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Festival Raises Black Heath Awareness, Economic Power Potential
DALLAS-For the 18th year, the KwanzaaFest celebration expects to draw thousands with the promise of providing quality family entertainment and programs of cultural, eduicational and social significance.
Spearheaded by Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, the celebration will be Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, December 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Automobile Building at Fair Park.
The celebration (which is free to the general public) attracts thousands of local, regional and national participants, vendors and sponsors. Each year, event organizers, who volunteer their time, earmark thousands of dollars and rely on corporate entities to help underwrite the cost. Estimated attendees for both days exceeded 50,000 in 2007.
Much of the celebration is aimed at improving the overall health awareness of the African-American community and offer opportunities to generate extensive exposure for sponsors, vendors, and entertainers via name and product recognition.
For the past 20 years, obesity has been on the rise.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 30-percent of U.S. adults, 20 years of age and older-over 60 million people are obese.
This increase is not limited to adults. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6-19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight. As a result, these increases placed our community at risk for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and a variety of other diseases and illnesses.
HealthFest includes more than 30 healthcare entities that render FREE services to individuals attending KwanzaaFest on Saturday from 10a.m to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
KwanzaaFest has fostered a plethora of mutually beneficial relationships in the area of healthcare with a functioning committee which focuses on wellness and disease prevention year round.
Some of the services provided during KwanzaaFest include:
Breast Cancer screening, Alzheimer's Disease Memory screening, Blood Drive, Weight and height screening, sickel cell anemia trait screening, cholesteral screening Diabetes screening and HIV rapid testing, vision screening, stroke and prostrate screening and many other health related checkups.
The third annual KwanzaaFest Beat Obesity 5K Walk/Run will also take place on December 13.
This is a remarkable occasion to inspire and be inspired by hundreds of individuals who are walking, or even running, to increase the awareness of obesity and its health related problems.
Kwanzaafest also creates a distinctive opportunity for those who participate to support this widely observed and liberating observance. shop with local independent business vendors in the community.
Other family activities include KidFest/TeenFest. It provides alternative entertainment or the entire family simultaneously during the KidFest KwanzaaFest weekend. KidFest/TeenFest has become a favorite family event, drawing thousands of parents and children each year.
KidFest/TeenFest also features:
Live state performances, safety programs for the home, arts and crafts, kids and cops, creative art classes, face painting and ballon art and theatrical African storytelling and other activities for youth and teens.
·Also new this year to the festival is the Kwazaafest Oncor Encore Great Debate Contest The debate competition will feature some 13 participating cities and their respected high schools whose top students (team) will debate on a variety of cultural and liberating topics affecting us today.
In the spirit of Kujichagulia, entertainment is always provided by individuals, aspiring artists, local schools, churches and social organizations as a form of self expression. KwanzaaFest’s entertainment includes R&B, Old School, Jazz, Gospel, Dancing, Acting, Fashion Shows, African Dancers, Drummers, Debate Contest, and professional groups.
National Talent and Artists are secured by local radio stations and performances are for both days of the festival.
A few of the past and previously featured artists include: Freddie Jackson, Karen White, Usher, Howard Hewett, Twista, Guerrella Black, Profyle Group, Tevin Campbell, KeKe Wyatt, Avant, Alecia Keys, Tyrese, Omarion, Marques Houston, Mike Jones, Ludacris, God’s Property, Nivea, Trillvile, T Pain, Paul Wall, Jaheim, Plies, Mario, Cassidy, The Dream, Ann Nesby, Elisabeth Withers, B5, Birdman, Trey Songz, Gorilla Zoe, Ledisi, and Jon B.
KwanzaaFest continues to reach an array of conscientious consumers.
Contributions are tax-deductible and helps directly finance unique social and cultural enrichment that KwanzaaFest offers.