Events
Clockwise: Honorees Wangechi Mutu, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Gerald Lenoir and BAJI executive director and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi. Photos courtesy of BAJI.

Black Alliance For Just Immigration Celebrates 10 Years Of Advocating For Immigration Rights

BAJI commemorates 10 years of just immigration work for black migrants this Saturday.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is hosting the 10-year celebration of their continued fight for immigration justice this Saturday. Black Lives Matter co-founder and BAJI executive director, Opal Tometi, will be joined by host Gina Belafonte to recognize five honorees for their transformative work.


For Tometi, the following leaders support BAJI's mission through their continued work to make sure Black Americans are provided the ability to flourish through safe passage:

Wangechi Mutu: Kenyan artist and founder of Africa's Out

Gerald Lenoir: BAJI founding director and founding steering committee member of the Black Immigration Network

Congresswoman Karen Bass: Represents California's 37th congressional district and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee of Foreign Affairs

Gerry Hudson: Executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union

Neo Philanthropy's Four Freedoms Fund: Strengthens immigrant-led organizations and coalitions

“BAJI is the only organization in the country ensuring Black immigrants have a fair and just experience here in the U.S.," Tometi says in a statement. “We have provided tens of thousands of immigrants important training and resources through our Black Immigration Network (BIN) program."

BAJI, founded in 2006, hopes this event will raise the resources needed to grow the organization's national operations. It will take place on Saturday, April 9, at the California African American Museum. For more information, head here.

News Brief
(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy Set to Perform at the Grammys 2021 Premiere Ceremony

The Nigerian star is nominated in the Best Global Music category.

The African giant Burna Boy will perform at the 2021 Grammy pre-show which will be livestreamed on GRAMMY.com at 3 p.m. EST on March 14.

The premiere ceremony will be hosted by Jhene Aiko. It will kick off with an ensemble of previous Grammy nominees including Gregory Porter, Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra, Regina Carter, and Kamasi Washington performing "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" in tribute to the late legend Marvin Gaye.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

#LGBTRightsGhana: Ghanaians Rally Support For the LGBT+ Community

Pro-LGBT+ advocacy in Ghana is at an all-time high as members of the community face public backlash.