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The Thread: Conversations Beyond The Return Vol. 6

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With COVID affecting our lives on the continent and throughout the diaspora and the fight against white supremacy and police brutality heating up in our communities - we are firmly beyond the year of return and it's time to plot our next steps.

Vol. 6 | Black August.

This is fuel for all of us.

About The Thread


Presented by Tastemakers Africa, The Thread | Conversations Beyond The Return is a monthly-ish series of conversations unpacking the potential for Pan-Africanism in a post-"Year of Return" moment for the culture. Since its inception as an in-person event in Washington, DC The Thread has gone virtual reaching nearly 7,000 people from 50+ countries.

Proceeds from The Thread support Tastemakers Africa's effort to rebuild and sustain tourism on the African continent where 1 in 7 people make a living from working in travel and hospitality. From supporting the Moree Community in the Cape Coast region of Ghana to making individual grants to guides, artists, and creative tourism entrepreneurs our goal is to make sure the industry bounces back stronger than ever. Learn more about our efforts here


Here's What to Expect


Speakers
Leaders, Movers, and Doers in Africa and the diaspora sharing knowledge and ideas to move the culture forward.

Networking
Meet other attendees in 1:1 speed video networking sessions and in the live chat. Grow your network and collaborate.

Entertainment
A live DJ throughout the day!

About Tastemakers Africa


Tastemakers Africa connects the culture to the continent. From unique day tours and events in African cities hosted by locals, to curated group trips, to virtual events and pop ups all over the world - Tastemakers offers the most connected, authentic bridge for people of African descent looking to build, seek, and explore with one another.

Want to stay connected after The Thread? Membership is on the way, sign up for pre-launch access and keep the energy going.

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Schedule

· Stage
Welcome + HopIn 101
Vibe to DJ Highfa (all the way from Benin!), learn the basics of using the platform, and meet your fellow attendees.
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) DJ  Highfa
· Stage
Fireside Chat: Black August
We celebrate Black August to honor & hold up resilience & revolution. This opening fireside chat explores this opportunity with leaders from around the world.
Russell Shoatz Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Ashanti  Alston Autumn Marie Twitter @msautumnmarie IG @iamstagram
· Stage
Live Performance: Yung Afrika Pioneers
A selection of old classic HighLife and Palmwine guitar music from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, spanning the decades from the 50s the 60s and the 70s.
ayo Odia
· Stage
Work, Hype, & Creative Conjunction: The Black Is King Effect
BIK has been an incredible moment #4theculture. Delving into the artistic process, the hype of recognition & the conjunction of community in the creative space.
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Ahmed Akasha (@sorevolutionary) Stephanie C. Nnamani Papi Ojo
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
Catch the vibes with DJ Highfa and meet your fellow attendees + discover Black-owned brands in the Expo Hall!
DJ  Highfa
· Stage
Beyond Us: Contemporary Eldership and Preparing The Next Generation
Talking to entrepreneurs & leaders about innovative ways to prepare the next generation for the next level of progress through the lens of modern day eldership.
Shanna Sabio (@growhousebk) Katrena Perou Walla Elsheikh Ausene Morrison-Feaster Amadou Daffe
· Expo
Networking + Stretch Break
Catch the vibes with DJ Highfa and meet your fellow attendees + discover Black-owned brands in the Expo Hall!
DJ  Highfa
· Stage
Art, Spirit, and The Cosmos: Using Divine Ancestral Practice to Carve A Way Forward
Speakers from GH, ZA & NG + range from a practicing diviner & astrologist, an art curator & cultural commentator, to a visual artist & cultural anthropologist.
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Ehime Ora Zana Masombuka(@ndebelesuperhero) Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin Nzinga Metzger
· Stage
Live Performance: Mpho Sebina
This Botswana born, Joburg based singer-songwriter is ready to inject an infectious energy into the Pan African music scene.
Mpho  Sebina
· Stage
Pivots + Intersections
Chatting to 4 "journeyers" about what motivates them to take the road less traveled while finding a deep sense of purpose in their work towards "success"
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Zoe Adjonyoh Kelly Scavella (@kellsglobal) Tabi Bonney (@tabibonney) Kevon Foderingham @kevonfoderingham
· Stage
Fireside Chat: Motivation
An intimate conversation with an Olympic Silver Medalist on his journey to the continent, his path to fencing, and what ultimately drives his motivation.
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Daryl Homer
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
Catch the vibes with DJ Highfa and meet your fellow attendees + discover Black-owned brands in the Expo Hall!
DJ  Highfa
· Stage
Next Plays: Bitcoin, Co-Investing, and Pathways To Owning Our Value
From bitcoin to fractional ownership to breaking down our roles & influence as top consumers we'll introduce concepts that can change the way you think about $$
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Jatali Bellanton @KidsWhoBank Kofi Ampadu (Twitter @TheKofiAmpadu) Deidra McIntyre (@deidra.r.mcintyre)
· Expo
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ  Highfa
· Stage
There Is No Hack: Entrepreneurship and Wowing Your Customers
Talking to entrepreneurs who've found new markets, dominated & found success by focusing on the experience in spite of lack of funding in black businesses.
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Jesse Onomiwo(@jesse_onomiwo) Camille Dundas Osita "DUKE" Ugeh @dedukeosy
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
Catch the vibes with DJ Highfa and meet your fellow attendees + discover Black-owned brands in the Expo Hall!
DJ  Highfa
· Stage
COVID-19 and Rise of Work From Anywhere: How Do We Take Advantage?
We'll hear from government reps, entrepreneurs, and the aviation industry on options & opportunities outside of the US & how we can milk it while staying safe.
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Eusi  Skeete Claire Soares (@clairebsoares)
· Stage
The Let Out
DJ  Highfa Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)

Speakers

Russell Shoatz
Russell Shoatz

Activist

Brenda Orelus
Brenda Orelus

Flight Bae

Zoe Adjonyoh
Zoe Adjonyoh

Chef, Writer, Activist & Entrepreneur

Daryl Homer
Daryl Homer

Olympic Medalist & Aspiring ChangeMaker

Ashanti  Alston
Ashanti Alston

Former Political Prisoner, Black Panther Party & Black Liberation Army

Nana Boateng
Nana Boateng

The Thread Social Manager

Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)

Founder & CEO @Tastemakers Africa

Autumn Marie Twitter @msautumnmarie IG @iamstagram
Autumn Marie Twitter @msautumnmarie IG @iamstagram

Founder & Managing Director KGL FWD, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

Eusi  Skeete
Eusi Skeete

Director, USA Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Jatali Bellanton @KidsWhoBank
Jatali Bellanton @KidsWhoBank

Jatali of Kids Who Bank

Papi Ojo
Papi Ojo

Papi Ojo, Artist

Amadou Daffe
Amadou Daffe

CEO & Co-founder, Gebeya Inc.

Stephanie C. Nnamani
Stephanie C. Nnamani

Visual Artist, Art Director, and Essayist

Nzinga Metzger
Nzinga Metzger

Founder and Director of The DuniaFore Foundation

ayo Odia
ayo Odia

Yung Afrikan Pioneers

Osita "DUKE" Ugeh @dedukeosy
Osita "DUKE" Ugeh @dedukeosy

CEO -DUKE CONCEPT

Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin
Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin

Founder & Creative Director of TAC

Ausene Morrison-Feaster
Ausene Morrison-Feaster

Student

Claire Soares (@clairebsoares)
Claire Soares (@clairebsoares)

Founder + CEO of Up in the Air Life, a Luxury Travel Company

Walla Elsheikh
Walla Elsheikh

Co-Founder & CEO - Birthright AFRICA

Ahmed Akasha (@sorevolutionary)
Ahmed Akasha (@sorevolutionary)

Ahmed Akasha

DJ  Highfa
DJ Highfa

Resident Selecta

Zana Masombuka(@ndebelesuperhero)
Zana Masombuka(@ndebelesuperhero)

Ndebele Superhero

Ehime Ora
Ehime Ora

Iya Ehime Ora

Camille Dundas
Camille Dundas

Editor-in-Chief, ByBlacks.com

Jesse Onomiwo(@jesse_onomiwo)
Jesse Onomiwo(@jesse_onomiwo)

Co-founder/CEO of Autosparkle, an eco-friendly luxury automobile and furniture care house of brands.

Kevon Foderingham @kevonfoderingham
Kevon Foderingham @kevonfoderingham

Founder Caribbean Fashion & Arts Feature Festival

Tabi Bonney (@tabibonney)
Tabi Bonney (@tabibonney)

Entrepreneur/Artist

Kelly Scavella (@kellsglobal)
Kelly Scavella (@kellsglobal)

International Agriculture Professional

Mpho  Sebina
Mpho Sebina

Melodist , Singer and Songwriter

Katrena Perou
Katrena Perou

Katrena Perou - Inspiring Minds NYC,Executive Director

Shanna Sabio (@growhousebk)
Shanna Sabio (@growhousebk)

Shanna Sabio @growhousebk

Deidra McIntyre (@deidra.r.mcintyre)
Deidra McIntyre (@deidra.r.mcintyre)

Black People & Cryptocurrency founder

Kofi Ampadu (Twitter @TheKofiAmpadu)
Kofi Ampadu (Twitter @TheKofiAmpadu)

Startup Investor & Advisor

Oummou Diallo (@tizzy.sassy)
Oummou Diallo (@tizzy.sassy)

Head CX @Tastemakers Africa

Yayra Agbofah
Yayra Agbofah

Community Manager @Tastemakers Africa

Chip Kennedy
Chip Kennedy

CTO @Tastemakers Africa

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