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Dada Rafiki: The Women Gather

Presented by Annie Ruth and Cincinnati Arts Association

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  • Date
    Oct 19 , 2018
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    Aronoff Center
  • Location
    Procter & Gamble Hall
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    $ 25.00 Advance
    $ 40.00 Day Of

    $ 15.00 Students, Seniors & Groups of 10 or more

Dada Rafiki: The Women Gather

Presented by Annie Ruth and Cincinnati Arts Association

“Dada Rafiki” (pronounced DAH-Dah rah-FEE-kee), which means “sister friend” in the Kiswahili language of East Africa, promotes a shared sense of sisterhood, inclusiveness, and unity in an empowering environment of storytelling, music, dance, song, and spoken word—all honoring exceptional women in our community through art.

Dada Rafiki: The Women Gather will be hosted by WLWT-TV5 News Anchor Courtis Fuller. Featured artists include: The New York Times award-winning author and poet Sharon M. Draper; Cincinnati Opera guest soloist, psalmist, and songwriter Andrea P. Thomas; acclaimed dancer/choreographer Jacqueline McClure; world-class Afro-fusion music powerhouse BAOKU Moses; and, back by popular demand as the event’s house band, Ed Thomas & Muzic Company. That evening, Annie Ruth will debut her original interpretive poetry “The Women Gather,”  which combines genres of dance, spiritual, hip hop, African & modern dance, and spoken word.  

Doors open at 6:00 PM with Pre-show entertainment and promotional gifts for attendees.

2018 Dada Rafiki Honorees:

  • Deborah Mariner Allsop - Families Forward
  • Suzy DeYoung - LaSoupe Cincinnati
  • Verline Dotson - Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency
  • Prerna Gandhi - student, University of Cincinnati
  • Dr. Shelley Jefferson Hamler - The Cincinnati (OH) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated
  • Janelle S. Hocker - Nella's Place, Inc.
  • The Rev. Paula M. Jackson, Ph.D. - Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, Episcopal
  • Bo-Kyung Kim Kirby - Northern Kentucky University & The Cincinnati Opera
  • Barbara J. Lynch - New Jerusalem Baptist Church & First Ladies for Health
  • Baba Charles Miller, Baba of Honor - Drums for Peace
  • Evelyn Sears - Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
  • Khrys Styles - K.A.S.S.I.E. Project> li>Stevie Swain - Swain Consulting, LLC & CinCWN
  • Carla Walker - Think Big Strategies, LLC

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