african-dance_web.jpgFriday, May 22
Kukuwa Dance Class:
What's a kukuwa? Basically, it's a weird name for an awesome workout that blends Latin, African and Caribbean dance rhythms into a low-impact, high-energy workout. The class takes place from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday at the Marjorie and William McDonald Center, 17011 NE 19th Ave. in North Miami Beach. Admission is $5. For more information, please call 305-491-1445 or email thepro615@hotmail.com.

Miami Takeover Party: While Memorial Day is a holiday to observe those who have fallen in service to their country, the weekend preceding the holiday is much better known as an adult spring break with all of the foolishness and fun the title implies. With that in mind, come check out rapper Young Jeezy’s second annual all star Miami Take Over Party at Karu and Y, 71 N.W. 14th St. in Miami. The party starts at 10 p.m.! Tickets are $50 at the door, $100 for the VIP room, where Young Jeezy will be. For more information, please call 305-403-7850.

Saturday, May 23
Cooking gents:
Men, aprons and ovens? Hold all your sarcastic remarks, because after 14 years, this signature Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., titled this year as “Cooking Gents, 14 years of Cooking Up Food for the Soul,’’ has proven beyond a doubt that women aren't the only ones with a talent for cooking! This year, meet these culinarily gifted men and taste their wonderful dishes (hey, just because they cooked it themselves doesn't mean they should be the only ones who enjoy it!) at the Graham Center Ballroom of Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St. in Miami. Sponsored by the Miami Alumnae Chapter and Iota Pi Citywide of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., festivities will last from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Proceeds will benefit the sorority’s scholarship fund. For more information, please call 305-370-9359.
 
Gospel Explosion: Faith Tabernacle presents an exciting Gospel extravaganza. Papa San, the gospel maverick who pioneered melding the rhythms of traditional gospel with reggae and dance hall music, is the featured artist. The show starts at 7 p.m. at 7100 West Oakland Park Blvd. in Sunrise. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information, please call 954-604-1687.

Sunday, May 24
Busta Rhymes:
Rapper Busta Rhymes’ unique rhymes and rhythms (not to mention those videos!) can make you bob your head, snap your fingers, and just remember why it is you love hip hop in the first place. Close out Memorial Weekend properly by checking out this famous Jamaican-American rapper at the Ink Night Club, 717 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Doors open at 9:45 p.m., and tickets are $60 in advance, and may be as much as $100 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the club online at minksouthbeach.com, log onto www.wanttickets.com, or call 305-397-8006.
 
Haiti's Delights: Celebrate Haitian History month in May with a cooking demonstration by master artist and cook Liliane Nérette Louis at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 West Flagler St. in Miami. The demonstration starts at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 305-375-5356.
 

Sunday, May 31
Unifest Celebration:
Demonstrate your Caribbean pride and come out to enjoy the 15th Annual Unifest Celebration at the Vincent Torres Park, 4331 NW 36th St. in Lauderdale Lakes. The Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition is presenting the event.  This year features famous Caribbean musical acts, local marching bands, a health fair and even a domino tournament. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and admission is $10. For more information, please call 954-730-8885 or 954-535-2785.

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