As part of the Shaping Black Culture in the Diaspora International African Diaspora Day, Siggi Dimanche presents a panel discussion in celebration of Francophone Africa and the French Speaking African Diaspora.
“Siggi” in Wolof means “Lift up your head;” “Dimanche” in French means “Sunday” thus the name “Siggi Dimanche.” Lift up your head towards our radiant future!
Welcome and Overview - Kymberly S. Newberry,”Siggi Dimanche” Founder and Program Director
Panel Moderator - Kimber Smith: M.P.P., Art & Entertainment Policy
Documentary Filmmaker, Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow/USC
Panel Discussion – 60 minutes
Topic: Why A Broader Perspective on the French Speaking African Continent, French Speaking African Diaspora, and the Pursuit of the French Language in the African American Community Are on the “Ark for the 21st Century”
Topic: “Siggi Dimanche” in collaboration with Shaping Black Culture proposes “Cultural Scaffolding for Building Greater Awareness of the Prolific Francophone African/Caribbean Literary and Cinematic Giants on the African Continent”
Talk Show Host “Spotlight Africa” on 90.7 KPFK Los Angeles radio, Sundays 1-2 pm.
Amadou Yacine Thiam
Owner and founder of the Yassine Arts Center in Dakar, Senegal.
International filmmaker and founder of KAOS Network Community Arts Center.
Dr. David L. Horne
Ph.D. in History and Political Economy (UCLA); Master's in Public Administration and Budgeting (California State University, Santa Barbara); M.A. in Economic History (University of Florida), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Florida).
Cofounder of the Levantine Cultural Center, Jordan Elgrably is a writer, editor and producer.
Julin Everett is a doctoral candidate in French and Francophone Studies at UCLA specializing in postcolonial francophone literature from West and Central Africa and the Caribbean.
Kymberly S. Newberry
Actor, painter, assemblage artist and Founder of “Siggi Dimanche” A Celebration of Francophone Africa and the French Speaking Diaspora.
Interim Cultural Attaché, Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.
Immediately following the panel discussion, there will be a rare opportunity to view Euzhan Palcy’s film Aime Cesaire: A Voice for History
Film: Aime Cesaire: A Voice For History, Euzhan Palcy, Director Run time: 57 min. | France
Director Euzhan Palcy introduces American audiences to the celebrated Martinican author Aime Cesaire, who coined the term negritude to describe a worldwide aesthetic and ideological concept affirming the independent nature, quality, and validity of Black culture. Palcy, the internationally acclaimed direct of Sugarcane Alley and A Dry White Season, weaves Aime Cesaire’s life and poetry into a vast study featuring many of the most important artistic and intellectual figures of the 20th century.
“Siggi Dimanche” is part of the Shaping Black Culture event, organized by Ernest Dillahay, Los Angeles Council of the Arts.
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
4343 Lemiert Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Free and open to the public Free parking
Sponsor(s): Siggi Dimanche. Information is posted for informational purposes only and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.