Africa Week Celebrated at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The African Students Association at Ithaca College will host a week of events on campus dedicated to promoting awareness about the social, cultural and political aspects of Africa, both historical and modern. All of the “Africa Week: Back to the Roots” events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 1
7 p.m., Textor 101

Award-winning educator, author and filmmaker M.K. Asante will show and discuss clips from his films. His works include “500 Years Later,” winner of the Breaking the Chains Award from UNESCO; “The Black Candle,” named best documentary at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival; and “Motherland,” which won best documentary honors at the Pan African Film Festival and Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Described by the “Philadelphia Inquirer” as “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance,” Asante has published several poetry collections as well as the creative nonfiction book “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop: The Rise of the Post–Hip-Hop Generation.” “Buck,” a memoir about his youth in Philadelphia, will be published by Random House this summer.

Thursday, April 4
7 p.m., Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall

“Let the Beat Drop: From Afrobeats to Hip-Hop,” a collaboration with the Caribbean Students Association and the African-Latino Society that will explore the connections between hip-hop, reggae and Afrobeats.

Friday, April 5
7 p.m., IC Square, Phillips Hall

“Mr. and Miss ASA Pageant,” with stand-up comic Chinedu Unaka and designer B. Chris Couture, featuring a night of fashion, comedy and pageantry with an African twist.

For more information on Africa Week, contact Steven Kobby Lartey, public relations chair for the African Students Association, at

M.K. Asante speaks at Ithaca College