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Miami Soul weekend guide: Afrikin Fest, NiteCap NEXT, Simply Wordz Spoken Word Dinner Party, and more

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Screening for Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

Thursday, November 17, 6:30PM – 9PM – Miami Dade Colleague North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave, The Screening Theater Room 2147, Miami

Join a cocktail reception and screening of the latest PBS series of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates’ latest journey through the triumphs, struggles, and contradictions of the last 50 years of American history. Following the screening will be a meaningful discussion regarding the following: “If Malcolm X and Martin Luther King woke up and they asked you, ‘What’s happened since I died?’, what would you tell them and how would you describe it?” Free RSVP at

Afrikin Fest

November 18-20 – Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Drive, Miami

Afrikin Fest is a cultural celebration of the African diaspora to include art installations, drum and dance workshops, wine & rum tastings, cuisine from the diaspora, and Afrikin Talks, a series of lectures and workshops with cultural influencers and activists. Highlights include Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies, Dr. Sonia Sanchez, and Dream Defenders’ Umi Selah at the Afrikin Talks, and Bravo TV’s Chef Ron Duprat along with other guest chefs will curate the cuisine of Afrikin Fest.

The curated performance line up includes: Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast), Jah9 (Jamaica), Raging Fyah (Jamaica), T-Vice (Haiti), Boukman Eksperyans (Haiti), Kevens (USA), Oshun (USA), Tarmac (Colombia), Margareth Menezes (Brazil), Laguna Pai (Peru), Spam Allstars (USA), Ada (France), Danay Suarez (Cuba), Cquer (USA), the SASA African Dance Theater (USA), DJ Stan Zeff (UK) and DJ P.E.A.C.E. (USA).

Proceeds benefit Give Me Dignity, a Miami-based nonprofit that provides resources for survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, as well as Man Dodo, a nonprofit organization that focuses on poverty alleviation in Haiti, with its current project providing Hurricane Matthew relief. Afrikin Fest will also lead a festival donation drive for hurricane survivors in Haiti.

For tickets, visit A 1-day pass is $45; 2-day passes are $85, and can be purchased at

“I Know What I Am and I Am Not What You Call Me” stage play

November 17 – November 20 – African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22 Avenue, Miami

Local author and director, Jonathan Spikes, presents a stage play adaptation of the book by the same name the depicts the internal struggles of a young man who is in a constant battle with himself as he comes of age. He grapples with the reality of who he is, his self-portrayal to friends, family and others; as well as, his quest for acceptance in the eyes of God. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 at the door and can be purchased at

Black Men Write

Friday, November 18, 6:30PM – Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St, Little Haiti

BMe celebrates Black authors during the Miami Book Fair with a reception featuring New York Times Best Selling Authors Trabian Shorters and Shaka Senghor and critically acclaimed writers Shawn Blanchard, Dr. Eddie Connor Jr, Nehemiah Davis, and Jonathan Spikes. Yeelen will also feature their latest exhibit, ‘Woke AF’ by James Clover, which will be on view at the gallery until January 14, 2017. Free RSVP at

Africoco African Mixer

Friday, November 18, 6PM – 9PM – Solo Lounge, 2800 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach

Africans and the Diaspora connect at this monthly mixer featuring African and Caribbean DJs. Free for ladies; $10 for guys.

Peter Bailey Presents: NiteCap NEXT

Saturday, November 19, 7PM – 10PM – Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami

Media innovator Peter Bailey presents a live taping of his “NiteCap Next” series featuring super entrepreneur Brian Brackeen of the facial recognition company, Kairos. This new interactive series features South Florida’s most promising entrepreneurs of color through thought-provoking conversations. RSVP at using the discount code YPNNext.

Read Caribbean at Miami Book Fair

November 19 – 20 – Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami

The eight-day Miami Book Fair returns this year with a lineup of literary events, readings, children’s events, book signings, and conversations featuring renowned authors from the Caribbean and African diaspora. For a lineup of Read Caribbean events, visit

Simply Wordz Spoken Word Dinner Party

Sunday, November 20, 8PM – 11PM – 1st Klass Cafe, 9940 Pines Blvd, Hollywood

The creators of the Mellow Mondays spoken word series presents a pre-Thanksgiving live music and spoken word dinner party featuring poets Spoken Reasons, Will Seri’ Us, Red Writing Hood, Quick The Poet, Golden ButtaFly, and Bertrand Boyd. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door and can be purchased at

Reggae Sundays

Sunday, November 20, 2PM – 12AM – Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St

Kulcha Shok presents a weekly live reggae set with Colombia’s reggae band, Tarmac, performing this week. Free and family friendly event.