The Black Business Fair opens on Saturday May 4 at Laney College and features David Banner, known for his thought-provoking lecture series, “The God Box,” as keynote speaker.
Sponsored by Uppity Edutainment, the fair will include nearly 30 Black-owned businesses from throughout the Bay Area and run from 4-7 p.m. at Laney’s Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center. Banner’s lecture will start at 7 p.m.
Businesses expected to participate are community organizations, BAOBOB, insurance brokers and service providers.
Small business owner-vendors will share their original art, accessories, apparel, handmade jewelry, artisan soaps, beard care, fitness, hair care, body care, massage and onsite T-shirt printing and more.
Roots Health Clinic will provide high blood pressure checks and other simple health screenings.
Attendees will also enjoy live performances and Spoken Word with the soundtrack provided by DJ Square. Several dining options are available from vegan BBQ to African cuisine, other confections and specialty beverages will also be served.
Fair sponsor, Uppity Edutainment, seeks to facilitate the exposure of edifying artistic expression as a catalyst for change.
Banner is a Grammy Award-winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor, who, through his lectures, assumes the role of cultural prophet, where he looks to speak his version of truth into the lives of Black men and women across the country.
His message offers both encouragement and stimulating critique. Throughout his career he has also been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social injustices and activism, appearing on various media networks in addition to touring the country with his thought-provoking lecture series, which, thanks to his followers has been selling out at every stop.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the lecture, visit www.GodBoxOak.com. For group tickets, email: [email protected] The Black Business Fair is free. Laney College is at 10th and Fallon streets in Oakland.