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Caribbean American Heritage Month: Guess Who's Coming to the Anancy Festival in Washington DC!

Have you registered for the Anancy Festival in Washington, DC this year? You don't want to miss this year's event. We have arts and crafts and giveaways, but what would an Anancy festival be without stories? Well, we've got stories!

For the first time, we welcome the team behind the Callaloo book series - Trinidadian-American author, Marjuan Canady and illustrator Nabeeh Bilal! They will be sharing a reading and performance from Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale and a preview of their second book Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coqui.

Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coqui follows Winston and his best friend Marisol as they adventure from New York City to Puerto Rico to free the legendary golden coqui frog trapped in El Yunque Rainforest.

Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale follows Winston, a young inner city boy from Brooklyn, NY who is instructed to get ingredients for his Aunt's callaloo dinner when he is magically transported to the Caribbean island of Tobago. Here he encounters mythical folkloric characters that roam the island. He must find his way out of this haunting paradise to make it back home.

Eventbrite - Annual Anancy! Anansi! Folklore and Storytelling Festival

For the second time, we welcome author Carol Mitchell of St. Kitts and Nevis. She author of two collections, Chee Chee's Adventures and the Caribbean Adventure series, and several other titles. Children reading these books get an engaging peek into the culture, history, and geography of the Caribbean. Carol's focus is promoting literacy and a love of reading among all children.

Some of her popular titles are Fury on Soufriere Hills and Trapped in Dunston's Cave.

In Trapped in Dunston's Cave, Mark, Kyle, Ingrid and Mark's pet monkey Chee Chee set off for a school trip to Trinidad's Asa Wright Nature Center excited and ready for adventure. However, when Kyle disappears in the rain forest, the trip turns into a dangerous encounter with poachers who are trying to steal rare oilbirds from Dunston's Cave.

In Fury on Soufriere Hills, when Mark, Kyle and Mark's pet monkey Chee Chee climbed the tallest mountain in St. Kitts, they thought that was the end of their adventure. In fact, it was just the beginning. In Fury on Soufriere Hills, the two best friends are once again thrown into an exciting adventure as they travel into the past to the island of Montserrat where, with Chee Chee's help, they must try to save the Carib people from being destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

Both authors will have books available for sale at the event and credit cards are accepted.

Eventbrite - Annual Anancy! Anansi! Folklore and Storytelling Festival

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

AT&T Wants to Know What #AgilityIs to You

My mom used to tell me stories of her uncle in Trinidad who was a tailor. He had clients and a machine, and was amazing at what he did. She would hold my hands and look at my fingers while she talked.  She would tell me that even though my hands were, at first glance, miniature versions of my dad’s, my long slender fingers reminded her of her uncle’s.

In my mind, I could see his long thin fingers holding a needle and thread, guiding it through button holes and lapels, weaving it through the fabric with spider-like skill. Then a happy customer would gladly place colorful TT dollars in his hand. I pictured him folding those dollars into his palm with slender fingers that looked like mine. That was business to me – using your talent to make a living… to make a life.

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Annual Anancy! Anansi! Folklore and Storytelling Festival in Washington, DC

The Anancy Festival is back! Anancy! Anansi! Festival is a celebration of the Caribbean’s diverse and spectacular cultural heritage, both traditional and contemporary, and is designed to have special appeal to the young and young at heart. It is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and we are celebrating on Sunday, June 26th at 3:00 at THEARC (Town Hall Education Art Recreation Campus) in SE DC.  We aren't at our usual location, the library in downtown DC, but there are perks to being at THEARC like a dedicated parking lot and a metro close by.

This year we will have face painting, storytelling and amazing arts and crafts! There's a free gift* for the first 50 to register at anancyfestival.eventbrite.com. THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020 near the SOUTHERN AVENUE METRO STOP (GREEN LINE)

Anancy (Ananse or Anansi) is the West African trickster hero of numerous folk tales that are popular across the Caribbean and throughout the African Diaspora. This clever and conniving character is familiar to millions of people around the world. To register for the Washington, DC event, visit www.socamom.com.

*First 50 registered by 6/15/16. Must check in and claim gift by 3:30 pm on the day of the event.

Eventbrite - Annual Anancy! Anansi! Folklore and Storytelling Festival

Can't attend the event in DC?

You can STILL party with us! Join us for a Twitter Party on June 14th at 8 pm EST and tweet to enter to win an Anancy Festival Prize Pack. RSVP here - http://anancytwitterparty.eventbrite.com

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Author Profile: Eva Wilson  - Website

Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

Caribbean American Heritage Month: Grace Jerk Festival Comes to Downtown DC

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June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and celebrations are happening all over the country. In DC, Grace foods is helping foodies celebrate by bringing their famous jerk festival to the streets of downtown Washington. Kids under 12 are free, and would probably be interested in trying out jerk burgers, hot dogs, jerk ice cream or jerk popcorn.  There is also a Kids area with games and kid friendly activities. Adults pay $20 in advance, or $30 the day of the event, to sample a variety of Jerk dishes such as chicken, pork, fish, lobster (pictured).

The event takes place on Sunday, June 19, on Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 12th and 14th streets, from noon to 9:00 p.m. Organizers of the event say that "the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival DC will highlight the food, music and culture of the Caribbean." Celebrity chefs will compete in a jerk cook-off to see who takes home the Dutch Pot Trophy.

Entertainment: Freddie McGregor, Christopher Martin, Ikaya, Edwin Yearwood, No-Maddz band, Image Band, and DJ G-Nice, Sounds of Culture, Pan Lara Youth Steel Orchestra, Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, Judith Falloon-Reid, Richards Carnival with masqueraders in 2016 DC Carnival costumes, and comedian Michael Campbell. Tickets available online at www.DCJerkFestival.com. Gates open at noon.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

[VIDEO] Family Night Out with AT&T at the Nation's Classic

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When I tell you this fall has started out busy… my goodness! The parental rat race is in full swing and with lessons and classes, rushing to get in last minute visits and vacations so that we don’t have to travel when it is cold (not my cup of tea), and the usual busy family schedule, sometimes plain old fun gets put on the back burner. AT&T gave us tickets to the Nation’s Classic football game showcasing the “real HU” rivalry between Howard University and Hampton University.

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Eva the author of Anancy's Family Reunion, and the winner of the 2012 Black Weblog Awards for Best Parenting Blog and Best New Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc.

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