African Beat

June 28, 2019


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In This Issue:

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




ZAAF is hosting 150 guests at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.They will be featuring the art of fashion photography with the first public display of the stunning images captured at the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia. This will be accompanied by a short behind the scenes documentary of the photoshoot, and a presentation of the new collection. 

When: Monday, July 1, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | 1409 Florida Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20009 

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Evening at the New Embassy of Cameroon with the Ambassador


Journey into the heart of Africa as we experience the mysteries and the culture of Cameroon! - taking place at their NEW embassy! Step onto foreign soil as we travel halfway across the world without ever leaving the District for a multi-faceted unique and celebratory night! Join us for a special evening of native food, drinks, music, cultural dancing, fashion, diplomats, film, and more!

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Where: Embassy of Cameroon | 2349 Massachusetts Ave NW | Washington, DC | 20036

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Grand African Run


Grand African Run is inspired by the interest and value that is placed upon the success of running sports in Africa. Over the past 60 years, Africa has produced multiple distance runners who have gone on to win major international honors on the global stage. Young and old alike rejoice in the successes of their athletic heroes, and many have embraced and been inspired by these successes. The Run will serve as a platform to develop and nurture community, and enhance linkages within the African diaspora.

When: Sunday, July 21, 2019 | 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where: The Yards Park | 355 Water Street SE | Washington, DC | 20003

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job opp

YALI Program Analyst


The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) empowers young African leaders through leadership training, mentoring, and networking. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship initiative of YALI, and is geared towards outstanding young African leaders to promote positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities. 

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Manager, Public Relations & Corporate Communications

African Wildlife Foundation

The manager’s geographic focus will be predominantly in the US market where priority stakeholders include funders, present and future, individual, corporate, and public and private institutions. As this is a new role within the organization, the successful candidate must be a self-starter with the ability to build and maintain strong partnerships internally and externally.

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Medical Amharic Interpreter

Howard University Hospital

Coordinates and assists patient registration, patient accounts, scheduling & referral processes and procedures for HUH providers. Serves as an interpreter for patients who do not speak English.

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Financial Management Specialist, Fluent in French

U.S. Agency for International Development

The Office of Development Credit oversees the Agency’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) works with investors, local financial institutions, and development organizations to design and deliver investment alternatives that unlock financing for U.S. Government priorities. The incumbent of this position serves as a Financial Management Specialist performing the specific duties and responsibilities listed below and reports to the Office Director.

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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.

Walk with Mayor Bowser in the 2019 Barracks Row 4th of July Parade


Walk with Mayor Muriel Bowser in the Barracks Row 4th of July Parade!

Parade Lineup begins at 9:00 AM

The Barracks Row 4th of July Parade is on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The parade starts at 10:00 am and will take one hour from start to finish. The parade route begins at the I-295/395 overpass (at 8th and I Streets, SE) ending at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

When: Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: 8th and I St SE

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Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on the 2020 Census Questionnaire


On Thursday, June 27th, 2019, Mayor Bowser issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the 2020 Census citizenship question:

“For now, this latest attempt to intimidate our immigrant neighbors is off the table, but the work to end the fear and distrust that the Trump Administration is creating in our immigrant communities continues. With today’s ruling, we can focus our local 2020 Census efforts on getting a fair and accurate count that represents our entire city. And, going forward, we will continue urging the federal government to keep a citizenship question off the Census and keep the focus where it should be – on getting every person in our nation counted and getting our cities and towns the resources they need to build stronger communities.”

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Mayor Bowser Releases Study on the Inventory and Affordability of Housing for Families as Part of Her Goal to Create 36,000 New Homes by 2025


On Thursday, June 25, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) issued An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia, a study of the inventory and demand for family rental housing units in the District of Columbia.

“The good news is that the District has a lot of family-sized units, but we must work to make more of them available to working households across the city,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are committed to helping families stay and thrive in the District, and the findings from this study will help guide my Administration’s efforts to ensure family-sized units are more equitably distributed and affordable.”

The study found that DC is home to 38,800 “large” households – meaning households made up of four or more people. More than half of large households rent their housing, and have incomes less than 50% of the median family income (MFI). One-third of DC’s housing stock are family-sized units and, while there is a significant supply of family-sized units, there is a shortage of family-sized units affordable to families at very low-income levels. In this study, “family-sized units” refers to housing with three or more bedrooms.

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Young African leaders arrive in United States, fostering connections with Americans


The U.S. Department of State and IREX are pleased to welcome the 2019 cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to the United States. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered in partnership with IREX, a non-profit organization. The Mandela Washington Fellowship creates stronger ties between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States with the goal of strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security on the continent. 

Accomplished in their careers and dedicated to serving their communities, the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows represent the diversity of Africa. The Fellows come from both rural and urban areas, include individuals with disabilities, and represent equal numbers of women and men. Selected from a pool of more than 38,000 applicants, the 700 Fellows are leaders in agriculture, business, civil society, education, public service, and other fields.

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The Night Sekou Doumbouya Became a Piston—and Maybe the Next International Star


Right after the Detroit Pistons drafted Sekou Doumbouya at No. 15, his cousin handed him the flag of Guinea. Doumbouya immediately tied it around his shoulders, and now the gift billows out behind him as he walks through the hallways of Barclays Center. As he approaches the stage for his first official NBA press conference, he adjusts his new Pistons hat.

In addition to his cape and flat-brim, the 6’9” 18-year-old is wearing black patent loafers, black, slim-cut tuxedo pants, a red and black jacket custom-made from woven African fabric, a black shirt and a black velvet bow. A delicate diamond bracelet sparkles on his wrist. Where some people would have monograms on the cuffs of their shirt, Doumbouya’s feature an embroidered flag of France on one and the flag of Guinea on the other.

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Let's Talk Housing--Assessing Needs for FY20 Action Plan


The DC Department of Housing and Community Development(DHCD) receives federal funding for policies and programs in: (1) affordable housing; (2) special needs housing; (3) homelessness; (4) homeownership; and (5) community development and public service activities. Each fiscal year, it develops an "Action Plan" on the best uses of federal resources.

DHCD has completed its FY2020 Draft Annual Action Plan. District residents and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to give input on the proposed plan no later than August 2, 2019. DHCD will submit the Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by August 16, 2019.

District residents who would like to present oral testimony are encouraged to register in advance. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and organization affiliation, if any.

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Where: One Judiciary Square | 441 4th Street NW | Old Council Chamber Room | Washington, DC | 20002

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DC Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) | DOES


The District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) is excited to roll out our new year of programming and opportunities! Infrastructure is one of the fastest growing industries in the country and DCIA is committed to meeting the need for skilled infrastructure professionals in Washington, DC. This upcoming year, DCIA will offer the following Career Pathway training opportunities: Interested in employment in the Infrastructure Industry? Please join us for an upcoming information session(s) to learn more about our course offerings and requirements.

When: Tuesday's | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & Thursday's | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

Where: DC Infrastructure Academy | 2330 Pomeroy Road SE | Washington, DC | 20020

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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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