Download the BE Events App to Stay Connected at TechConneXt

TechConneXt

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8 – Tuesday, Oct. 11

WHERE: San Francisco

Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Summit is the intersection of innovation and opportunity. This event is four days dedicated to bridging the gap between the African American community and Silicon Valley.

Attendees will engage in innovation labs, tech talks with industry executives and Silicon Valley power players, learning labs, corporate tours, informative sessions on advancements, and diversity in tech in addition to exclusive networking opportunities.

To stay on top of all things TechConneXt, go to iTunes or Google Play to download the BE Events app.

This app will allow you real-time access to the Summit including schedule updates, speaker information, networking, social engagement, registration, partnerships, Black Enterprise exclusives, and so much more. Download today to remain in the know.

After downloading, tap your desired conference, accept the push notifications, click register, enter your info, and enjoy the event!

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Download the BE Events App to Stay Connected at TechConneXt

TechConneXt

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 8 – Tuesday, Oct. 11

WHERE: San Francisco

Black Enterprise’s TechConneXt Summit is the intersection of innovation and opportunity. This event is four days dedicated to bridging the gap between the African American community and Silicon Valley.

Attendees will engage in innovation labs, tech talks with industry executives and Silicon Valley power players, learning labs, corporate tours, informative sessions on advancements, and diversity in tech in addition to exclusive networking opportunities.

To stay on top of all things TechConneXt, go to iTunes or Google Play to download the BE Events app.

This app will allow you real-time access to the Summit including schedule updates, speaker information, networking, social engagement, registration, partnerships, Black Enterprise exclusives, and so much more. Download today to remain in the know.

After downloading, tap your desired conference, accept the push notifications, click register, enter your info, and enjoy the event!

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African American Festival Day 2: The Party Continues

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After yesterday’s fun-filled day at the African American festival, you’re probably excited about the possibilities for today—as you should be. There is a lot to experience today at AAF, check it out.

[Related: BE Events App Guides African American Festival Goers]

Join Chef Huda at the Black Enterprise Empowerment Zone at 12:30pm for Real Men Cook with Chef Huda. The celebrity chef will show festival-goers how to create a quick, delicious, and healthy dish that will leave friends and family impressed.

After you’ve learned how to cook up something divine, head on over to the much anticipated BE Modern Man Panel: Extraordinary is Our Normal. Porter Braswell, CEO of Jopwell, Nehemiah Davis, philanthropist and entrepreneur, and Dondre Whitfield, actor and activist, will discuss reclaiming and reframing the image and definitions of what it means to be black and male—from crisis and victimhood, to celebration and affirmation. Join in on the discussion of black men not as the problem, but as the solution.

There will be something at AAF for the ladies too. At 4:00pm Prudential will host the Ladies that Lead Session where entrepreneur Beverly Johnson, award winning producer Sidra Smith, founder of BluePrint Group, LLC, Tai Beauchamp, and network marketing extraordinaire Jewel Tankard, will share their strategies and journey to success.

Immediately following these sessions it’ll time to play Financial Jeopardy with host Sirita Wright, social media manager at Black Enterprise. Wright will be testing your knowledge of finance, business, money, and all things Black Enterprise. Lucky contestants will compete for bragging rights and prizes. Join in on the fun.

Don’t forget that throughout the day (12:30-5:00pm) there will be giveaways, meet-and greets, and book signings, a photo booth, Men’s Fashion Showcase, and more.

You’re all here for the Empowerment Zone, but of course you’re also interested in AAF performances. Today you can expect a treat with performances by none other than David and Tamela Mann, Demetria Mckinney, Will Downing, Stephanie Mills, Randy Roberts, Steven Drakes, Stephanie Mills, and Battle of the DJs. These performances will be hosted by David Mann, Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Bern Nadette Stanis, and Jewel Tankard.

Check out the Festival Live hub to further engage in the festival’s social media experience. This hub features a twitter wall and live feed of the festival performances, with LVS displays trending hashtags and social media updates. The Health and Wellness Pavilion, Beauty Bar, and Toyota Tech Playground will also be there for you to enjoy.

To follow the AAF events, including speakers, schedules, activities, and locations be sure to download the BE Events app. Available through iTunes or Google Play, this app grants you everything you need to remain in the loop with all things AAF.  You may even use the app to socialize. There’s a cool social media component that allows festival-goers to see what participants are into. Post with the hashtag #BmoreAAF to connect and share your AAF experience.

This information is subject to change. For more up-to-date information about the African American Festival sessions, performance schedule, and other events, visit www.africanamericanfestival.net. Also, follow Black Enterprise @blackenterprise and the AAF @BmoreAAF.

 

African American Festival Kicks Off Today in Baltimore

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Today kicks off Day 1 of the African American Festival. Surely, you’re all geared up and excited for today’s performances, speakers, giveaways and events.

[Related: African American Festival Returns with Epic Line-Up]

Start your day off with a little creativity at AAF in the Black Enterprise Empowerment Zone. At 1pm Black Enterprise will be hosting the 2nd Annual Best Pitch Competition. Five finalists will pitch live at the festival for a chance to win the grand-prize of 2 tickets to Black Enterprise’s 2016 Entrepreneurs Summit. Come check out these innovators and entrepreneurs, as they pitch their unique business ideas.

It wouldn’t be an event, celebrating all things African American, without touching on the beauty that is black love. At 2pm, head over to the Where is the Love? Real Talk About Dating, Sex, and Relationships discussion, hosted by Paul C. Brunson of “Our World with Black Enterprise.” Actress Demetria Mckinney and dating coach, Gee Sanders, will discuss the truth and consequences of love and relationships.

After getting inspired about love and business, it’ll be time to tackle finances. At 3pm Prudential will host The Impact of Debt on the African American Community. Moderated by Stacey Tisdale, senior editor of personal finance at Black Enterprise, and featuring Dr. Deforest Soaries Jr, The Honorable Joan M. Pratt, and Deputy Director of the White House Initiative of Education Excellence for African Americans, Khalilah Harris, this session will be an insightful and candid discussion about debt and its impact on the black community. The session will also cover what you can do to avoid economic barriers and create wealth.

Saturday’s sessions wrap up with a One-on-One Conversation with Torrey Smith, hosted by Pepsi. Smith will be discussing his football career, the city of Baltimore, and giving back to the community. This session will be moderated by Kwame Jackson of “The Apprentice.”

When you aren’t experiencing the empowerment zone be sure to experience this year’s epic performances, which begin at 1:30pm and continue throughout the day. Also, catch performances by V. Bozeman, Eric Roberson, SWV, Faith Evans, Doug E. Fresh, and Sheila E. Chris Spencer, Demetria McKinney, and Brave WilliamsJamie Foster Brown will host.

There’s even more to take in at AAF. Check out the Health and Wellness Pavilion, featuring companies, organizations, and experts focused on the latest advancements related to the mind, body, and soul. Festival attendees can experience fitness demonstrations, health screenings, and receive helpful information on achieving optimal health.

While taking in a full day at the festival, take a break and cool off with an ice cold beverage at the Bud Light Beer Garden, where you can charge your phone, watch television, and enjoy an interactive digital kiosk.

To follow the AAF events, including speakers, schedules, activities, and locations, be sure to download the BE Events app. Available through iTunes or Google Play, this app grants you everything you need to remain in the loop with all things AAF.  You may even use the app to socialize. There’s a cool social media component that allows festival-goers to see what participants are into. Post with the hashtag #BmoreAAF to connect and share your AAF experience. Also, swing by the Festival Live hub to further engage in the festival’s social media experience. This hub features a twitter wall and live feed of the festival performances, with LVS displays trending hashtags and social media updates.

Check back with BlackEnterprise.com tomorrow for information on the African American Festival, Day 2. Enjoy.

This information is subject to change. For more up-to-date information about the African American Festival sessions, performance schedule, and other events, visit www.africanamericanfestival.net. Also, follow Black Enterprise @blackenterprise and the AAF @BmoreAAF.

 

American Black Film Festival Kicks-off Thursday

It’s almost time. In just a few short days Black Enterprise presents the 19th annual American Black Film Festival celebrating art and culture in the black community. This year, ABFF is overflowing with master classes, workshops, speakers, entertainment and, of course, films for you to enjoy.

[Related: African American Festival Returns with Epic Line-Up]

This Thursday, June 11th – Sunday, June 14th in New York City, come out and experience art by and about people of African descent. Check out the highly anticipated New York premiere of Dope. Written and Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, Dope follows the adventure of geek, Malcolm, after an invite to an underground party changes his life. Starring Forest Whitaker, Kiersey Clemons and Zoë Kravitz, Dope will open the festival in addition to having an encore screening on Sunday, June 14th. After checking out this movie, wrap up your opening night with an Old School Hip Hop party featuring a performance by legendary Doug E. Fresh, with music by none other than DJ DNice.

On Friday, June 12th, take advantage of the exclusive master classes on Writing for Television, led by Karen Horne, Fundamentals of Film Productions with producer Roger Bobb, and an Actor’s Workshop with the talented Tasha Smith. In addition to these master classes, be sure to enjoy A Conversation with Taraji P. Henson, this year’s festival ambassador. There will also be a plethora of film screenings including narrative, documentary, shorts, spotlights, and webisodes for you to catch throughout the day.

After capitalizing on a full day of films, learning, and networking enjoy an evening of laughter at the 3rd Annual Comedy Wings Competition Finals and witness the announcement of the 2015 Comedy Wings Winner! Tickets to the comedy finals include access to the pre-show mixer where complimentary Redd’s Apple Ale will be served.

By Saturday, June 13th, you’ll be in the festival groove and ready to take advantage of even more. Catch The Life of a Showrunner where Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), Salim Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game), Janine Sherman-Barrois (Criminal Minds, ER, Third Watch), and Chris Spencer (Executive Producer & Co Creator of “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) will detail the creative strategies to becoming a showrunner, duties, parameters of creative control and running a writers room.

Spend the early part of your Saturday afternoon watching cast members of TV’s Original Movie “Runaway Island” and other celebrities perform scenes from TV One’s First Annual Screenplay Competition at TV ONE Presents Celebrity Scene Stealers.

If you have the desire to produce and control your own creative content while ultimately building revenue, you are encouraged to attend How to Create and Monetize a Successful Web Series. Join Web sensation Issa Rae (creator of The Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl and more), along with creators of BlackandSexy.tv, Numa Perrier and Dennis Dortch, and Andrea Lewis (Black Actress) for a discussion on how to thrive within this new landscape.

Top off your day of knowledge and networking with Hot in Hollywood featuring Lance Gross (“Grey’s Anatomy”, NBC’s “Crisis”), Naturi Naughton (“Power”), Yaya DaCosta (“Whitney” Lifetime Biopic), and Danai Gurira (AMC “The Walking Dead”) where these young artists will reveal their unique approaches to success before hopping over to the 18th Annual HBO Short Film Competition where you can see the work of and meet five talented filmmakers looking for breakout at ABFF.

To wind down an exhilarating weekend, spend your Sunday, June 14th Inside the Writer’s Room where Empire creators discuss the hit breakout series. Then it’s time to go Inside Black-ish where writer/creator Kenya Barris and star Tracee Ellis Ross host a candid talk about the first season and what’s next for this groundbreaking show.

Conclude your weekend with the “Best of the ABFF” Awards Show where the outstanding career of actress Jennifer Lewis will be honored along with the celebration of this year’s award winning filmmakers. Tickets to this show include access to the Post Awards Show Reception where complimentary cocktails by Moet Hennessy will be served.

This may seems like quite a bit to remember and it only scratches the surface. There is so much more to see, do, and experience at ABFF. For assistance keeping it all together, don’t forget to download the BE Events app available on iOS, Android, and other smartphones. Here you will find detailed information on festival activities, speakers, and screenings. For a full list of screening times and to purchase movie tickets visit https://www.amctheatres.com/.

For more information on the films, schedules, and activities for the 2015 American Black Film Festival, visit http://www.abff.com. For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #ABFF.

ABFF and AAF: A Celebration of Black Art

In the next couple of weeks, the black community will be set ablaze with empowering events at the African American Festival and the American Black Film Festival, uplifting black art and culture.

Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14, at the AMC Empire 25 movie theater in Times Square in New York City, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will host an array of screenings, including narratives, documentaries, shorts, spotlights, and webisodes, along with workshops, master classes and parties. At ABFF festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn, network, engage, and experience all things television and film. From “Writing for Television”, to the “Fundamentals of Producing”, to “The Life of a Showrunner”, ABFF attendees will get an inside look at creating content and having control of your work in the thriving film and television industry.

In addition to workshops, screenings, and classes, ABFF will also host networking lounges where attendees can connect and share ideas, along with a TV Expo where attendees can check out upcoming shows, learn about diversity initiatives, and find out about any recruitment opportunities. The ABFF Talk Series returns this year with panel discussions and celebrity talks on the business and creative aspects of the film and television industries, and candid interviews with some of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists. ABFF also offers talent competitions, portrait studios, and a host of entertainment.

As if ABFF weekend isn’t thrilling enough, Black Enterprise will continue the celebration of black art and culture the very next week at the African American Festival (AAF). Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, the city of Baltimore will host non-stop family fun at the AAF, celebrating over 35 years of life, music, and culture.

The AAF will include memorable performances from Faith Evans, Will Downing, Stephanie Mills, and many more. There will be empowerment sessions, competitions, giveaways, meet and greets, interactive exhibits, and attractions for the entire family. When you’re not catching one of the stellar performances, you may want to check out the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which is committed to total health and well-being; the Beauty Bar, where you will learn from experts how to create your own style; and the BE Empowerment Zone, featuring Q&As with celebrity guests, real talk about relationships, and a game show that will test your Love & Money smarts. The AAF takes place in Baltimore, Maryland at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex.

You can keep up with all the activities at both the ABFF and AAF with the Black Enterprise Events app. The BE Events app allows users to fully access event schedules, general information, maps to event locations, and sponsor information. And it features a cool social media component that you can utilize to connect with other attendees. Exciting news for ABFF app registrants! Use the BE Events app to register for ABFF and enter to win a trip for two to ABFF’s 20th anniversary in 2016.

ABFF and AAF attendees can download the BE Events app on iTunes or Google Play. After downloading, open your desired festival, accept the push notifications, click register, enter your info, and enjoy the event!

For a full list of screenings, classes, workshops, and activities for ABFF, visit http://www.abff.com/. For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #ABFF.

Visit http://www.africanamericanfestival.net/ for more information about the African American Festival. For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #BmoreAAF, or follow Black Enterprise @blackenterprise and the AAF @BmoreAAF.

 

BE Events App Guides African American Festival Goers

The African American Festival is a mere two weeks way which means it is time for you to download the BE Events web app to plan your festival days. The African American Festival in Baltimore, Maryland celebrates 35 years of music, culture and life with two full days of entertainment, performances, speakers, and activities for you and the family to enjoy. Here’s the kicker: this epic annual event is FREE. The AAF festival is as excited as it seems, and surely, you’d want to make the most of it. Here is where the BE Events app comes in.

[Related: ABFF Ambassador Taraji Henson Wins Critic’s Choice]

Available on iOS, Android and other smartphones, the BE Events app affords all AAF attendees the opportunity to remain in-the-know throughout the duration of the event. Use this app to stay on top of what’s happening and where so that you don’t have to miss a thing.

Haven’t registered for AAF just yet? It’s not too late. Download the BE Events app and click the Registration icon. Fill out the simple form, and you’re all in. Once you’ve registered it’s time to schedule your days. This app offers a full list of sessions, panels, and performances for you to mark if you’re interested in attending. Marking these events will ensure you a reminder when it’s time for your selected event to get started. You may also take notes and capture photos of performances and sessions right there in the app.

There is a plethora of people to see and things to do at AAF. The BE Events app offers a full comprehensive list of speakers, performers, and sponsors so that you may tailor your experience according to your interest .

Unfamiliar with the Baltimore area? This app offers detailed maps to guide you where you want to be. If you have any questions regarding the festival, click the Info icon for FAQ’s, contact information, and to learn a little of what the festival is all about.

Use this app to socialize. There’s a cool social media component that allows festival-goers to see what participants are into. Post with the hashtag #BmoreAAF to connect and share your experience.

It’s time to download. Browse the app and get familiar as you countdown to AAF. That’s Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June, 21 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Camden Yard Sports & Entertainment Complex. See you there.

For more information about the African American Festival, performance schedule and other events, visit www.africanamericanfestival.net. Also, follow Black Enterprise @blackenterprise and the AAF @BmoreAAF.

BE Events App Grants You Full ABFF Access

As you excitedly prepare for the 19th annual American Black Film Festival just 9 days way–June 11-14th, be sure grant yourself full access to all events, speakers, and entertainment by downloading the BE Events App. Available on iOS, Android and other smartphones, this interactive app not only includes schedules and a full list of entertainers and speakers, but it allows for event registration and is even equipped with a cool social media component. You can also get hotel information and always find exactly what you’re looking for with full maps to all of the important festival locations.

Use your app to organize your schedule as you hop from master classes on Writing for Television with Karen Horne, Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment & Universal Television before venturing over to Fundamentals of Producing with producer Roger Bobb. Check out the television & media expos where you can learn about diversity initiatives and recruitment opportunities, and of course, you can’t forget the highly-anticipated film screenings featuring a spotlight screening of John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood,  the New York premiere of Director Rick Famuyiwa’s DOPE, and more than 30 documentaries, web originals, short films and narrative features showcasing at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square.

If you’ve waited all year long for the for the ABFF Talk Series featuring panel discussions and celebrity talks about the business and creative aspects of the film and television industries, mark your schedule in the app and be reminded with push notifications when it’s time for your event to get started. There is so much to gain at this 4 day event, and you don’t want to miss a thing. With the BE Events app, you won’t have to.

“We wanted this app to keep the attendees more engaged and up-to-date,” says Deven Robison, Digital Producer at Black Enterprise. “We wanted everyone to have what they needed in order to take full advantage of the event right there in the palms of their hands.”

If you have any questions or concerns about the “where” and “what” of things, while preparing and planning for the event, the helpful FAQ feature on the app is a useful guide to assist you along the way.

You have 9 days to download the app and get familiar so that you’re ready and waiting on June 11th.

For more information on the films, schedules, and activities for the 2015 American Black Film Festival, visit http://www.abff.com. For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #ABFF.