Fri, December 6, 2019
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

New World Center
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL


AFRIKIN® 2019: ART OF CONVERSATION – Love Is The Way Forward — A Dialogue of Necessity During Miami Art Week / Art Basel (2019)

Due to our brother and honoree Vaughn Michael Benjamin the voice of Midnite and Akae Beka transitioning to Zion, The Most High have directed us to make this event complimentary to the public in honor to this beacon of light. To gain entry you MUST register/RSVP and any donations are greatly appreciated. No matter who leaves the principle remains. One perfect love to all. We look forward to seeing the family at this wonderful event in honor of this beacon of light.

Honoring: Vaughn Benjamin, Legendary prolific speaker and singer songwriter of Midnite and Akae Beka from USVI; 

David Banner, American rapper, record producer, actor, activist, and philanthropist;

Amara La NegraAfro-Latina recording artist and reality star from Dominican Republic;

Mutabaruka, Jamaican dub poet, actor, and educator from Jamaica;

Jah9, artist, activist, certified yoga instructor and dub poet from Jamaica;

Dr. Julius Garveyson of Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey from Jamaica;

Aja Monet, American contemporary poet, writer, lyricist and activist of Cuban-Jamaican descent;

Mary Spio, author and developer of innovative content solutions and tools for distributing virtual-reality;

Discussion on the necessity of love as a unifying force in our communities and in our world will be the central theme of the next AFRIKIN® Talks. Fundamental values are renewed as we share different perspectives on our future as an intergenerational and multi-racial global society. The term AFRIKIN® is the fusion of two words — “Africa (the continent) and Kinship (a sharing of characteristics or origins)”.

AFRIKIN® was created as a platform for the sharing of positive global experiences with a diverse population. This kinship fuels the central theme of our discussion on Universal Love in removing barriers that divide us and in fostering respect for our differences. The faces of our planet now reveal amalgams of ethnicities that reflect our indigenous past and expanding future as seen in the rise of such modern cultures as Afro-LatinX …

However, our world is plagued with conflict and trauma. Humans now find themselves at a crossroads — a place where decisive action must be taken to move forward in facing the “accelerating decline of Earth’s natural life-support systems” and the continuing inhumanity on the part of its inhabitants toward one another. There is a need for an exchange — discussion that crosses boundaries and utilizes a new vocabulary on the importance of strengthening ourselves, our families and our communities on the basis of love — Universal Love is The Way Forward.

During Miami Art Week / Art Basel (2019), AFRIKIN® Talks’ Art of Conversation brings together speakers that reverberate the voices of previous leaders who faced historical turning points in their struggle for equal rights, love, justice, respect and unity. A consideration of Family members step forward into the present with other innovators and thinkers for the artful introduction of a new dialogue of necessity at this crucial time in human history when divisions must be removed for those making an effort to survive and proceed onward.

At this time, when courage is needed to show love and be unafraid to care for, benefit, help and nurture others, we invite you to join us on December 6, 2019 to explore answers to the following questions: How do we facilitate love in spaces where violence and trauma have taken place? What does the 21st Century family unit look like? How can modern families become unified and walk together through the healing process? How do we ensure that the voices echoing centuries of wisdom come to the forefront? How can we reflect universal love while under the pressures put upon us by society? How do we cultivate and protect our communities and resources? Our way forward now begins as we gather to contemplate the rebuilding of not only one Africa, the communities of the African Diaspora but the entire human family.

Bob Marley sang, poignantly in his plea for mankind to have “One love, one heart” and to “get together and feel alright”. This relevant discussion on universal matters can only be faced through the consideration and application of love for God giving us a key to healing. This event honors and pays respect to all of us — our families and those who came before us — bringing us all together at a milestone in the journey toward the future -– from “tears to triumph,” We invite you to an artful introduction to reality during Miami Art Week / Art Basel for AFRIKIN® Talks’ – Art of Conversation.

AFRIKIN® (pronounced ah • free • kin) is a platform that elevates global art and culture. As the community of creatives, friends, healers, hopeful people, innovators, lovers of good things, patrons and scientists advance in their ingenuity while journeying toward the promise of a good future – AFRIKIN® assists in crafting and documenting this historic narrative — without the limitations of bias.

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