Black On Black Love and Respect
2015 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
The Black Heritage Festival was culturally rewarding and musically
fun. There was a mixture of Old School musical history blended
with current musical Hip Hop and Old School beats.
The festival was attended by several thousand that were feed by
a variety of food vendors and food trucks that provided a multicultural
blend of food and drinks. This provided an opportunity to get a taste of
Jamaican foods and traditional Southern delicacies and the unique
tastes of fried, baked and stewed meats and vegetables.
The weather cooperated magnificently as the temperatures rose to
comfortable levels and at times a slight breeze swept through to keep
the temperatures comfortable and the smells of Bar B Que, roasted,
and stewed foods permeated the air.
The Mistress of Ceremonies: Lexi Lewis kept the Black Heritage Festival
moving smoothly as musical acts, dancers, and other entertainers
performed on stage to the roaring applause of the growing crowds as
the day progressed seemingly embraced by the Children’s Museum
and the Tampa Museum of Art, the diversity of entertainment and
intellectual pursuits showed that Blacks have a diversification second
to no other culture; but a unique cultural heritage embracing love and
respect with other cultures.
Celebrating Black Heritage for over 15 years, a 10 day celebration that
includes not only live entertainment, the lineup included Atlantic Star,
Ledisi, Dynasty (Ambition and Purpose), Wayne Stoddart, and more.
There were cultural events, business seminars, intellectual speakers,
kid’s areas; vendor tents where published authors spoke and
shared their craft(s) and the passion of writing and blogging.
Across the generational lines were talented men and women that
tell the stories that people need to hear about historical events of
great significance. From the intellectual levels of Black culture to the
diversity of entertainment even providing resources to children on
STEAM Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics.
The 2015 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival showed the power
of Black On Black Love and Respect.
The festival, definitely a family oriented event provided a kids’
corner dedicated to allow children to participate in physical exercises
and resources in technology and STEAM that help promote:
Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics.
African American children are learning that they too can be scientist,
explorers, biologists, researchers, engineers, and chemists. Those
careers once were dominated by whites, now see growing numbers
of Blacks and Hispanics.
The beauty of the festival is the diversity of the focus on Black culture,
from T-shirts, to jewelry, to facial and hair products, to entertainment,
to foods, to discussion on cultural affairs and current events.
Family participation is the ultimate expression of love and respect;
the festival is well planned and of high energy.
Having the honor to meet educators that are teaching STEAM
who travel the country talking to youth, teens and young adults about
future careers. Having the honor again to meet authors that are respected
in their areas of expertise, this encourages me and others that had the
chance to speak to seasoned authors to grow in our writing/blogging.
Networking at conferences, festivals, workshops and seminars is important
to share ideas, grow in collaboration and gain experiences that would not
have been possible. Festivals like this are a gold mind of historical collaboration,
cultural growth and family unity.
I had the opportunity to meet one of the founding members of the
Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, a view into the passion to promote
Black culture in a positive light and positive/productive cultural
expression and experience.
Borrowed from the 2015 brochure:
“We hope you’ll join us as we strive to grow awareness, increase pride
and build appreciation for our African Heritage.
Com e out and Experience Culture, Excitement, Music and Fun!”
Looking forward to the 2016 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival in
January 14th – 24th 2016.
#TBBHF15 – Twitter.com/TBBHF
Barbara J. SoreyLove
Publisher – Author – Mentor