11:00 a.m. Opening & Welcome
11:10 a.m. Koffi Kaza African Drum and Dance Ensemble
11:25 a.m. Prayer & Libations with Dr. Huberta-Lowman, Ph.D.
11:35 a.m. FAMU Gospel Choir
11:45 a.m. Girls2Divas Program, Janay White Founder
11:50 a.m. Excellence Dance Theatre
12:00 a.m. Harambee Black History Facts
12:05 a.m. Caleb Stewart Child Genius
12:15 p.m. Capital Battery Line
12:30 p.m. FAMU College of Education and FAMU DRS
12:50 p.m. Lili Forbes, aka Lyrical Lynn
1:15 p.m. Harambee Black History Facts
1:20 p.m. Aaron and Friends Band
1:35 p.m. Black on Black Rhyme
1:55 p.m. FAMU Images Modeling Troupe
2:10 p.m. Tally Afrobeat
2:20 p.m. Harambee Black History Facts
2:30 p.m. FAMU Jazz Quartet
2:50 p.m. FAMU Department of Health & Physical Education
3:10 p.m. FAMU President, Commissioners, FAMU Constituents
3:20 p.m. Harambee Black History Facts
3:25 p.m. Black on Black Rhyme
3:35 p.m. Mental Health Awareness, Anika Fields, Ph.D.
3:50 p.m. Akofena African Drum & Dance
4:00 p.m. Sunni Patterson, Singer, Poet, and Activist
4:45 p.m. Marijuana Research and Education Initiative
5:00 p.m. Cody ChesnuTT, Musician
Florida native, Keith Rodgers is the Founder and CEO of Black On Black Rhyme and BackTalk Poetry Troupe. Keith’s gift of gab, bring words to life through his poetry, staccatos, and comedy. His wittiness and comedic timing will guarantee a great time for any audience, young and old.
International superstar Cody ChesnuTT will perform a soulful, eclectic blend of funk, rock, hip-hop and blues. His artistry spans collaborations with groups like The Roots and Raphael Saadiq, to name a few. In addition, Cody has contributed to the soundtracks of the Oscar Award-winning film, “12 Years a Slave” and Idris Elba’s “Mi Mandela.”Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Cody’s music has mesmerized fans at festivals across the globe. A current Tallahassee resident, Cody ChestnuTT’s headline performance will feature songs from his latest album, “My Love Divine Degree,” offering rhythmic afrobeats, powerful guitars, and joyful, classic throwbacks. The transcendent album is produced by Anthony “The Twilight Zone” Khan, known for his work with Kanye West, Common, John Legend and Pusha T.
For more information: www.cchesnutt.com
New Orleans native and visionary, Sunni Patterson, is a highly sought after and internationally-acclaimed performer, lecturer and activist. As a diligent student in the healing and spiritual arts, Sunni deliberately uses art and culture as a tool to recognize, address and eliminate all forms of oppression. Currently, Sunni serves as a resident artist for both the City of New Orleans’ Claiborne Corridor Cultural Initiative and Junebug Productions of New Orleans.
Singer Lililita Forbes, known professionally known as Lyrical Lynn, was raised on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles. After Graduating from Florida A&M University with a B.S. degree in Music Education and a Minor in Theatre, she pursued a career both locally and internationally as a teacher, worship and creative arts director and vocal coach. Forbes served seven years at Woodville Elementary and Middle school as a creative art teacher.
On stage, Forbes has performed with The FAMU Essential Theatre; FSU Triple threat Theatre Troop; A&A Production and SOMO Play House. She has written, produced and released six albums for Jumelle, a duo act with her Twin sister Ilismo; three of which received Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards.