By Shirley Hawkins
LOS ANGELES — The first Bridging African Americans and the African Diaspora in Unity Festival will be held Oct. 28–30, showcasing the creativity of people across the United States and the African Diaspora.
The annual three-day program includes two days, Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, at the Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX Hotel and a daylong music festival Oct. 29 at the Palazzo Mansion in Beverly Hills.
Karine Naulls and Kim Teems, co-owners of the event production company Nichelle Renee Event Solutions, are behind the festival whose purpose is to promote business and creative collaborations between Africans and African Americans. Also assisting in organizing the festival is Soleil Diva, an artist and community activist.
Funds raised through ticket sales and donations during the three-day festival will help support orphanages in Africa.
“There are many African artists who are eager to connect with African American celebrities, artists and businesspeople in the music and film industries and are seeking avenues to introduce themselves,” said Kimi Rochelle of KRPR Media. “Subsequently, there are also African American entrepreneurs and celebrities who want to collaborate and partner with African artists and business people.”
The festival begins Oct. 28 with a business forum and ends Oct. 30 with a fashion show and awards program
Tickets for the festival can be purchased at www.baaadu.com.