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Ella Vincent is a freelance writer and native Chicagoan. She enjoys attending concerts and writing about the great musical artists who come to Chicago. She is getting ever closer to her goal of going to every concert venue in Chicago. She also supports charities like the UN Food Programme and More than Me, which helps educate Liberian girls.

Recap: Chicago’s 19th Annual Black Women’s Expo

The Nineteenth Annual Black Women’s Expo  was a fun event that showcased the best of African-American women’s talents and experiences.  The festival was filled with informative seminars, exciting performances, and many chances for women to support each other’s businesses.

  Former Essence Magazine Editor Susan Taylor meeting fans( Photo Credit:theblackwomensexpo.com)

Former Essence Magazine Editor Susan Taylor meeting fans
(Photo Credit: theblackwomensexpo.com)

Susan Taylor,  Sherri Shephard, and Faith Evans were just some of the celebrities that graced the McCormick Place stages. Taylor offered advice on mentoring and the importance of giving back. Shephard talked about family and her new book , Plan D.  Despite the name of the event, many men were on hand at the Black Women’s Expo , like Dr. Ian Smith giving health advice to the women in the audience. Evans was a true R& B Diva and arrived fashionably late to perform her hits on the second night. Before she hit the stage, attendees were entertained by local artists Yemi Marie, trumpeter T. L. Williams, and comedian Rudy Rush who kept the crowd laughing with PG -rated jokes about family and pets.

(Photo Credit: Ella Vincent)

(Photo Credit: Ella Vincent)

Many celebrities were there, but the true stars at the expo were the vendors. Many were there to sell food, like The Ice Cream Lady, and other local treats. There were also jewelry vendors selling custom-made jewelry and hair care products for sale as well. Shephard’s wig line was featured, as well as natural hair care products. The Black Women’s Expo was an event that the attendees will remember as being entertaining and enlightening.









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