Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Latin Salsa Night

Tonight, don't miss out on the 3rd night's event of Caribbean Connection Week:

A sequel to first term's Salsa night- a great success! Come learn a few basic steps & enjoy Latin music to dance the night away. Snacks will be provided :)

Entry: $3 members, $5 non-members
Partner: Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
Venue: Meekison Arts Space (Buchannon D)
Time: From 8:30-11pm

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Voices of Resilience: Solidarity through Creative Expression

Tonight don't miss out on CAA & WUSC's Open Mic celebrating the Her Challenge, Your Challenge campaign.
Koerner's Pub - Doors Open @ 6:30pm
Entrance is FREE
The stage is open for all to grace with music, poetry, stories, etc. A special feature performance from KIM VILLAGANTE & an amazing line-up of performers can be expected!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Connection Week Event Line-Up

Here's a line-up of all that this week's bringing...

Tuesday, March 29th
An Open Mic celebrating the "Her Challenge, Your Challenge" campaign ( The stage is open for all to g
race with music, poetry, stories, etc. Special Feature Performance from KIM VILLAGANTE!

Entry: FREE
Partner: World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
Venue: Koerner's Pub (19+)
Time: From 6:30pm onwards
Wednesday, March 30th SALSA NIGHT
A sequel to first term's Salsa night- a great success! Come learn a few basic steps, enjoy Latin music & dance the night away. Snacks provided.

Entry: $3 members, $5 non-members
Partner: Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
Venue: Meekison Arts Space (Buchannon D)
Time: From 8:30-11pm
Thursday, March 31st (2 events)
A Caribbean Dance Class (dutty wine, row da boat, dolla wine, etc.) & mask-making opporutunity to wear at Carnival.

Entry: FREE
Venue: SUB Rm 214
Time: 2-4pm

A dessert night featuring desserts from around the world. All the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Tekera Resource Centre in Masaka, Uganda. There will also be a raffle with
proceeds going to help Japan.

Entry: $5
Partners: ISA, ILEAD & the Global Lounge
Venue: Global Lounge at Marine Drive Residence
Time: 6 pm
Friday, April 1st
Highly appraised, highly anticipated...
Promising to be the most lively dance party of the year! DJ Sasha playing the best soca, reggae and dancehall. Guaranteed great time :)

Entry: EARLYBIRD $5 members, $7 non-members; AT DOOR $7 members, $10 non-members
Venue: The Gallery Pub (19+)
Time: From 8pm onwards...

See all your beautiful faces there :)

CAA Connection Week 2011


March 28th - April 1st.
And we know you all are SUPER excited- so are we!

Friday, March 11, 2011

AAI's Cultural Night!

T.G.I.F - A finish to another long week & another step closer to the school year's end. Got plans? Well here are some for you: Africa Awareness Initiative's annual Cultural Night!

A colorful and vibrant evening filled with different foods & cultural performances, including CAA's very own Marie-Noelle Wharton, the highly talented Trinidadian violinist.

Only $10 for entry (non-members), $7 (CAA or AAI members) & $5 (AAI premium members).
TONIGHT 6-8:30pm @ Liu Institute! See you all there....

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Happy March!

March is the month of International Women's Day, Mardi Gras, Carnival, St. Patrick’s, March Madness, and of course, CARIBBEAN CONNECTION WEEK!!

March 28th-April 1st, ya'll can anticipate a great week! Including:
-Open Mic
-Salsa Night
-Food Fair
-Our signature event, CARNIVAL (braaaap!)

Stay tuned!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Good News

Reading Break is over.
School's back on.
March is right around the corner.

Here's something to make you smile...



Yup, it's going to be amazing.

Have an amazing week :)

Monday, February 07, 2011

It's FINALLY Here...

The highly anticipated MIA: Minorities in Action, featuring LULL MENGESHA takes place today - SUB Rm 217 @ 5pm.

See all your beautiful faces there!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Happy Black History Month

Wake up, wake up, wake up, it's the first of the month!

The first day of this month also marks the beginning of Black History Month 2011, a time to remember, commemorate, and celebrate inspirational people of the past who have contributed to African/Black people all around the world.

This month, CAA encourages you to think of your own Historic Black figure. Consider their struggles, their work, their passion and their power to trigger change.

We also remind you that these capabilities lie within all of us.

Happy Black History Month Ya'll!

Bless Up,
CAA exec.

General Meeting & Club Night!

Clear your plans for Feb 9th & come enjoy a good ol' fashioned CAA gathering to prep you for a week of relaxation (or studying, depending on how you're using your time)- Reading Break! We'll all be getting together at the Global Lounge for some food, refreshments and good times!!

Screening the movie City of God (, mingling, and then topping off the evening with a, always fun and lively, CLUB NIGHT!!

We'll be heading out to Shine Nightclub at 10pm to take in some reggae, hip hop & dancehall tunes. Contact your local CAA exec for tix ($10)!! Ya'll don't wanna miss this ...


Lull Mengesha comes to UBC!

FEBRUARY 7TH!!! It's almost here...

The evening will begin with a background on the African Studies Program here at UBC. A representative of UBC’s Africa Awareness Initiative will be discussing the start and growth of the current Minor program and the work being done to develop an eventual African Studies Major in the future.

Following ...we have a current student in the African Studies Program voicing their experiences and frustrations. A fourth-year student,Kait Bolongaro, tells us a bit about UBC’s underdeveloped African Studies Minor Program.

The keynote speaker is a recent Master’s Degree Graduate and the author of “The Only Black Student”: LULL MENGESHA, joining us from Seattle, WA to share an interactive and relatable presentation promising something everyone can learn from. He’ll be discussing the experiences minorities in a post-secondary environment may come across, as well as offering advice and tips on overcoming obstacles. Motivated, knowledgeable, and funny, you won’t want to miss Lull!

Check out this recent interview on King 5:

And of course, there will be some light refereshments and snacks offered :)

Can’t wait to see you all there!!

Upcoming Events...

We got two exciting events quickly approaching in this February’s Black History Month. The events touch on CAA’s two-sides: the SERIOUS & the SOCIAL....

First up, we have M.I.A: Minorities in Action. Lull Mengesha, a University of Washington Alumni, will be discussing his self-published a book The Only Black Student. The book touches on his experiences as a minority in a post-secondary environment. Knowledgeable, relatable and hilarious – you don’t want to miss out on this amazing speaker!

When: Feb 7th @ 5pm

Where: Student Union Building (SUB)

For more information on Lull, check out his site and recent interview at

Next up, we have the CAA General Meeting! Come enjoy a good ol' fashioned CAA gathering, fully equipped with snacks, refreshments and good times!! We’ll be screening the movie City of God (, mingling, and then topping off the evening with a, always fun and lively, CLUB NIGHT!! Come take in some reggae, hip hop & dancehall tunes at Shine Nightclub. Contact your local CAA exec for tix ($10)!! It’s about to go down...

When: Feb 9th @ 5pm (Heading to Shine @ 10pm)

Where: Global Lounge, Marine Drive


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the Love of Africa

Tomorrow Night everybody don't want to miss this!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Celebrating Mama Africa: An Open Mic

Our kick off event this semester is an open mic night celebrating Mama Africa on Thursday, January 20th. This is in collaboration event with Africa Awareness Initiative's Conference Week 2011. Whether you are a poet, musician, singer or dancer, you are invited to share your talent with us. If you want to see some excellent artistic presentations, there will be several feature performers including slam poets, singers and instrumentalists who all share a love of Africa and her diaspora. This event is free and takes place at Koerner's Pub (don't forget to bring 2 pieces of ID). Doors open at 6:30 and event starts at 7 pm sharp!

Happy 2011!

Happy 2011! Welcome to a new semester with CAA. It's a new year and the Executives have been working hard to bring you exciting and engaging events in the upcoming months.
Our first event of the year will be a collaboration with Africa Awareness Initiative during the Conference week.
In February, our first member's meeting and movie night. will be on February 9th with a club night at Shine to follow! We will also be hosting five exciting events to celebrate Black History month and in particular black history in Vancouver, including an event about Hogan's Alley and an international speaker (it's a surprise).
There is also our Caribbean Connection Week in the last week of March. We are having an event each day including a restaurant night at the Reef, a salsa dancing night, and of course Carnival, our year end celebration which is the hottest party on campus.
There will also be elections in April, so if you are interested in becoming an Exec for the 2011/2012 year, make sure you get involved with us.

If you are interested in getting involved with the CAA, don't hesitate to stop by our office located in the SUB 111C during our weekly Monday meetings at 2pm or come out to the many events we are planning this semester!