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Memphis Black Expo and Empowerment Conference hosts workshops for attendees

Performers had fun at the 2014 Expo. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Performers had fun at the 2014 Expo. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

The Memphis Black Expo and Empowerment Conference started Thursday at Agricenter International.

WMC Action News 5 team members joined celebrity guests Hosea Chancez, Omar Tyree, and Traci Braxton as they greeted guests.

The event continues Sunday.

Show director Viara Boyd of V-Rock Productions says she was created the expo to evoke social, cultural and economic change. 

“The Memphis Black Expo is planned in such a way, that every event is designed to help, educate and empower the black community,” Boyd said. “Black people, black lives matter is becoming more visual and the attitude of black people in this country is changing. People are becoming more socially aware and that includes buying power, history, culture, generational wealth…this is why events like MBX are important.”

Since 2008 and 700 guests, the expo has evolved into a five day show with more than 20,000 guests and 250-300 vendors every year.  "MBX continues to focus on and highlight small, black owned businesses but also raises cultural awareness, encourages cultural curiosity, social consciousness, cooperative economics, and generational wealth, all while creating an atmosphere where families can have fun," explained the event's founders.

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Here is a full list of activities:

Day 1, Thursday:
Black Expo Conscious Cinema and Panel
A movie or documentary is shown highlighting black issues or accomplishments and concludes with a panel of experts discussing the topic of the film and questions from the audience.

Day 2, Friday:
Black Expo Welcome to Memphis Opening Night Reception at STAX Museum of American Soul Music
While guests sample food from local chefs for a "Taste of Memphis," a prominent African American music artist is honored with a lifetime achievement award for extraordinary contributions to the music industry.

Day 3, Saturday:
Memphis Black Expo Cultural Festival
& Black Business Showcase
A mecca of business, entertainment, art and history. Black Expo Neo-Soul Food Festival-An exhibition of soul-food vendors and competitions for best entrees, side dishes and desserts while local neo-soul and jazz artists perform. Black Expo Youth Empowerment Conference- A conference for youth ages 12-18.

Day 4, Sunday:
Black Expo Visual Art and Fashion Party
A fashion show and exhibition of black designers and visual artists.

Day 5, Monday:
Black Expo Closing Dinner
A private appreciation meal and networking opportunity for sponsors and vendors only.

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