Cheers to The Feast

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Sunday, November 26th, 2017
2 pm – 4 pm


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    Participate in a traditional Umoja Karamu ceremony, including libation and reflection.

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    We share a delicious meal in the spirit of unity!

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    Raise the energy with when you beat the drum… or cowbell!

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    Do tell! Share a funny story, or a significant object with the group.

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Trivia Night is A Blast!

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“The King of The Underground Railroad”


Ready. Set? Pit Your Wit!

All ages are welcome!  All are guaranteed a good time!  Dust-off your race cards!  We are competing to see which team knows the most about black-past and present facts.  From Michelle Obama to Kevin Clash, Jermain Loguen to Jermaine Jackson, we cover the spectrum.  And we have a good time, guaranteed!

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JERMAIN LOGUEN was a Conductor of the Underground Railroad, credited with aiding, abetting and lodging some 1,500 fleeing blacks (many in his own home).  And he was bold about it.  Loguen was outspoken and forthcoming about his activities even while he engaged in them.  His name rang bells throughout New York, where he lived with his family.  Today, his Syracuse residence has been transformed… into a Rite Aid. But while we cannot restore his residence (or can we?), we can teach ourselves about the man and preserve his story.  Thank you, Mr. Loguen– We Is Free Now! 🙂  And if you feel like getting your bio-on, That Is Free Now, Also!


 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sign-in, fix a plate and wet your whistle, as you form your winning team.

• 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Game on! Pit your knowledge against other teams in four (4) spirited rounds of assorted trivia from the past and present.

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•  ”Excellent!”

•  “Wow!!!!! The event was so educational, interesting and fun. The people were down to earth and the staff set the bar for the atmosphere.”


•  “Great food and awesome environment. I have shared my experience with several friends since last night. Looking forward to the next session. Thank you!”

• “Had a blast!”

•”I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed myself” 🙂

Annual Lady’s Tea

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Thank You for Attending!

You Want Quality Time with The People you Love,

and you got it!

A few thoughtful program updates, a beautiful new floor-layout, and more surprises made this the best Lady’s Tea yet!  See you next Year 🙂

More Photos Here

Welcome to our Lady’s Tea, where daughters invite their mothers and aunts, and friends come to reconnect after too much time apart.  There will be icebreakers and a light-flowing program – so no worrying about awkward silences or unsavory conversation.  And speaking of savory, your mouth will water as you sample a scrumptious selection of breakfast fare, and savor slow sips of these tasty domestic and imported teas.

With Great Taste Comes Great Responsibility

Invite a special lady to share something special with you, lady!

If you invite a friend and arrive at different times, IT’S OKAY!  Seats are pre-assigned, so rest assured–  you will be seated together regardless.

How well do you know each other?  Play with friends at your table to find out.  If you are attending solo, you will make quick friends with the help of these fun icebreakers!

Several helping-hands will assist you from the door to your seat, and offer support as you go about enjoying your morning.

Have a seat, and sample some treats… right away! Your place setting includes finger foods and an assortment of refreshments, so you won’t have to wait to eat.

You Will Laugh. You May Cry. You Will Have An Enjoyably-Good Time!

You will get a kick out of this light program. It will move you through your morning at just the right pace.  We have included time for your most loved activities.


Finger Sandwiches & Wraps
Mini Salmon Cakes
Petit Pastries & Tarts
Fruit Parfaits
Assorted Cheese, Bread & Crackers


Assorted Hot Tea
Spiced East-African Tea
Sweet Tea
Strawberry Lemonade

You may fancy a string of pearls, gloves and a hat, or prefer yoga pants under a long knit sweater.  If you’re comfy, we’re comfy.

This year, we will have a grand time, seated at 6-foot banquet tables.  

Our theme-inspired decor and menu really set this tea party off right!

Do you have a question about this event?
Seats are limited.  Please make your reservations in advance.    The gallery is wheelchair-accessible, and ladies and girls of all ages are welcome to attend and enjoy the program.  Menu items may vary.

Photos from East Africa

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Our guides traveled to East Africa on an exploratory fun-filled escapade.  They are going back this year, and you can too (information here)!

About The Album
 Tour Guides featured in the album:  Wisson West, Judith Lynch, Lloyd Lynch.    
• The photos were captured by Lloyd.  
Images taken in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar in November, 2016.   
 We travel again on October 20th, 2017.  

Lady’s Sip & Paint [Recap]

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Friday Night = Girls Night

There was no experience necessary, so we had a fun mix of  skill levels.  We gaily sipped cocktails and visited with good friends.  At the end of the night, each woman had created a beautifully artistic painting, fit for more than a passing memory.  “I know exactly which wall this going on”, said one guest.

And so, with no hidden costs, and the option to leave with a framed wall-ready piece, this night was a carefree experience in self-expression, art, and sister-love.

About the Guest Artist

Jimise Winston’s portraits are larger than life.  She has mastered a preferred medium and technique, and her passion for the African & African-American culture reverberates from each chocolate layer of her acrylic paint.  (full article…)

Thank You for Letting Your Inner-Artist Come Out To Play!

2017 Grown-Ups Night Out [Recap]

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“You Have Been Customer, Advocate, Friend…”


RSVPresponsibly, as seating is limited.  Thank you!

•  Live Jazz Flute
•  A Light Meal
•  Wine & Assorted Beverages

December 30, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Because of your support, our little family-owned art gallery has been in the community for 29 years and counting.  You have been a customer, advocate, friend, and so much more.  Thank you– you are appreciated, more than you know!  And since actions speak louder than words, we want to wine and dine you, and sweep you away with live jazz selections, just before the new year.


We are on the cusp of a new year, and it is time to step out in style.  Show off the sassy Afro-chic style– you wear it so well!  Join us for a swanky after-work social, with live music by flutist Arch Thompson.



The 2016 Unity Feast [Recap]

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See you next year for Umoja Karamu, celebrated annually at Serengeti Gallery!

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We hope that you were energized by a hot meal, good company, and positive conversation!

UMOJA KARAMU – Sunday, November 27, 2016


What Exactly Is Umoja Karamu?
“Umoja Karamu” translates from Swahili to mean “Unity Feast”.  The holiday was celebrated for the first time in 1971, when a ceremony of five colors representing historical periods in African-American history, was introduced by Edward Simms, Jr.  The Feast is held the Sunday following Thanksgiving, and offers much more savory objective and back-story: to inject meaning and solidarity into the black family.

A Tradition of Uniting Over a Hot Meal.
We form powerful bonds over a Unity Feast, which honors our royal past and nourishes a promising future.  Join us for Umoja Karamu. #SGholiday

Do You Love Good Vibrations?
Bring your positive self and join us for the annual Unity Feast!  Make new friends, or meet-up with old.  PLUS, this year, fill your plate to selections on the balaphone, kalimba and more, by traditional Ghanaian percussionist, Nana Frimpong.  

Live Afro-Beats.
Nana Frimpong combines percussion and storytelling with an incredible poignance and grace.  Frimpong was cultivated to be a drummer from a young age by his grandfather.

A Ceremony.
Libations, along with a tasting and a reading, are part of the annual ceremony.

A Feast.
A colorful menu, including chicken, cornbread, fish, plantains, black eyed peas, and assorted desserts.

– The After-Party –

A Baby Dance Party followed the feast.  *Babies optional.


See you next year for Umoja Karamu, celebrated annually at Serengeti Gallery!

Lift Every Voice! [Recap]

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Thank You for Joining Us!

We had a great time, and we hope you did too! Scroll down for a photo album.
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SEPTEMBER 24th & 25th


For this occasion worthy of fanfare, we raised our Mimosa glasses in a toast to the new museum’s ribbon-cutting.



Guests attended their choice of show times for an entertaining afternoon, suitable for the entire family. View photos below! 


We celebrated the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in the most dynamic of ways– through music and dance, covering genres influenced by Africans, and then African Americans through the years. We were moving in our seats and tapping our feet, as vocalists covered Blues, Doo-Wop and more, and dancers popped, grooved, kicked to evolving rhythms.

View video clips of the performance on our Instagram page!

Photos from The Musical Odyssey

SERENGETI GALLERY is pleased to have been selected as a must-visit destination for the NMAAHC’s Opening Weekend!

Serengeti Gallery, located at 7919 Central Avenue, in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

The National Museum of African-American History and Culture, located in Northwest, Washington, DC.

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Heinz Adjakwah

  • Heinz Adjakwah
    He has performed with Baltimore Dance Project and Howard County Ballet in Maryland. Adjakwah has also been a recipient of the Summer Dance Study Award at UMBC and gained an internship position at the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival last summer where he took classes taught by distinguished choreographers. As time progresses Adjakwah aims to gain dance opportunities both in performance and teaching while using his gift to inspire and change lives. [end]
  • Originally from Ghana, Heinz Adjakwah began his dance career taking technique classes in his senior year of high school continuing upon graduation; he enrolled at Morgan State University, where he majored in Nursing. He became a company member of the Morgan State Modern Dance Ensemble under the directorialship of Dr. Iantha Tucker and was awarded the Dorothy .P. Stanley Scholarship the spring of his freshman year. This gave him the opportunity to participate in a summer intensive with the Atlanta Dance Connection Dance Company.

    After being at Morgan State University’s Modern Dance Ensemble, he transferred to UMBC and graduated in December 2015 with a dual degree in Dance and Health Administration and Public Policy. He recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, which featured him in a duet that received the Outstanding Student Choreography Award from the American College Dance Association Conference and Dance Magazine.

Chelsea Nicole Green

  • Chelsea Nicole Green
    Next to dancing, Chelsea adores frolicking outdoors barefoot. She was also seen on the ABC-TV show Wife Swap!
  • Chelsea Nicole studied dance through the James W. Rouse Scholars Program at Howard Community College, Goucher College, and UMBC (where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance). Chelsea enjoys helping others in her community and abroad, having served and used her love of dance to bring hope to the people of Bronkorspruit, South Africa and Quintana Roo, Mexico. She teaches and choreographs throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. She has choreographed for the AKA Sorority’s Little Miss Ivy Pageant, Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, Rayn Fall Dance Studio, BHS’s Graduation (2009 – 2016), and a variety of local musicals. She performed lead roles in Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Chorus Line, Peter Pan and Put a Ring on It (for which she was also the choreographer).

    Some of Chelsea’s professional accomplishments include filming for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, performances at the World Summit, Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center (for Maryland’s First Lady, Katie O’Malley), and winning Columbia’s “Battle of the Dance”. She has also appeared in numerous dance concerts including C4 Performing Arts, UMBC, Baltimore Dance Project, and Deep Vision Dance Company.

  • Marcus AWNPOYNT Hayes

    Marcus AWNPOYNT Hayes

    Behind AWNPOYNT’s relentless leadership, he would help co-create an annual city wide event titled ‘The FLAWLESS Music Festival’ which celebrated unity and peace in communities through the arts. While continuing to perform out within the region (all the while, earning consistent, positive attention) AWNPOYNT and FLAWLESS eventually would obtain performance slots for legendary national recording and performing artists such as Chuck Brown, Lupe Fiasco (twice), Method Man (Wu-Tang), Rakim, Masta Ace, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Melle Mel and more! [end] More on Marcus.

  • Since 2003, no other group of artists have left such an important, powerful, fun, energetic, unifying impression (within the culture they represent) in their home town then AWNPOYNT and his musical group of friends that goes by the name FLAWLESS: undergroundbreaking music. Marcus AWNPOYNT Hayes is the leading emcee, co-producer & promoter for the popular regional hip-hop group “FLAWLESS”. Based out of Annapolis, MD, they broke down barriers and became known in their city by earning a reputation for superb, mesmerizing live performances, pulling their community together, captivating lyrics, highly magnetic and engaging personalities, plus phenomenal music production from DJ and beat-maker iLLMEASURED.

  • Denyse Pearson

    Denyse Pearson

    More on Denyse.

  • Denyse Pearson whose distinctive, mellifluous voice and sparkling personality bring to life the American Jazz Songbook artfully and masterfully interpreted. Denyse has performed at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, frequently in Washington, DC’ Jazz in southwest at Westminster Church, Cafe Agape, aboard the SS Norway North Sea Jazz cruise, Baltimore’s famed Caton Castle for the 2015 Centennial Tribute to Billie Holiday featured with Dr. Phill’s 18-piece big band and Annapolis City Docks. She has traveled to Amsterdam, Switzerland, France and Norway answering the call of music performance. Denyse recently performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on the Millennium Stage and has returned to Mr. Henry’s on Capitol for an encore performance. She has performed in numerous theatrical productions and is honored to be among the cast of the Musical Odyssey From Africa to America. Denyse dedicates her performance to the ancestors, the living proof and our future generations.

  • Vivian Gist Spencer

    Vivian Gist Spencer
    Vivian Gist Spencer, Ph.D. has performed with professional and community theater groups in the Maryland and DC area, taught

  • acting and dramatic literature, and directed theater. Receiving her training from a variety of professional theater companies, among them Victory Gardens in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Studio Theater and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Vivian has acting credits that include Fences by August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, and a one-woman show entitled Sweet Chariot, based on the life of Harriet Tubman.

    A retired Professor of English and Theatre Arts, Vivian holds a Doctorate in English Language and Literature from University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Communications/Theatre from University of Illinois, Chicago. Prior to instructing at Anne Arundel Community College for 29 years, she taught for 18 years in public secondary schools in Chicago, Illinois, her home, as well as in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In recent years she has also begun teaching African American Literature at the O’Malley Senior Center in Odenton, Maryland. In addition to teaching and performing, Vivian writes and works together with her husband, vocalist and visual artist Tony Spencer, on a variety of artistic projects.

  • Tony Jerome SpencerTony Jerome Spencer

    Along with his poetic and vocal gifts, Tony, is a freelance model and has executed various levels of acting: “The Meeting” with Kevin McClavain and Greg Alan Williams of Bay Watch, Remember the Titans, and The District, for Isuzu Rodeo: visual and voice-over, and a number of industrial videos for the FCC, the FAA, Motorola, and Radialkeratonomy with Dan Powell of Take One Video, Inc. [end]

  • Independent Vocal Performer: Tony manages a performing artist career which has included appearances with Jimmy Smith, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, War, The Soul Stirrers, The Dixie Humming Birds, The Gospelaires, The Pilgrim Jubilee, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, for the Fishnet Festival with Larry & Bobbi Andes (1986-90), BeBe & CeCe Winans, Larnelle Harris, Carmen, Jesse Dixon, Twila Paris, First Call, The Bill Bather Vocal Band, Doug Ollgum, Michael W. Smith, Raheem DeVaughn, and many others. He has performed with various entities: internationally with the Calgary Alberta Philharmonic Orchestra, in Alba, Italy where he performed the “Mozart to Motown and More” Concert with St. Mary’s College, Stefan Scaggiari, Sue Matthews, Brian Ganz and other international artists in the 2003 Saluzzo Spring Festival, with Maestro Ernie Green and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, in Tampa, Florida. In February ‘06 Tony accompanied Stefan Scaggiari in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana to perform the Mozart to Motown concert with the Evansville Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

Wesley “Panama” Watkins

  • Wesley "Panama" Watkins

    Wesley “Panama” is married to Brenda (24 years!) and they have two sons: Jermaine & Wesley K., and three grandchildren (Nathainel, Jasmin and Demauri). More on Wesley.

  • Wesley “Panama” Watkins, Jr. is a native of Panama City, Florida. He grew up as a star athlete with a heart and ear for music. After a spiritual encounter that would prove to be life altering, his plans for continuing in his athletic career changed and he began to devote his time and energy to his new first love, MUSIC. At the age of 19 he began playing the drums and piano, and thus began a new chapter in his life.

    Throughout his musical career in the Sarasota, Florida are he was instrumental in starting various choirs and groups and was awarded the Choir of the Year Award in 1976 in Palmetto, Florida.

    Wesley came to the Maryland area in the year of 1985 and continued to play for church choirs and groups. In his quest to be able to play a wide range of music that he loved, in 2005 he decided to bring a group of musicians together and form a band called “Count-the-Cost”. His mantra was as long as it was good music that in some way glorified God, he would play it.

Lady’s Sip & Paint with Mahogany Cheers! [Recap]

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Sip, Paint, Eat, Repeat… 

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Thanks for joining us– we had a blast!  Continue for a recap and photos!

Painted glassware by You!On Friday, September 9, 2016, girlfriends met at Serengeti Gallery to Paint and Sip!  From 7 to 10 pm, the ladies sipped tasty cocktails, laughed with friends, and painted original artwork, led by Mahogany Cheers founder, Jasmine.  

This was not your ordinary paint class. Guests’ inner-artist ran free while they painted their custom drink-ware, enjoying great music, sparkling conversation, an abundance of appetizers and flowing mock/cocktails. Even though no experience was necessary, guests showed their mastery, using materials provided to create beautiful designs. 

ON MENU  Crab Cakes  |  Fruit  |  Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs  |  Pasta Salad  |  Dessert  |  Shrimp Cocktail  |  Cheese & Crackers  |  Wine  |  Mock & Cocktails


Make Your Own At Home!

Lavendar Lemondade   Berry Punch




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