Embracing Change: The Importance of Not Holding Someone’s Past Against Them

Change is an integral part of human nature. Just as seasons change, so do people, evolving and growing into better versions of themselves. It is important for us to acknowledge and embrace this growth, rather than holding onto their past mistakes or misjudgments.
The Power of Transformation:

People can change. When someone works hard to grow and develop, they are actively choosing to become a better person. This transformation should be celebrated and supported, as it is a testament to their strength and determination.

Forgiveness and Understanding:

Forgiving someone for their past actions and understanding that they have changed is crucial. It allows the person to move on from their past and fully embrace their new self. Holding onto their past can create a barrier that prevents them from fully realizing their potential.

The Benefits of Letting Go:

Letting go of someone’s past not only benefits them but also benefits you. It frees you from the burden of holding onto negative feelings and allows you to form a stronger, more positive relationship with the person. It also sets a precedent for how you would like to be treated if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

Creating a Supportive Environment:

Creating a supportive environment is key to helping someone continue on their path of growth. Encouraging and celebrating their changes can motivate them to keep striving for improvement. It also fosters a sense of community and belonging, which is essential for personal development.

Normalizing the act of not holding someone’s past against them is crucial for both the individual and those around them. It allows the person to fully embrace their new self, and it fosters a positive, supportive environment that benefits everyone involved. As we navigate through life, let us strive to be understanding, forgiving, and supportive of those who have worked hard to grow and change. In doing so, we can create a more compassionate and empathetic society that celebrates transformation and growth.

With that being said, note there is nothing more beautiful than love from someone who has known you for a lifetime. From my heart to yours gratitude and grace in all ways, remember love as the mainstay.

Kind regards,

Until next time remember to save the date for:

AfriKin Art Fair in Miami from December 3rd – 10th – RSVP here


Schedule: December 3, 2023, to December 10, 2023

Art exhibits open daily from 11 am – 7 pm

An Evening of Purpose (VIP Opening)

Sunday, December 3, 2023, 6 pm – 9 pm

AfriKin VIP Opening “An Evening of Purpose” – an all-white affair that blends cultural richness with a profound purpose. Please join us and be part of a significant movement that supports the dreams and aspirations of our young community members.

An Evening of Purpose is not just a VIP opening; it’s an opportunity to make a real difference. We take pride in being socially responsible and contributing to the betterment of our community. For each artwork sold, part of the proceeds will go towards funding scholarships for students pursuing careers in the arts. In this way, we can collectively empower our local youth, helping them pursue their passions and build a brighter future for us all.

This all-white affair is a celebration of purity, peace of mind, spiritual clarity, and the beauty of Black culture. It is an intergenerational “grown-and-sexy” gathering where Black beauty, swagger, and sartorial creativity intersect, all wrapped in a culturally relevant package. We salute the perpetual power of Black people and Black culture to transform. Wearing white, a symbol of purity and cleanliness in African spirituality, brings us together in mutual glorification of Black beauty and culture. Come discover, reflect and celebrate at this revelatory art fair featuring artistic imaginations, captivating performances and inspiring conversations, the AfriKin VIP Opening is designed to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of Global Africa and foster connections among like-minded individuals.

Please RSVP by November 30, 2023, to ensure your spot at this remarkable gathering.

Should you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact us at vip@afrikin.org or (305) 900-5523.

Thank you for being a part of our community. We are excited to share this memorable evening with you.

AfriKin Talks: The Erasure of Black Knowledge
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023, 12 Noon – 2 pm

Florida’s recent banning of Black books has raised concerns not just in the state but across the nation and globally. This seemingly singular decision has ignited memories of historical tragedies, like the burning of libraries and institutions that held the wealth of Black knowledge. It brings to the forefront a debate about preserving the essence and truth of Black history, culture, and perspectives.

This panel discussion aims to examine the implications of this erasure, its impact on future generations, and to strategize on how artists and art platforms can intervene. Being at the forefront of culture, arts have the unique power to instigate change, challenge narratives, and rally communities.

AfriKin Talks recognizes that the erasure of Black knowledge isn’t just a Florida issue; it is a global concern. This panel is a reminder of the power art has in shaping, preserving, and disseminating narratives. We are not just fighting against the erasure of Black knowledge but for the continued enlightenment of generations to come. It is a duty we all bear. Let this discussion serve as a starting point to not only condemn such actions but to actively work towards a future where Black knowledge is revered, preserved, and shared widely.

AfriKin Talk: Navigating the Tension: Art, Expression, and the Weight of Cancel Culture

Friday, December 8, 2023, 7 pm – 9 pm

In the face of an increasingly polarized world, where the rise of cancel culture looms over public discourse and artistic expression, AfriKin Art Fair 2023 brings you a compelling and timely discussion that seeks to unravel the complexities of being an artist in today’s social climate. Are artists still the gatekeepers and the voice of the oppressed, or has the fear of being blacklisted stifled their ability to freely express their opinions, both in their work and everyday life? How do they navigate the mental and artistic constraints imposed by the culture of cancellation while staying true to their craft?

Join us at AfriKin during Miami Art Week for an enriching AfriKin Talks Artist Talk featuring a diverse panel of exhibiting artists who will delve deep into these questions, sharing their personal experiences and insights on how they’ve managed to rise above the fear of cancellation to continue creating impactful and meaningful art. This discussion aims to shed light on the strategies employed by artists to safeguard their creative freedom and uphold the legacy of art as a powerful tool for social change and the voice of the marginalized.

Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking conversation that promises to challenge your perceptions and leave you with a deeper appreciation for the power and resilience of art and artists in our contemporary world. RSVP now to secure your spot and be part of this important dialogue at AfriKin Art Fair 2023.

AfriKin Fashion: Echoes of the Ancestors, Visions of the Digital Horizon

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7 pm

Step into a world where ancestral whispers meet tomorrow’s dreams. This year’s AfriKin Art Fair fashion runway event, titled “Echoes of the Ancestors, Visions of the Digital Horizon,” offers a mesmerizing tableau, juxtaposing the profound depth of traditional African art with the avant-garde flair of artificial intelligence. Immerse yourself in silhouettes, patterns, and designs that echo the pulsating rhythm of Global Africa, enriched by AI-enhancements that add a touch of futuristic allure.

More than a mere fashion showcase, this runway weaves a tale of timeless heritage and pioneering innovation, an ode to the beauty of our past and the brilliance of our future. Embark on this spellbinding voyage, where the age-old roots of African ethos and the futuristic wings of AI meld in a captivating symphony of style and story.

Join us at the Next Frontier of Art and AI during Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach.

Tell us your thoughts. Where do you hope to see AfriKin go? How do we move forward and evolve while holding onto the rich traditions that make us who we are?