Press Release: 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 btw 7th & 8th avenues in NYC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 8, 2016  

 

Contact:

Madina Toure

Senior Public Relations Officer

Go Africa Network

mtoure@goafricanetwork.org

646-502-9778 Ext 844

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.

Manhattan Borough President Brewer’s Immigrant Task Force is a proud support of the event.

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 master of ceremonies.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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(NYT) I.M.F. Makes China’s Renminbi One of World’s Select Currencies

HONG KONG — The International Monetary Fund on Monday approved the Chinese renminbi as one of the world’s main central bank reserve currencies, a major acknowledgement of the country’s rising financial and economic heft.

The I.M.F. decision will help pave the way for broader use of the renminbi in trade and finance, securing China’s standing as a global economic power. But it also introduces new uncertainty into China’s economy and financial system, as the country was forced to relax many currency controls to meet the I.M.F. requirements.

Inclusion of the renminbi in the I.M.F.’s elite reserve currency group was so important to China’s leaders that they named it in October as one of their highest economic policy priorities in the coming years. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The changes could inject volatility into the Chinese economy, since large flows of money surge into the country and recede based on its prospects. This could make it difficult for China to maintain its record of strong, steady growth, especially at at a time when it economy is already slowing. Read more

Resources for Entrepreneurs – free training, Please register ASAP starts on 11/20/2015 at 1pm EST

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In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, IdEA is hosting an online resource training to share with entrepreneurs the rich resources that are available to them. Join us on Friday, November 20 at 1pm EST to learn more! Martin Ezemma and Jean-Robert Baguidy will join us from the Minority Business Development Agency to share what resources they offer entrepreneurs, and in particular their African Diaspora and Minority Business Enterprise Engagement activities. You will also hear from IdEA about our online mentoring group, and about other resources IdEA members have shared for entrepreneurs. Register for this FREE Webinar here.

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sponsored by the 2015 International Diaspora Engagement Alliance,

Submit A Nomination the 2016 National Small Business Awards

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National Small Business Week has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963. During this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their outstanding achievements through various awards

Small Business Week Awards

National Small Business Week has been recognizing the special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963. During this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their outstanding achievements through various awards.

SBA is currently seeking nominations from the public for exceptional entrepreneurs. You can use this online portal to submit your nomination for the following awards:

  • Small Business Person of the Year Awards
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
  • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery
  • Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
  • Federal Procurement Award- Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
  • Federal Procurement Award- Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award
  • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
  • Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service Award
  • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

To use the Small Business Week Nomination Portal, you will need to register for an account. Registration is required to protect your information from unauthorized access. This site complies with the Federal Information Security Management Act. For more information, visit http://www.sba.gov/about-sba-info/privacy-policy.

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Special announcement: Mr. Carl E. Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly lends his office’s support for the African Union Expo 2015 on 11/17/2015

Carl E. Heastie is the first African American to serve as Speaker of the New York State Assembly, elected by his Assembly colleagues on February 3, 2015. 

In his first budget as Speaker, he worked closely with members of the Assembly Majority to develop a financial plan that made an historic $1.8 billion investment in the education of our students, addressed the homelessness crisis facing our communities and gave working families the resources they need to achieve financial independence. Speaker Heastie is committed to fighting for the reforms and investments that will strengthen our families and uplift all New Yorkers.

Speaker Heastie represents the 83rd A.D. in the northeast Bronx and was first elected to the Assembly in 2000. As a member of the Assembly, he has been one of the leading advocates for the construction of new schools and his vigilance has led to the development of several new schools in his district. In addition, he has secured significant funding for housing, education, after school programming, health and human services, jobs readiness and computer training for constituents.

Amongst his many legislative achievements, Speaker Heastie was a principal negotiator in securing an increase in the minimum wage that took effect January 1, 2014. He was also successful in negotiating increases in unemployment insurance benefits, which had been stagnant since 1998. He was the prime sponsor of the Wage Theft Prevention Act which provided stiffer penalties for employers that steal wages from employees.

Speaker Heastie scored a victory for public health when he championed the passage of a law that prohibited the sale of water containing nicotine to children under 18 years old. He also authored a law to help victims of domestic violence by releasing them from lease obligations if it is found that remaining in the residence would keep the victim in a dangerous environment.

Prior to joining the Assembly, Speaker Heastie served as a budget analyst in the New York City

Special announcement: Mr. Van Freeman, Senior Advisor to the National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency will deliver the keynote address at the African Union Expo 2015 on 11/17/2015

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Van Freeman, Senior Advisor to the National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency

Currently, Van serves as the Senior Advisor to the National Director at Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), where he assists senior management with Agency operation; handles access to capital, access to markets, and innovation through the 44 business centers across the country; as well as facilitatingthe Agency’s strategic partnerships and spearheading Congressional and local government outreach.President Obama appointed Van Freemanto serve as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Secretary at U.S. Department of Commerce in 2013, before transitioning in to his new role withthe MBDA.

Van began his career at General Motors (GM) as a Manufacturing Engineer, eventuallymoving up to Production Supervisor at GM’s parts distribution center in Pontiac, MI.  Leveraging his business and analytical background, Van landed a position UBS Investment Bank in London, UK, as a Business Analyst in the Office of the Global General Counsel.  After time well spent in London, he joined the President Obama’s Campaign staff in Cleveland, OH, for the 2008 and 2012 election cycles, which was a critical launching point for his path into the Administration.

Van holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College and Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.  He currently resides in Washington, DC.

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To Attend, please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/african-union-expo-2015-nyc-harlem/

or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001 to the attend or to request further  information.

follow: #AfricanUnionExpo2015

#InnovateHER2015

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New York City will begin offering the SAT free to all public school juniors during the school day, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Monday, part of a push to encourage more students to apply to college.

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Education officials said that by removing barriers to entry — like the required fee, or fee waiver, and the very act of signing up — the hope is that students who might not otherwise have taken the test will do so.

“The opportunity to go to college should never be decided by students’ backgrounds or ZIP codes,” Ms. Fariña said in a statement. “I only became the first person in my family to go to college because a teacher let me know it was an option and supported me through the application and enrollment process so I could follow my dreams of becoming a teacher.”

With this change, which will take effect in the spring of the 2016-17 school year, New York City joins several statewide efforts to increase the number of students taking college entrance exams, like the SAT or ACT. States including Kentucky, South Carolina and Wisconsin already require that students take the ACT to fulfill their high school testing requirements, and earlier this year, Connecticut announced all 11th graders would have to take the SAT. Read more

Want to get your Brunch On? Try a Go Africa® Mimosa or Ginjan® Mimosa!

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The Go Africa® Mimosa or Ginjan® Mimosa

 Mimosa Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice
  • 4 ounces of Brut champagne

Recipe Instructions:

Fill champagne flute with 2 ounces  of Ginjan® Premium brand organic ginger juice and top up with brut champagne.

For a true, old-school Buck’s Fizz, add 1/2 teaspoon grenadine; for a true Mimosa, it’s a teaspoon or so of Grand Marnier (not enough, we’re afraid, to compensate for the champagne deficit).

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want to know more about Ginger Juice products and the Ginjan Bros? check out www.drinkginjan.com

 

Attend the African Union Expo 2015 @Mist Harlem on 11/17/2015 from 11am – 7pm

CONTACT: please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/african-union-expo-2015-nyc-harlem/

or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001 to the attend or to request further  information

follow: #AfricanUnionExpo2015

#InnovateHER2015

 

To register for the InnovateHER competition

Please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/the-sba-innovateher-competition-the-african-union-expo-2015-11172015-mist-harlem-from-530pm-7pm/  or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information

The African Union Expo 2015 welcomes the support of the New York State Empire )State Development Corporation (ESD) and New York City-Business Solution Centers (Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights

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We are proud to welcome as endorsers and supporters of the African Union Expo 2015 the New York State Empire Development Corporation and New York City-Business Solution Centers (Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights)State Development Corporation and New York City-Business Solution Centers (Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights).

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency.

The mission of Empire State Development is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

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Ibrahima S. Souare, Senior Business Development Associate, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development for the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).  we be leading the opening and closing ceremonies as well as interact with all attendees and contribute as needed in any of the sessions. Also a representative from the ESD will serve as one of the Judges for the InnovateHER competition to held at the conclusion of the Expo. 

 

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Also, we are pleased to announce that Mr. Christian Damiba, Director NYC Business Solutions Upper Manhattan Center

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 and his organization will participate in the opening and closing ceremonies as well and will contribute as regard to the sessions as well. also a representative from the NYC Business Solutions will serve as one of the Judges for the InnovateHER competition to held at the conclusion of the Expo. 

 

The details for the Expo are below: WHERE: The Expo will take place at MIST Harlem, 46 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026,  between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.

CONTACT: please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/african-union-expo-2015-nyc-harlem/

or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8001 to the attend or to request further  information

To register for the InnovateHER competition

Please register at http://africanunionexpo.org/events/the-sba-innovateher-competition-the-african-union-expo-2015-11172015-mist-harlem-from-530pm-7pm/  or email info@africanunionexpo.com or phone 646-502-9778 Ext. 8002 to the attend or to request further  information

Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech

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Africa is home to some of the richest individuals in the world. One of the richest, according to Forbes, in Africa is currently Aliko Dangote who hails from Nigeria.

Dangote initially made his money in cement, sugar, and flour; however, Africa’s richest man is now looking to the oil industry to grow his fortune.

While Dangote may be the richest man in Africa, IT News Africa will now introduce you to Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech, according to the latest list revealed by Forbes.

Mohamed MansourMohamed Mansour
Source of Wealth: Diversified/Telecoms
Current Net-worth: USD 4 Billion
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Mohamed Mansour and his brothers Yasseen and Youssef, all billionaires, sat out the Arab spring in London but, with a friendlier Egyptian government now in power, they return frequently to Cairo where they still own extensive real estate.

Over the past three years, their private equity arm has invested more than $500 million outside of Egypt in various businesses including telecoms, education, and real estate. Read more