You know that "je ne sais quoi" thing about cultural creatives most don't get? It's time to introduce you to a phenomenon that has been kept hidden for centuries, that represents a population that has been underserved, yet has contributed so much. Their intellectual capacity is second to none, but because they strive for excellence they are consistently overlooked. This population come from diverse backgrounds encompassing a love of beauty, intellect, and discerning tastes.
The lion has awakened, the energy of readiness is in the air, the paradigm has shifted and a "cultural revolution" is at hand. The doors are being opened to a secret location in Miami that will be enhanced with the African inspired network event AFRIKIN to bring an awareness to the African influence in society. We will celebrate Africa and the African diaspora through food, art and talks in Miami. We are participating in the business of doing good by highlighting intellect, academia, business and cultural creatives. There is an African proverb that says: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Humans tend to have an 'inherent' desire to belong and be an important part of something greater than themselves. This is AFRIKIN.
The AFRIKIN event will include: panel discussions, lectures on trending social topics, current issues and how they affect business, talks with various industry experts, microfinance, nonprofit managers, and global ambassadors. Artists who advocate for causes, culinary, and musical offerings reflective of African culture will be featured. It is an innovation ecosystem: brain gain that will encourage like-minded individuals to be social change agents with an exclusive african inspired dining experience.
After much research and focus group studies it is quite clear that there's a lack of black enthused, black owned businesses, gatherings, and events for people of color in South Florida. It is time that we maximize our efforts to encourage collaborations. With careful planning we created afrikin as a means to break down barriers, build communities of social inclusion, and develop a network for a definite future for people of color and immigrants through globalization and technology.
They play an important role in the consumer market. In order to fully understand the economic and commercial potential of people of color, we must take a look at the phenomenon of brand AFRIKIN. As of today, the African diaspora is one of the most important in the world in terms of numbers. There are over 1.4 billion people that speak over 2,000 languages, 55 nations that are internationally recognised as members of either the African Union or the United Nations or both and the African diaspora, one continent with one common thread...kinship. Look around and see how people of color, living all over the world are continuously shaping the cultures of North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. We must secure partnerships and collaborate with industry organizations and associations of a high pedigree to get the major players to commit to investing our dollars back in our community.
The key aspect for consideration is “The Black Dollar,” which continues to rise as the percentage of people of color within the middle class increases. Today, 1 in 3 Africans are middle class. Statistics show that this niche market is migrating south. In South Florida, AFRIKIN is ready to welcome this influx. It will not only have permanent economic benefits, but will also showcase the best of South Florida.
One of our primary objectives is to enlighten and inspire cultural and heritage tourism, starting with Miami. Events have impacts that go well beyond what can be measured in economic terms. AFRIKIN is a platform that serves as a stimulus to help launch the careers for local business professionals, entertainers, artisans, chefs and more. Our plan is to continue to provide opportunities for new and upcoming talent in the marketplace.
AFRIKIN will therefore contribute to the quality of life across the Greater Miami area by strengthening communities, providing unique activities and events, building awareness of diverse cultures and identities, and acting as a source of community pride. We can invite big name retailers like Anthropologie for example, who is known for featuring and collaborating with local artisans to showcase their work on a larger scale. We will have specific events that will showcase products coupled with sponsorships to discuss the scope of work from ideation to final product and the process involved in-between coupled with words from the people in other departments that were involved in getting it from production to retail.
AFRIKIN is for appreciation and celebration, with a dogged determination that ensures inclusiveness using an African inspired network event to connect innovators and cultural creatives of Africa and the African diaspora.
It's been a long road but it was worth the wait. We present this opportunity to make up for any unintended consequences. Thank you so much for everything you've done and everything you will do to keep moving our people forward. And so it is, go ahead and tell a friend we are AFRIKIN!
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Rockers Movement expresses our hopes and dreams of a world in which what we have in common is far greater than that which divides us. Through their Festivals, we live not by looking at each other but by looking together in the same direction.
Food For The Poor would like to thank Rockers Movement and their supporters for channeling their passion for music to raise awareness about the critical needs of the poor. Your compassion and generosity will help us triumph over hunger. When organizations with a common goal come together to serve, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
The City of Miami takes pleasure in celebrating Rockers movement events that bring together music and food from around the world. We welcome this coming together structured as a Zero Waste Initiative, an act of community consciousness that educates by example, and augmented by the musical power of groups from around the world. It is fitted and appropriate that local officials, on behalf of our residents, pause to hail this festive music event that promotes Reggae's "land & people' heritage.
Music is the fabric of our society and the City of Miami Gardens takes pride in recognizing those initiatives that celebrate and honor the art of music; and Now , Therefor, be it resolved that I, Oliver Gilbert, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, Florida along with my colleagues of the City Council, on behalf of the Residents, do hereby commend the Rockers Movement on their significant contributions to the South Florida community and urge all Residents to partake in their events.
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