Friday, August 12, 2011

Bay Area Black Expo 2011: Oakland at it's finest...Entrepreneurs, Celebrities & Families

Bay Area Black Expo
The Bay Area Black Expo was held at the Coliseum, commemorating a 20 year tradition of Black Expo in Oakland. The 2011 Bay Area Black Expo was produced by the dynamic duo of Laura Wright and Rose Verdun Lyles. 
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan with Bay Area Black Expo
 Producers Lyles &  Wright
This year's Expo was packed with information, products and entertainment that included a Health Pavilion, Career/College Fair, Entrepreneurship Think Tank, Top Chef of The Bay Contest, and Beauty Fair.
Regina Belle Danny Glover and Oakland's own Bishop Rheems
 Vocal  performances by Regina Belle and Lenny Williams thrilled audiences on Sunday. 
Surprise performance by Lenny Willams
Regina Belle accepts roses from children after performing to packed house
Oakland saw it's share of celebrities during Black Expo. Reality TV and music personality Ray J took time out of his schedule to support Bay Area Black Expo vendors. 
Ray J, Laura Wright, and Gisele Bonds
Our own photographer, Gisele Bonds, took a few seconds to stand on the other side of the camera for this photo with Expo Producer, Laura Wright.

Black Expo is more than just is about supporting local business. Below you will find just a small sample of the many types of businesses that were exhibiting at the 2011 Bay Area Black Expo. Black Expo has always been a great way to learn about small businesses in the community that need your support.

The SereniGy Team in their booth
Contributing to the ever growing health needs of others is SereniGy, a company that specializes in organic coffee and tea. SereniGy uses its business to help the world around it including starting their foundation. The SereniGy Global Foundation. The SereniGy Global Foundation focuses on helping citizens of third world countries, individuals battle homelessness as well as assisting women and children in need. In an effort to help increase profitability and help others gain monetary success with selling SereniGy’s products, actor and humanitarian Danny Glover has volunteered his services. 
Danny Glover on stage explaining SereniGy
An increase in product sales will not only help the company’s distributors, but it will help SereniGy in giving back through its organizations by donating a percentage of each sale to the SereniGy Global Foundation. For more information please go to the company website.

Operation Hope
Operation Hope Booth
Operation Hope is an organization that aims to develop the minds of aspiring entrepreneurs. The company’s program Operation Hope Small Business Empowerment Program, helps individuals who seek to start small businesses but lack the resources to do so. The program trains aspiring entrepreneurs, educating them on various business functions and offers them financial consulting. In an effort to help jumpstart the new businesses, generate new job creation and help build the success of others, the program helps by lending resources in addition to time.
Tyrone Cosey leads Operation Hope's Home Buyer's
Seminar which  kicked off Black Expo
If you are interested in Operation Hope or want more information, obtain it at their website.

Hill Harper
Actor, activist, author, mentor, Mr. Hill Harper himself, made his presence known at the Bay Area Black Expo. 
Hill Harper shares his background with Bay Area Black Expo fans
He spoke at the Bay Area Black Expo, discussing his new book The Wealth Cure which comes out on August 23rd. In conjunction with his books purpose, Hill gave a young man in the audience enough money to clear his credit card debt. 
Hill Harper puts his money where his mouth is
& pays off  this man's credit card debt.
This highly anticipated work will discuss both financial and spiritual wealth. According to Hill, “True wealth is a balance of financial health and the spiritual aspects of life. You have to tap into that to find your spiritual wealth.” In addition to his new book, Hill has a foundation called Manifest Your Destiny where he serves as a mentor to youth, helping them reach educational success.
Hill Harper interacts with Bay Area Black Expo audience member
Be sure to catch Hill within the next few weeks at Marcus Books in Oakland, where he will be doing an official book signing. 
Hill Harper signs books at Bay Area Black Expo
Can’t wait!! For more Hill Harper news you can refer to his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter or check out the site for his foundation.

Peace and Move Forward
Peace and Move Forward is a line of products from gdove designs, a company started by Gerry Dove. 
Gerry Dove and the GDove Team
The message behind the name is simply making peace with the current state that we are in, in our lives and moving on from them. The shirts and accessories from Peace and Move Forward help contribute to Oakland’s community, with proceeds from the sales going towards the East Oakland Development Center (EOYDC). I love the message behind the product and I can’t wait to see the great things Gerry Dove and his associates do with it. 
Wrist Bands by Peace and Move Forward
Support this wonderful movement by visiting Peace and Move Forward and gdove designs.

Kingdom Builders Christian Fellowship
Kingdom Builders is a local church here in Oakland, CA that is lead by Pastor LJ and Sister Karen Jennings.
Pastor LJ introduces Kingdom Builders's dynamic choir
Their church aims to tell the community about Jesus Christ and to make unbelievers believers. The church’s choir performed at Black Expo and they rocked the house. 
The Jennings clan are no strangers here at Positive Images being that they have been clients for years. Their family portraits have been done with us 4 times, as well as their daughters, Jasmine & Lauren’s senior portraits. It’s always good to see them and we want to acknowledge their contributions to the community. You can get more information here at the church's website.

M.E. Lampkin Media Services
Mark E. Lampkin represented his company at the Black Expo. His company, M.E. Lampkin Media Services strives to capture your most cherished events on video from wedding to family barbeque so that you can always refer back to them. 
Mark of M.E. Lampkin Media captures Regina Belle's anointed  performance
Mr. Lampkin has over ten years of multimedia experience and the skills to help you not only capture precious moments, but reach out through media if you so desire. For more information please visit his website.

The Vickie A. Stephens Agency (State Farm)
Vickie Stephens is a San Jose State University alum, currently serves as an agent at State Farm and has been doing so for the last 18 years. She specializes in personal insurance such as life insurance varying between term, whole and universal, auto insurance that best fits the particular needs of clients and home insurance for those who are interested in making sure they are protected in the event of an accident. 
Your Good Neighbors at The Vickie A. Stephens  Agency
In addition to working for State Farm, Vickie serves as a member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the oldest African-American sorority to date.  Feel free to visit Vickie's State Farm site for more information on insurance. If you would like more information on Vickie or AKA, you can visit Vickie's website here. And remember to follow her on Twitter and "Like" her Facebook page. (510)796-8164

Dr. Mark Wong
Grand Lake Health Center was on hand providing free screenings. If you suffer from pain caused by auto accident or work injury, perhaps chiropractic services can help. 
Dr. Mark Wong 

 Dr. Mark Wong can be reached at his website or you can find him at 3640 Grand Ave #106.

Dawnn Hills
Dawnn Hills works for Vantage Business Support and Insurance Services where they provide insurance for your every need. Their niche market is non-profits that focus on entrepreneurs as well as business women. 
Dawnn Hills and Vickie Stephens pause for a coffee break...a little insurance that their energy would stay  up  at Expo
Dawnn is currently running a special where potential clients can receive a free 30 minute consultation between August and December. The normal price for a consultation is $50 an hour. Dawnn and her associates also help with doing benefit reviews for companies that have 2-50 employees. If you want more information you can visit her website or contact her at 510-595-0928.

Save Our Youth-Fitness For Life (SOYFFL)
SOFFYL is a non-profit organization that was founded by professional athletes and business professionals. The organization focuses on reducing risk factors children exhibit and the role physical activities play. 
Michael Choice of SOYFFL 
Currently the organization is working on am Italian ice page for fundraising purposes. They call it The Original Italian Ice and it is a dairy free, fat free, cholestorol free, frozen treat. It is a healthy alternative if you want something refreshing and has a great flavor down to the last drop. There's nothing like snow cones after you sip all of the syrup. Yummmm. Currently the mango flavor is the most popular. Check out the SOYFFL website for more info.

Oakland City Councilman and Hill Harper
Presentations were made by Oakland City Council member Larry Reid and the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  
Saundra Andrews makes presentation on
behalf of Congresswoman Barbara Lee
It takes a village to bring an event like Black Expo alive.  Here are a few of the Expo Team Members who made the 2011 Bay Area Black Expo a reality.
Your 2011 Bay Area Black Expo Team
To stay on top of announcements about the 2012 Bay Area Black Expo, you can hit the Black Expo Website 

We would love to hear about your experiences at Black Expo over the past 20 years. Do you have a favorite Expo moment? Or perhaps you would like to share something about Dr. C. Diane Howell, long time Oakland Black Expo producer.  Use the comment box below.

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