COMMON! That is all I had to hear to say YES to hosting the Empowerment Pavilion at the African American Festival this 4th of July weekend. I was so excited for the opportunity! The event was out of this world and with all that is going on in our nation it was full of Positive energy. The Empowerment Pavilion was sponsored by Metro Transit, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Black Girls Vote, Nicola Jackson, and Prudential. Each Sponsor had their own vendor section for guest to visit.
I was so ecstatic about all the people I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing. The event started around 1:00pm We started with a One on One with Matthew Knowles. He spoke on the music industry and his new book The DNA of Achievers. Everyone in the audience was all ears (trying to get that Beyonce' fame lol)! SVP of Black Enterprise Alfred Edmond Jr. was the interviewer.
We followed up with a session on Hip Hop Health with Philadelphia Freeway and Dr. Dorry Segev. This segment was very inspiring. Hip Hop Legend Philadelphia Freeway spoke on all for his current health issues, including being on dialysis currently, and how that effects his music career. He brought a lot of awareness to kidney failure and what should be taken seriously. The Dr. touched on health awareness and preventative measures.
One of the most unforgettable segments was with Author Zane, interviewed by Kwame Jackson. The question most people want to ask Zane is, "Are you a fictional writer?" With no conviction her answer is NO. Zane and Kwame got down and dirty about SEX, business, and her journey.
We ended Day 1 with Next Level Employment Opportunities featuring Metro and the Army Reserves.
The last day at the Empowerment Pavilion was just as successful as the first. The day began speaking with self made Millionaire Nicola Jackson. Her insight and advice about business was PRICELESS. We also had interviews with Love & Hip Hop NY star Tara Wallace. She spoke on her new book and dealing with social media. The next segment was the "Grown Zone" with Jonathon Slocumb and Alfred Edmonds. They were interviewed by radio personality Marsha Jews. They spoke a lot on our Nations current state and the issues within our community. The day ended with a powerful speech by Pastor Jamal Bryant.
In conclusion, I hope to have the opportunity to come back next year and Host at the African American Festival. I had too much fun!