It’s Hot and It’s Black

Holding the now-seasonal Cafe Nuba cultural extravaganza in conjunction with Earth Day seemed like a natural fit to event organizer and community activist Ashara Ekundayo. And it also seemed natural to turn this go-round of Café Nuba into a fundraiser for Ekundayo’s own GrowHaus, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective and the Lambi Fund for Haiti.

“We wanted to utilize the creative energy coming from all over the state and country to share with us for Earth Day, in financial support of growing food, growing minds and growing community,” Ekundayo notes.

Cafe Nuba celebrated eleven years of poetry, music, art and people with its winter event, and Ekundayo thinks it’s been going strong for so long because of “a heightened awareness, a desire to expand the conversation around what truth and sustainability look like,” she says. “We want more people to be part of this movement, to celebrate and remember that we are all connected on this planet. This is about maintaining our legacy and creating the legacy for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

This season’s Cafe Nuba starts at 8:30 p.m. at the old El Centro building, 4725 High Street; admission is $10, and doors are open to everyone sixteen and older. Entertainment includes poetry from Dan Leaman and SwanEagle, music from Rebel Diaz, Debajo del Agua and the ReMINDers, and live painting by 2Kool and Jolt. Visit
Fri., April 16, 8:30 p.m., 2010

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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