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African American Festival comes to Camden Yards this weekend

Black Enterprise will present the 2015 African American Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex with a two-day lineup of musical performers, seminars and a game of financial Jeopardy to test your financial IQ.


The annual free event is the largest of its kind on the East Coast, with festival organizers expecting upward of 200,000 visitors. Musical performers scheduled to appear include Grammy Award winners Will Downing, Faith Evans and Stephanie Mills; Sheila E; R&B singer Eric Roberson; hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh; “Empire” television show breakout stars Bryshere Gray and V. Bozeman; R&B female group SWV; Stellar Award winner Tamela Mann; actress and singer Demetria McKinney and R&B boy band 4EY the Future.

This year’s hosts are “Real Husbands of Hollywood” Producer Chris Spencer, singer Brave Williams and actor and singer David Mann. Special invited guests include Sister 2 Sister magazine publisher Jamie Foster Brown, author Zane, model Beverly Johnson, music veteran Kevin Liles and festival disc jockeys DJ Beauty and the Beatz and DJ Tanz.

Saturday’s schedule of events include:

1 p.m. – 2nd annual Black Enterprise “Perfect Pitch” competition

2 p.m. –  “Where is the Love?” real talk about dating, sex and relationships moderated by relationship coach and host of “Our World with Black Enterprise,” Paul C Brunson

3 p.m. – “Breaking Free from Financial Slavery,” hosted by Prudential

4 p.m. – A one-on-one conversation with former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, hosted by Pepsi and moderated by Kwame Jackson of “The Apprentice.” Smith will discuss his football career, his efforts to give back to the Baltimore community with the Torrey Smith Foundation.

Sunday’s events  include:

12:30 p.m. – “Real Men Cook,” with Chef Huda

1:30 p.m. – “BE Mocdern Man Panel: Extraordinary is our new normal,” hosted by Black Enterprise.

2:30 p.m. – “Ladies that  Lead” with Beverly  Johnson, Jewel Tankard, Tai Beauchamp and Sidra Smith, hosted by Prudential.

4 p.m. – Financial “Jeopardy!”, test your financial IQ, hosted by Black Enterprise

Festival attendees can also visit the Pepsi Pavilion to take part in their DJ Scratch Academy to learn how to DJ, Sneaker cleaning station, on-site T-shirt printing, photo booth and ping pong and connect four games.

Attendees of the 2015 African American Festival will also have the opportunity to tap into all the latest Black Enterprise and Festival developments taking place in and around AAF courtesy of the new dedicated BE Events app. Available for free on AndroidiOS and other smartphones, the app allows visitors to access the full event schedule, browse the event social media updates, receive information on all the entertainers taking part in the Festival, as well as sponsor activations and giveaways.

Black Enterprise is a business, investing and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and decision makers. Every month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content and digital media.