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ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to Feature Actor Forest Whitaker at Delivering Democracy Lecture on April 22 in Phoenix

Forest WhitakerDelivering Democracy Lecture
featuring Forest Whitaker

April 22 (Date Change)


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix

The inaugural ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy’s Delivering Democracy lecturer, featuring Academy Award winning actor and decorated humanitarian, Forest Whitaker, will treat the 6th largest city in the United States to a timely and creative discussion of the promise of American Democracy. Whitaker is one of the world’s most accomplished actors, directors, producers and community activists, and when chosen as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, their leading U.S. diplomat stated Forest Whitaker was considered “the perfect choice” because … “He exemplifies compassion in every area of his life, with humility and grace. He does this because it’s the right thing to do” particularly in his work with youth in emerging and expanding democracies. Please do not miss this signature event featuring one of the most celebrated and insightful people of our age.

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Event subject to change without notice.

April 17, 2014

Phoenix Caribbean Carnival Weekend on May 23-25 - Memorial Day Weekend!

2014 Memorial Day weekend marks the third year for the Phoenix Caribbean Carnival weekend! The City of Phoenix has welcomed back this highly anticipated weekend filled with events that bring Caribbean cultural awareness to the Valley of the Sun.

Attendees will gather in amazement at the dazzling parade and festival with the theme presentation “Mas, Music Revelry & Culture: Uniting All Islands Under The Sun” featuring Stilt Walkers, Steel Bands, Traditional Ole’ Mas, Junior and Senior Masqueraders in colorful garb and masks and Native American Dancers.

The Carnival Association of Phoenix Arizona originally created this event as a destination event, attracting hundreds of travelers from around the United States to this dynamic three-day celebration. The Carnival village which will be open on Sunday morning after the parade will showcase local and international musical performances, art exhibit stations and tasty cultural cuisines. A full schedule of signature events will keep your entire family counting down the days to the next Caribbean Carnival Celebration.

Friday, May 23 from 9:00 PM-2:00 AM at the Brick, 455 N 3rd St, Phoenix
$10 gets you in before 11 PM
This is a celebration of unity that brings together different nationalities. So come out and represent your country, wave your flag, dress up in your national colors and BIG UP your national heritage.

May 24, 9 PM to 2 AM, $10 before 11:00 PM at Seay’s Eatery & Entertainment, 3121 N 3rd Ave., Phoenix
The Courtyard in front of Seay’s, Park Central Mall is the scene. At this premier event, the
recommendation; revelers should wear all white outfits, at least one piece, if not all. Celebration is the theme and features include live entertainment, DJ music, Caribbean food and a fabulous bar.
Sunday, May 25, Start 10:00 AM
This Trinidad and Tobago style cultural event is the feature of Carnival weekend. Spectators will line the parade route and enjoy the spectacle of Pretty Mas, Steel Bands, Old Mas, T-Shirts and Mud bands, Camouflage and diverse array of costumed dancers and more!
Sunday, May 25th, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Courtyard, Park Central Mall front of Seay’s Eatery and Entertainment
It’s a Family Affair where the different Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Caribbean Carnival 2014 are
experienced. Lots of Entertainment, Caribbean foods, Specialty products, Arts and Crafts to enjoy in our Phoenix weather-under the stars!

To participate in a Mas Band, as a vendor or for general information, please email

2014CARIBBEANFLYEREvents subject to change without notice.

April 16, 2014

ASU Students, Community Invited to Alpha Week - "Back in the Day" - on April 21-27

Mu Eta chapter (Arizona State University) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be hosting Alpha Week - "Back in the Day" - on April 21-27.

The Alphas invite ASU students and the community to come out, learn more about the fraternity and have some fun!

Monday: Great Debaters/ COOR 186

Tuesday: Black Tuesday Movie forum / COOR L1-84

Wednesday: Alpha Awareness Seminar (informational)/ COOR 174

Thursday: Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant Informational/ COOR 186

Friday: Bowling and Billiards event / Basement Memorial Union

Saturday: Chapter BBQ/ Hudson Park (Apache and Cedar St.)

Sunday: Lunch bag project/ Discovery 250/ Margaret T Hance Park
Tentative Time for all weekday events is 7:06 pm. Most events will take place on the Arizona State University Tempe Campus unless otherwise noted.

Alpha Week at ASU

April 15, 2014

Comedian GARY OWEN at Stand Up Live in Phoenix on April 25-27! Five Shows!

Click Here for Your Chance to Win Tickets!

Comedian GARY OWEN at Stand Up Live!

April 25-27

Don't miss Shaq All-Star Comedian GARY OWEN in Phoenix!

His star is definitely on the rise with appearances in movies such as Think Like A Man, Ride Along, Little Man and Daddy Day Care!

For tickets, call 480-719-6100 or visit

Gary Owen
Events subject to change without notice.

Community Screening for First Generation Documentary on April 22 in Phoenix

Film to Be Shown at 4 Valley High Schools; Part of “Go College!” National Initiative

First Generation Films and Wells Fargo will debut the “Go College!” initiative in Phoenix as part of a 10-city national education tour that leverages the powerful real-life stories of four high school students who are captured in the award-winning documentary, First Generation, to spark a grassroots dialogue on how to make attending college a reality.

The film documentary will be shown to more than 2,000 students at four Phoenix Union High School District schools and culminating with a red-carpet screening at AMC Arizona Center 24 on April 22.

With Q&A panel discussions at all screenings, attendees will have the opportunity to engage the filmmaking team of Adam and Jaye Fenderson, student lending experts, and civic and educational leaders in a dialogue focused on how to make attending college a reality.

The civic and educational leaders include:

  • Kent Scribner, Superintendent, Phoenix Union High School District
  • John Rasmussen, Head of Education Financial Services, Wells Fargo
  • Adam Longo, News Reporter, CBS 5 News
  • Adam and Jaye Fenderson, Directors, First Generation
  • Cecilia Lopez, Cast Member, First Generation
  • Pam Conboy, Region President, Wells Fargo Community Bank
  • Melissa B. Trujillo, Executive Director, Be A Leader Foundation
  • Greg Mason, Account Executive, Wells Fargo Education Financial Services

The red-carpet screening will take place on April 22 at AMC Arizona Center 24, 565 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Red Carpet 6:30pm; Program begins promptly at 7pm.


High School Screenings:

  • April 21: McClintock High School in Tempe
  • April 22: Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix
  • April 23: Maya High School in Phoenix
  • April 23: Betty H. Fairfax High School in Laveen
See the First Generation Film Official Trailer
Events subject to change without notice.

April 14, 2014

Zanovia Live (An Evening of Love) - Sultry Soul and R&B - on April 25 in Scottsdale

ZanoviaZanovia Live (An Evening of Love)
Sultry Soul and R&B
Date: 4/25/14
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Scottsdale Studios, 9525 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Scottsdale
Tickets 8 dollars online at
10 Dollars at the Door

18+ Event
Free Parking

Event subject to change without notice.

ASU Male Students, College Grads Interested in Joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Invited to Informational Seminar on April 23 in Tempe

If you are interested in joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Delta Tau Lambda (Phoenix Alumni) and Mu Eta (ASU Undergraduate) Chapters will be hosting a Joint Informational Seminar on January 16 in Tempe.

This informational seminar will be an opportunity for interested men to meet members of the fraternity, learn about the fraternity's history/chapter initiatives and requirements for membership. Attendees should be enrolled at Arizona State University or hold a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution.

Informational Seminar Details

Date: April 23, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Location: Arizona State University Tempe Campus, COOR 174
Dress: Business Attire

For more information regarding the Informational Seminar, please visit and/or contact Chris Billingsley, Dean of Membership, at

Alpha Phi Alpha
Event subject to change without notice.

Lunch and Learn for Business Owners Hosted by Lumenate on April 22 in Scottsdale

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Learn about managing your daily security with Managed Security Solutions

Tuesday, April 22
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Morton’s Steak House
15233 N Kierland Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ

Block a full range of threats, including viruses, spyware and hacker attacks with McAfee SaaS Endpoint Protection.

  • Centralized online management & reporting
  • Empowering IT
  • Cloud-based email and web security
  • Essential protection against viruses, spyware and web threats

WIN a Virus-Free iPad Mini! Must be present to win.

To RSVP, click here:

Event subject to change without notice.

April 13, 2014

Connect with New African American Authors on April's Butler/Banks Book Tour!

If you're looking for new authors to add to your own or your children's summer reading list, be sure to join us for the “Butler/Banks Book Tour” during the month of April!

Organized by steamfunk author Balgun Ojetade, the tour will highlight some of today's most intriguing voices in Black Speculative Fiction through blog posts and social media engagement. Ojetade named the tour in honor of Octavia Butler and LA Banks, two giants in the community whose work inspires so many of us to this day.

Butler Banks Tour


There’s this crazy idea that Black folks don’t read science fiction, fantasy, or a number of other genres—and nothing is further from the truth. Through the rest of April, visit the blogs of these featured authors for fresh posts about their work:

Alan D. Jones: author of the science fiction novels: To Wrestle with Darkness and Sacrifices.

Balogun Ojetade: author of the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika, two New Pulp novellas – A Single Link and Fist of Afrika and the Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe.

Carole McDonnell: author of The Constant Tower and Wind Follower.

Colby R. Rice: author of Ghosts of Koa, the first novel in The Books of Ezekiel, a dystopian-urban fantasy decalogy.
Crystal Connor: author of The Darkness, And They All Lived Happily Ever After, and Artificial Light.
DaVaun Sanders: author of The Seedbearing Prince, Parts I and II, as well as the soon to be released The Course of Blades, the third novel in his World Breach saga.

Jeff Carroll: author of Thug Angel: Rebirth of a Gargoyle.

K. Ceres Wright: author of Cog.

Kai Leakes: author of Sineaters: Devotion and the soon-to-be-released Sin Eaters: Retribution, coming in June.

Keith Gaston: author of Taurus Moon: Relic Hunter and its sequel, Taurus Moon: Magic and Mayhem.

Milton Davis: author of Woman of the Woods, Amber and the Hidden City, and co-editor of four anthologies: Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, Griots: Sisters of the Spear, with Charles R. Saunders; The Ki Khanga Anthology and Steamfunk! Anthology, both with Balogun Ojetade.

Valjeanne Jeffers: author of Immortal, Immortal II: The Time of Legend, Immortal III: Stealer of Souls, Immortal IV: Collision of Worlds and The Switch II: Clockwork.

Zig Zag Claybourne: author of the books Neon Lights, Historical Inaccuracies and By All Our Violent Guides.

If you're a fan of science fiction or fantasy, let us know! Check out the State of Black Science Fiction Facebook Group to connect with more authors and artists.

Keep the conversation going throughout the Butler/Banks Book Tour on Twitter or Facebook with the following hashtags: #AfroFuturism #DiversityinSFF


DaVaun Sanders Butler Banks

S.O.S. Band, Klymaxx and Zapp Band Concert Photo Slideshow! Old School Music Celebration at Wild Horse Pass!

R&B legends - S.O.S. Band, Klymaxx and Zapp Band - put on an amazing show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino on April 11, 2014! The groups brought back some great memories for old school music fans with hits such as Tell Me If You Still Care, Men All Pause and More Bounce to the Ounce!

Check out our slideshow of the concert!

Thanks to DL Smith Photography for their outstanding photos! Contact DL Smith Photography for your photo needs!

S.O.S. Band, Klymaxx and Zapp Band Concert
Click on the image below for the slideshow
Photos courtesy of DL Smith Photography for

April 12, 2014

Kool & the Gang, Morris Day & the Time LIVE on April 26 at Big Red Rib & Music Festival in Glendale

Kool and the GangThe Fourth Annual Fry’s Food Stores Big Red Rib & Music Festival will take place on the Great Lawn at Sportsman’s Park, just outside of University of Phoenix Stadium. The four-day festival will start on April 24-27.

The Great Lawn will be transformed into a food lovers paradise with award-winning ribbers from around the country serving up something for everyone.

On April 26 starting at 6 PM, Kool & the Gang will be performing LIVE with opening act Morris Day & the Time.

Click here for tickets and more info:

Event subject to change without notice.

April 09, 2014

Donate to Today! Support Our Website Redesign Project!

Any Amount Is Appreciated! Help Us Give a NEW LOOK!

For seven years, has been keeping you informed online about many of the positive and exciting news and events happening in Phoenix's African American community!

We've become the premier African American Website in the Phoenix area - attracting more than 10,000 visitors per month!

Now, it's time for something new and we need your help!

We have exciting plans to completely redesign!

We want to have a more modern look while making it easier for our audience to find the information you need!

In a big city like Phoenix, you deserve a Website with a BIG-CITY look and feel!

We're really going to put the Black community in the SPOTLIGHT with this brand-new version of! You will be PROUD of our NEW LOOK!

Please help us out with a donation today!

Any amount of support you can give is appreciated!  You can give $1, $5, $10 ...

We need these funds to make this project happen! All donations will go toward the redesign and maintenance of the NEW!

We're not asking you for a ton of money - let's work together to reach this goal as soon as possible! We promise your money will go a long way!!

All donors will be listed on our Thank You page!

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"The Vibe Sessions" Open Mic on April 21 in Phoenix

JamesCorp Music Presents

"The Vibe Sessions" Open Mic

April 21
Starts at 9pm

$5 Cover

{9} The Gallery
1229 Grand Ave
Phoenix, AZ

Absolutely ANYONE can perform at the open mic.

Poetry, Live Music, Singers, Rappers, Musicians, Comedians, EVERYONE. A band will be there for anyone who wants accompaniment.

To sign up to perform at the open mic, just show up and put your name on the list.

For more info, call Jus James at 480.343.5429 or visit

The Vibe Sessions
Event subject to change without notice.

April 08, 2014

Pancakes & POLITICS - A Speakers Forum Series on April 24 in Phoenix

The Arizona Informant Foundation will be hosting Pancakes and Politics starting on April 24 from 7-9 AM at Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 415 E. Grant St., Phoenix.

Arizona candidates for the Governor's office will speak at the forum.

For tickets and more information, call 623-282-1555 or email

Pancakes and Politics

Greater Phoenix Urban League to Host 50th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Dinner on May 8

50th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Dinner

Philanthropic, corporate, social, and political leaders from around the Valley of Sun come together each year at the Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Dinner to support the vision of the Greater Phoenix Urban League. The dinner honors an individual and a corporation who has best exemplifies the principles and philosophies of the late Whitney M. Young, Jr., former Executive Director of the National Urban League.

Thursday, May 8
6 PM - Cocktail Reception
7 PM - Dinner

Westin Kierland Resort - Trailblazer Ballroom
6902 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ

2014 Dinner Chairman

  • Derrick Hall, President and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipients

  • Individual Honoree - Russell Smoldon, CEO, B3 Strategies (An affiliate of Jennings, Strouss and Salmon, PLC)
  • Corporate Honoree - Arizona State University

For tickets and more information, visit

Event subject to change without notice.

April 07, 2014

Jante Law Office in Phoenix to Host Simple Wills Series on Weekends from April 19-May 31

Jante Law Office, PLLC, will be hosting a Simple Wills event to assist clients with the creation of  simple wills.

The event will be held every weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) starting April 19 ending May 31.

Location: 4022 E Broadway Road, Phoenix, Az 85040

Call for Appointment (623) 980-7670


Cost: $150-200

Jante Law Office
Event subject to change without notice.

April 06, 2014

FUTURE the Honest Tour with Rico Love & Que on June 25 at Phoenix's Celebrity Theatre

FUTURE the Honest Tour

with special guests:
Rico Love & Que

Wednesday, June 25

Showtime – 8:00 PM

Celebrity Theatre
440 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ

For tickets and more info, click here:

Event subject to change without notice.

April 04, 2014

Fountain of Life Church, Scottsdale to Host Pre-Mother's Day Music & Arts Extravaganza on May 10

Treat her to a fun-filled afternoon of music and arts on Saturday, and an uplifting, spirit-filled worship service at Fountain of Life Church, Scottsdale, on Sunday!
Fountain of Life Church, Scottsdale, presents …

Bring your Mom or someone special to enjoy an afternoon of great food, great entertainment, and celebration -- musicians, dancers, soloists, choirs, poetry, works of art, food, and fun! Hosted by the Arizona Black Theatre Troupe’s own Lady Burton!  

Saturday, May 10 – 1 to 4 p.m.
Chaparral Christian Church
6451 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ  85254

Adults: $35 in advance / $45 at the door
Children ages 6 – 16: $10
Children 5 years and under:  FREE
Purchase tickets online at

Honor your Mom with a special tribute in our Souvenir Keepsake Journal. Photos, tributes, poems, letters, memorials and business ads are all welcome.  You can even share Mom’s favorite recipe!

For more information about the Extravaganza, tickets, Souvenir Keepsake Journal, and directions to Fountain of Life Church, visit, or call (480) 652-1211.

All proceeds benefit the Fountain of Life Church Ministries, Scottsdale, AZ.

Fountain of Life Church
Event subject to change without notice.

April 03, 2014

Agnes' Centers For Domestic Solutions Anniversary Block Party on May 24 in Phoenix

20% off at iMemoriesAgnes' Centers For Domestic Solutions is hosting its 1st Anniversary block party to bring awareness to domestic violence in our community.

Saturday, May 24
Noon to 5:00 pm

Agnes' Centers For Domestic Solutions
2750 West McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 442-6616

This event will feature vendors, food, face painting, bounce house, live comedy, DJ, dance contest, raffles, prizes and more.

Hear the testimonies of survivors and learn about what is available in the Phoenix area for victims and families affected by domestic violence.

Event subject to change without notice.

April 01, 2014

Sacred Space: Church Anniversary Edition in Phoenix on May 17

Sacred Space is celebrating the 67th anniversary of Amos Metropolitan CME Church.

May 17
6-8 PM

Amos Metropolitan CME Church
2804 E. Mobile Lane
Phoenix, AZ

Sacred Space invites creative artists - hip-hop, spoken word, mime, soul music, etc. - to share their ministry.

More information here:

Sacred Space
Event subject to change without notice.

3rd Annual Woman-to-Woman Brunch: Going Beyond Phoenix on May 31

3rd Annual Woman-to-Woman Brunch: Going Beyond Phoenix

May 31
9 AM to 5 PM

Homewood Suites by Hilton/Phoenix Airport South

Sessions Include:

  • Discovering Your Purpose
  • Career Choices & How to Achieve Them
  • Financial Fitness
  • Daily Life Balance
  • Health & Wellness
  • Inspiration & Empowerment
  • "Women In Leadership" Workshop

For more information, click here:

3rd Annual Woman-to-Woman Brunch: Going Beyond Phoenix
Event subject to change without notice.

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