This upcoming weekend will bring the Black Women’s Expo to Chicago for the 22nd year before heading to Atlanta and DC. From Friday April 8th to Sunday April 10th people will have the opportunity to come out to McCormick Place to experience the Black Women’s Expo. Having attended before we can assure you that you will not wanna miss this.
The theme of the expo is She Matters. It will feature very educational presentations as well as great vendors, performances, a town hall meeting on police violence & civil rights, a teen summit, & speakers. There will be seminars, panels, & exhibits dealing with everything from health & wellness, racial equality, hair & beauty, business & much more. Attendees will get to see appearances from Tony Terry, Kelly Price, Deitrick Haddon, & Hezekiah Walker. There will also be some dance performances, fashion shows, a comedy show featuring Blair Christian, poetry by Blaq Ice, a CSU step show, as well as a Luster Products Curly & Straight Hair Affair. There will be a Literary Cafe with African American authors, a Natural Hair pavilion, the Health & Wellness pavilion where people can get screenings & info, B-Groomed Men’s Den, the Kidz Corner,& Art pavilion. So many amazing opportunities to have a good time & learn. There will also be great products & vendors. This is not just for black women. It’s for everybody.
Do not miss these workshops & seminars. They can be life changing. There will be appearances by other great people from the city and beyond, such as Leon, Porsha Williams, Kym Whitley, Toya Wright & Claudia Jordan. It all begins on Thursday April 7th with BWE’s Phenomenal Woman Awards Reception which will honor Corliss Garner, Torrey Richardson, Carol “Safisha” Lee PhD, JoAnne Glenn, Rev. Janette Wilson, Fallon Johnson, Kim Foxx, Nicole Robinson, Angela Ingram, & the She Matters Award to Sandra Bland.
The Black Women’s Expo is brought to us by Walgreens, State Farm, United Airlines, ABC 7 Chicago, Luster’s You Be-Natural & Pink, Black McDonald’s Association, Mariano’s, the Illinois Lottery, University of Chicago Medicine, BET Centric, PNC Bank, T-Mobile, ComEd, Illinois Department of Public Health, Inspiration 1390, V-103, & WGCI.
BWE will be in DC on September 16th-18th & Atlanta October 7th – 9th. Expo hours are 10am – 8pm on Friday & Saturday, 11am – 7pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 per day for adults & $6 for children. There are weekend passes available for $45. They can be purchased at www.theblackwomensexpo.com. Half-priced advanced tickets are currently on sale at participating Walgreen’s. Also visit the website for more information. The hashtag is #SheMatters. We will be in attendance. Hope to see you there.