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Black Enterprise Presents The 2015 African American Festival To Feature Empowerment Sessions With Celebrity Guests

6/18/2015, 6:30 p.m. | Updated on 6/18/2015, 3:05 p.m.
The African American Festival is presented by Black Enterprise, hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore, and ...
This weekend's African-American Festival in Baltimore-MD., is presented by Black Enterprise. (Courtesy Photo)

— Black Enterprise will present the 2015 African American Festival with major sponsors PepsiCo, Prudential and Toyota on Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 21, at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex in Baltimore, Maryland, with a powerhouse lineup of musical performers.

The annual free festival is a celebration of life, music, and culture. It includes stellar performances, empowerment seminars, and fun for the entire family. As the largest cultural festival on the East Coast, the festival has welcomed more than 200,000 attendees annually. Attendees will experience wellness, beauty, and technology while enjoying the sultry sounds of national recording artists and emerging talent.

Performers include Grammy Award winners Will Downing, Faith Evans, and Stephanie Mills; legendary musician Sheila E; R&B crooner Eric Roberson; hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh; Empire breakout stars Bryshere Gray, aka Yazz the Greatest or "Hakeem" and V. Bozeman; top-selling 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 and R&B Divas' 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 DJs, DJ Beauty and the Beatz and DJ Tanz.

During the two-day festival, attendees are encouraged to visit the Black Enterprise Empowerment Zone, which will be located in the center of "Sponsor Way" walkway. Attendees can expect two full days of activities in the Empowerment Zone that will keep you entertained and ready for the main stage performances later in the day.

Saturday, June 20

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

2nd Annual Black Enterprise Perfect Pitch Competition

2:00 – 2:45 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

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Breaking Free from Financial Slavery hosted byPrudential

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

A One-on-One Conversation with Torrey Smith, hosted byPepsi and moderated by Kwame Jackson of "The Apprentice", Torrey will discuss his football career, the Baltimore community and giving back to the community with the Torrey Smith Foundation

Sunday, June 21

12:30 − 1:15 p.m.

Real Men Cook with Chef Huda

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

BE Modern Man Panel: Extraordinary is Our Normal, hosted byBlack Enterprise

2:30 − 3:15 p.m.

Ladies that Lead with Beverly Johnson, Jewel Tankard, Tai Beauchamp and Sidra Smith, hosted byPrudential

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

This is FINANCIAL JEOPARDY! Test your Financial IQ hosted byBlack Enterprise

Festival attendees can also visit the Pepsi Pavilion throughout the two-day festival 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 Android, iOS and other smartphones (attendees with Windows and BlackBerry devices can go here), 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.

To download the app for free, visit the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The African American Festival is presented by Black Enterprise, hosted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore, and produced by greiBO Entertainment. Major sponsors include PepsiCo, Prudential and Toyota.

For updates, follow Black Enterprise on Facebook and search the #BmoreAAF hashtag on Twitter.