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Events

Events promoted and/or hosted by Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke

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 We specialize in Event Planning and Management, so consider contracting us to plan your next event whether it is a Party, Tour of another country or territory, Mixer, Retreat, Gala, or Conference.  We are experienced in this field and have done extensive work in the Americas, China, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Notable & signature events for us are:

Caribbean RIDDIMZ – a monthly networking mixer for the mature professional

Annual Women’s HerStory Month event – celebrating the beauty, talents, and intelligence of women

Annual Birthday FUNdraiser – Partying with a Purpose and donating to the less fortunate

Media Contact:
Eddy Edwards at 305-926-2215 eedwards@jerkfestival.com
or Richard Lue at 305-898-7680 richard.lue@vprecords.com
Star Power Spice Up Culinary Pavilion
at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival DC
Amatuers, Professionals and Celebrities Battle for Honors
WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2017 – The most delicious place to be in the Metro DC area on Sunday, June 18 is the Festival Grounds at RFK stadium (Parking lot 6) where families, friends, celebrities, chefs and jerk lovers will gather for the second staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival! This will be the mecca for mouthwatering jerk goodness … all in one place, all day long.
Managing Partner and Culinary Coordinator June Minto is excited about activities in the Culinary Pavilion, featuring an awesome line-up of chefs for the cooking demonstrations and the exciting, must-see cooking competitions planned. This is where amateur and professional chefs, celebrity chefs and personalities go head to head to see who emerges with the best jerk dishes.
Food Network’s Chopped Champion of Miss Lily’s restaurant in New York, Chef Andre Fowles will offer useful tips and tasty treats to festival patrons in the Jerk Cook-off Pavilion
Two-time Food Network’s Chopped Champion Chef Andre Fowles, of the famous Miss Lily’s in New York, will be showing his cooking chops with a demonstration at the event. Chef Fowles was named “Chef on the Rise” by the Jamaica Observer and is well-respected in the kitchen. Patrons will also have a chance to watch cooking demos with DC’s own Master Chef Giovanni Merle who has been featured in several media outlets including FOX, MyTV , Voice of America, The Washington Post and more! He was recently named one of the top chefs in the U.S. by Barilla “Represent Your Region” Contest and the Winner of the 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament!
Patrons will have a chance to interact with chefs during their cooking demos and will get their burning questions about jerk foods answered by the best of the best. And, of course, our resident and traveling chef Irie Spice will be on hand to spice things up with his big personality.”
Master Chef Giovanni Merle, winner of the 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament will make an appearance at the Jerk Cook-off Pavilion
Competing for the Love of Jerk!
Expect to see, and perhaps even taste, the culinary prowess of acclaimed chefs and celebrities in the Celebrity Chef Throwdown and the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge.  For the Celebrity Quick Fire Challenge, we’ll see Soca sensation Fay Ann Lyons facing off with the Emmy Award winning journalist and WJLA ABC news anchor, Michelle Marsh. What kind of excitement will they add to the mix? It’s anyone’s guess, but we’re sure to see a hard-fought battle between the two.
News Anchor Michelle Marsh of WJLA will participate in a throwdown against Soca Sensation Fay Ann Lyons in what promises to be an epic display of culinary skills.
Of course, there’ll be the famous Dish Call Competition, where vendors will battle to the end for a chance to win the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy, a cash prize, and most importantly, bragging rights! This is where competitors leave it all on the grill! They do it for the taste, the thrill and the love of it.
Minto encourages patrons to come early to participate and partake of all the offerings in the Cook-off Pavilion as well as the other features of the festival. “We’ll have a few surprise celebrities, lots of giveaways, Grace gift baskets, aprons, T-shirts and so much more.”
Other highlights of the event include traditional folk presentations as well as spoken word, singing and dancing on the Cultural stage, a bustling Kidz Zone as well as a sizzling concert with performances by reggae sensations Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo and Queen Ifrica along with Soca’s royal couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons. Local favorites Ras Slick and Image band along with comedian Raggashanti, DJ G-Nice and Ablazin Radio DJs will add more flavor to the day’s entertainment.
Soca Sensation Fay Ann Lyons will bring heat to both the Cook-off Pavilion and the Concert Stage at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at RFK Stadium in DC on June 18
New to this year’s festival will be a VIP Vibe zone which will offer patrons an all-inclusive menu of gourmet tapas servings, drinks, waiter service, exquisite decor and a premium viewing area, delivering an exclusive fan experience.
Tickets are available at dcjerkfestival.com/, Ticketmaster and selected Caribbean retail outlets. Kids 10 and under will be admitted free.  Advance general admission tickets are $25.00 and VIP for $125 – ticket prices will increase at the gate on the day of the event. Gates will open at 11:00 am and the fun continues until 8:00 pm.
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC is presented by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC in association with VP Records.
The Cultural Stage will offer a variety of artistic and literary performances celebrating “Jamaica 55”. Sounds of Culture will offer a dish of traditional folk songs while Divine Divas will excite the audience with contemporary dance and fashion. Mylez Gittens, a young violinist from Barbados will add a dash of flavor along with Richards Carnival Masqueraders, Storyteller, Joelle Wright all woven together by Dr. Sue, cultural educator and poet.
An expanded Kidz Zone will offer interactive activities to keep the young ones amused and engaged offering a special children’s menu offering jerk burgers, hot dogs as well as treats such as ice cream, cotton candy and other goodies.
Advance tickets are $25 and are available from Ticketmaster and selected Caribbean retail outlets. Kids 10 and under will be admitted free. Day of event tickets will be $35. Gates open at 11:00 am and the fun and gastronomic experiences continue until 8:00 PM. So come early and bring the entire family for a “Taste of Fun!” and an awesome Caribbean experience!
The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, DC is presented by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival NY, LLC in association with VP Records.
 

BAD BREED

BAD BREED  is another hilarious comedy from the prolific pen of award-winning playwright David Tulloch and produced by Jam Stage Productions.
BAD BREED is loads of fun and a belly full of laughter. The comedy is at best an intimately revealing and entertaining roller-coaster, featuring some intensely dramatic moments and elicits big laughs in its more comedic ones. BAD BREED offers a thought-provoking meditation on the struggles and sacrifices of single fatherhood, the cost of deceit, and the price of dignity and budding love.
Throw into the mix, themes like class and social cultures and you have a rollicking mix up and blender.
We see Wilfred James wanting to marry Jackie Lawson but he is hindered by his son because his son still
thinks that his late mother can’t be replaced. How the rest of it unravels will only blow your mind.
The complexities of family, truth, love and opposition are prime themes for the piece.
The production is also directed by Tulloch who has been chalking up platitudes and accolades for his
multi-faceted works in recent times.
The Cast: Maxwell “Bashy” Grant, Terri Salmon, Michael “Stringbean” Nicholson, Akeem Poyser and
Daneila “Teeta” Gordon.
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Michael Nicholson Portrays 'Wilfred James' In David Tulloch’s 'Bad Breed'. Get Your Tickets Now @caribloyalty @thecaribcurrent

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Ackeem Poyser Portrays 'Christian James' In David Tulloch’s 'Bad Breed'. Get Your Tickets Now @caribloyalty @thecaribcurrent

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Visit www.reggaesumfest.com for more, including ticket options

 

Click HERE to see the photos from The Ghana Birthday Fundraiser held on Saturday, September 17, 2016

Click HERE to see the photos from #EveryWomanCan2016


 

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GHANA REPATRIATION & INVESTMENT TOUR :May 25-June 6, 2017

Everyone enjoys a full course meal, well how about a full course traveling opportunity on the Journey of a Lifetime to Ghana.

Africa for the Africans, a black-owned Atlanta based international business enterprise, specializing in tours to Africa and investment services helps individuals do just that. A new 12- day tour covering four regions in Ghana will take place, May 25-June 6, 2017.

“This Journey to the motherland is inspired by the works of Marcus Garvey to reconnect our people to the land and our ancestors,” Bomani Tyehimba, Director of Africa for the Africans Tours said, “We must pick up the flag and continue the works that was laid out by great visionaries like Marcus Garvey, he added.”

Africa for the Africans Tours & Investments revitalizes Africans throughout the Diaspora with a renewed cultural, economic and historical connection to the motherland —the African continent — and a mission to foster lasting relationships with our African family: a vision inspired by the Honorable Marcus Garvey, who coined the phrase “Africa for the Africans” to encourage a black nation to reconnect and invest in Africa for future generations.

Africa for the Africans’ vision has guided hundreds of people yearning to be exposed to opportunities in Africa. So, why tour with Africa for the Africans Tours and Investment Group?

“We have over 10 years of experience touring in Africa and everything is completely laid out,” Bomani said. “People are getting a personal experience of a tour that is built for their special reconnection to the land of our ancestors. We have adjusted the tour so many times and ways that it allows us to offer you the best itinerary, a top notch staff, great security, and a very special experience- “the journey of a lifetime,” he added.

The tour satisfies your adventurous spirit while letting you experience a vibrant Africa with a mix of roots, culture, paradise, night life, shopping, networking, business, and investment opportunities. This journey is breath taking as you connect with historical sites like Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Bojo Beach, Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Fuller Waterfalls, the Elmina Holocaust Dungeons and so much more.

Tour patrons are exposed to the many investments, land/home ownership opportunities that exist in Ghana, as well as opportunities to experience “the gift of giving” by delivering valuable school supplies, toys and clothing to children’s orphanages and schools during the tour.

Since 2006, Africa for the Africans Tours & Investments has been dedicated to empowering Africa as a home base for people of African ancestry around the world.

Press Contact:
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Please visit us at our sister site at www.igiveblack.org to see how you can help us to help others.  For very many years, we have been donating proceeds from our events to various charities.  We also encourage you to let us know how YOU give bLack so we can all work together.  Very many thanks to everyone who donated to the event this year.  The main event was held on September 19, 2015 at Knights of Columbus in College Park, MD and because of the donors, we are able to sponsor the annual education of 12 children who attend Akoma International AcademyKingsford Donkah and Enoch Gyekye (sponsored by Ron Munia), Joyce Gyekye (sponsored by  Melrose Parks and Reshada Pullen-Jireh), Nicholas Waters (sponsored by Lewis Buchanan), Grace Essibir (sponsored by me aka Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke ), Francesa Arthur and Christina Nyan (sponsored by Pamela Oguagha), Abigail Sagoe, Simon Cobbinah, Tina Thompson, Harriet Inkoom, and Monica Koomsom (sponsored by the collective listed below).  

Click HERE and HERE to see the Albums from the Birthday Fundraiser.

THANKS TO OUR DONORS.

Idriys Abdullah, Diane Alston, Nadia Anderson, Yasmin Anderson-Smith, Charlene Atkinson, Bobby Ball, Shirley Barnwell, Senghor Baye, Camille Benedict, Dionne Brown, Racquel Brown-Gaston, Bryan Bernard, Paulette Brizan, Oneal Brown, Cynthia Bruce, Lewis Buchanan, Julette Bucknor, Byron Byfield,  Tony Carr, Julia Cayette-Lawson, Ron Clarke, Eric Cobbs, Kenneth Coates, Ichelle Cole, Zama Cook, Bertha Cross, Carlos Daley, Robert Darko, Niya Davis, Rudy Davis, Yvonne Dean-Hibbert, Dennis Earle,  Heather Edwards, Ivel Felder, Dr. Judy Fisher, Darlene Flowers, Nakia Gaston, Newton Gaynor, Mr. Gordon, Hardwick, Herman Hall, Shaunta Hew, Trevor Hibbert, Kathy English Holt, Jerk Pit, Damon Johnson, Danny Jordan, Rodney Jordan, Finiana Joseph, Stephen King, Lorna Kirlew, Dr. Kofi Kissi-Dompere, Vivian Ledbetter, Quanico Lewis, Charles Lincoln, Paula Long, Ihkeem Ma’at, Cheryl Magnus, Michael Malcolm, Dennis Maxwell, Pansy Maxwell, Paul McLaughlin, Carol McLean, Johnathan Medlock, Ron Munia, Dr. Claire Nelson, Marvett Nelson, Ric Nugent, Robin and Cecilyn Parke, Rosie Parke, Melrose Parks, Pamela Oguagha, Noel “Ziggy” Phipps, George Powell, Tanya Powell, Nadine Prince, Marjorie “Lady Flame” Reid,  Mark Reid, Sam and Denise Richards, Derrick Rosie, Suzette Salmon, Dr. Trevor Salmon, Loughton Sargeant, Madeleine Sewaii, Ethlyn Simpson, Khani Smith, Melissa Smith, Rita Smith-Stewart, Delta St-Vil, Moye Stephenson, Diane Stewart Hamlin, Dione Symes, Clarice Taylor, Delroy and Andrea Walker, Marcia Walker, Trevor Watson, Dr. Joseph Webb, Artherelle West, Richard White,  Justina Wilkins, and Liselle Yorke.

HELP ME TO SUPPORT A CHILD’S EDUCATION…CLICK HERE.  BELOW ARE THE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR.

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Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke with students from Trinity Home Academy in Ghana on 10/27/12

Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke with students from Trinity Home Academy in Ghana on 10/27/12

 

Click HERE to see images from our 10th Annual Women’s History Month event held on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

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