Special Annoucement: Mr. Robert Bowden: (Senior Operations Officer) for Go Africa Network inc.

Robert Bowden, serves as Senior Operations Officer & Chief Cacao Sustainability Officer for the Go Africa Network. He is an award winning chocolatier and founder of luxury bespoke brand Viveré Chocolates.

Mr. Bowden is also an active board member of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative and was appointed to Communications Chair in 2016. HCP is an organization which focuses on the preservation of endangered cacao varieties to maintain biological diversity and growth of the fine chocolate industry.

Mr. Bowden spent many years in the hospitality management field prior to the founding of Vivere Chocolates in 2014, and is a sought after strategist and speaker on niche business. He volunteers with Junior Achievement teaching business and entrepreneurship to youth .Known as a pursuer of passions, when not making the world happier with chocolate he can found enjoying his two favorite hobbies horses and yachts.

Special announcement: Mr. Gilory Simpson: is now the CFO of Go Africa Network Inc.

Pleas congratulate Mr. Simpson on his new role at Go Africa Network Inc.

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Mr. Gilroy Simpson – Bio

Mr. Simpson is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.  Mr. Simpson was formally Senior Operations Officer at Go Africa Network for the past 2 years.

and Case Manager at Weston United Community Renewal, INC – New York, NY. Mr. Simpson’s Background comprises over 18 years of extensive Health, Human Resource Management and Patient Care management, and Consultative duties within the New York City Metro area with specific focus on underserved and at-risk populous.

Mr. Simpson, received his Master of Science (MS), Human Resource Management from DeVry University, New York, and NY in 2012 and received his Bachelor of Science (BS), Computing and Management Studies from the University of Technology – Kingston, Jamaica in 2001.

Artist Profile: Arī Harmony will perform at the Go Africa Harlem 2016 Street Festival on 7/16/2016

We are honored to have Arī Harmony this year at the Street Festival on 7/16/2016.

Arī Harmony will be performing on the Artist stage.

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 at http://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 Artist Arī Harmony 12227612_521757784658044_5617799682785342455_n

From the south of Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, Ari has been recognized in her multi-talents. She began writing and rapping in the 4th grade, gradually moving to songs years later. In high school through college she began to self-study vocals in different genres such as R&B, Pop, Rock, Neo Soul, Hip-hop, Oldies, Rap, Jazz, and More. Looking to artist such as Whitney Huston, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Carrie Underwood, LL Cool J, Frank Sinatra, Tamia, Pink, Floetry, and more she is considered to be an all-around girl. Moving from Alabama to New York for her passion of music and vocals, she began making her way around musical streets. Singing with multiple bands, working on her 1st recording EP, performing in fashion shows, popular restaurants, community events, branding her image to making name for herself and being a songwriter as well in her daily life is just the surface. Being the grinder that she is, she also street performs exposing herself as much as she can to different crowds. She will be performing for the Harlem African Festival 2016 in July as well as Coney Island! Willing and eager to learn, she has a wonderful heart, a beautiful personality, and a great voice. Check out her website www.ariharmonymusic.com12190932_521757677991388_3110707058221622999_n

With great appreciation,

Arī Harmony

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(The Guardian) Secret aid worker: ‘I was the obscure African girl in a room full of white faces’

It was sitting in a conflict resolution lecture – an intern in my early twenties and eager for life – when I knew that was it, I wanted to be an aid worker. I wanted to be the one who makes the difference.

I started my career as that obscure national staff member who took the minutes at important meetings and was good at it. Many times however, I would be the only African in those meetings and my role would solely be to take minutes. Strangely, and contrary to popular belief, minute taking is the best way to learn and adapt to new concepts. Nobody noticed me, or asked for my opinion; even when what they discussed affected how much food I had at dinner. So I listened, took notes and learned. Soon I knew more than most people coming to the meetings.

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‘It has become my responsibility as the only African in a room to bring the reality of my home, my continent.’ Photograph: Alamy

A few years later, I landed my first international job. I had managed to convince a HR officer that I knew what I was doing better than anyone else going for the position, and that I deserved the job. This time, I became the obscure African girl who could relate to the context and whose opinion was closest to the reality of those affected by crisis. The room would fall silent when I spoke, and I felt relevant. I was making the difference, and I thought I was good at it.

That was until I was told: “you speak African, we cannot understand what you say”. That was actual feedback I got from one capacity building initiative set up by an organisation specifically to raise the profile of its “native” staff. I wanted to get on though so I changed my accent, pronouncing phrases like IDP camp as “IDP kemp” instead of “IDP kamp” in order to appeal more to an American audience. Now I start to construct my sentences before I pronounce them. I’m no longer making the difference, I’ve become an illusion of it.

The continent I call home is now “the field” for me and my colleagues, and the people we are contracted to serve have become indicators in the reports we churn out. When I’m in the field, the only difference between me and the starving mother of seven who I’m excited to photograph (in order to attach to my trip report), is the sheer fate that life brought us. Because I know how it feels to be hungry and desperate, I take it upon myself to make the field more than just numbers and check boxes. At the next meeting, I make a point to remind everyone that we are here to serve human beings.

The room falls silent when I speak. I notice a slight look of surprise from those around the table. I’m used to this, an expectation that I, like others would attend and take notes, agreeing to everything. But I’m no longer the obscure African girl that impressed her European audience because she is fluent, outspoken and confident. I am part of the decisions made on the lives of people. That is enough to outweigh comments like “you have such impressive intelligence” or “you don’t sound like most natives” that often come from well-meaning colleagues but are condescending and disrespectful.

I speak out when the politics of aid stops it from being useful, when we get derailed by bureaucracy and forget the starving mother of seven who hopes that her picture attached to a foreign report will provide her next meal. It has become my responsibility as the only African in a room full of white faces to bring into the room the reality of my home, my continent.

The silence in the room has stopped bothering me, and I no longer care that I must introduce myself multiple times to people because “all Africans look the same”. I am making a difference, even when it is sometimes difficult to see it. I remind myself that my place is deserved, I earned it and that I owe it to myself and others to let my presence be the difference.

The article was published in The Guardian.

(Quartz) Mexico has started counting its Afro-Mexican population

For the first time ever, people of African descent living in Mexico were able to identify themselves as black in the national census.

Mexico’s 2015 population survey, released Dec. 8, counted 1.38 million people of African heritage, representing 1.2% of the country’s population (link in Spanish.) Most live in three coastal states, including Guerrero, where they account for nearly 7% of the population, and overall they are poorer and less educated than the national average, Mexico’s census bureau (INEGI by its acronym in Spanish) has found.

Including an “Afro” category in the census is part of a push to recognize Latin America’s black communities. Like the US, Latin America and the Caribbean have a history of slavery that resulted in a large number of residents of African descent—about 150 million, accounting for about 30% of the region’s population, according to the United Nations.

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Similar to their American counterparts, Latin America’s black population also has been the target of racism, something that some countries are starting to address with anti-discrimination laws and affirmative-action policies. Governments have also committed to making more improvements to protect black Latin Americans as part of the UN’s international decade for people of African descent, which started this year.

But there’s still a long way to go for black Latin Americans to achieve equal status. Earlier this month, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking at a meeting in Brasilia, said he was “struck by the enormity of the task before us.”

Compared to other countries in Latin America, Mexico had a smaller influx of African slaves. Still, many thousands were forcibly brought to New Spain, as the country was known when it was a Spanish colony, to work in silver mines and sugar plantations.

After independence, this population became largely invisible because it didn’t fit into the Mexico’s new national identity, built on the idea of mestizaje, or the mixing between Spaniards and indigenous people, says Citlali Quecha, a researcher at National Autonomous University of Mexico who has studied the country’s black community.

“All those who were different were considered foreigners,” she tells Quartz.

After fighting for recognition for more than two decades, Afro-Mexican activists are finally getting some traction. Being included in the census as distinct category is a big step. Mexico’s Human Rights Commission has also vowed to fight discrimination, and organized a forum (link in Spanish) earlier this year to discuss policies to achieve that.

And last month, a gathering of Afro-Mexican communities—once a relatively small affair—was attended by several high-ranking government officials, including the head of the senate’s commission on indigenous rights, who accepted a proposal (Spanish) to have black Mexicans formally recognized in the constitution.

This article was published on Quartz.

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Mr. Charles M. Cooper Jr. is currently the Senior Policy Officer for Go Africa Network.

Mr. Cooper is also  the Chairman of the African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President’s Office, representing over 120,000 Africans in the borough, which has the largest concentration of Africans in the United States.

  • AAC, under Mr. Cooper leadership, has become one of the most active social justice organizations in New York.
  • Recent AAC activism has focused on the stigmatization of the Ebola epidemic, where Mr. Cooper advocated on the behalf of two African boys attacked at Bronx school, called “Ebola.”
  • Mr. Cooper is the founding member and President of Jobs for Harlem, a Political Action Committee dedicated to providing women and minority business owners’ opportunities to participate in the economic engine of New York.He also served as the vice chair of Manhattan Community Board 9, where he worked on Columbia’s $7 billion campus expansion, with focus on local business inclusion and worked on the first rezoning of West Harlem in 60 years.
  • Mr. Cooper is a VP at English Consulting Group and was instrumental in Brooklyn Health Partners winning the rights to negotiate with State University of New York to redevelop the $1 billion Long Island College Hospital campus. The largest project ever won by a 100 percent minority firm.
  • Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Administration from the College of Saint Rose.

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Mr. Ibrahima Diallo currently serves as the Senior Technology Officer for the Go Africa Network Inc. In conjunction, he is the co-founder of Ginjan Bros Inc, a beverage company that will craft traditional African beverages starting in the Summer of 2015.

Mr. Diallo also serves as a volunteer consultant with NYPACE, a non-profit organization that seeks to stimulate economic development in New York City by providing pro-bono consulting services to small businesses in under-resourced communities.

Mr. Diallo holds a Bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan State University, with a Biomaterials option; and a Master’s from the University of Montpellier and the Technical University of Munich, with a concentration on energy materials.

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Mr. Mohammed Diallo: is the Senior Strategy Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.

Mr. Diallo is also an Agent licensed to sell insurance and financial services through New York Life Insurance Company.  His specialty is in Retirement Planning, Business services, Estate Planning and Group Employee Benefit Plans. Mr. Diallo is President and Co-founder of Ginjan Bros. Inc. a beverage company based out of Harlem that makes organic ginger juice (African Style).

Mr. Diallo was born in Guinea (west Africa) and currently residing in Harlem, NY.  Mr. Diallo holds a B.A. in Business from Mercy College. He is fluent in French, Pular and Sosso, and his principal volunteer activities include serving as the General Secretary of the African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President’s office. His hobbies are writing, technology, fashion, music and soccer of course. His passion is working towards a more unified and self sufficient Africa through creating the right Partnerships and opportunities.

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Mr. Demetric A. Duckett:  is the Chief Financial Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.

Mr. Duckett is also the chief business development officer for TruFund Financial Services where he directs the organization’s national business growth strategy.  Mr. Duckett develops and oversees strategic partnerships and elaborates new lending programs and product opportunities.  He also directs TruFund’s marketing and communications functions.

Prior to joining TruFund, he was Vice President for Capital Access Programs at Carver Federal Savings Bank where he developed industry-leading M/W/BE capital access programs, Vice President of Community Development at Bank of America, and Vice President and Global Relationship Manager at BankBoston.

A native of South Carolina, Mr. Duckett holds a B.A. in French from Furman University and a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina.

He is fluent in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, and his principal volunteer activities include serving as a board member for African Services Committee and South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.

About: Dr. Bruce M. Henry

Dr. Bruce M. Henry is currently a Senior Medical officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and has been a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Nyack Hospital, Nyack New York since 2006.

Dr. Henry has served as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at the following institutions in the past 20 years over an evolving time period.

  • Pediatric Emergency Services, Harlem Hospital Center, New York
  • Children’s Hospital of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York
  • The New York Hospital-Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, New York
  • St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York

Dr. Henry has also served in an instructional capacity at the aforementioned institutions and at The Borough of Manhattan Community College for more than 15 years within a temporal duration and capacity.

Dr. Henry has provided his services to Organization for International Development and doctors without borders for over 15 years.