The 2017 Florida Black Expo October 7, 2017


The 2017 Florida Black Expo weekend will kick-off with a reception on Thursday, October 5, 2017 recognizing the Florida Black Expo sponsors, partners and stakeholders. The reception will be held at the historic Ritz Theatre & Museum located downtown Jacksonville which serves as the perfect venue for the 16t h Annual Florida Black Expo weekend.

“The purpose of the Black Expo is to promote economic development through increased exposure for minority-owned businesses.” said Darrin Thomas, President of Thomas Media Group, which produces the Black Expo. “Over the past 16 years, we’ve been fortunate to impact small, minority owned and corporate businesses in a manner that has been beneficial to the entire NE Florida community.”

On Friday, October 6, 2017, the Florida Black Expo will host the Black Expo Business Opportunity Summit featuring V. Lynn Whitfield, a motivational speaker and author. The summit breakfast will be held at the Deer Creek Country Club from 7:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. followed by the 7t h Annual Taste of Black Jacksonville which highlights local caterers, chefs and restaurants. Entertainment will be provided by Akia Uwanda and Katzs Downstairs and will be held at the Jacksonville Public Library from 7:30 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the 16t h Annual Florida Black Expo will be held at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Expo doors open at 10:30 A.M. and include celeb appearances by Charlamagne Tha God (Co-host of the Nationally Sindicated Radio Show), Skai Jackson (Disney actress), a performance by Marvin Sapp (Gospel recording artist), and Tracy Sanders an attorney, author and speaker who will address the issue of natural hair in the workplace. Attendees will be treated to a fashion show, educational kid’s zone, food, author’s fair, health fair, Greek village and will conclude with the EWC “Homecoming Step show”.

Tickets for the “Florida Black Expo” start at $15 each. For complete pricing and purchase information, visit


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