Urban Film

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today—when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two of the earliest Africans to arrive in North America.


America's Earliest Africans

Visit The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Website

Gullah/Geechee Exhibit – Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language

Located in Jacksonville’s historic La Villa neighborhood and serving as a cultural institution since 1999, the Ritz Theatre and Museum’s permanent collection features the history of Northeast Florida’s African American community. Home of James Weldon Johnson and the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, Jacksonville’s LaVilla community was once known as the “Harlem of the South”.

Calling Florida a stronghold of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the national president and executive council vote to continue with plans to meet in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville, Florida – The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH, prounounced ah-sah-lah) will hold its 98th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk, October 2-6, 2013.  Organizers expect close to 1,000 to attend in spite of the call for a boycott of Florida and repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Conference plenary sessions are free and open to the public. African American heritage tours of  Kingsley Plantation, American Beach, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine are also available for purchase by the public. Distinguished guest speakers include Director of the National African Art Museum and Jacksonville native Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, daughter of Medgar Evers, Ms. Reena Evers, renown poet and author Sonia Sanchez, sister of slain 16th Street bombing little girl Denise McNair, Ms. Lisa McNair, Director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and many more.

After George Zimmerman was acquitted of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, ASALH members were among the voices in support of boycotting Florida. With barely three months  before the opening session, the executive council  met to discuss the pros and cons of moving the meeting to another state.

ASALH’s national president Daryl Michael Scott had these comments after the council voted to keep the meeting in Jacksonville.

“For nearly a century, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has sought to empower people through knowledge, and recent events make it necessary for us to rededicate ourselves to our founding purpose….”

“As for ASALH, we will go to Florida in early October precisely because our local branches and members have asked us to come and bring knowledge to bear on the problems confronting their community and the nation.  This is the right thing for us.”
Scott has announced the creation of an empowerment project to update election laws and state histories on efforts to disfranchise Black people, which will be presented in Jacksonville.
For conference registration or exhibit information, visit http://online.asalh.org/.
Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson known as the father of Black History, ASALH promotes the history and culture of Black life to a worldwide audience. Annually, the organization creates and establishes the theme for Black History month. This year’s theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, celebrates significant anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863, 150 years) and the March on Washington (1963, 50 years).


The Ritz Theatre and Museum in Jacksonville,FL, will present “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language”, September 12-December 31, 2013. This exhibit, from the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum, traces the cultural links between Gullah Geechee communities in the Southeastern US coastal states and West African countries from which enslaved people were transported.

This venue will accept your Museum Day Live! ticket on the screen of your smartphone.

Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.


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The “Best of” Taste of Black Jacksonville Chef Finalist!

12TH Annual Florida Expo to feature Chef to the Most Powerful Appetites in the World and Cash Prizes for the “Best of” at the Taste of Black Jacksonville! 

Jacksonville, Florida- The 2013 Florida Black Expo will kick off the weekend events Friday October 4 at The Everbank Field Touchdown Club –East,by shining the spotlight on some of the area’s best chefs, caterers and restaurants plus an appearance by Presidential/Senate Chef Daniel Thomas, at the Taste of Black Jacksonville!


Food is an integral part of all our lives and there are several minority chefs and caterers in the area that deserve more exposure “said Jeannie Jackson, VP of Marketing at Thomas Media Group, which produces Black Expo and Black Pages.   “We responded to the overwhelming response to last year’s Taste, by adding more vendors, offering more entertainment and by inviting Chef Thomas.”  Thomas is the Former U.S. Senate Head Chef and Catering Chef for the United States Capitol, where he prepared meals for the U.S. Senators and their wives.  His Capitol Hill tenure also included direct meal planning and preparation for President Barak Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during their visits to the Capitol.  Currently a private chef, his clients include numerous U.S. Senators, other highly elected officials as well as celebrities. A strong advocate for healthy eating, Chef Daniel Thomas also serves as Regional Executive Chef for the American Diabetes Association.

The animated and entertaining Thomas will also award “The Best of the Taste” Awards.  New this year, attendees will vote on the Best Desert, Best Savory and Best Display, with the winner in each category being awarded $500 for their culinary expertise.  Chefs, caterers and restaurants interested in participating in the Taste should contact the Jacksonville Office of Black Expo/Black Pages  at 904-727-7451.

Local business leaders, Black Expo sponsors and the community at large will enjoy this festive occasion which will also feature musical performances by regional and national talent.  Partial Proceeds from the Taste of Black Jacksonville will benefit the Jack and Jill Shannon McCants Memorial Scholarship fund.

For more information about the Taste of Black Jacksonville, log onto the company website at:   BlackExpoSouth.com, or call 1-800-419-2417.


What:    Taste of Black Jacksonville                                                          Where:  Everbank Field
When:  Friday October 4, 2013                                                                      Touch Down Club East
Time:  6:30-10:30pm                                                                                           One Everbank Field Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      




A’ Marinades

Chef Robert

 Spicy Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits



*All That Jazz

Chef La Tonya Polite

 Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etoufee, Red Beans and Rice



The Blu Claw

Chef Wayne Davis

Maryland Crab Cakes, Caribbean Cabbage, Hearty Maryland Crab Soup



Celebs Corner Kitchen

Chef Love Jones

Crab Bites, Dum Dumz, Chicken Bites



Chef Daniel Thomas


The Conch Shell

Chef Earline Rowe

Conch Salad, Conch Fritters, and Fried Conch



Dine With Dia

Chef Rasheed Baker

 Dia’s Divine Thai Chicken Lollipops with Peanut Soy Caramel



Dirty Red’s Inc.

Chef Felicia Haygood

Dirty Rice & Red Beans, Smoked Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce



The Doghouse Gourmet Grille & Café

Chef Mekeba Sutton

Mini Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Specialty Hot Dogs, Shrimp Hush Puppies, Seafood Dressing, Bread Pudding, Wedding Cake Display



Irie Caribbean Café

Chef Peter Irie

Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas, Cabbage and Carrots, Plaintain


Levy Restaurants

 Mini 1901 Fiery Chicken Sandwich





Mighty Wings

Passion Catering of the Soul Food Bistro

Chef Angel McLaughlin

Bourbon BBQ Slow Braised Oxtail Sliders with Housemade Slaw,

Hot Blue Crab Dip with Crostini



Potter’s House Soulfood Bistro

Chef Celestia Mobley

 Mac ‘n Cheese, Curry Chicken over Rice



Savor Jacksonville  


Chef Ernest Hopkins

Miniature Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade,

Hopping John & Greens Wrapped in Phyllo



Tay’s Homestyle Cooking

Chef Tay

 Habanero Lime Shrimp with Pica de Gallo, Baked Seafood au Gratin,

Roasted Chicken Crown Royal




Well Fed Foods Restaurant & Catering

Chef Shannon Cheeseborough

Curried Shrimp Ceviche, BBQ Oxtail Chili with Red Beans, Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bites



Winn Dixie


Chefronnelle Catering

Telisha Berek

Pumpkin Breads, Banana Nut Bread, Chocolate Cake



Cupcake 50 Etc.

Charlotte Burch

  Banana Pudding Cupcake, Peach Cobbler, Crème Brulee



Divine Delectable Desserts by Linda

Linda Evans,

“Not Your Grandmother’s Banana Pudding,” Mini Cupcakes, and Cookies



Essie Ruth’s

Natasha Spencer

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes, Salted Diva Cupcakes, A Surprise Cupcake



Soul Food with a Twist Catering Service

Patricia Webb

Gourmet Cheesecakes:  The Original Caramel Buttercrunch, Bananas Foster, Red Velvet Butterpecan, Double Chocolate Ganache Crunch, Sweet Potato Pecan Glazed



Vanetta’s Cakes

Vanetta Sinclair

 Pound Cakes





ABC Wine & Spirits


Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

DIAGEO – Crown Royal Black, CIROC, and Don Julio

Gourmet Punch & More Family Café

Charlotte Powell

Gourmet Punch for All Occasions



Green Room Brewing Beer

Locally Brewed Beer



Visalus, Body by Vi, 90-Day Challenge

Charzetta Spencer

Flavored Nutritional Shakes



Gullah Geechee Commission to Meet in Jacksonville, FL

National Park Service
Michael Allen
NPS Community Partnership

Release date: Immediate
Contact: Zelda Grant, Administrative Assistant
Phone number: (843) 953-9256
Date: September 9, 2013

Gullah Geechee Commission to Meet in Jacksonville, FL

Charleston, SC: The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will hold its fourth quarterly business meeting on October 4, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in Conference Room A, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, 225 East Coastline Drive. The public is invited.

Meeting highlights will include updates on executive staff, program implementation, partnership applications, and Commissioner vacancies. The meeting is convening during and at the same venue of the 98th Annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Conference. The Gullah Geechee Commission will present a round-table conference session, “Contemporary Aspects of Life Among Gullah Geechee People,” on October 4, 6:30-8 p.m., in City Terrace 6 of the Hyatt Regency. Presenters are Commissioners J. Herman Blake, Emory S. Campbell, Ronald Daise, Anthony Dixon, David Frank, Althea N. Sumpter; and NPS Community Partnership Specialist Michael A. Allen.

“There’s an awakening of interest about Gullah Geechee culture and an enthusiasm for celebrating it,” said Ronald Daise, Chairman. “This is what Commissioners have planned for and what Congressmen Clyburn envisioned. The Commission soon will implement highway signs within each of the Corridor’s 27 counties; informational banners will be placed at welcome centers, national park service and historical sites within the four states; and potential partners are submitting applications. Programs that promote education, documentation and preservation, and economic development about and for Gullah Geechee people and communities are what will make our Corridor thrive!”

Friday Night Live at The Landing

Do you have what it takes to rock the stage with your band? Are you a solo artist waiting for the next BIG music competition? Now is your chance to show Jacksonville what you got!

The Jacksonville Landing and Jasmine Rhey will host Friday Night Live at The Landing, a music competition, for 5 weeks this September. Every Friday from September 6 to October 4, the hottest bands, singers and musicians will compete on The Jacksonville Landing’s Riverfront Courtyard Stage. National Recording Artist have taken center stage here and now is YOUR chance to be a STAR! PLUS, we have an opening for 1 DJ per week to play between sets.

The final competition will be held on Friday, October 4 and the winner will walk away with $1,000 CASH! Good luck!

  • DATE: September 6, 2013
  • TIME: 8pm-12am

Email JasmineRhey@gmail.com for details! To register, click HERE.


Association for the Study of African American Life and History Conference 2013

The journey for the local chapter of ASALH to host the 98th Annual Conference here in Jacksonville, Florida (hotel reservations at the Hyatt Jacksonville) started three years ago at Exec Board Meeting when Jacksonville was first presented to host the National ASALH Conference.

Confirmation came last year in April 2012 after a request for proposal by Visit Jacksonville.

The ASALH Annual Meeting is an occasion to explore the history and culture of Africans and people of African descent. Our convention brings together more than one thousand people–academics, community builders, educators, business professionals and others–who share an abiding interest in our annual theme. For nearly a century, our scholarly sessions, professional workshops, and public presentations have served to analyze and illuminate the contributions of people of African descent to the world.

ASALH members and friends from across the nation and the world come together extensively to explore the 2013 Black History Theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. For more information on this year’s black history theme, click here.

With more than 175 panels featuring our members who are prominent figures in Black cultural studies, as well as scholars and students from all disciplines, the ASALH Conference presents an optimal opportunity for leading academicians to present research and current projects, and to learn about leading projects in the field of African American History.

Early Registration fees (received by August 10), Regular Registration fees (between August 11 – Sept. 14), and Late Registration fees (beginning Sept. 15) are listed on this site. For full registration details see the Registration Page.

Note: You must join or renew your dues prior to registering for the conference to receive member discounts. Click here to pay dues now. (After paying for your membership, click the Back to Shopping button located on the bottom left of your order confirmation page to return to the conference registration page.)

“We knew that the enormous amount of Black History throughout Florida and especially in Jacksonville, along with the beach and travel amenities, combined with the need for further research put us in a unique position, says Anita Sheperd, local chapter President. “our ability to empower so many people was the deciding factor in the divine plan for Jacksonville to host the National ASALH Conference.”

Volunteers are needed for to help support various education plenary sessions. All are invited. Over 1000 people expected to share their passion for history will be here. Click here to register as a volunteer online.

You may contact Vanessa Atani, Volunteer Coordinator, directly at 904-861-7104 vanessa.atani@gmail.com.

The local chapter, www.asalhjax.com, is available to arrange for speaking engagements for select groups interested in learning more about Florida’s vibrant, rich history and culture.

Next Volunteer Orientation Session for ASALH: Sept 11-12 at Pablo Creek Beach and Highlands Library at 7:45pm.

Also, the Ritz Theatre and Lavilla Museum is kicking off the Lorenzo Dow Turner exhibit Sept 12 – Dec 31st (Downtown Jacksonville). The exhibit will feature the Magnolia Singers, various lectures and oral speaking engagements, along with a delightful Gullah/Geechee Cuisine over the next few months. For details on how to participate join the volunteer training session on Sept 3rd or call 904-632-5555, x 238 for Adonica Toler. Visit http://www.ritzjacksonville.com/ for more upcoming events.


Conference Theme

At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington

The year 2013 marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A wartime measure issued by President Abraham Lincoln, the proclamation freed relatively few slaves, but it fueled the fire of the enslaved to strike for their freedom. In many respects, Lincoln’s declaration simply acknowledged the epidemic of black self-emancipation – spread by black freedom crusaders like Harriet Tubman – that already had commenced beyond his control. Those in bondage increasingly streamed into the camps of the Union Army, reclaiming and asserting self-determination. The result, abolitionist Fredrick Douglass predicted, was that the war for the Union became a war against slavery. The actions of both Lincoln and the slaves made clear that the Civil War was in deed, as well as in theory, a struggle between the forces of slavery and emancipation. The full-scale dismantlement of the “peculiar institution” of human bondage had begun.

Full Schedule > https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=ASALH&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=3339c9e8-3335-46b5-8e17-7dd484af0925


The What Dreams May Come Tour Coming to Jacksonville

Tickets on sale TODAY! Purchase Here!

Grammy-nominated, platinum selling RocNation/Columbia recording artist J.Cole, in the midst of his critically acclaimed Gold selling new album Born Sinner, a Platinum selling, #1 single “Power Trip” featuring Grammy Award winner Miguel and rapidly rising second single, “Crooked Smile” featuring TLC, and a recent top selling fan tour, has announced details and dates for his 2013 North American tour, What Dreams May Come Tour, featuring Wale.

The What Dreams May Come Tour featuring Wale will make stops at theatres throughout North America this fall, beginning on Tuesday, September 10th at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, FL concluding on October 30th at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA. The 30 city AEG Live tour will go through several major markets including Atlanta, Boston and Chicago amongst many others. J.Cole will also perform in Las Vegas, NV at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, making him one of the first hip-hop acts to perform at the famed venue. Independently of the What Dreams May Come Tour, J.Cole will also perform at several college homecomings as well as the Rock The Bells Festivals.

“It’s going to be a wild ride,” says J.Cole.

Joining J.Cole on tour is GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning artist, Wale. Wale is touring in support of his latest release, the #1 album The Gifted, which sold over 158,000 units in its first week. This marks Wale’s third solo album and follows up his certified Gold sophomore album, Ambition, which also topped the charts as the #1 rap album and produced the Grammy nominated, certified Gold single “Lotus Flower Bomb” featuring Miguel. Wale has released a series of critically acclaimed mixtapes and received praise for his debut album, Attention Deficit, from national publications such as Billboard and Paper Magazine.

J. Cole will be in Jacksonville performing at the Times-Union Center Moran Theater September 14, 2013. Tickets for What Dreams May Come Tour go on sale starting August 2nd at 10:00 am local time and are available through www.axs.com and www.jcolemusic.com. Tickets will also be available at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets range from $39.50 – $64.00. Additional fees may apply.

In addition to general ticketing, fans will also have a chance to purchase the J.Cole VIP meet and greet packages. These special packages include an exclusive meet and greet with J.Cole, an individual photo opportunity, an autographed tour lithograph and one commemorative VIP tour laminate. The packages do not have any age restrictions and will be available for sale with the start of tour ticket sales. In a special offer, fans who are signed up for J.Cole’s newsletter will have first access to buying tickets. Those wishing to sign up for the newsletter can do so online here: https://www.jcolemusic.com/us/newsletter-signup

The charitable partner for What Dreams May Come Tour is J.Cole’s Dreamville Foundation, with a portion from every concert ticket sold going to the registered 501c3. Created by J.Cole in 2011, The Dreamville Foundation’s mission is to reveal to youth their limitless potential through life-altering experiences. Since its inception, the organization has been dedicated to uplifting youth in Fayetteville through book clubs, essaycontests and community events. Fans who would like to make additional donations to the non-profit can do so by visiting http://www.thedreamvillefoundation.org/.

The What Dreams May Come Tour follows on the heels of J.Cole’s phenomenally popular J.Cole Dollar & A Dream Tour. In an innovative show model, fans were able to attend intimate J.Cole shows for only $1.00 USD, with venues and details being revealed the day of via Twitter. The tour, which took place leading up to the release of Born Sinner, created verifiable fan pandemonium, with concert attendees lined up hours in advanced and venues hitting capacity.

For more information on J.Cole, the What Dreams May Come Tour and Born Sinner please visit www.bornsinner.com, www.jcolemusic.com, www.Dreamvillain.net, www.RocNation.com and www.columbiarecords.com.

About J.Cole:
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, best known by his stage name J.Cole, is a German-born American hip-hop recording artist and record producer from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The first artist to be signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label, J. Cole is celebrated for his lyricism, self-produced sturdy beats and storytelling. His long-awaited debut album, entitled Cole World: The Sideline Story, was released on September 27, 2011 and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, Top R&B Albums and Top Rap Albums chart, selling more than 218,000 in its first week and has since been RIAA certified Gold. J. Cole received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist at the 54th Grammy Awards and is also a 2-time American Music Award Nominee. J. Cole released his highly anticipated, self-produced sophomore album, Born Sinner, on June 18th. The album has since hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and sold Gold.

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Next Level, INC presents Fantasia’s “Side Effects Of You Tour”

To Fantasia, life and music can never be separated. So when the 28-year-old,

Grammy Award winner titled her third album Back to Me, she was making her

current goals, both creative and personal, crystal clear.


“When I was on American Idol,” she says, “people fell in love with the young lady

who took her shoes off to come onstage, who spoke her mind and didn’t hold

anything back. They could relate because whatever I was feeling at the time, I

put that in my music.


“But after doing two albums and having the chance to do some acting,” she

continues, “I think I allowed people to influence me and change me. As an artist,

you’re always asking, ‘What’s the new sound? What’s gonna bump in the clubs?

What’s hot?,’ when really, all it takes is you being yourself. What makes us

special as artists is when we do us. So I wanted to get back to that Fantasia—the

young lady who sang from her soul and didn’t worry about what anybody else

has to say. You have to follow your heart, and most of the time when you do that,

you win.”


Fantasia Monique Barrino knows a few things about winning. Following her

triumph in the 2004 edition of American Idol, the song “I Believe” made her the

first recording artist in history to debut at Number One on the Billboard charts

with a debut single. Her album Free Yourself was certified platinum, while the

follow-up, 2006’s Fantasia, featured the number-one R&B hit ”When I See U.”

Back to Me, which includes writing and producing contributions from such

hitmakers as Ne-Yo, Claude Kelly, and Rico Love, may be Fantasia’s first new

music in over three years, but that time has hardly been quiet. For a full year, she

took on the role of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple (she is also

cast in the forthcoming film adaptation). She published her controversial memoir,

Life is Not a Fairy Tale. Most recently, following a series of personal and

professional challenges, she returned to the spotlight with the VH1 reality series

Fantasia for Real. So when it came time to focus on her music again, she was

itching to go.


Justice for Trayvon Martin Protest in New York City

Thousands of protesters from all walks of life took to the streets in New York City (Manhattan) to show their support for the Martin Family and outrage for the not guilty verdict for #george zimmerman in the #trayvonmartin case.

Traffic was blocked for miles as the NYPD Police could only stand by and observe the peaceful protest.

Sunday marked the National Blackout Day in angry response to Zimmerman’s freedom.

Another Trayvon Martin? Jordan Davis: Black, 17, and recently Shot Dead in Florida.

Thousands of people remained home from work but thousands have committed to rally ongoing around Trayvon Martin and the African American youth he represents. Millions are expected to change their Facebook profile photos to blacked out pictures, some with quotes and pictures of hoodies.

Florida Black Expo Media Release




Tre’ Tailor, Media Relations

Winn-Dixie presents the 3rd Annual Taste of Black Expo

Event features chef to president and celebrities; and Grammy winnerperformance


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 30, 2013 ) — The 2013 Florida Black Expo will shine a spotlight on the area’s best chefs, caterers and restaurants at the 3rd Annual Taste of Black Expo presented by Winn-Dixie. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the EverBank Field Touchdown Club East and will be hosted by Presidential Chef Daniel Thomas. Activities will include musical performances by Grammy Award winner Regina Belle and will feature “The Best of the Taste” Awards. New this year, attendees will vote on the Best Dessert, Best Savory and Best Display categories, in which each winner will receive $500 for their culinary expertise.

“Food is an integral part of all our lives, and there are several minority chefs and caterers in the area who deserve more exposure,”said Jeannie Jackson, VP of Marketing at Thomas Media Group, which produces Black Expo and Black Pages. “We responded to the overwhelming response to last year’s Taste by adding more vendors, offering more entertainment and by inviting Chef Thomas.”

Thomas is the former U.S. Senate head chef and catering chef for the United States Capitol, where he prepared meals for U.S. senators and their families. His Capitol Hill tenure included meal planning and preparation for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Currently a private chef, his clients include U.S. senators, elected officials and celebrities. As a strong advocate for healthy eating, Chef Daniel Thomas also serves as regional executive chef for the American Diabetes Association.

Since 1987, popular singer Regina Belle has garnered numerous awards, recorded two gold albums, one platinum album and enjoyed a string of hits including “Baby Come To Me,” “Make It Like It Was” and the Grammy Award-winning duet with Peabo Bryson, “Whole New World” from Disney’s “Aladdin” soundtrack.

Individual tickets are $50 with TMG VIP Card (by Oct. 2), $60 in advance and $70 on Oct. 4. Tickets may be purchased online atTasteofBlackExpo.eventbrite.com. A portion of proceeds from the Taste of Black Expo presented by Winn-Dixie will benefit the Jack and Jill Shannon McCants Memorial Scholarship fund to assist local graduating seniors in pursuit of pharmacy degrees at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. For more information about the Taste of Black Expo presented by Winn-Dixie, visitwww.BlackExpoSouth.com, call 800-419-2417 or 904-727-7451.