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The Dripby Mark Reutter9:15 amJun 2, 20170

Mayor Pugh asks residents to step up to the mic

A “Bmore’s Got Talent” event is brewing at the African American Festival

Above: 10-year-old Natalie Okri performs on “Britain’s Got Talent.” (You Tube)

Taking an active role in producing and choreographing this year’s African American (AFRAM) Festival, Mayor Catherine Pugh is calling on residents to try out for a “Bmore’s Got Talent” event.

“Showcase your talent for a chance to perform at 2017 African American Festival” urges a flyer issued by the mayor’s office yesterday.

Amateur performers are invited to come to an audition on June 10 at Baltimore City Community College as part of the city’s version of the hit American and British TV show.

AFRAM, which bills itself as the largest ethnic festival on the East Coast, has been trimmed down to a single day (August 12) and transferred to a new location (Druid Hill Park), The Brew reported earlier this week.

Typically, performers – last year they included Common, Angie Stone, Estelle, Joe and Anthony Brown & Group Therapy – are announced in early spring. Also featured at the two-day event were educational programs, a health and wellness pavilion, an empowerment tent, employment opportunities, and police and other agency information booths.

This year’s acts, events and activities have yet to be announced by City Hall. They have been under review by a mayoral committee and will emphasize “local cultural history,” says Pugh spokesman Anthony McCarthy.

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