We are happy to announce the support of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Support for the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival on 7/16/2016

We are proud again to have received New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Support for the Street festival on 7/16/2016.  10897904_899840180047196_1632272917985910354_n

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org or more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

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Dear Friends:

It is a pleasure to send greetings to everyone gathered for the second annual Go Africa Harlem Street Festival, celebrating the history, legacy, and significance of African culture throughout the vibrant Harlem community.

This event provides many reasons to take pride in everything that Harlem represents -its people, businesses, institutions, and cultural resources. As a one block area of I 16th Street comes alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes of a classic street festival, all residents look forward to

the opportunity to experience the best of your community in a display of goods and services by local merchants, inspired by the African culture that is a foundation of Harlem life.

Further highlighted by the presentation of traditional African dance, music, and art, this street festival will help make local life an even richer blend of cultural and social activities, along with economic opportunities. The welcoming presence of many dignitaries, sponsors, and supporters invites the whole community to come together in spirit and shared pride. I applaud

Go Africa Network Inc. for once again bringing this event into the heart of Harlem, adding positively to the dynamics of summer life for its people.

NYS Andrew M. Cuomo 7-14-2016

Warmest regards and best wishes for a successful and grand street festival.

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Profile: U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel will be attending the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival on 7/16/2016

We are pleased to announce that U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel will be attending the street festival and will also be receiving a special award for his lifetime of service to the community. 13307487_10154868760944056_8681590022715465282_n

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org or more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

About U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel: Charles B. Rangel, war hero, history-making congressman, master lawmaker. A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, he made history as the first African American member of Congress to lead the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Now serving his 23rd term in the House of Representatives, he has been cited as the most effective lawmaker in the House, leading all of his colleagues in passing legislation. He was a prime contributor to President Obama’s historic health care reform law.

Rangel

Growing up on the other side of the tracks on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, he was transformed from high school dropout to war hero after volunteering for service in the Army during the Korean War. Wounded in an attack by waves of Communist Chinese troops, he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor after leading his surviving comrades from behind enemy lines.

With the aid of the G.I. Bill, he earned degrees from New York University and St. John’s University Law School.  He began his public service as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and was later elected to the New York State Assembly. He came to Washington in 1971 to serve in the House after defeating the legendary Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

In Congress, following Saint Matthew’s teaching, he has been a stalwart champion for the “least among us,” advocating powerfully and persistently to improve the lives of working people.  He is a defender of veterans and has treated education as a national security issue.

A leading advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity, Congressman Rangel has boosted the incomes of millions of working families with the Earned Income Tax Credit, and pumped billions of dollars into revitalization of communities across the nation, including Harlem. Demonstrating his commitment to education, he has created financial mechanisms to construct and rehabilitate public schools across the country.

Congressman Rangel’s unparalleled foreign policy record has focused on Africa and the Caribbean.  In 1986, he sounded the death knell for apartheid in South Africa with the “Rangel Amendment,” which forced the largest U.S. investors to abandon the country.  He has created trading and investment opportunities for struggling nations in the Caribbean and Africa. In 2010, he successfully promoted vital investment incentives for earthquake ravaged Haiti.

Among his proudest achievements is founding the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in the State Department, in cooperation with Howard University.  As of 2015, most of the 200 Rangel Fellows who completed the program were serving as U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers in U.S. Embassies around the world. Congressman Rangel still resides with his wife Alma in Harlem where he was born. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Forward from: Manhattan Community Board 10 (CB 10) : Go Africa Harlem Street Festival – July 16 – 10 am – 7pm

We happy for the awareness that Community Board 10 of Harlem is driving for the upcoming Street festival on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm.

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Visit CB 10 at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mancb10/html/home/home.shtml

Or on Facebook: @ManCB10

Or Twitter: @mancb10

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org or more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2016

 

Contact:

 

Madina Toure

Senior Public Relations Officer Go Africa Network  mtoure@goafricanetwork.org

Street festival aims to support black-owned businesses in Harlem and New York City in general

 

New York, NY — The second annual Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will be held Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 116th Street within the boundaries of Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass boulevards in Harlem.

The festival will include live music and dance, African food and beverages, African-American food and beverages, clothing and apparel, health and wellness services, financial services such as banking and insurance, city agency services in areas such as immigration, housing and social services, taste tests and giveaways.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, a sponsor and supporter of the festival, will serve as the grand marshal for the event.

 

Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and a prominent civil rights activist known for his use of social media to shed light on social causes, will serve as Co-cost for the event with  Charlene (“Charlie”) Cooper from WFXR, Fox News

 

Some of the restaurants that will be participating in New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW) 2016, will be in attendance. A Taste of Africa, a community-based organization dedicated to promoting the best of African cuisine and culture that organizes the annual NYARW, is among the supporters of the event.

Other sponsors and supporters include the Consulate General of Senegal in New York; Association Nationale des Senegalais d’Amérique; Manhattan Community Board 10 and the Honorable Professor Michael John Downie, chairman of the CB10’s Arts and Culture Committee; the Delegate General of Côte d’Ivoire; the Permanent Mission of Guinea to the United Nations; New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and his African Advisory Council; Souleimane Konaté, imam of the Masjid Aqsa Mosque in Harlem; New York City Civil Court Judge W. Franc Perry; New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat; Manhattan Borough President Brewer’s Immigrant Task Force; and Halstead Property.

For questions about the event, please call (646) 502-9778 ext. 8001 or visit  https://www.goafricaharlem.org.

For Vendor Registration: http://goafricaharlem.org/events/vendormerchant-registration-for-the-go-   africa-harlem-2016-street-fest/

About Go Africa Network:

Go Africa Network is a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks to advance the awareness and socioeconomic development of Africa and the United States through local and international outreach initiatives.

There are several options for which Restaurants & Chefs can participate which are:

 

  • Direct participation (selling food, with Tables, tent, Food containers, and napkins with (utensils) no charge
  • Direct participation (higher level) with above and with a charcoal grill (User must pay for the grill rental which is 100.00) the grill will be (Charcoal Grill is 5′ W x 2′ in size) we will provide setup and removal of grill at no charge.
  • Sample participation (Vendor has table and passes out food samples and other item to drive awareness (No Charge).

For more details visit the following:

For Vendor Registration: http://goafricaharlem.org/events/vendormerchant-registration-for-the-go-   africa-harlem-2016-street-fest/

Group Profile: The Chad UN mission will be at the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival on 7/16/2016

We would like to welcome the Chad UN mission to the Street Festival on 7/16/2016.

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

About the United Nations Mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT)38407_136429979713639_3624158_n

The United Nations Mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) was established by Security Council Resolutions 1861 (2009), 1834 (2008) and 1778 (2007) in consultation with the authorities of Chad and the Central African Republic.


  • Security Council Resolution 1861 authorizes the deployment of a military component of MINURCAT to follow EUFOR in both Chad and the Central African Republic at the end of EUFOR’s mandate.

    MINURCAT shall include a maximum of 300 police officers, 25 military liaison officers, 5,200 military personnel and an appropriate number of civilian personnel.

    MINURCAT shall have the following mandate in eastern Chad and the north-eastern Central African Republic, in liaison with the United Nations country team and, as appropriate, in liaison with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) and without prejudice to the mandate of BONUCA:

    Security and protection of civilians
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    v To select, train, advise and facilitate support to elements of the Détachement Intégré de Sécurité (DIS) ;

    v To liaise with the national army, the gendarmerie and police forces, the nomad national guard, the judicial authorities and prison officials in Chad and the Central African Republic to contribute to the creation of a more secure environment, combating in particular the problems of banditry and criminality;

    v To liaise with the Chadian Government and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in support of their efforts to relocate refugee camps which are in close proximity to the border, and to provide to UNHCR, on availability and cost-reimbursable basis, logistical assistance for that purpose;

    v To liaise with the Sudanese Government, the African Union/United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), BONUCA, the Multinational Force of the Economic Community of Central African States in the Central African Republic (MICOPAX) and the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) to exchange information on emerging threats to humanitarian activities in the region;
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    v To support the initiatives of national and local authorities in Chad to resolve local tensions and promote local reconciliation efforts, in order to enhance the environment for the return of internally displaced persons;

    Human rights and the rule of law

    v To contribute to the monitoring and to the promotion and protection of human rights in Chad, with particular attention to sexual and gender-based violence, and to recommend action to the competent authorities, with a view to fighting impunity;

    v To support, within its capabilities, efforts aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Government of Chad and civil society through training in international human rights standards, and efforts to put an end to recruitment and use of children by armed groups;

    v To assist the Government of Chad in the promotion of the rule of law, including through support for an independent judiciary and a strengthened legal system, in close coordination with United Nations agencies;

    Regional peace support

    v To continue to play a role as observer with UNAMID in the Contact Group that was established under the 13 March 2008 Dakar Accord to monitor its implementation and assist, as necessary, the Governments of Chad, the Sudan and the Central African Republic to build good neighbourly relations;

    v Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,
    (a) Decides further that MINURCAT shall be authorized to take all necessary measures, within its capabilities and its area of operations in eastern Chad, to fulfil the following functions, in liaison with the Government of Chad:
    (i) To contribute to protecting civilians in danger, particularly refugees and internally displaced persons;
    (ii) To facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and the free movement of humanitarian personnel by helping to improve security in the area of operations;
    (iii) To protect United Nations personnel, facilities, installations and equipment and to ensure the security and freedom of movement of its staff and United Nations and associated personnel;

    (b) Decides further that MINURCAT shall be authorized to take all necessary measures, within its capabilities and its area of operations in the north-eastern Central African Republic, to fulfil the following functions, through establishing a permanent military presence in Birao and in liaison with the Government of the Central African Republic:
    (i) To contribute to the creation of a more secure environment;
    (ii) To execute operations of a limited character in order to extract civilians and humanitarian workers in danger;
    (iii) To protect United Nations personnel, facilities, installations and equipment and to ensure the security and freedom of movement of its staff and United Nations and associated personnel;

 For more information

Contact: Tatiana

Mission du Tchad

aupres des Nations Unies

129 E 36th street

New-York, N.Y. 10016

Tel: 212 896 0980/0262

Fax: 212 896 0152

Email: Chadmission@gmail.com

Group Profile: African Diaspora Parade and Festival (team) will be @ the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival on 7/16/2016

We would like to welcome the African Diaspora Parade and Festival team to the street festival on 7/16/2016. 1966839_295599440595252_2008457938_n

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

The African Diaspora Parade and Festival was founded with the purpose of serving as an outlet to highlight and celebrate the cultural diversity of both continental Africans and Africans descent throughout the Diaspora by showcasing their music, art and technology. 10272758_404905339664661_3960355950128836184_o

for more information.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/African-diaspora-parade1-161185837369947/home

African Diaspora Parade & Festival.

1042 woodycrest avenue

Bronx , NY 10452

actnd1@yahoo.com

Media Profile: Afric Vision Network TV will be @ the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival on 7/16/2016

We would like to welcome the Afric Vision Network TV team to the Street Festival on 7/16/2016.

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001. 12650872_1514266342208451_2405222452719031556_n

About Afric Vision Network TV:

Mr. Dosso Inza

Director

Afric Vision Network TV

http://www.avntv.net/

Facebook: AfricVision Nouvelles

africvisiontv@yahoo.com

Services Merchant Profile: Foundation for a Drug Free World of the Americas will be at the Go Africa Harlem street festival on 7/16/2016

We would like to welcome  Foundation for a Drug Free World of the Americas to the street festival on 7/16/2016.

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. No one, especially a young person, likes to be lectured about what he or she can or cannot do. Thus, we provide the facts that empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place. 310510_246325165408186_1872878_n

The Truth About Drugs campaign consists of activities that people can join which popularize drug-free living. These activities are simple, effective and can involve people of all ages. Through a worldwide network of volunteers and working with more than 800 police, government, and community partners and alliances, 62 million educational booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held, and public service announcements have reached more than 260 million viewers in 123 countries. These materials and activities have helped people around the world learn about the destructive side effects of drugs and thereby make the decision for themselves to not use them. The Foundation provides information you need to start a Truth About Drugs education and prevention activity in your area. 13559154_1245420638831962_6424683823054067900_o

The Foundation for a Drug Free World of The Americas was founded in 2006. We are proud to offer free drug education events, presentations, informational sessions and lectures to schools, after-school programs, community organizations, faith-based organizations, etc. throughout New York City, Long Island and select cities around this area. We also are here to help assist you in obtaining the foundation’s free drug education materials which you can find at: www.drugfreeworld.org. This includes the foundation’s drug education booklets which cover almost every illicit drug and which complement any drug education curriculum, event, school program, etc. We also are proud to offer “The Truth about Drugs Education Package” which can be obtained at www.drugfreeworld.org as well. The curriculum contains lesson plans, group activities, a DVD, booklets, posters and more. Should you need help implementing this, we are here to assist you! 13569026_1245420642165295_7744587581461263313_o

To book an event or for any question, please contact us at: FDFWAmericas@gmail.com.

Foundation for a Drug Free World of the Americas

56-03 214th Street

Bayside, NY 11364

Phone #: 646-632-2291

International Web Site: www.drugfreeworld.org

The Americas Chapter Web Site: www.drugfreeworldamericas.org

The Americas Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FoundationforaDrugFreeWorldNY

Donate here: http://www.drugfreeworldamericas.org/donate.html

Services Merchant Profile: Primerica Financial Services will be in attendance at the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street festival on 7/16/2016

We welcome Primerica Financial Services  to the street Festival on 7/16/2016

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

About Primerica Financial Services: 13418977_10154431817593814_6273763476070437047_n

  • A Main Street Company for Main Street Families. www.primerica.com
  • Company Overview
    Primerica is a Main Street company for Main Street North America. Our mission is to help families earn more income and become properly protected, debt free and financially independent. The new Primerica has emerged as one of the most dynamic companies in business today. We are now the largest financial services marketing firm in North America.
  • Primerica is a leading provider of term life insurance. Working to get families out of debt and improve saving rates, Primerica is in the business of helping people. Contact your local Primerica representative today.12890956_10154206316388814_1996289027963550762_o
  • Mission: Help families earn more income and become properly protected, debt free and financially independent.

Services Profile: Harlem Children’s Zone will be in attendance at the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival

We are happy to Welcome The Harlem Children’s Zone to the Street Festival on 7/16/2016

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

About the  Harlem Children’s Zone: 13237718_10154135576694383_5125644408287988078_n

  • HCZ has achieved unprecedented success doing whatever it takes to help thousands of children and families and break the cycle of generational poverty.
  • Company Overview
    Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc. is a pioneering leader in education, youth and community development, and the fight against poverty. Our innovative birth-through-college pipeline of best-practice programs currently serves over 13,000 youth in Central Harlem, ensuring their success while reweaving the very fabric of community life.
  • Mission
    Harlem Children’s Zone is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in Central Harlem by working at scale to build community, strengthen families, and ensure our children succeed from birth through college graduation.
  • Phone (212) 360-3255
  • Email info@hcz.org
  • Website www.hcz.org

    Anne Williams-Isom, Chief Executive Officer

    Anne Williams-Isom is the Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone®, before which she served for five years as HCZ’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she oversaw all programs in HCZ’s cradle-through-college pipeline, including Promise Academy I and II, led HCZ’s more than 2,000 staff, and strengthened the organization’s use of data to improve services and outcomes for our 25,000 children and families. She also took the reins in restructuring HCZ’s College Success Office and developing innovative strategies to support our college students individually and at scale. She took over the position of CEO in July 2014.13497927_10154241299579383_6742427342342008921_o

    Prior to joining HCZ, Ms. Williams-Isom worked in leadership at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) for 13 years, concluding her tenure as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Community and Government Affairs. While at ACS, she instituted and oversaw the implementation of a number of innovative initiatives, including the first ever ACS Leadership Academy for Child Protection, a program designed to help the 160 ACS Child Protective Managers lead the 3,800 frontline staff responsible for investigating the 55,000 reports of child abuse and neglect each year. In addition, during the creation of the original HCZ Project in the 1990s, Ms. Williams-Isom provided HCZ’s former CEO and now President, Geoffrey Canada, with strategic counsel on integrating preventive services into HCZ’s neighborhood-based network of programs.13475056_10154241299069383_1090522941659878513_o

    Ms. Williams-Isom found her calling to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and families when she was still a child herself. Growing up with a single mother in Queens, she witnessed firsthand the many challenges confronting kids in struggling communities. But it was always clear that, with the right support and opportunities—above all, education and a lot of love—all kids have the potential to do extraordinary things.1013355_10152136060459383_1739749597_n

    Ms. Williams-Isom earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Fordham University. Soon after, she began working in Community Affairs for the New York Police Department in Brooklyn. While working in Brooklyn at the height of community policing in the 1980s fueled her commitment to social justice, it was during her time as a student at Columbia Law School that she fully discovered her passion for advocacy work and came to appreciate the critical role played by communities in finding lasting solutions to social problems. After receiving her J.D., she practiced law for five years at two of New York’s most prestigious firms before joining ACS.

    Ms. Williams-Isom currently serves on the Advisory Council of the recently created My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, inspired by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. In January 2016, she was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to his Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and selected to be a member of the spring 2016 cohort of the Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows Program. She is also the recipient of a Public Interest Achievement Award from the Public Interest Law Foundation at Columbia Law School (2015) and an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Families Fellowship (2007-2008). Routinely sought after for her expert guidance on child welfare and community development, Ms. Williams-Isom has been featured in The New York TimesBarron’sCrain’s New YorkThe Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Essence, as well as on WABC’s Here and Now and Bloomberg EDU.13475037_10154241299029383_4281934011815078201_o

    Follow @MsAnneHCZ on Twitter.

Merchant Profile: Bebenoir Boutique and the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street on 7/16/2016

We would like to extend a welcome to Bébénoir for the upcoming Street Festival on 7/16/2016

Visit www.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.  the Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will take place on 7/16/2016 from 10am – 7pm on 116th Street btw. 7th & 8th Aves. please register athttp://goafricaharlem.org/events/general-attendee-sign-up-for-go-africa-harlem-2016-street-festival-on-july-16th-2016/  or email Info@GoAfricaHarlem.org or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001.

The Company: 1618524_984922288228972_1329376555482205074_n

Bébénoir is a New York based clothing company founded by Ibrahima Doukoure. Originally from Guinee, West Africa, Ibrahima spent most of this childhood in Senegal and Italy. The idea of Bébénoir emerged in early 2004 over dinner with close friends at an African restaurant in Harlem, New York. When the topic of conversation was focused on goals, dreams, and aspirations, Ibrahima expressed his desire to create a fashion house, a dream he had kept to himself for years. Ibrahima strongly believes Africa must produce necessities for the local market and envisions having Bébénoir products assembled in Africa.

Bébénoir’s African Heritage

The influence, depth and richness of the African culture has resounded throughout the world, from the works of Picasso to the unique musical tradition known as American Jazz. Bébénoir’s founders, Ibrahima and Fatima Doukoure, are a husband and wife team with a collective African heritage. African textiles represent for them a profound inspiration and a tradition from their homeland which they revere. The very earliest African textiles were cloth fragments and parchment dating from 9th century BCE. 547809_360220990699108_305783330_nAfrican textiles are, as well, a part of the African cultural heritage that was brought to America. This ancient tradition of spinning and weaving also holds spiritual and mythical meaning for Africans. It represents an important part of the cultural heritage Bébénoir wishes to share and express through their designs.

Bébénoir’s History

The idea for Bébénoir was born in early 2004, while Ibrahima Doukoure and Fatima Sidibé were having dinner with close friends at an African restaurant in Harlem, New York. The conversation turned to one’s goals, dreams and aspirations. Ibrahima openly expressed his desire to create a fashion house.  Ibrahima’s idea emerged out of his strong belief that Africa must produce necessities for the local market in order to become a viable entity.  Shortly thereafter, while watching the French news, Ibrahima saw a special report on a donation of used clothing made to a village in the Sahel. The background image used in the report was that of a little boy, around 5 or 6 years of age, struggling to fit into a ski outfit. This seemed an incomprehensible idea, given the village was situated in the Sahel where the temperature reaches 95° F. The recurring image of that little boy became the light bulb that inspired the name ‘Bébénoir.’ They further envisioned having Bébénoir’s products eventually assembled in Africa. The dream became a reality in March of 2005 when Ibrahima and Fatima founded  Bébénoir and they embarked on pursuing their life’s dream together.

Bébénoir’s Mission

Bébénoir’s mission is to build a successful African-owned fashion house committed to provide trade and economic opportunities for Africa. Our idea is that Africans, by sharing their culture, creativity and traditions can market their talents and become an instrument of change and positive action in the world.
Our Motto: The Path is made by Walking.

The Bébénoir Style

Bébénoir is a New York based clothing company that offers a wide range of African inspired and produced, stylish clothing at amazingly affordable prices. This is the idea at the heart of Bébénoir’s take on our creative process, from the design and execution of our fashions to how we interact and sell our clothing in our store. We wish to help bring the Bébénoir distinctive high style to as many people as we possibly can.199680_163472063707336_2942155_n

Any fashion brand can produce high quality clothing at an expensive price, or an inferior product for a low price. We, at Bébénoir, work to bring high fashion at an affordable price. Custom tailoring, attention to detail, a personal touch and unique accessories are what we offer our customer at Bébénoir.

Visit http://www.bebenoir.com/index.html

Bebenoir
2164 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY
(212) 828-5775 ‎ ·
bebenoir.com