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Looking for exciting virtual events. Well, look no further than WEE Nation's Calendar to stay informed. Coming up this week March 31 - April 10, 2021 ...




Kukusa Fest 2021: A Salute to Women

Free Virtual Music Festival Celebrating Black Women

Sat, Apr 10, 3-5 pm ET/ 12-2 pm PT/ 2-4 pm CT

Streamed Live via WEE Nation’s Facebook and YouTube page


Artwork by Arielle Wilkins/Brothas N Sistas



Kukuza Fest was the first-ever free, all-Black Family Music festival and series in the country.

“Kukuza” means “amplify” in Swahili.


Kukuza Fest aims to provide children and families access to performers and music that welcome, reflect and celebrate them – amplifying Black voices and celebrating Black artists of Family Music. Powered by WEE Nation Radio in association with Family Music Forward, Kukuza Fest streams directly on WEE Nation Radio’s Facebook and YouTube

pages. (The live links will be provided at a later date.)


Kukuza Fest returns on Sat, April 10, 2021, from 3 to 5 PM EST, and will feature Black

Women in Family Music. The lineup includes R&B sensation The Magic Jones, rockstar/

producer bassist Divinity Roxx, LA-based songstress Snooknuk, Miami-based multi-disciplinary artist Inez Barlatier, pianist Kymberly Stewart of LA, and many others. The Emcee will be Arts Education Consultant and social media personality, Joy Marilie of New York.


Together, Family Music Forward and WEE Nation Radio – along with presenters,

venues, leaders and partners in the Family Music industry across the country – are

building a movement that ensures safe, diverse and inclusive spaces for all children.


Our first Kukuza Fest was in September 2020, check out the videos of the 2-day festival here.



Become a Kukuza Sponsor


Our goal is to create meaningful partnerships that elevate Kukuza Fest artists and your

organization in innovative ways.


Our sponsorship packages are customizable to you. You will find more information by clicking here. Let me know if you have any questions.


Donate to Kukuza Fest


We invite you to support this event as you wish and as you’re able. Your gift will fund every aspect of Kukuza’s Salute to Women – including artist fees, production, publicity and more. Your donation is tax-deductible and is made through WEE Nation Radio which is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.


Spread the word


Another way to support the event? Help spread the word with your friends and fans!


Here is a Direct Action Toolkit you may use which has the event poster, social media language with hashtags that you can copy directly from the guide as well as a video on how to cross-post the live event to your Facebook page.






Thank you for helping WPFW surpass their Winter Drive 2021 goal by supporting Uncle Devin's WEE Nation Radio which airs Wednesdays 7 - 8 pm ET on WPFW 89.3FM.


We at WPFW are Building A Better World One Broadcast at a Time


"When you, the listeners, contribute, that’s precisely what you're doing - allowing us to inform, enlighten, educate, and inspire, through each and every broadcast that we air." – Katea Stitt, WPFW Program Director


This was a very special drive:


DC Jazz Festival Recognizes Katea Stitt


In addition to an awesome feature in their blog about Katea, our amazing program director, they made a very generous donation to the station in her honor. Click here to read more...


WPFW's 44th Anniversary!!


On February 28th, 44 years ago Lorne Cress Love, Von and others were scurrying to get WPFW on air. Despite all the challenges, changes and forces working against us, we have prevailed and are still here.


Thanks again for your support of Washington's Only Jazz & Justice Radio Station - WPFW!


Listen Live on Wednesdays 7-8 pm ET on WPFWFM.org or WEENationRadio.com/WPFW






WEE Nation Radio's Best Songs of 2020!!

Celebrating and Amplifying the Black Family Music artists

Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC


If you miss a show, no worries, you'll find our archives posted just for you. Come back and listen at any time. Head on over to WEENationRadio.com/WPFW, select December 30, 2020, Best Songs of 2020, or any of our other wonderful shows.


The show featured many of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) that were shut out of the Grammy's. WEE Nation Radio honored current and past nominees as well as other noteworthy artists you and your family will love!!



WEE Nation Radio is available EVERYWHERE!!



Breaking News!! Just say, “Hey Google Talk to WEE Nation Radio” to listen to your favorite tunes and artists on your Google-enabled devices. You can also listen on Pandora now. Give it a try-😉 Alexa is coming soon!




WEE Nation Radio is now available for streaming on Roku TV and Amazon Fire TV. That's right, you can listen to WEE Nation Radio on your device. Just use the search feature or you'll find it in the kids and family or music categories.


Be sure to give us a rating and let us know how we're doing. Or let's connect on music@weenationradio.com. We'd love to hear from you.




Celebrate Native American Heritage Year Around!!


WPFW is excited to announce the addition of a new Indigenous program, Let's Talk Native airing Fridays at 2 pm - with John Kane, producer and host. Listen live at Wpfwfm.org


Let’s Talk Native... is produced in the LTN Studios on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation. John Kane is Mohawk and has spent his life fighting for Native people and educating Native and non-Native people on the true history and challenges Native people have faced. Let’s Talk Native... features guests and commentary on history and the issues Native people are confronted with today and into the future. This is not the radio show you expect. It’s the one that challenges all the stereotypes and tropes you are familiar with. We are honest and perhaps a bit harsh. We are real! More at www.letstalknative.com.



National Native American Heritage Year-Round Resources


In tonight's WEE Nation Radio Show on WPFW 89.3FM we will feature songs honoring the rich history of Native American's in this country and around the world.


If you have not visited the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, it is a must. They are open, but with limited timed-entry as well as safety protocols. To learn more and reserve your timed-entry passes click here.


We look forward to the day when they re-open, but for a list of their virtual events this month, check out their calendar. For more information on 2020 events visit nativeamericanhertiage.gov


The National Congress of American Indians is another great resource for policy issues, initiatives, events and youth programs, especially the First Kids 1st - Every Child is Sacred Collaborative, visit ncai.org



Uncle Devin & WEE Nation Radio's Ongoing Virtual Events



Kukuza Fest!!

Amplifying Black Voices in Family Music

Streamed Live on Saturday, September 19 & 20, 2020 at 3 pm - 5 pm EST


Kukuza is Swahili for amplify, and this festival is here to amplify Black voices with a spectacular lineup of Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated artists with live performances across a range of genres for the entire family, including Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr, Alphabet Rockers, Pierce Freelon, and more. 

Kukuza Fest is powered by WEE Nation Radio in association with the Family Music Forward Collective. 


If you missed it, visit WEE Nation Radio's Kukuza Fest event page for videos of Day 1 and Day 2 as well as more details on how to contribute via donation, future event sponsorship or contact us. You will also find more information on Family Music Forward.


Be sure to like, subscribe and share our WEE Nation Radio YouTube page so you don't miss any of WEE Nation Radio's newly released videos.



The Uncle Devin Show® is a live, interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between DC’s Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock. Great for preschool and school-age kids!





CRYSTALLINE a Submerge by ARTECHOUSE DC Experience

October 15 - January 3, 2020


Inspired by blue’s dependable qualities, Crystalline in D.C. explores the color’s connection with earth and crystals through a journey that is both an adventure and a contemplation—an exploration through an illusory, blue-hued castle. Representative of our desire for a stable foundation that often feels out of reach during these turbulent times, this surreal yet familiar place offers guests a refuge from the everyday. Discover creative curiosities in each room as you learn more about your surroundings and yourself. Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of Classic Blue.



Image Source: Archtechouse DC


For more information including ticketing and COVID-19 procedures visit DC Artechouse



Ongoing Virtual Programming for the Entire Family



Adventure Theater & ATMTC Academy has a variety of programs to uplift BIPOC artists, playwrights, actors and authors via Facebook Live on Sundays at 2 pm EST. Facebook Live Virtual Events


Visit Adventure Theatre to learn more.



JAZZ HOUSE KiDS


Now in its 15th year, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz: America’s home-grown art form. In the schools, at the Jazz House and in our community, we give students an artistic edge – music, mentoring, education and apprenticeship at work!


Lunch Time Live Series with CHRISTIAN McBRIDE + MELISSA WALKER Tuesdays weekly at 12 pm.


Each week we feature one of our talented teaching artists or friends in performance live on the Montclair Jazz Festival Facebook page.


Register in advance for Lunch Time Live here.


For information on future events visit, jazzhousekids.org.


Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American of History & Culture


The Museum re-opened to the public on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Be sure to visit their website to review their safety guidelines. Visit https://lewismuseum.org/events/list/ for more information.


Beyond Books: Raising an Anti-Racist Child

January 31, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Join consultant and leadership coach Imani Chapman as she dives into the challenges and opportunities of raising an anti-racist child, from refining our own analysis of race to understanding the intersections between race and child-development. Click Here to Register. This is the third of three programs presented in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Maryland and Chizuk Amuno Congregation within the series, Jews of Color, Jewish Institutions, and Jewish Community in the Age of #Black Lives Matter. Click here to learn more about the…


To register for this free event and information on COVID-19 procedures, click here.



New! Strathmore Virtual Offerings


We hope to see you Saturday mornings for Family Jam Sessions (great for kids!) and Wednesday evenings for Live from the Living Room concerts featuring our Artists in Residence and more.


Please keep a close eye on Strathmore’s Facebook page as the central home for live and recorded video content to brighten your days of social distancing.



The National Children's Museum's Head in the Clouds Free Virtual Field Trips


Interactive learning awaits! National Children’s Museum has developed virtual field trip experiences for young learners. Come explore the Museum, meet our educators, and dive-in to STEAM topics and activities. All content is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. A great resource for parents, teachers and caregivers of 1st - 4th graders, but would excite people of all ages. Visit nationalchildrensmuseum.org for more information.



The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and children's author Antoine Lunsford are collaborating on the launch of a new virtual event series called "Antoine and Friends: Local Children's Author Series." Every Friday at 11 am this summer, local children and families will have the opportunity to hear authors who live and work in the community read their books. For more information visit PGCMLS.



Our friends with Sparks for Success is a non-profit organization based in Austin, TX that helps to change the lives of incarcerated children through music. They work with students experiencing traumas resulting from parental incarceration. They have developed Virtual Music Therapy videos to share coping mechanisms with children and their families. Go to SparksForSuccess.org for more information.

Grab your shakers, bells or anything that makes a fun noise and join the DC Public Library on Facebook Live for Virtual Story Time. For more information, go to DCLibrary.org.


CONTACT

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2490 Market Street NE, #176
Washington, DC  20018-3851
202-695-2980
music@weenationradio.com 

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