The Diaspora Dialogues is an unmatched platform and space founded and Executive Produced by Koshie Mills, to bridge the gap and connect Africans in the continent with its global descendants in the diaspora. The power of excellence was displayed in the entertainment quality and program. Illustrious women of power and inspiration came from Africa, West Indies, UK and other parts of the globe to attend the event. The diversity of black women in the room created a magical environment of inclusion, hosted by veteran Author, Comedian, Co-Host of “The Real”, Loni Love.
The star-studded event commenced with an Ancestral Welcome and Affirmation led by the illustrious Host Loni Love. The declarations and sounds of “I AM A DAUGHTER OF THE SOIL….I AM A SON OF THE SOIL permeated the air and set the tone for the palpable love, camaraderie and positive energy in the ballroom. The standing room only crowd was a testament to the need and the reason why Founder Koshie Mills created a space where black women can connect and see each other as a global force.
The elegant, afternoon affair featured its Signature Throne Room, Cultural dancers from the Congo, Spoken word Artist, Actress, Author, Jamaican Born Jozanne Marie, Musical performance from Fox “American Idol” finalist and First generation Nigerian, Adanna Duru and the Afrobeats sounds curated by the DJ further punctuated the culturally fragrant atmosphere. Spontaneous dancing from attendees erupted at intermission which further underscored our similarities and love of African music.
Four women who are Innovators and Change Agents from various industries were honored; Afro Latina Musical Artist, Actress and Cultural Activist, Amara La Negra was the Goddess Beauty Honoree. Shine on Sierra Leone
Founder, Tiffany Persons, was The Diaspora Dialogues Honoree, Media Maven Kimberly Paige was awarded with the Lionheart Business Honoree and finally Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, received the Entertainment ROAR Honoree.
Actress Ryan Michelle Bathe presented the Entertainment ROAR Award to Actress Yvette Nicole Brown. Google Executive Annie Jean Baptiste presented The Lionheart Business Award, sponsored by BET Networks to Media Maven Kimberly Paige CMO of BET Networks. Cree Summer presented to “Shine On Sierra Leone” Founder Tiffany Persons with The Diaspora Dialogues Sankofa Award and Actress/Director Nana Ghana presented to Afro-Latino Musical Artist Amara La Negra with the Goddess Beauty DUAFE Award.
VIP guests in attendance include; Actress Monique Coleman (High School Musical), Actor Kwame Boateng (The Plug), Actor Kwesi Boakye (Claws) Actress Stacy Dash (Clueless), Erica Peeples (All American), (BET Plus, Ruthless Young), Nzinga Blake (Influencer and Red Carpet Host), Actress/Artist V. Bozeman (Empire).
SOME QUOTES FROM PRESENT AND PAST HONOREES
I feel the bridge coming together and this event that Koshie Mills has created is the EPICENTER. Please never let the Dialogues Dialogues die, It Is a necessary platform.– Tiffany Persons, Founder Shine On Sierra Leone
Koshie and I had a real conversation and that is the UNLOCK for us, it leads to easier collaboration.– Kimberly Paige, CMO BET Networks
Women are the Backbone and the Future, That is why we need THIS!– Actress Ryan Michelle Bathe
I’m so excited and honored to host this event. We need to take the time to break bread, that’s why it’s a great event and congrats Koshie You are doing a wonderful job!– Comedian, Author and Co-Host of The Real, Loni Love
I’ve always felt like an African living in America. I believe we are sisters by bloodline and that makes us family.– Actress Yvette Nicole Brown
The Cross Pollination is long overdue.–Actress Nomzamo Mbatha
I left the event feeling Euphoric and Empowered.– Guest, Natalie Beasneal