Program

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2019 Speakers & Performers 

Chairman Omali Yeshitela - Keynote Speaker, Founder & Leader of the Uhuru Movement

From the day he ripped down the racist mural from the walls of City Hall in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1966, Chairman Omali Yeshitela (then known as Joseph Waller) has never stopped fighting for freedom for African people everywhere. Mobilized in his youth by anti-colonial movements around the world and the struggle for black liberation inside the U.S., Yeshitela dedicated his life to uniting and liberating Africa and African people everywhere. Read More...

Yejide Orunmila - ANWO President

Yejide is a socialist, revolutionary, mother and wife. She's also President of the African National Women’s Organization (ANWO), an organization of the African People’s Socialist Party which was created to address the special oppression of African women. As the only anti-imperialist, anti-colonial revolutionary African women’s organization, ANWO is leading on the everyday issues that impact the lives of African women. Yejide writes the column “Harriet’s Daughters” in The Burning Spear Newspaper and has spoken around the country on African Internationalism, the political theory of the African working-class.

Janet, Janine & Eddie Africa - MOVE

Janet, Janine and Eddie Africa are three members of the MOVE 9 who spent 40 years unjustly in prison framed by the city of Philadelphia.

Karen Smith & Friends - Live Music


Karen Smith made the decision in 2012 to become a full-time independent performance percussionist, teaching artist, and cultural event curator. Her vision is to present artistic experiences for the benefit of community-based organizations, particularly those that support children & youth, people of color, and LGBTQ communities. Utilizing her musicianship skills and theater management experience, with her desire to work in collaboration with artists and entities that embrace art as a tool for healing, Karen is true to her philosophy, "Have Drums Will Travel Immediately." From schools in Philadelphia and the tri-state area, to across the country for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, as well as across the water to the Caribbean island of Jamaica at the invitation of Berndatte Pleasant's LiveFemme Experience!, a dance and rhythms healing retreat, Karen's Sistahs Laying Down Hands and Weez The Peoples ensembles are reminders of her motto, Possible is Possible!


Rugrat Nami - Hip Hop Musician

Meet Rugrat Nami. A nonfictional fictional character. Influenced by artists like Erykah Badu, Regina Spektor, Kanye, and Childish Gambino - Rugrat Nami is an anime lovin', beat bumpin', creative soul, and hip hop student. Rugrat Nami is the wave.









Teddy Valentine - Not only a DJ

Teddy Valentine is @notonlyadj but also a multi-instrumentalist record producer, event curator, and creative. Teddy is an open format dj and specializes in creating a timeless dance party vibe. he enjoys mixing 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, hip hop, disco, afrobeat, and house. If teddy’s on the 1’s and 2’s, there’s no stopping the groove.




Penny Hess - African People's Solidarity Committee

Penny Hess is the chairperson of the African People's Solidarity Committee, an organization of white people organizing in solidarity with the movement for the liberation of Africa and African people. APSC works under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, led by the African People's Socialist Party.
Penny has been a member of the African People's Solidarity since its founding in 1976. She is a tireless organizer who speaks throughout the U.S. and Europe in an effort to educate people that white society everywhere owes its affluence and democracy to the enslavement and colonization of African and oppressed peoples.
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Rhenda Fearrington - Jazz Vocalist

Originally from New York, Rhenda Fearrington always delivers an authentic and warm presentation of Jazz Standards mixed with Soulful originals. She is “true” to her roots which includes performing on the International stage as a back-up singer for Roberta Flack and MTUME, respectively! When Rhenda sings, it’s quite evident there’s a story being told…and it begins and ends with Joy! Read More...

Eyce Diggi - Spoken Word


With a burning passion for entertainment which was recognized at the tender age of 12. Eyce has invested 15 years of her life pursuing her dream through partnerships and currently independently. Eyce has shown that we can achieve anything we set our minds to, even when the conditions do not make the process completely easy. A self-taught music producer/recording engineer, a poet, self-published author, a writer, and a spoken word artist; she has been able to make a name for herself in all fields she has ventured into. Also known as Eyce Diggi, she has steadily grown into a force to reckon with in the artistic/entertainment circle.
Born in South Philadelphia and raised throughout the city, she lived most of her early years in a low-income community in West Philadelphia. Read More...

 

 

Urban Shaman - African Drums

The Evolution
The Urban Shamans represents more than just a band. The members, all with their own uniquely identified musical footprints, agree that there is a strategic method to establishing a movement. A movement that is capable of transforming a world community that embraces peace, love, balance, righteousness, and harmony. Read more... 

 

Rasheed Bey - Revolutionary Poetry


Powerful revolutionary poet and artist, a longtime activist, and friend of the Uhuru Movement. Rasheed Bey is blind and deaf because he was brutally beaten by the Philadelphia police when he was a young man in the 1970s.







 

Ra - Rapper

Been doing the damn thang, and continues to bring real music for real people! The One Sun Lion Ra!








 

Rasaq Lawal/JaajoDanceEast - African Dance

Rasaq has used his creativity and pragmatism to revolutionize the world of dance and fitness through an innovative mix of African culture, eclectic music, fitness and fun called Jaajo. He blends comedy, motivational speaking, and an unmatched energy level to create a one-of-a-kind dance experience, enabling individuals to engage and connect with their purpose and gifts. Rasaq has experience performing on leading platforms such as So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 (Celebrity Judge Round) as well as opening for Academy Award Winning group Three 6 Mafia. Semi-Finalist in the American College Dance Association Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society Inductee Houston RAW Artist Nominee His passion for youth and mentorship is showcased in work at Workshop Houston as a “Dance Shop Coordinator” as well as with youth at Lanier Middle School, Foster Elementary, and KIPP Charter School.

Mike Africa Jr. - Revolutionary Hip Hop

Mike Africa Jr. was born in prison in 1978. His parents are members of the Philadelphia based organization known as MOVE. In 1978, they were unjustly imprisoned for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman. In the early '90s, Africa began writing hip-hop lyrics for the "movement" to expose injustices in the system and to get the word out about his family's incarceration.




 

LaySimoneDanceSensations - African Dance

LaySimoneDanceSensations empowers and inspires people to express themselves through the art and love of dance.




 

 


Danté Alexander - Vocalist


Danté Alexander is always emanating light and spreading love through song. He is an R&B and soul singer who writes and arranges all of his own music. He also MCs from time to time, most recently at singing competition The Soul Factory’s Post-Season Victory Concert with Danny De’soul.







 

Authors and Education Resources 


Bekezela Broscius - Author


Bekezela Broscius writes middle-grade novels. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, having dance parties with her family, and traveling.
To learn more about Bekezela, you can visit her website at bekezelabroscius.com.





Candice Wilkins - Author





Candace E. Wilkins is a blogger, speaker, and licensed minister based in Philadelphia, PA. Much of her work explores how our faith journeys intersect with the real and practical issues of life. She would call herself a professional starter, who has [finally] learned the secret to buckling down and finishing what she starts.












 

Kesha "Kay" Hollins - Author

Kesha Hollins is a self-published author, and entrepreneur/artist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  Writing overall has always been Kesha’s first love. She often experiments with different writing styles and explore a range of topics. Her debut collection, “This Is How I Speak to You” was released in September, 2018.  When shes not writing poetry (and the occasional short story), Hollins manages  and designing items for her own clothing line, Shop Orenda. 


 

 

 

Children's Circle

How do we uplift our historically disenfranchised community? We start from the ground and work our way up. What must be nourished in our soil? OUR CHILDREN.



The Children’s Circle at the Uhuru Book Fair & Flea Market is a safe space intended to promote youth education through the lens of African empowerment. The Children’s Circle is designed to bring the fun back into literature and imagination. Children and parents will have opportunities to re-explore the magic of storytelling with readings of African-centric works constructed from the brilliant minds of our African people. Radical self-love and radical-self expression will be the theme of the day. Youth activities include yoga, thought-experiments, world-building exercises, poetry classes, art and craft projects, face painting, balloon animals and much more.