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OkayAfrica’s Weekend Guide: Curl Fest In Brooklyn, Africa Movie Academy Awards In Lagos and More

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.

There’s a deluge of cool events happening across Africa and the diaspora this weekend and OkayAfrica’s weekend guide is where you’ll find them.

NEW YORK CITY—The Go Africa Harlem Street Festival 2017 takes place this Saturday, July 15 between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard on 116 street in Harlem. The festival is a "celebration of the city's African diversity." There will be merchants, live performances, dance and art on display. Purchase tickets for the event, here.

NEW YORK CITY—Join Africa Everything for a night of dance and networking at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Sunday, July 15. There will be live DJs and the current Black Power Exhibition will be on display during the festivities. Check here for more information.

BROOKLYN—Curl Fest 2017, "the ultimate natural beauty festival," takes place this Saturday at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Some of the biggest names in natural haircare will be in attendance for a day of fashion, giveaways, styling demos, dancing and more. Check here for more information.

NEWARK—Afrobeat Fest Newark: a Celebration of African Art, Music, Food and Culture goes down this weekend at Military Park in Newark, New Jersey. There will be vendors selling food, clothing and other artifacts, and music provided by DJ mOma, DJ Sienna Channel and more. You can find more details about the event, here.

WASHINGTON D.C.—Catch Ghanaian, dancehall artist Shatta Wale, live on Saturday, July 15 at the Karma DC Live Music Venue in Washington D.C. Tickets for the show can be purchased, here.

WASHINGTON D.C.—This Saturday, Africa in Reel Time will present a screening of the critically acclaimed, coming-of-age film The Wound at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Register for the screening here.

LAGOS—The yearly Africa Movie Academy Awards will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Eko Hotels and Suites. It's a star-studded celebration of African cinema! Get tickets to the 2017 awards here.

CAPE TOWN—If you're up for a night of live poetry, check out Last Poet's "Joburg Meets Cape Town" poetry showcase on Saturday, July 15. It's going down at the Alexander Bar, Café and Theatre in Western Cape. Check out the Facebook invite for more details.

What to Listen to:

For a playlist of the best songs that came across our desk this week, check out OkayAfrica’s Weekend Playlist, featuring Wizkid's new album, tracks from Vanessa Mdee, Wale and more. You can stream our full playlist below, via Spotify and Apple Music.


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