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Join us for a fun and fabulous evening as we celebrate ourselves in music, dance, dialogue, film and more. Once again, all hairstyles and viewpoints are welcome.Rev. Malika Lee Whitney returns as our host for the evening (look out!) and this year’s panel discussion features Khamit Kinks founder Anu Prestonia, natural-hair pioneer Tulani Jordan Kinard, community organizer Mark Winston Griffith, Attorney Esmeralda Simmons, Hip Hop Medicine Man Supa Nova Slom and Yardley Messeroux, founder of The Coil Review. Maitefa Angaza will serve as moderator.

Pioneering journalist Melba Tolliver will interview art historian Dr. Rosalind Jeffries. Marvelous dancer Johari Mayfield, phenomenal drummer M'ten Halsey and the Double Dutch Dreamz will perform. Our Spotlight Presenters include Ferandun June TerryEarline RossBlack RosePearl Bowser and Eric Thomas. Front-row Presenters include Dyane Harvey-SalaamKwame BrathwaiteApril SilverDr. Ethel Drayton-CraigNicole James and Avion Julien. We’ll also enjoy a short film and a slideshow of beautiful natural-hair looks. Books and CDs by our participants will be signed and sold, Heads Up!/HAIRitage will have theme-related items for sale (cash please) and a few invited vendors will also offer merchandise for sale. Light refreshment will be available at the Kumble Theater concession window.

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