The African Beat

November 15, 2019


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Exhibition Tour of  “Heroes: Principles of African Greatness” at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

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Be among the first to view the exhibit “Heroes: Principles of African Greatness.” Join Kevin Dumouchelle for an insider’s look at the newly opened exhibition. 

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Where: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art | 950 Independence Avenue SW | Washington, D.C. | 20560

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Filmmaking, Personhood, and Algeria’s Silent Memories of Uprootedness


"In Mansourah You Separated Us," depicts the Algerian War of Independence when 2.35 million Algerian civilians were forcibly displaced by the French Army and resettled in camps. Dorothée-Myriam and her father document this silenced memory by returning to Mansourah, their native village, and exploring this history that caused massive upheavals in rural Algeria. Drawing on her experience making the film from her master’s thesis, Dorothée-Myriam will present the challenges and rewards of the unique process and her conclusion- the greatest injustice is to not have access to your own history.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: Georgetown University-Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, ICC 141 | 37th & O St NW | Washington, DC | 20057

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Heroes & Sheroes Design with African Fabric Workshop at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Fashion Fabric Art

Create a red-carpet masterpiece on painters canvas with fashion designer and MOAA DC Africa Fashion Show & Culture Expo participant Almira Leónché from the House of Leónché. Discover your creative side as you design, choose fabric, and embellish an evening gown or cocktail dress to make a 3-D wall art piece to remember.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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

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Convergence and Agency in West African Regional Governance


Learn about the Economic Community of West African States and the importance of international bureaucrats in coordinating, creating, and managing regional governance practices.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Where: Bernstein-Offit Building 736 | 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20036

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Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa


The National Interest Foundation invites you to join it for a panel discussion on human rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa MENA region.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Where: Rayburn House Building - Room 2075 | 45 Independence Avenue SW | Washington, DC | 20515

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Competition, Competitiveness, and Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa


Join this discussion on the 2019 IMF Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Outlook and its relation to competition, competitiveness, and growth in Africa.

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Where: Intercultural Center (ICC), Room 701 ECR, Georgetown University  | 3700 O Street NW | Washington, DC | 20005

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The Way Forward in the Post Revolution Sudan


A distinguished panel will discuss the political stability and peace prospects, economic, social cohesion, and the way forward in the Sudan in the post revolution era now under a civilian government and the ongoing peace negotiations between the transitional government and opposition groups.

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: The Institute of World Politics | 1521 16th St NW | Washington, DC | 20036

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Black Professionals In International Affairs (BPIA) and U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) 4th Annual Regional Outlook Forum

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The International Monetary Fund released its Fall 2019 Regional Economic Outlook Report for Sub-Saharan Africa on October 18th in conjunction with its 2019 Annual Meetings that took place this year in Washington, DC. The Forum, co-sponsored by BPIA and the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), will examine the key findings and implications of the Report’s finding from two unique perspectives. Light refreshments will be served.

When: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Where: United States African Development Foundation | 1400 I Street Northwest #1000 | Washington, DC | 20005

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The Future of US Foreign Aid: A discussion with Dr. Jessica Trisko Darden


The United States is the world's leading foreign aid donor. Yet there has been little inquiry into how such assistance affects the politics and societies of recipient nations. Dr. Jessica Trisko Darden’s new book Aiding and Abetting: U.S. Foreign Assistance and State Violence challenges long-standing ideas about aid and its consequences. 

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Where: American University School of International Service | 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW | Washington, DC | 20016

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Job Announce

Mayor's Winter/Spring 2020 LEAD Internship

Executive Office of the Mayor

The Executive Office of the Mayor is currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2020 session for the Mayor's Leadership Engagement Achievement and Development ("L.E.A.D") program offering undergraduates, graduates, and recent graduates the chance to gain valuable work experience in one of our departments. Through agency assignments and weekly development workshops, interns will be able to enhance their skills and learn new skills suitable to working for a government entity. 

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Transportation Equity and Inclusion Officer

DC Department of Transportation

The Transportation Equity and Inclusion Officer will be responsible for incorporating best practices in equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion into the Department's day-to-day delivery and operations functions, and in the Department's organizational culture. The incumbent will be responsible for developing new programs and initiatives that highlight the Department's goals in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

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Workforce Development Specialist

DC Department of Employment Services (DOES)

The Workforce Development Specialist interviews, registers and occupationally codes applicants, as well as counsels applicants to identify needs and/or problems to determine appropriate action required or referral to be made  and when necessary, refers applicants to appropriate specialized services such as testing.

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Africa Studies Intern, Spring 2020

Council on Foreign Relations

The intern will gain familiarity with African political and security developments and/or terrorism, African history, corruption, transnational crime, democracy, gender issues, and governance. They will improve upon writing and editing skills, and gain the ability to compile and analyze research with minimal oversight. CFR internships are paid, require a 14 - 18 hour commitment, and are filled on a rolling basis.

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Africa Program Officer

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

The Africa Program Officer develops and implements an advocacy and litigation agenda for the protection of civic space in Africa in support of local human rights defenders and movements.

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Program Officer - Africa (East Africa) 

International Republican Institute

The Program Officer is responsible for designing and implementing a strategy for IRI's programs in her/his countries of assignment, which will include Uganda, Tanzania and East Africa/Great Lakes regional programs. S/he closely monitors and analyzes political and economic developments in countries of responsibility, develops program ideas, and drafts proposals on a range of democracy and assistance programs. 

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Mayor Bowser's Diplomatic and Trade Mission to Ethiopia


The Mayor’s Office on African Affairs was honored to participate in Mayor Bowser’s diplomatic & trade mission to Ethiopia from November 8-13. During the mission, the sister city agreement between Addis Ababa and Washington, DC was renewed. Thank you Addis for your gracious welcome!

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Mayor Bowser Encourages DC Residents to Get Covered During 2020 Open Enrollment Period


On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser is encouraging DC residents to sign-up for high-quality, affordable health insurance at, the District’s online state-based health insurance marketplace established under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for District residents runs through January 31, 2020. For coverage to be effective January 1, 2020, residents must enroll by December 15.

“If you are a District resident in need of health insurance, there is no better time to find an affordable, high-quality plan,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are proud that the District has been able to build on the Affordable Care Act and ensure every family has access to health insurance and the peace of mind that coverage provides.”

Washington, DC ranks second in the nation among all states for the lowest uninsured rate with almost 97% of District residents covered. This year, DC Health Link has provided health insurance to more than 20,000 residents through the individual marketplace and almost 95,000 people through the small business marketplace.

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Mayor Bowser to Lead Historic Diplomatic and Trade Mission to Ethiopia


On Friday, November 8, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser led a diplomatic and trade mission to Ethiopia in partnership with the DC Chamber of Commerce to renew the District’s sister city agreement with Addis Ababa, promote DC as a destination for business and leisure visitors and establish trade relations with industries such as transportation, education, health care, local government infrastructure.

“We are continuing our efforts to reach beyond the borders of Washington, DC and establish relationships around the world,” said Mayor Bowser. “We particularly value our special relationship with Ethiopia, which has been strengthened by the substantial Ethiopian population in our city and region. This mission gives our delegation the opportunity to build relationships and explore innovative strategies to grow the District’s economy through tourism, transportation, health care, and more.”

The five-day mission, with a delegation of about 70 government and community stakeholders, included meetings with business leaders, educational leaders, and government officials in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

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'It's mindblowing': historic wins for two Somali-Americans amid ugly smears


When 23-year-old Safiya Khalid was elected to the city council of Lewiston, Maine, last week she nabbed a collection of “firsts” – youngest person ever elected to the council, and its first Somali-American – but the race for her had always been about making sure everyone in the city felt the sense of community her family experienced when they moved there from war-torn Somalia. “What I received here in Lewiston, my family and I in 2006, I want to open that to all people in Lewiston and to encourage young people to live and work in Lewiston and that means building a vibrant community for all of us,” Khalid noted. 

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DC’s Kwame Onwuachi is named on the 2019 ‘TIME 100 Next’ list

Kwame - Kith&Kin

TIME has released its new list, the 100 Next recognizing "100 rising stars who are shaping the future of business, entertainment, sports, politics, science, health and more. DC chef and restaurateur Kwame Onwuachi of Kith and Kin is named in the ‘Advocate’ category. He is profiled by Tom Colicchio, the head judge on cooking show Top Chef

“He learned to be truthful with his food at a very young age, at a pivotal point in his career. That’s what sets him and his Washington, D.C., restaurant, Kith and Kin, apart: his decision to say, This is the food I should do. This is the message I want to put out there in the world. When a chef does that, it’s not pretty food on a plate anymore. It’s about telling a bigger story. The restaurant world is changing, and it’s becoming more inclusive. We’re starting to hear from different voices, and because of his honesty and his willingness to hold up a mirror to our industry, Kwame is one of the leading figures in that movement,” Colicchio states.

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Nigerian Uduak-Joe Ntuk earns top appointment as California’s State Oil and Gas Supervisor

CA Gas

Nigerian-American, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, has been appointed by the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, as the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, responsible for managing the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). A statement from the governor’s office said Ntuk is the first Nigerian-American to hold this position in California’s history and his family is from the Calabar, Cross River State. Before his appointment, Ntuk had served as the Petroleum Administrator for the City of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States of America.

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Financially Fit: Journey to Generational Wealth Workshop on Savings, Budgeting, and Credit

Financially Fit DC

Interested in building generational wealth? Come to this workshop to learn about building and managing credit, budgeting and increasing savings.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Anacostia Library | 1800 Good Hope Road SE | Washington, DC | 20020

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Applying for Government Jobs - Practical Steps for Success

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Applying for government jobs can be intimidating. Come to the library and learn from an experienced human resources specialist from the DC Government Department of Human Resources. Participants will ultimately approach their job search more strategically, application process more effectively and interview process more confidently.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 2:00 pm

Where: Library Express | 1990 K Street NW | Washington, D.C. | 20006

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Free Legal Assistance at DC Public Library


Get help with social security income (SSI)/social security disability income (SSDI) applications/denials/termination, criminal records (record sealing, or help preventing discrimination by landlords and employers), employment background check problems, driver’s or professional license acquisition issues, student loans, credit reports, wage garnishment, debt collection, lawsuits and harassment, placement on DC’s Child Protection Register, and recovery of security deposits from a former landlord. Walk-ins are welcome, and registration is preferred! 

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 3:00 pm  

Where: Woodridge Library | 1801 Hamlin Street NE | Washington,  DC | 20018

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Job & Career Drop-In One-On-One Clinic

Job Seeker

Are you a job seeker needing help with your job search process?  Come to the Job Seekers Drop-In Clinic, where you will receive one-on-one support in areas such as conducting online job searches, building and typing a resume, completing online job applications, etc. Assistance is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 11:00 am  

Where: Petworth Library | 4200 Kansas Ave. NW | Washington, D.C. | 20011

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Savvy Caregiver Program

African multigenerational women

Join the Department of Aging and Community Living's Savvy Caregiver Program (SCP) to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to care for your family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The SCP is for caregivers in the District who provide care to adults age 60 and over, or adults with disabilities, age 18 and older, living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. For more information or to RSVP, contact Linda Irizarry at (202) 535-1442 or

When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 3:00 pm  

Where: Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library 115 Atlantic St. SW Washington, D.C. 20032

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DC Health Link Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Coverage is Here

DC Open Enrollment (Nov 2019)

Open enrollment for individuals and families is here! Renew or enroll in quality comprehensive health insurance coverage from November 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020. If renewing your plan, you may be able to save money or find other benefits you need by shopping for a new plan. Enroll by December 15th for insurance coverage that begins January 1, 2020. 

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DCRA Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) Free Workshops


Learn critical business skills and insight at free small business workshops. Space is very limited, sign up today!

When: Throughout November

Where: 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor | Washington, D.C. 20024 

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Free Teen Musical Master Class, hosted by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation


This musical master class series aims to better prepare young musicians between ages 13 -18 on the audition process by grouping students by instrument class with a college professor who will be able to accurately assess the students development. Students must have access to their primary instrument and should have at least 2-3 years experience or be able to demonstrate the ability to read music, perform scales and rudiments.

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Young at Art Weekly Seniors Program


Promoting healthy aging through the arts and creative expression, Young at Art allows seniors aged 55+ to explore activities in painting, drawing, ceramics, and crafts. This free, weekly hands-on, instructor-led program goes beyond the traditional “arts and crafts” activities; allowing participants create original works of art that articulate the richness of their life experience. 

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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 pm 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, DC | 20001

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