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‘King of Gospel House’ Kenny Bobien Headlines Trenton African American Pride Festival

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(TRENTON, NJ)—The 2013 Trenton African American Pride Festival will boast a full schedule of cultural entertainment, including music by gospel house giant Kenny Bobien who will perform hits like “You Are My Friend” and “Grateful.” The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Cadwalader Park, and will be hosted by legendary radio DJ Patty Jackson of 105.3 WDAS FM.

Bobien, a singer, songwriter and producer who has sang background vocals for the likes of Celine Dion and Teddy Pendergrass, has a distinct falsetto voice that has been synonymous with house and club music anthems for the past 20 years, and an electrifying stage presence that promises to bring the house down.

Also gracing the stage at the festival: funk, dance and R&B band Valerie Adams and the Dimensions performing Motown, soul and jazz hits; Cimarrones, an Afro-Cuban percussion and dance ensemble performing authentic bomba and plena, and R&B group The Main Event Band. Tying the Caribbean aspect of the African heritage will be reggae artists Larry White, Richie Lane, and Jah Pops.

“We are very excited to feature the talent of Trentonians, as well as entertainers from across the region, this year. It was very important for us that the entertainment reflect the diversity of the African Diaspora, since that is the whole purpose of this festival, to celebrate our African ancestry,” said Nina Dawkins, chair of the festival’s entertainment committee. “We have some great performances lined up, plenty of fun for the kids, great food and vendors. It will be a fun day at the park for the whole family. Who doesn’t love that?”

The festival will also feature performances by Egun Omode (Children of the Ancestors), Trenton’s own West African dance/drum troupe. The Yoruba Folklore Performing Arts Company will kick things off with a traditional African dance presentation. There will also be African drumming; Capoeira demonstrations, Brooklyn Jumbies stilt walkers, and more. The festival will also have a Children’s Village that will feature story telling, African drum lessons, arts and crafts, inflatable jumps, face painting and more. There will be a variety of vendors spread throughout the park selling their wares and food of all varieties.

The festival will also feature a Healthy Living Pavilion in a section of the park to raise awareness of the health issues affecting the African American community. Internationally renowned best-selling author, holistic wellness entrepreneur and highly sought after natural health practitioner, Queen Afua will be the keynote speaker. Queen Afua guides men and women on a holistic transformation journey to the Global City of Wellness. There will also be free health screenings, health care & holistic wellness speakers, natural product vendors, as well as fitness &wellness activities.

The African American Pride Festival is an annual celebration of the history, culture, heritage, and arts that represent the rich traditions and zestful spirit of the African American community in the City of Trenton.

Following the legacy of the African American culture’s Juneteenth celebration, the goal of the festival is to inspire an appreciation for the diversity, influence and contributions of the African Diaspora.

The festival is produced by a group of local organizations with the full support of the City of Trenton, as well as support from Mercer County. For more information about the festival, visit www.taapf.com.

Youth Sports Expo Kicks Off Third Annual Trenton African American Pride Festival in August

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Contact: Candice Frederick
June 4, 2013 cell: 609-532-6552
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(TRENTON, NJ)—The Trenton African American Pride Festival (TAAPF) will kick off its third year with a youth sports expo at the historic Cadwalader Park on Saturday, August 10th, 2013. The youth sports expo, one of several new additions to this year’s festival, will link the various youth sports organizations in the city for a day of fun and exercise.

The sports expo will be held from from11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature basketball, football, soccer, tennis, golf and boxing exhibitions. The festival will be held the following weekend from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 at Cadwalader Park.

The African American Pride Festival, which was first held in 2011 and has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals in the state capital, celebrates the history, culture, heritage, arts, rich traditions and zestful spirit that encompasses the African American community in the City of Trenton. The festival will again feature music, performances, African cuisine, vendors, activities for children, face painting and more.

The Trenton African American Pride Festival Youth Sports Expo has partnered with several city youth sports organizations to bring a variety of sports to the event. The West End Little League will kick things off with a softball game. “West End Little League is excited about the opportunity to partner with the TAAPF team, bringing the softball game to the City Of Trenton,” said Ron Davis, Head of the West End Little League.

The Trenton Football Club and the Pop Warner Football League will run exhibition games during the day. The National Junior Tennis League and First Tee will offer golf lessons and exhibition games, and Trenton’s Boxing Club will teach kids how to spar in the boxing ring. A youth basketball exhibition game will be held in the afternoon coupled with the annual “From the Block to the Boardroom Basketball Game.”

“We are excited to join with all of these great organizations to make this event happen,” said TAAPF Executive Director Latarsha Burke. “One of the main drivers of the festival is to provide a fun and engaging environment for kids. These partnerships have allowed us to accomplish that feat.”
There will be vendors and food available for sale at the concession stand. The Trenton YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club will provide volunteers to assist with the event.

Following the legacy of the African American culture’s Juneteenth celebration, the Trenton African American Pride Festival’s goal is to inspire an appreciation for the diversity in Trenton’s African-American and Caribbean Diasporas.

The festival is produced with the help of several local organizations with the support of the city and the county. For the complete schedule of events, please visit www.taapf.com.