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Goal

The goal of Diaspora Sol is to connect scholars, community organizers, and artists throughout the African Diaspora to build anti-racist solidarity across borders and encourage community through music, to " love one another and support one another" because "we have nothing to lose but our chains". - Assata Shakur.

 

Objective

Our objective is to exchange ideas on how to dismantle anti-black, anti-indigenous, racist, transphobic, homophobic, sexist, ableist institutions that exist in our respective communities.Through exploring the politics of black hair, hip hop as a tool of activism, and the work of women in community organizing we will be creating a space to discuss how the African Diaspora can move beyond surviving to thriving.

 Photo Credit: Moriah Ray

Photo Credit: Moriah Ray

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“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
— Assata Shakur
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May 11th

 Diaspora Discourse: Solidarity, Hip-Hop, and Black Liberation

Panel discussion featuring Nitty Scott, DJ Leydis, and La Faraona hosted by U.S based organization Woman of Color in Solidarity CoFounders Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Florcy Romero. This discussion will be centered on evoking social change through hip-hop and building anti-racist networks across borders. The panelists consists of black femme artists representing Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the United States. The discussion will be held in Spanish and English.  


 Artist: Shani Crowe

Artist: Shani Crowe

May 12th  2nd Annual Kinks, Coils, & Curls Natural Hair Conference 

Hosted by Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka a therapist, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and researcher at the University of the District of Columbia. Mbilishaka organized ADA's first natural hair event in partnership with N. Natural Salon located in Washington, D.C in Centro Habana last summer. Thanks to her efforts over 80 Afro-Cuban women were in attendance and hundreds of natural hair donations were distributed. Her work focuses on understanding and using traditional African cultural rituals for contemporary holistic mental health practices.

"Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago's south side. She received her BFA in film production from Howard University’s John H. Johnson School of Communications in 2011. Her work is centered on cultural coiffure and beauty ritual, as they relate to the diasporic African, and how these practices function as tools to foster connectivity." The conference discussion will be centered on the retention of African traditions through hair-braiding practices, and black hair practices as anti-racist resistance. The discussion will be held in English with Spanish translations. Donations are needed of natural hair products and synthetic braiding hair. We are also accepting monetary donations to purchase the neccesary supplies.     

May 13th Diaspora Sol Closing Concert

The last day of Diaspora Sol will be a concert headlined by Puerto Rican MC Nitty Scott. The infamous DJ Leydis from Camaguey, Cuba, feminist rapera "La Fina" from La Habana, and Chicago native MC Crenshaw, artist and organizer of the "Afrikan Hip-Hop Caravan". This concert seeks to bring together our respective communities to engage in collective unapologetic diasporic #blackjoy as we dance to the rhythms of our ancestors.