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The Inaugural FroRibbean Fest at Atlanta’s FroRibbean Fest


The Inaugural FroRibbean Fest at Atlanta’s FroRibbean Fest

The FroRibbean Fest, a cultural mashup of musical snippets from areas of the Caribbean islands, Africa and the U.S. hosted its first-ever cultural celebration and packed out Atlanta’s Central Park. This one-day festival showcased so many talented artists from all across the African Diaspora. The festival celebrated the unique aspects as well as the many similarities of the music they’ve created around the world. Festival goers enjoyed performances by an All-star lineup including Alkaline, Bunji Garlin, DJ Envy, DJ E Cool and many more, while indulging in some of Atlanta’s best eats and treats.

Multi-faceted media mogul, Steve Harvey has created yet another endeavor with the creation of his new special events company Harvey Events LLC under the leadership of his daughter Morgan Hawthorne and son-in-law Kareem Hawthorne. With a team of fresh, young talent, Harvey Events aims to produce cultural experiences that celebrate and speak to an array of young audiences. FroRibbean Fest was the first of many major events to come from the new entity.

This event is an experience around the world through a celebration of the music, food, games and dances of various African, Afro-Caribbean, and African American cultures. Oh and did we mention the event was B.Y.O.B.? Rum Punch and food vendors were also available for purchase throughout the event. The FroRibbean Fest bridged together the music, food, dance and most importantly the people from Caribbean, African American, and African cultures for a truly memorable one day of celebration.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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