Africa’s Cannabis Race: Diasporic Dollars Make Sense (DC) June 21 2018
Dr. Chanda, Women Grow DC, National Holistic Healing Center & National Cannabis Festival present:
Africa’s Cannabis Race: “Grazing in the Grass,” Diasporic Dollars Make Sense
3629 12th St NE
(Street Parking, Brookland Metro Station is nearby)
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Ethiopian appetizers provided
Tickets: $20 Advance/$25 Door
In May 2018, Zimbabwe legalized growing marijuana for medicinal and research purposes marking a major shift towards more liberal policies as several other African governments consider tapping into the natural resource. While African governments have not yet followed the trend of legalization seen in Europe and the Americas, last year Lesotho became the continent’s first country to offer legal licenses to grow marijuana, signaling wider acceptance. Join Dr. Imani Cheers for an exploration of cannabis on the African continent: What is the history of cannabis on the continent? How do Cultural norms impact the perception of cannabis? What does legal cannabis look like in African countries?
About Dr. Imani Cheers:
Dr. Imani M. Cheers is an award-winning digital storyteller, director, producer and filmmaker. As a professor of practice, Dr. Cheers uses a variety of mediums including video, photography, television and film to document and discuss issues impacting and involving people of the African Diaspora.
Her scholarly focus is on the intersection of women/girls, technology, health, conflict, agriculture and the effects of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Cheers is also an
expert on diversity in Hollywood, specifically the representation of Black women in television and film. Her first book, The Evolution of Black Women in Television (Taylor & Francis/Routledge) was released in July 2017.
Dr. Cheers is the co-creator and managing editor of Newsroom U, an innovative, immersive multimedia journalism initiative for high school and college students. She is also the executive director for the Global Media Project, an international storytelling program.
Before joining SMPA, Dr. Cheers was director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, a producer/writer at Howard University Television and a
multimedia producer at Newsweek.com. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, DAWN (Diaspora African Women’s Network) and a 2013 New Media Fellow with the International Reporting Project. Dr. Cheers is also a regular contributor for CGTN America and CTN Canada, offering insight into American race relations and popular culture.