The 2011 Savannah Black Expo is set for April 9, from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., at the Savannah Civic Center.
Special guests include the R&B group After 7, virtuoso violinist and hiphop artist Lee England, Jr., actor Hosea Chanchez, known as Malik on the CW/BET comedy drama “The Game,” and celebrity chef Hopeton Hibberts, Jr., chief culinary artisan with French restaurant Café Circa in Atlanta. The largest event of its kind, the Expo promotes economic development through increased exposure for African-American-owned businesses.
The 2011 Savannah Black Expo, chaired by Georgia State Rep. J. Craig Gordon, is presented by McCants Communications Group in association with Modus Multimedia. Admission is $8.
Other events being held in association with the Savannah Black Expo include: The State of African American Business Awards Breakfast honoring women on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. at Savannah State University. The guest speaker will be Lynn Whitfield, who won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and a NAACP Image Award for her title role in the HBO movie “The Josephine Baker Story”.
She also won NAACP Image awards for her work in “Touched by an Angel”, “The Planet of Junior Brown” and “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.” Her film work includes performances in “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, “Eve’s Bayou” and “Madea’s Family Reunion”.
The Savannah Black Expo VIP Kick-Off Reception will be held Friday, April 8, 2011, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda, featuring a tribute to the Honorable Otis Johnson, mayor of Savannah. McCants Communications Group, the North Carolina-based producer of the Savannah Black Expo, has promoted African- American businesses for over a decade through its Black Pages USA directories and its Black Expos in Wilmington, NC, Norfolk-Virginia Beach- Hampton, VA, Roanoke, VA, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Greensboro-Winston-Salem- High Point, NC, and Atlanta, GA.
President Gerry McCants said “Our theme this year is “Unifying the Community and Creating Wealth. With an African-American population approaching 60% in Savannah and with blacks owning nearly one in every five businesses, it is imperative that we harness this economic clout.”
Sponsors include the City of Savannah, Georgia Power, International Paper, Imperial Sugar Company, Statewide Healthcare, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Verizon Wireless.
For more information, tickets, exhibitor booths or sponsorship opportunities, contact Elesia at (877) 273-1709 or visit www.blackexpoweb.com.