community Soccer Game that is being held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Columbia Heights Education Campus. In partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Metropolitan Police Department, the event will unite the African Community in an afternoon of soccer, music, food, and presentations to kick off the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The soccer game kicks off at 2:00 pm

The Youth soccer clinic will be held at 3:30 pm

For reasonable accommodation or additional information please call 202 727 5634 or email

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                   

Where: Bell Multicultural Highschool | 3101 16th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20010

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Mayor Muriel Bowser's DC Africa Fashion Show and Culture Expo


The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Women's Policy and Initiatives, Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs, and African Fashion Week DC, will host an African Fashion Show and Culture Expo showcasing and celebrating DC African fashion, creativity, and culture.

When: Saturday, June 29, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Frank D. Reeves Center | 2000 14th Street NW | Washington, DC | 20009

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MOAA's African Community Grant: Request for Applications (RFA)



The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) is soliciting grant applications from qualified Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) serving the District’s African constituents - for its FY20 African Community Grant. The African Community Grant is intended to fund programs that provide culturally and linguistically targeted services and resources to advance the District’s African residents community. These programs should reflect the Mayor’s top priority areas, and the documented needs and priorities of the District’s African constituency.

Funding priority areas identified for FY20 are aligned with Mayor Bowser’s administration budget priorities:

  • Education
  • Jobs & Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Civic Engagement
  • Health & Wellness
  • Youth Engagement
  • Arts & Creative Economy

NB: The deadline for MOAA's African Community Grant is 5:00pm on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Submission Details:  Online submissions only. Please submit your complete application through the following online portal: ZoomGrants

Availability of RFA: Download from MOAA's website ( and/or the District's Grant Clearinghouse website.


Mayor Bowser and the Greater Washington Community Foundation Launch Partnership to End Homelessness


On Thursday, June 6th, 2019, Mayor Bowser, along with her Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) and the Greater Washington Community Foundation, launched the Partnership to End Homelessness. This first-of-its-kind initiative in the District aims to galvanize private sector investment and coordinate the public and private sectors around a shared strategy to address homelessness and housing insecurity in Washington, DC.

“We know that ending homelessness is possible, but that it is going to take all of us from the public and private sectors working together across all eight wards,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through our Homeward DC plan, we are implementing evidence-based solutions and transforming our homeless services system. And while there is more work to do, we are on the right track – family homelessness has decreased by nearly 45 percent and the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness in the District is lower today than it has been in the last 15 years. The time to double-down on and accelerate our progress is now, and that is why we are so grateful to be partnering with the Greater Washington Community Foundation on these critical efforts to end homelessness in Washington, DC.”

In 2015, Mayor Bowser released her Homeward DC Plan, with the first investments in the plan coming in her Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Since 2016, the District has seen a nearly 22% decrease in homelessness, driven by a 45% reduction in homelessness among family households. The Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget included $37 million in new and recurring investments in Homeward DC and an additional $45 million for new and upgraded emergency shelter improvements, building on the $66 million previously allocated.

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Mayor Bowser and Events DC Celebrate Grand Opening of the Fields at RFK Campus as Part of the Reimagination of the 190-Acre RFK Campus


On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) were joined by Events DC, the District’s convention and sports authority, to celebrate the opening of The Fields at RFK Campus with city dignitaries, professional athletes and the DC community.  The Fields at RFK Campus have transformed 27-acres of asphalt into three new state-of-the-art artificial turf recreational fields with community amenities.  The Fields mark the first of five short-term program elements that are part of restoring the Campus as one of the District’s original sports and entertainment corridors in the city.

“The opening of The Fields at RFK Campus marks the culmination of our efforts working with the community to make RFK accessible as a vibrant recreation destination worthy of the sports capital of the world,” said Mayor Bowser. “This first phase is just the beginning for this campus as the District continues to seek full ownership in order to unlock its true potential with housing and other multi-use development. Through smart planning and a little creativity, we can have it all – the amenities of a big city, a vibrant waterfront, and ample green space.”

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British- Ethiopian Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay Wins the PEN Pinter Prize


Lemn Sissay has won the PEN Pinter prize, set up in memory of playwright Harold Pinter. Sissay, 52, who was an official poet for the London 2012 Olympics, grew up in care and has spoken about how he was imprisoned, bullied and physically abused by staff. He later made documentaries about the search for his family. Writer Maureen Freely, one of the judges, said: ‘In his every work, Lemn Sissay returns to the underworld he inhabited as an unclaimed child. From his sorrows, he forges beautiful words and a thousand reasons to live and love.” The prize is awarded to writers who take an “unflinching, unswerving” look at the world.

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Department of Housing and Community Development 11th Annual DC Housing Expo and Home Show


The Department of Housing and Community Development is hosting its 11th annual DC Housing Expo and Home Show. The Expo also has a District-centered theme of “June Housing Bloom,” which recognizes how the District produces and preserves affordable housing, spurs development in under-served communities and ensures that residents of all backgrounds can afford to live and thrive in the city.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center | 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW | Hall D | Washington, DC | 20001

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Parent Advocacy Group Meeting hosted by Renaissance Center


Special needs parents providing an opportunity for parents of special kids to find acceptance, support, and help as advocate for their children.

When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Where: Lamont Riggs Library | 5401 South Dakota Ave NE | Washington, DC | 20011

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DC Department of Parks & Recreation Senior Fest 19


Join DPR and hundreds of Seniors for our 2019 Senior Fest! Attendees will enjoy a great lunch, giveaways, information tables, snow cones, popcorn, live entertainment and special guests!

When: Friday, June 28, 2019 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Oxon Run Park | 900 Wheeler Road & Valley Ave., SE | Washington, DC | 20032

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DC Public Library Summer Challenge 2019: Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)


Kids, teens, adults -- even babies -- can get in on the fun this summer by participating in DC Public Library's Summer Challenge.  Did you know that reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and engaged over the summer? Participating is as easy as reading a book, magazine, blog or website. Just read 20 minutes a day. Click below to sign up. If you've participated in any of the Library's reading programs in the past, you can log in to your existing account with your username and password.

You can earn prizes each month starting on the following dates, while supplies last:

  • June 20 -- A free book
  • July 20 -- Two tickets to a Washington Nationals baseball game
  • August -- Keep reading all month to be eligible for a Grand Prize Drawing drawing

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Office of the State Superintendent of Education Free Summer Meals Program


The DC Free Summer Meals Program is a Federal Nutrition Program designed to feed children free, nutritious meals and snacks during the months of June, July, and August when school is out. There is no application necessary to receive a meal and the program is free to all children ages 18 and younger.

Find Summer Meals Sites in Your Community

DPR Summer Camps Registration Now Open!


Once open for registration, DPR summer camps remain open until full capacity is reached and/or the first day of the summer camp session. Once at capacity, each summer camp offers a waitlist for prospective families who are interested in sites that have high demand.

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DC Health Link Open Enrollment for Small Businesses

DC Health Link

Find the right medical, dental or vision insurance plan for you, or for you and your family.

Open enrollment for Small Businesses(1-50 Employees) continues.

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GED and High School Skills Tutoring


Join DC Public Library for skill assessments for adults who need a high school diploma (GED or National External Diploma) and tutoring for those with skills at the high school level. Tutoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. Assessments take place on Wednesdays only.

Please note: In order to qualify for tutoring, you must take the assessment first.

When: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library | 1630 7th St. NW | Washington,  D.C | 20001

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Writing Resumes & Job Interview Techniques 


This help participants to construct a resume that makes an effective and dynamic first impression.  Participants will also gain insight into strategies that today’s interviewers use when making their selection. This course will also assist participants in understanding how to avoid common interview errors, learn how to answer typical interview questions, & discuss how to formulate thoughtful interview questions.

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month from
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Where: 1015 Half Street SE | 9th floor | Washington, DC | 20003

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