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Houston Culture for Families with Teens: HMAAC's Africans in America

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This is the first installment in the series, Houston Culture for Families with Teens, that will highlight some local goings-on that are especially appropriate for the teens in the family. Teenagers are so immersed in the culture of their peers, that they often do not (and are not encouraged) to take part in more diverse and wonderfully enriching events in their immediate surroundings. Houston offers impressive cultural choices year-round, and those activities provide meaningful and memorable experiences for parents and teen to share. So commit to exposing your family (even the hesitant teen) to more of Houston's diverse cultural smorgasbord-- starting here...

Houston Museum of African American Culture's Africans in America: The New Beat of Afropolitans

HMAAC is the newest jewel on the Houston museum scene. WIth a new building strategically situated in the Musuem District a stone's throw away from the Holocaust Museum, the new Asia House and the Children's Museum, HMAAC is already garnering national recognition even before it's doors officially open. [Go HERE to see what CultureMap has to say about HMAAC]

The museum's current offering, the Africans in America Symposium is about up and coming young African artisitic powerhouses. It celebrates the rise of a new cultural influence, brought to America and the world by a wave of fascinating young and creative cosmopolitan African immigrants, so called "Afropolitans." Events kick off Friday, September 9th through the 10th.

Check out the biographies here-- (see one bio featured in the sidebar to the left!)

Africans in America: The New Beat of Afropolitans-- This Weekend's Schedule

September 9, 2011


Opening Evening Speaker: Derrick Ashong; musician, artist, activist, and social entrepeneur

Africans in America: of Immigrants, Afropolitans, and African-Americans

September 10, 2011


Africans in America - the Immigrants: Profile and Overview

Nemata Blyden, Professor, George Washington University


Afropolitans: Blurring Borders

Moderator: Derrick Ashong, musician, artist, activist, and social entrepeneur

Teju Cole, writer and photographer

Taiye Selasi, author and photographer


Giving Answers as Complex as We Are: In Conversation with Wangechi Mutu and Meme Omogbai

Wangechi Mutu, artist

Meme Omogbai, CEO Newark Museum


Speaker Introduction: Solkem N'Gangbet

Roundtable: Lost and Found in Transnation

Moderator: Nemata Blyden, Professor, George Washington University

Derrick Ashong ,Teju Cole, Wangechi Mutu, Meme Omogbai, Odera Ozoka, Taiye Selasi


Film screening: Soul Diaspora

Filmmaker Odera Ozoka will be available for questions after the 6:00p screening (finger food provided).

For more or call 713-526-1015




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