Thank you for visiting the Celeste Bateman & Associates, LLC website. CB&A is a New Jersey-based, licensed booking agency. The MISSION of our company is to promulgate the good and positive aspects African, Caribbean and African-American culture, history, heritage and performance art. Our roster — The Nia Network — features artists and speakers covering topics and art forms relative to the African Diaspora.
The artists and speakers are available to perform and present at colleges and universities, performing arts centers, corporations, churches, festivals, trade shows, etc. We specialize in, but are not limited to the following themes:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January)
- Black History Month (February)
- National Poetry Month (April)
- National Dance Month (April)
- Juneteenth (June)
- Black Music Month (June)
- National Arts Month (October)
- Kwanzaa (December)
“Nia” is the Swahili word for purpose. Our purpose or MISSION is to promulgate what is good and positive about African, Caribbean and African-American culture, history, heritage and the performing arts. To see our full roster, click the drop down menus under the various disciplines. The term “diaspora” originates from the Greek diasporá, meaning a dispersion or scattering, found in Greek translations of the Hebrew Bible (Deuteronomy 25). —Source: Dictionary.com
For CB&A, the term describes African emigrants who were forcibly taken to other parts of the world on slave ships as a result of the Middle Passage, or ventured on their own, adopting and incorporating the culture and flavor of their new environment. CB&A recognizes the need to preserve and promote the rich and lively elements of a people, residing in or removed from their homeland. Our tumultuous past and our triumphant stories provide the basis for the topics and performances of our talented artists and speakers.
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