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Ebony Iman Dallas, Painter, Founder/Executive Director of Afrikanation Artists Organization which is having a fundraiser party Saturday, June 25, 2011, 6:30 PM tp 10:30 PM at Full Circle: An InterCultural Celebration of Art and Fundraiser @ Addis Habana Dance Studio, 366 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610.
Other guests are: Mark LeGrande Trotter, Painter, Art Therapist- (participant in the "Afrikanation InterCultural Art Exchange" with an artist in Somaliland/Somalia.) Linda Pomerantz, Dancer, Founder of Intercultural Dance Alliance- (participant in the "Afrikanation InterCultural Art Exchange" with an artist in Somaliland/Somalia) & Laurel Lee, Painter- (donated a painting to auction): afrikanationartists.org VIVARIVA! is the feature film debut of writer-director-producer Djo Tunda Wa Munga, the first film made in the Democratic Republic of Congo in over two decades, the first Congolese feature film in the Lingala language,  and the first Congolese feature distributed in the U.S. Munga's film opens today in San Francisco and Berkeley. This weekend is Ethnic Dance Festival Week 3, featuring the Nimely Napla Pan African Dance Company performing at the Novellus Theatre @ YBCA, Fri.-Sun., June 24-26, 2011. Napla is a director, master dancer, craftsmen, costume designer, and choreographer who has extensive knowledge of Liberian culture. As former director of the Liberian National Cultural Troupe, Napla came to the United States in the early 1980s. During this tour with the Cultural Troupe he performed at the Louisiana World Exposition. In August of the same year he also began work with the New Orleans Public School System’s Artist in School program. Napla's community based Dance Company focuses on positive attributes of our youth through discipline, study of cultural heritage, and performing arts. Visit on Facebook.com & www.diamanocoura.org (bios).