The African American Festival – Empowering and Enriching Youths
Last Sunday I went to the African American Festival in Baltimore City, it was my first time attending and I had loads of fun. Here is my view of the event, The African American Festival last weekend held July 2nd and 3rd in Baltimore City an annual event that has been around for a long time, see video for the history or go to www.AfricanAmericanFestival.net for more details. The AAFRAM as it is popularly called has always been to celebrate life, music and culture. The face of this year’s event was the artist, Grammy and Golden Globe Award Winner Common , other musicians like Estelle, Mary Mary and more performed on Saturday or Sunday.
The producer of the event had this to say – “This year’s festival will include several new programs and experiences. We’re expanding our footprint to include more activations that touch the heart and health of our community,” says Shelonda Stokes, African American Festival producer. The event delivered all that was promised, and more. Food, music, arts and craft, creative ideas, lots of collaboration between local and private business and community resources by the state and local government. Non-profit and governmental agencies were there too and household national chains, like Lowes, Cricket, Baltimore Sun, Xfinity etc., some of them were also the event sponsors.
An Empowerment tent with Pastor Bryant of Empowerment Temple, to educate attendees at the event. The Army had a stage that encouraged young musicians to sing, and of course many musicians both national and local were at the event, also local politicians were there too.
As a single mom who loves empowering youths and women, the highlight of my day was meeting businesses and entrepreneurs doing good in the city and understanding what they do.
I stopped by a few tents; STEM Nation, Brown Girl Village and Sydney the owner of Milieu de la moda.
STEM Nation: They were teaching kids to think by providing real-time experiments and projects on stem activities. STEM Nation provided attendees with a chance to explore tomorrow’s technology in areas such as renewable energy, robotics, space tourism, virtual reality and other exciting fields.
Brown Girl Village: Inspiring girls to love STEM, coding and to start their own businesses. Checkout their website for more details and future events. And see who I spotted at their booth, the next mayor, Catherine Pugh at the event at the Brown Girl Village tent.
She always looks stylish and pulled together, doesn’t she?
Milieu de la moda: A scholarship program and thrift store that exposes students to study abroad owned by Sydnie B. Haywood a Baltimore native. Check her out on instagram too!
Our trip narrative, went on Sunday –
I have no pictures with my kids and I together at this event. It would have been nice lately they refuse to take pictures, first they didn’t want to take one with me and then later it was see you later and afterwards they were too tired to care.
Location: It was held in the Camden Yards parking lot B, beside the M &T Bank stadium in Baltimore City.
Transportation: Bus, Metro or Light rail to the closest stop to the event.
Driving and Parking: Driving there was pretty easy with no traffic in the city, parking was available within walking distance to the event, by private vendors and city parking garages.
Food: Too much to list; but included vendors selling fresh fruits drinks, rice, gyros, jerk chicken, salad, popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes and snow-cones.
Eating Area: More than enough space for sitting and eating.
Food Trucks: Lots of them.
Encouragement from an optimistic single mom.
Life changed for me in 2008, and since then it has been an adventure.
I have learnt to love the road I am on, and smell the roses while driving on it too.
I believe that standards of living can change without a moment’s notice, affecting our old way of life.
That Passion can die, and be reignited again.
I found my passion and It’s writing and the story behind it.
I’m super passionate about hospitality, leadership and finance.
I am a single mom of boys who wants to change the world through a smile and genuine service.
I own up to the fact that I make an awesome follower.
I encourage and I inspire. I write, I blog, sometimes – I lead well, and sometimes I follow badly. But the important thing is to get started.
I recently met Simon Sinek, the Start with Why Guy and and so continue to inspire the world.
Email me for a free 20 minute chat or to help you on your way to your Why.
from my heart, xoxoxo