Saturday, May 2, 2009

LOS ANGELES BLACK BUSINESS EXPO Marks 20th Year




The Los Angeles Black Business Expo (BBX) celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 1-3.

 

BBX Founder and President Harold Hambrick came to California in 1961 with the dream of becoming a positive change agent in the community.  Back then, people were fighting a war on poverty; now they're fighting a war for recovery, he said, pondering whether Black people are better off now than before.  "We've got a lot of work to do," Mr. Hambrick said during a recent interview.




Mr. Hambrick and his numerous partners have maintained the BBX, which showcases hundreds of Black-owned businesses as the premiere business networking event of the year in Los Angeles.  Take a peek at www.blackbusinessexpo.com.





[photos:  Charlene Muhammad] 



(Center) 34-year-old entrepreneur Dwayne Ferguson, his daughter Dominique (left) and Jessica, at the BBX.  Mr. Ferguson owns and operates BlackXChange.net, a FREE online networking directory of Black businesses, professionals, non-profit organizations, service providers, entertainers, and educators.


 BlackXChange.net travels the nation via super-sized RVs.  They were a favorite at the BBX and are coming to a city near you.  Next stop - Texas.  Look for them soon Nevada - California - Kansas - Florida - Virginia - Georgia - Louisiana - New York and Arizona.  Mr. Ferguson's exhibit was a favorite at the BBX.  



Artist and Muralist Mohammed Mubarak showcases his oil on canvas portrait of President Barack Obama titled "44th" at the BBX.  (www.mubarakart.com) 




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Reverend J.J. (Gangsters For Christ non-profit, religious organization for education and development), Ms. Jones ("The Multiplication Lady" who educates through motivational CDs and DVDs), and Donald Jones (Gangsters For Christ), pause for the Final Call at the BBX.








(www.GangstersForChrist.net, www.UrbanEdutainmentOnline.com)