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SEPTEMBER

22

The Ensemble Theatre proudly presents Chicken & Biscuits written by Douglas Lyons, and directed by Eileen J Morris.

A raucous family comedy so full of laughter and love, that leaves the audience begging for seconds, Chicken & Biscuits is a feel-good comedy that feeds the soul.

JUNE

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The Ensemble Theatre proudly presents PHENOMENAL WOMAN by playwright Angelica Cheri, and director Jackie Alexander.

In this rolling world premiere collaboration with the North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre and the Ensemble Theatre the World renowned poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou takes the audience on an epic journey through her astonishing life story.  From the trauma that thrust her into mutism, to the awakening that inspired her to write "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," we will learn how this Phenomenal Woman developed one of the most celebrated voices of all time.

FEBRUARY

24

Diaspora artist Vivalda Dula World Premiers body of work "MBandu Ni Mbandu" at the NEW/NOW: The Houston Artist Commissioning Project.

in a 20 minute live performance set accompanied by her band, Vivalda Dula, a percussionist, singer/songwriter unveils her new guitar skills, her new body of work on Friday - February 24th, at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center in Houston, Texas alongside other 3 commissioned artists; namely play-writer Tazeen Zahida, composer/cinematographer J.E. Hernandez, and award-winning composer, author, educator, and artistic director Anthony Brandt.

Born in the city of Luanda, capital of the Republic of Angola, Vivalda now resides in the city of Houston, Texas (USA). Her band included David Craig on electric and Upright Bass, Greg Petito on Guitar, Ilya J. Kolozs on Drums and Percussion, and L.G. LaFleur on Background Vocals.

Additional information on Vivalda Dula can be found on her website www.VivaldaDula.com.

The NEW/NOW: The Houston Artist Commissioned Project was launched in 2020 by The Performing Arts Houston, to promote and sustain Houston's working artists and artist communities, by supporting new works from all performing arts disciplines.

The well attended event 120 minute event, the included a 20 minute Q&A session with the artists and curators of the program.

For additional information on the NEW/NOW: Houston Artist Commissioning Project visit The Performing Arts website at www.PerformingArtsHouston.org.

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SEPTEMBER

16

Consul General of The Republic of Angola in Houston, Texas Her Excellency Ana Paula Do Nascimento is one of the individuals to be awarded at the 9th Annual TOP 30 Most Influential Women of Houston awards ceremony.

Appointed to the position of Consul General in December of 2019, H.E. Ana Paula Do Nascimento has been very active in her efforts of engaging the student, diplomatic, and resident Angolan communities resident in her areas of jurisdiction, and in promoting the new image of the Republic of Angola as a country with many business and economic opportunities as well great lace for tourism.

The 9th edition of this event that gathers the most influential and powerful women in the Houston, Texas will take place on Friday - September 16th of the current year.

AUGUST

26

The Society for African in the Diaspora Pan African Library - SAiD in Houston - Texas celebrates another anniversary since its opening in August of 019. 

The album release event for AMARII will include the participation of several artists like DJ Oreo, DJ Slayz, DJ XFFY, and MC King Duke on and it will take place on Friday - November 26 at Mr. X in Houston, Texas.

NOVEMBER

26

Diaspora Award Winning Artist HEPH B. announces the Release Party for his album 'AMARii' in his hometown Houston - Texas. 

The album release event for AMARII will include the participation of several artists like DJ Oreo, DJ Slayz, DJ XFFY, and MC King Duke on and it will take place on Friday - November 26 at Mr. X in Houston, Texas.

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NOVEMBER

11

Houston based Nigerian artist D'LYTE announces the unveiling of a NEW Fashion Line D'LYTE Collections' to supplement her D'LYTE brand. 

Catering to both men and women fashion needs, the unveiling is scheduled to happen during the debut of her HANGOUT WITH D'LYTE event in the Houston  - Texas.

 

The Houston newcomer promises an experience that will not only unite the diaspora local community; it will also bridge the gap between the Diaspora and the African continent.

 

The event HANGOUT WITH D'LYTE will take place Sunday - November 21 at EBONY Food & Music in Houston, Texas.

OCTOBER

08

Diaspora based artist king of Afro-Dancehall HEPH B  digitally releases a new album titled 'AMARII'.

Comprised of nineteen (19) songs, this album includes several collaborations and a diversity of genre influences,

 

HEPH B  has also released the first flavor (Tropical Breeze) on his new line of wines Le Grand Plaisir.

SEPTEMBER

24

Diaspora artist Valee Music "UK's 1st Lady of Amapiano" releases a new single titled "Ngokwakho". Following the release of her hit "Sondela", the new release "NGokwako" or "It's Yours" if literally translated to English is an Amapiano track.

Amapiano is a Southern African hybrid style of house music that fuses Zulu, Kwaito, Bacardi, and Jazz.

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JULY

Diaspora based artist Chardelle Moore a native of Dominica releases her highly awaited for debut album titled "Inward Awakening".

 

The seven-song motivational multi-genre collection of 'Healing Art' inspires the exploration of self, inner power, self-love, spirituality, mind expansion, and courage.

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JUNE

Diaspora Central's is featured in the program Music Time in Africa hosted by Heather Maxwell on Voice Of America (VOA).

 

Along side many other industry figures, producer H. GIL Ingles is featured in a Special Father's Day program. 

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JUNE

The winners of the content for the Young Angolan Diaspora Artists' Contest sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Angola in the USA are to be announced soon after the submission closed on June 18th - The African Child Day.

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JUNE

Exactly 156 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation proclamation, the 46th President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden Jr. signs bill into law making Juneteenth a National Federal Holiday. (Emancipation - Houston, Texas - 1866).

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MAY

Diaspora artist Astasia releases her latest new music video 'Whine Mi Babi'. On this video Astasia showcases sounds and fashion of  her heritage.

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