3rd Annual Cultural Extravaganza

The Unity Community Center and World Music, Inc. will return to the Baby Grand on Market Street in Wilmington with the 3rd Annual Cultural Extravaganza “A Celebration of Black History” which promises a fun filled day of entertainment and activities for all ages.

Live performances will stretch throughout the day with poetry, spoken word, music, lecture panels, a fashion show, and art exhibits.

The African Market will feature authentic cuisine (vegetarian or traditional), books, artifacts, and gifts. The Holistic Pavilion will offer bodywork and massage, as well as providing information and demonstrations to promote wellness and good health. There is even a Children’s Village for the littlest revelers to delight and play together with hands on arts and crafts. The event includes a full day of presentations and entertainment with cultural icons and local legends which you will not want to miss.

Author and healer Queen Afua has operated a wellness institute for almost 3 decades and boasts numerous influential clients such as Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Vanessa Williams, and Erykah Badu who says, “Just as I thought I was all alone, I found myself walking with a group of conscious women who were taking steps and speaking sacred words. We were on our way to Queen Afua's Global Sacred Women's Village.” There will be a presentation and book signing for Queen Afua's newest book “City of Wellness: Restoring Your Health Through the Seven Kitchens of Consciousness” which was released this year in hardcover. A distinguished lecturer and Holistic Healer who has been in practice for 27 years, she looks forward to returning to Wilmington, “I have been to Delaware twice before and each time it was wonderful.” She stresses her important message in her new book, “The people make up the city. If you heal the people and raise their frequency into wellness, you heal the city.”

Hip-Hop legend, DJ Disco Wiz is credited as being the first Latino Hip-Hop DJ after he teamed up with Grandmaster Caz (of Cold Crush fame) to create the group the Mighty Force crew in the mid 1970's. He is also recognized as a pioneer of Hip-Hop recording, having released a vinyl record as early as 1977 which included dubs, samples, sound bites, and paused beats. This June he will release his memoir “It's Just Begun – The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz” with Ivan Sanchez on PowerHouse Books. Both Disco Wiz and Ivan Sanchez will be present for a lecture and afterwards will be spinning the freshest records ever made.

There will also be awards presented to the Delaware Living Legends including Harmon Carey, who maintains archives of African history of Delawareans, Kamau Ngom, African drummer, storyteller, and historian, Dr. James Newton, University of Delaware professor, artist, and public speaker, and Godfrey “Ibis” Pitts, the first African American photographer on the News Journal staff and photographer during the 1968 Wilmington riots. They will engage the community in a discussion panel with an open question and answer forum following the awards ceremony.

Daniel Collins will be presenting excerpts from his documentary “1968 Riots” which was filmed on location in Wilmington during the aftermath of the Martin Luther King assassination, when the Federal troops undertook the longest occupation of an American city. In addition, there will be musical performances by Rebel Diaz, Mango Wise, Anthem Band, and the Universal African Drum and Dance Ensemble.

Our rich local heritage and vibrant art community come together again at the Baby Grand to educate and entertain with this 3rd annual offering of what is sure to be a long running Annual Cultural Extravaganza.

To find out how you can be a part of this event, call 609-247-4656 for group registration and special packages, or to find out how you can participate as a sponsor.


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