Program

Diakiesse Lungisani - Gettin' Bodied, Cardio Dance Fitness

Specializing in cardio exercise, African & Hip Hop dance styles, Gettin' Bodied is a premier exercise class ready to DANCE you into the healthiest version of yourself! Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure are health problems that disproportionately affect the African community and “Gettin’ Body” presents a unique way to combat these issues. A DANCE FITNESS REVOLUTION FOR YOUR BODY!

Mission statement:
The mission of “Gettin’ Bodied” will be to address the grave health disparities in the African community and to build self-esteem and confidence in the lives of its participants as they learn various dance routines that will help them lose weight. “Gettin’ Bodied” will also promote the self-confidence of its participants as they learn to accept themselves as they naturally are, and embrace our African beauty instead of the standards set by our oppressors.


Karen Smith & Friends - Live Music


Musician, Playwright, Director and Event Coordinator Karen Smith was born in Brooklyn and is based in Philadelphia.
Karen made the decision to become a full-time independent artist at the start of 2012. Utilizing her theater management experience and musicianship skills, Karen operates as sole proprietor of a full-service production company, responsible for overseeing budgets, managing contracts, connecting with sponsors, interviewing and hiring performers for workshops, and facilitating a wide range of client-requested and self-directed projects. Read more...


KiKiHall - Live Music


KiKiHall, born and raised in the musical city of Philadelphia. Her first introduction to R&B music was through her parents' band. She makes self produced and assisted R&B music with hints of folk and worldly flavor, and lyrics based in reality, love and optimism. Teena Marie sips tea with Erykah Badu! Come grab a cup and check out her music on SoundCloud!





Jiliyah - Live Music



Jiliyah is a singer, songwriter, and model from Philadelphia. Jiliyah started singing at the early age of 13. Her first major role started at her very own elementary school, Ethan Allen in Mayfair- Philadelphia. From her first performance, Jiliyah knew her future would revolve around music. Over the years she has performed in professional venues such as The Kimmel Center, First District Plaza, and The World Cafe Live. In 2006 Jiliyah also performed with America's Got Talent winner Bianca Ryan, as well as Chill Moody and many more.

This rising star has dropped one mixtape on the Datpiff App and has recently released music on iTunes and Spotify.  Jiliyah’s go-getter attitude and personal love for the music scene will continue to help her progress as an artist. Keep your eyes peeled for this incredible woman!


Ra - Live Music


Been doing the damn thang, and continues to bring real music for real people! The One Sun Lion Ra!

Tsuagaido - Live Music



Tsuagaido meaning "tour guide" in Japanese is a collective of musicians who aim to take their followers on a trip, with a promise that no two journeys will ever be the same. Members RIeko Copeland, Wesley Peters, and Terrell Williams believe that life is full of signs so they're just pointing you in the right direction.
You can find them on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.







Jasmine Cassell - Live Music



Jasmine Cassell is a South Jersey based Singer/Songwriter making her way around the Philly scene. Her melodic tunes will take you to a space of nostalgia, empowerment & self love. One has to listen to her delivery and passion to be immersed into this artist's original style...
It has only been four years since Jasmine discovered her songwriting skills. She was attending Rutgers University in Camden studying Political Science & Urban Studies when she began writing her own lyrics. She was a shy individual for the longest, especially when it came to singing. She kept it a secret from even her closest friends so you can only imagine how shocked everyone was to find out about this hidden talent. Fast forward to today she has now embraced her voice & accepted the title of being an artist.
Read more...
And check out her music on SoundCloud!


DJ Shango - Sound



DJ SHANGO, founder of The Organic Mindz Tribe (The OM TRIBE) & Spirit Quest, brings indigenous vibrations to uplift, enlighten and open the chakras through the sounds of Indigenous beats, drums and chanting.
A self taught DJ hailing from New Jersey and residing in Philadelphia, DJ Shango utilizes music to heal the Mind, Body, & Soul. Shango has DJed for festivals such as Nomadico Meso Creso (Virginia) in 2016, PEX Summer Festival (Maryland) and Catharsis A Vigil for Healing (DC, Washington Monument) in 2016 and 2017, and LoveLight Yoga & Arts Festival (Maryland) and The Grounds-Sober Experience Festival (West Virginia) in 2017.
SHANGO vision is bringing ART & MUSIC together to heal our audience threw drums & traditional paint. Letting Go into a flow of Movement to feel their Highest Self Expanding their Organic MINDZ is his ultimate goal.
SHANGO has worked with many DJs to make this sound vibrate on high frequencies such as Osunlade, King Britt, DJ Dot.|Mat!c & Lil’ Dave(Record Breakin’ Music), Jelly Bean Benitez, WorldTown SoundSystem, Brookzill!, Donnerstag, Tropic Of Bass, Donny G, and many more. Hosting his own events filling the calendar up with Music, Art, Crystals & Healing.
SHANGO’s Ancient Futuristic sound is bring a constant flow of energy to the people which is rapidly growing into a massive healing movement.
You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, and SounCloud!



Michele Mercer – Zumba


FIT Gym is unlike the average fitness club. FIT Gym is equipped for strength, weight, and cardiovascular training and conditioning. Their mission is to inspire and motivate each person that enters our facilities to exceed their limitations and transform the mind, body, and lifestyle. Train with the best to be the best. FIT Gym is located near the heart of University City. Read more...


Gloria Kingcade - Soul Line Dance


Gloria Kingcade started instructing line dancing in October 1998. Ms. Kingcade is a Certified Primary Aerobic Instructor, from the American Aerobic Association International (AAAI) & the International Sports Medicine Association (ISMA). She is also First Aid & CPR Certified. Read more...


Jamilah MyAnn - Kemetic Yoga




Founder & Philadelphia native, Jamilah MyAnn, is a 500hr certified yoga teacher. In 2014, she started Loving Soul Yoga to share the knowledge of healing oneself and finding the balance necessary to live a yogic lifestyle. She plans to get additional certifications in Reiki healing, Thai massage, and additional schools of yoga while expanding her practice and raising her daughter. Today, Loving Soul Yoga offers a multitude of yoga classes and workshops including but not limited to Yoni Yoga, Kemetic Yoga, LIT Yoga, Corporate Yoga, and more. Follow her on Instagram & Facebook @LovingSoulYoga to stay up-to-date on upcoming events, classes, and workshops.

Darren Robinson & the Push-up Gang



Black Men Run - Plank Challenge







Black Men Run is a national organization whose mission is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit. Read more...


Rasheed Bey - Spoken Word Poetry


Powerful revolutionary poet and artist Rasheed Bey is a long time activist and friend of the Uhuru Movement. Rasheed Bey is blind and deaf because he was brutally beaten by the Philadelphia police when he was a young man in the 1970s.







Dr. Michelle Strongfields - Speaker



Longtime member of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPEDP), Dr. Michelle Strongfields is a Cuban-trained medical doctor and founder of the IAMM Science Education Group. She was the leader of one of AAPDEP's first projects in Sierra Leone, where they trained community health workers on the identification, prevention and treatment of waterborne diseases. Dr. Strongfields is also one of the lead organizers of AAPDEP's new community garden collective in Philadelphia, PA.



Ramona Africa - Speaker


Former U.S. political prisoner, Ramona Africa, is the Minister of Communication for the MOVE Organization and a Philadelphia-based organizer with the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. She is also the only living survivor of the 1985 MOVE bombing, when the FBI and Philadelphia police dropped two C-4 bombs on her organization’s Philadelphia home, killing 11 people.
You can learn more about Ramona and the MOVE organization here.





Saeed Abdul-Samad - Drumming


Saeed Abdul-Samad is the founder and CEO of Africa Rocks Produtions. Saeed is a ethnomusicologist, musician and lecturer, who has studied West African drumming and rhythms as a private student of Master drummer, Yacub Addy from Ghana West Africa from 1978 -1993. Mr. Addy is the 2010 winner of the National Endowment, American Heritage Award. Saeed has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Smithsonian Institute as well as recommendations from the Museum of African Art and the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. 



Early childhood exposure to the disciplined moving arts of theatre and dance inspired Gabrielle as a young adult to study yogic, martial and internal arts. She resonated deeply with these practices, finding that they helped promote mental clarity, maintain focus, heal injuries, offered an integrated fitness regimen, brought balance to the demanding lifestyle of a full-time undergraduate student / self-employed artist. Read more...

"The Uhuru Health Festival is all about empowering the people with practices that increase healthy lifestyles. Uhuru supports the people to be health advocates. I am leading a Tai Chi/Qi-Gong workshop because it is an empowering method to stay healthy and maintain yourself as you age."
- Gabrielle de Burke, Dragon Spirit Arts Studio


Bodyrock Bootcamp



"At Bodyrock Bootcamp and Executive Training, we take the traditional boot camp and remix it like a DJ, for a workout experience you'll never forget. Here, we practice 'old school,' back-to-basics, time tested, core and functional training. We take classic calisthenic exercises, and seamlessly blend them with elements of yoga, strength training, martial arts, gymnastics and yes... even breakdance."
Let us Rock your Body!



Yattah Jones - Dance with Yattah


Yattah Jones, born and raised in Brooklyn New York has been dancing and performing for over 20 years. Her training stated in Brooklyn at house parties where she developed a movement style heavily influences by her African and Caribbean roots. In 2002 Jones co-founded and co-led the Rhythm and Beats step Team at George School in Newtown PA which is still a practicing step teams to this day. After receiving her BA in Socialogy from American University located in Washington DC, she continues to teach dance throughout the East Coast. In 2012 Jones began performing with Introspect Movement Project and has recently performed at the Koresh Artist Showcase (2013 & 2014), Performance Garage and the African American Museum. Jones dance credits include Kariamu and Company: Traditions (2013) and Temple University Endings: Jouvert (2014), Camden's Festival of Dance: That Which Connects (2015). In addition to her performance credits Jones is now a licensed Zumba instructor, where she fulfills her hop to motivate people of all ages  and background to develop an appetite for exercise through dance and fitness.

Penny Hess - African People's Solidarity Committee


Penny Hess is the chairperson of the African People's Solidarity Committee, an organization of white people organizing in solidarity with the movement for the liberation of Africa and African people. APSC works under the leadership of the Uhuru Movement, led by the African People's Socialist Party.

Penny has been a member of the African People's Solidarity since its founding in 1976. She is a tireless organizer who speaks throughout the U.S. and Europe in an effort to educate people that white society everywhere owes its affluence and democracy to the enslavement and colonization of African and oppressed peoples. Read more...



Children's Circle





The Children's Circle will feature age-appropriate educational activities, arts & crafts, & more! Children can visit this area, accompanied by an adult, to participate in activities for physical fitness, emotional well-being, health education, games, and resources. There will also be face painting, coloring, and a balloon artist! Please join us at the Children's Circle, right across from the main stage at the Health Festival. Kids are a part of the movement too!

● Children's Fitness
Health Education & Games 
● Meditation
● Face Painting
● Coloring
 Resources & Giveaways!!


Health Partners

The goal of Refugee Health Partners at Thomas Jefferson University is to improve and advocate for the health and well-being of refugees and the underserved living in Philadelphia. We provide free health services such as blood pressure measurement, blood glucose tests, vision screenings, and nutrition education. We are excited to be participating in the Uhuru Health Festival, as we have collaborated with them for the past five years. It's awesome to see so many groups come together to support this community, and we're honored to be a part of this effort!

Bebashi
Why We Exist: Bebashi – Transition to Hope was founded in 1985 as a full-service HIV/AIDS organization with special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV disease. As the second-oldest AIDS service organization in the Philadelphia region, Bebashi – Transition to Hope was the first African-American organization in the United States to address the AIDS crisis. Read more...



"We are partnering with Uhuru Health Festival to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, and to help make sure everyone has access to the resources necessary to be able to do that."




Greater Philadelphia Health Action (GPHA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering you and your family the best in primary, dental and behavioral healthcare. First and foremost, our goal is to keep you and your family healthy by encouraging preventive health practices. When you do get sick, our providers offer expert diagnosis and treatment of your ailments.