Marie Brown

We acknowledge our Board Member Marie Brown, a Literary trailblazer, iconic editor, and book agent who spent the past 50 years paving the way for writers of color and editors. In 1984, she founded her company, Marie Dutton Associates, a company dedicated to “ serving as a bridge between writers and editors, and always making a point to lift up the marginalized.”

Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit 

Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit 

On View: February 15, 2018 - June 9, 2018 

The Defend Puerto Rico exhibit explores the creative documentation and stories told through the Defend Puerto Rico transmedia project with a compilation of photography, video, design and immersive media. An exhibit experience that guides the audience through the past, current and future dialogue of Puerto Rican identity, culture, and diasporic relationships.

New Chapter for CCCADI and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:18PM

New Chapter for CCCADI and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

 For over 40 years, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) has presented empowering programs that link the creativity and brilliance of the African Diaspora with communities here in New York City and abroad.

Today, we invite you to salute our founder Dr. Marta Moreno Vega as she steps down as the director to pursue the next chapter of her professional and personal life. As part of this new journey, we are excited to welcome Dr. Vega to her new role as advisor to the Board of Directors.

As founder and President, Dr. Vega established CCCADI globally as a leading institution that documents, celebrates, and presents the cultural traditions of Africans in the Diaspora. She has grounded her life's work in the powerful experiences of people of African descent, developing cultural institutions that affirm their impact on the world stage. She has created a legacy of international advocacy and institution-building. She is recognized globally for her contributions as a respected scholar, producer, activist, educator, author, professor, and Yoruba priestess.

Thanks to Dr. Vega, CCCADI is able to embark on our next phase of growth with a solid foundation and a bright future. Recently, we secured a significant grant from the New York Community Trust to engage with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management to assist CCCADI during such an important time. This gift of support is a testament to the strengths and impact of our Center, and further highlights the institutional commitment from a respected funder such as The Trust to ensure that CCCADI continues to exist and thrive into the future.

The Support Center has helped us identify Margarita Rosa, Esq., a trained Interim Executive Director, as our new leader. A lawyer and organizational leader with over 30 years of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Rosa will provide critical leadership during the next year as we prepare for our next Executive Director. She recently served as Executive Director of the Grand Street Settlement in NYC, serving over 10,000 New Yorkers annually through early childhood education, after-school programs and support for adults of all ages. Margarita was also appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo as the first Latina, the first woman, and the youngest person at the time to serve as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights. She has led and managed several organizations and has overseen strategic planning, programs and services, budgets, facilities, fundraising, government and community relations, donor cultivation and retention, and Board development. We are confident Margarita’s presence will ensure success for years to come.

In addition to Margarita’s vision and experience, we hope you will share our confidence and trust in CCCADI’s dynamic and experienced staff, including Deputy Director Melody Capote, who has worked at CCCADI for over 30 years in the area of development, government relations, human resources, and programs.

This exciting phase marks a period of expanded energy driven by our Board of Directors committed to advancing the Center’s mission and vision of celebrating and uniting African people and our traditions throughout the Diaspora. With the current social and racial justice movements making huge impacts across the globe, our work continues to highlight the inextricable connection between culture, art, politics, and justice.

With our new home, your home, on 125th Street anchoring us back in our community, we look forward to another 40-plus years of celebrating our traditions in a safe and culturally rich environment filled with inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creativity.

Forward ever,

CCCADI Board of Directors

VISIONES 2018: Submerge to Emerge Victorious!

VISIONES 2018: Submerge to Emerge Victorious!

Dealmas 20th Anniversary Celebration Event

Propel the New You into the New Year through a deeply nourishing encounter with the Liberating Power of Love.

Events

#AfroWaveSessions: Spirit Music Night Ft. Shaun Kelly Presents Ori Nugo

#AfroWaveSessions: Spirit Music Night Ft. Shaun Kelly Presents Ori Nugo

We kick off our August 18th #AfroBembe Festival with another #AfroWaveSessions! For this session, we honor the marriage between West African spirituality and music.

The evening features music by multi-disciplinary artist Shaun Kelly and his band Ori Nugo, who defines his music as “hood spiritual”.

Events

Bravado Magenta: Film Screening W/ Bocafloja| Coloniality & Patriarchy Exposé

Bravado Magenta: Film Screening W/ Bocafloja| Coloniality & Patriarchy Exposé

FREE

On Tuesday, July 16, CCCADI will be hosting a screening of Bravado Magenta, a performative documentary directed by interdisciplinary artist, musician, and filmmaker Bocafloja. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

About the film:

Events

#BlackDiasporaRising: Guide to Achieving Trans-Generational Wealth

#BlackDiasporaRising: Guide to Achieving Trans-Generational Wealth

FREE

In the wake of the untimely death of #NipseyHussle, the announcement of #JayZ as the first Hip-Hop Billionaire, and the reality of the 1.2 trillion Black buying power, the Diasporic conversation on transgenerational wealth has reemerged. What is Trans-Generational wealth? What does it mean for the African Diaspora? What practices do we need to implement and achieve trans-generational wealth as a familial and communal unit? And what is the government's role?

Events

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra

FREE

Join us and Lincoln Center Out of Doors for Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra! The evening focuses on the legacy of African influences on Puerto Rico’s rich musical history. Featuring performances by Moncho Rivera, Cita Rodriguez y Su Banda, Carlito Padron y Su Banda, and the Bombazo Dance Company, this evening honors Puerto Rican musical icons Tite Curet Alonso, Ismael Rivera, and Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez for highlighting the cultural contributions and struggles of African descendants worldwide.

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