Creator and Executive Producer Koshie Mills premiered her new television talk series, The Diaspora Dialogues with an exclusive intimate launch event that took place on Tuesday, October 23rd, at the luxurious Beverly Hills Viceroy L'Ermitage hotel.
The evening set the tone with Hors d'oeuvres, Afro-beats and traditional African bites.
The first episode of The Diaspora Dialogues, starring Grammy-award winning musical artist Estelle (American Boy) and Pan-African Digital Strategist Suede titled, “Who Do You Think You Are?” was screened to a captivated audience of friends, family and influencer guests; Malinda Williams, Constance Ejuma, Estelle, Kwame Boakye, Kwame Boateng, Kofi Siriboe, Kwesi Boakye, Stephanie Coker, Michael Colyar, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing and The Africa Channel. The room was filled with excitement and curiosity further punctuated with a thundering ovation which is the magic of the dialogues.
The beautifully curated evening further fostered an ambiance of electric conversation with a Q&A panel moderated by host, Koshie Mills alongside guests, Actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Chinese and African American) and Actor/Director Kofi Siriboe (1st Generation African) from Queen Sugar, inspired the audience further with their nuanced cultural identity stories.
Kofi Siriboe elaborates, “You have the instinct to hide yourself before you even know what you're hiding. There's a divide created. It's like there's a part of me that's not normal but then I go home and it's normal. There's a curiosity to how am I?” He added, “I felt like I had to be what I saw and I realized now that what I see is a bunch of people who are wanting to be what they just don't know. It's just a lack of information.”
Raised by a black father and a Chinese mother, Dawn-Lyen Gardner rejected the idea of having to pick sides. “It always bugs me when it's put to me like you're half Chinese and you're half Black. No, I'm 100% Chinese and I'm 100% black. People feel more comfortable with boxes and clear identities.”
“I created The Diaspora Dialogues platform, so we can connect to correct the cultural divide between Africans from Africa and African descendants in the Diaspora; African-Americans, Afro-Latinos, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Europeans. Our intention is to create a better understanding of our different experiences but shared identities to bridge the gap. I want to see our millennials and the young generation come back to Africa in force. Visit the land and understand the cultures. I want them to not see Africa as a country but as a continent with various traditions. I am humbled to be supported by The Africa Channel and so many long-time friends and colleagues as I begin this journey.” – Koshie Mills