Empowerment Fest STL. Imagine a gorgeous, sunny Saturday filled with beautiful black folks crowding the streets. There are no protests, no fights or marches, simply a good time and peaceful vibes.
Because of the hard work of an extordinary group of young people, such a day was possible. The group Black on Black Love STL is a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting artists and culture in the St. Louis area. Members of Black on Black Love STL are on fire when it comes to making our community a better place to live in. With the help of The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Black on Black Love STL presented St. Louis with The Empowerment Fest STL on April 22nd held at St. Louis Avenue and 14th Street.
The sole mission of Black on Black Love STL is to uplift our community through economic, aesthetic, social and political support. The Empowerment Fest STL event was held in what some of you may remember as the old 14th Street Mall in the same area of Crown Candy. In addition to The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Money Smart Week and Stifel Bank and Trust also helped to make the event possible.
“As driven young creatives, we took it upon ourselves to not only fight for change but to create it, and thus was the start of the “Empowerment Fest”. With the collaborative efforts of Black On Black Love, the Urban League and Money Smart Week, we present to Saint Louis a festival for all people that promote love and the empowerment in health, financial resources and exposure to the city’s one of a kind talent. The Empowerment Fest is a music, art and culture festival that will continue to educate and inspire all ages. You don’t want to miss this!”
During a time when our community is in turmoil it feels good to be in an environment with good vibrations. Live entertainment was provided by The Dirty Muggs, hip hop acts and even a Prince Tribute by DJ Nappy Needles.
The St. Louis Food Truck, Gloria’s Mobile Unique Boutique, the Young Entrepreneurs panel and the Mircrosoft Xbox tent where in attendance at The Empowerment Fest. The national motivational speaker Koran Bolden moved the crowd. There were also local artists such as Brock Seals, 4 Deep, Domino Effect and others.
The first Empowerment Fest STL was a great success and I’m sure they’ll be more to come. Stay on the lookout for more from the Black on Black Love STL organization. If you are interested in this organization you can reach out to them throughout social media Twitter, Instgram and Facebook.