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GLOBAL INFO: MOVING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM (THE CONTINENT OF) AFRICA
Food for thought, a blog post by Simbarashe: On Being African in the US: Navigating an Endless Web of Stereotypes.
A great networking platform for women: The Expat Woman.
Great News: The UC system is addressing the cultural challenges that Africans and African-Americans face when pursuing a higher education in the USA, with the creation of an African Diaspora Student Center, hopefully the first of many others over the country to come.
Local Wiki: A grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge. Type the name of the city you live in or are visiting. If there is an existing, it will be a wealth of information on housing, where to eat, shop, entertainment, etc.
MOVING IN WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK
Free furniture and various items, donated by people moving out or recycling what they don’t need anymore: www.freecycle.org. Register for free, join the group of your city. If you can’t find what you need, post a request. For Davis, CA, click here.
Facebook Free & for Sale Groups (there are many, per states and cities). The Davis one has over 25,000 members. People bid on what you sell, and many students leaving town give or sell their items for a cheap enough price.
Bookoo: Buy and sell with your neighbors!
Thrift Stores for clothes, furniture, etc. Ask them on what day they have special discount. Woodland (CA) Thrift Store Outlet, for example, has %50 off the entire store on Mondays. Here is a list of thrift stores in Davis (add Goodwill on 8th Street, by the International Market).
Craigslist: Beware of scams. That said, it’s a useful website.
New, fancy stuff: TJ Maxx Davis; Ross in Woodland.
Sell or recycle your household items using the above list.
GUIDE TO BUYING A BIKE IN DAVIS
AFRICAN/ETHNIC GROCERY SHOPPING (DAVIS, SAC AREA)
The International Food Market – Davis
Majesty African Market – Sacramento
Red Star International Groceries – Sacramento
Specialty Foods Inc (Further away, in Oakland, but worth the trip)
Grocery Outlet, for affordable every day food. – Davis and elsewhere. National Brand.
Trader Joe’s, for affordable every day food and some ethnic food such as Indian cuisine. Davis and elsewhere. National Brand.
World Market, barely anything regarding African food items, not enough African spices; International regardless, especially when it comes to furniture, jewelry, decor items etc. Davis and elsewhere. National Brand.
Ecowas International African Restaurant
West African Specialties, Sacramento
Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
Ethipian Food, Sacramento
Ethipian Food, Sacramento
Casablanca Moroccan Restaurant
Senegalese Cuisine. Tiep Bou Dien served on weekends!
Senegalese Cuisine, San Francisco
AFRICAN CLUBS ON UC DAVIS CAMPUS
UC Davis excellent resource page on Black associations on campus, which includes the Nigerian Student Association (NSA), the Black Engineers Association (BEA) and many more.
RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL ORGANIZATIONS
Davis Wiki did an excellent job compiling this list, and representing the variety of faiths within the Davis community.
If you’re in the Davis area, make sure to subscribe DNA’s newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming events.
Jambalaya – JAMBALAYA is a unique union of cultural dancers, percussionists, deejays, and musicians that feature an energetic stage performance of dance music rooted in African, Brazilian, and Latin rhythms. Check the group’s Facebook page for upcoming performances.
Looking for something to do on any given day or night in Davis? The Davis Dirt monthly compiles all artistic events taking place in Davis. The website is updated regularly; the newspaper can be found at various coffee shops for free, as well as at the Chamber of Commerce.
Sunday from 10 AM until 1 PM: KDVS’ The Island Radio Cafe. New releases of Reggae, Latino/a, and music from Hawai’i, plus surprises of older music. African music too. Playlist available online after the show.
DANCE AND PLAYING MUSIC
Wazobia Arts: African drumming workshops and dance. "WaZobia Arts offers interactive – artistic collaboration, facilitates cultural awareness, and celebrates diversity lead by Artistic Director Sunny Eselekhomhen." Wazobia Arts works with schools and individuals all over the area. http://www.wazobiaarts.com/
AfroVibes: African dance group at UC Davis.
Mamadou Traore: “Learn African drumming, from the basics to the subtle nuances, from a local musician with authentic African roots,” from DNA member Mamadou Traore. For details on rate, schedule and contact information, click here.
Fenix Drum and Dance. Free drum lesson and drum circle the 2nd Sunday of the month. Fenix focuses mainly on African rhythms. http://www.fenixdrumanddance.com/
Soccer in Davis: We play every Sunday from 12:30 PM until 2:30-ish PM on 3rd Street crossing A Street (behind the track field) in Davis. Join the fun!
The International House in Davis offers weekly Capoeira, Zumba, Tai Chi, etc. classes.