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African-American Festival Review by Phinesse Demps Visuals by Porter Brown

You know you’re truly somethin’ special. And I’ll keep you right here in my heart baby, and you know I’m sincere. You know you’re truly somethin’ special and I’ll keep you right here.”- After 7

The Baltimore County Annual African-American Festival was held in Towson, Maryland, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 just outside the courthouse area. Celebrating 21 years of great pride and tradition, this was by far truly something special indeed!

From a cultural standpoint and entertainment aspect, this festival was one of the best. There were local performances by the likes of Aaron Hill, The Fruition Experience and Therron Fowler.

The headliners were Eric Roberson and After 7.

 

Judging by the crowds reaction, After 7 was the showstopper. Running through their string of hits and select album cuts, After 7 clearly showed that they still had the stage presence and chops to showcase what a real show is and how it should be done. The mood and weather were perfect and made for a wonderful evening.

The entertainment was not the only excitement. When covering these events, we try to look for potential stories and articles that capture the essence of the festival. For example, we found the author of the book, #BlackTravel. In this book, the editors at Griots Republic, a premier black travel magazine, take you around the world in a collection of personal essays written by everyday adventurers.

#BlackTravel

We also met Danyell Williams, the owner of Illicit Raw Vintage, who owns a specialty vintage shop that includes resale items and personal styling.

Danyell Williams, the owner of Illicit Raw Vintage

In the form of art, we met Laura Benson and her original art. These stories and interviews are coming soon to Indie Soul Magazine.

In the form of art, we met Laura Benson and her original art

The other aspect of the festival we enjoyed was the MAD LOVE being shown. There was love of couples, love of people, and seeing Black fathers with their children (especially their sons) live and in color was the icing on top! This just proves that mainstream media cares more about stereotypes than they do the truth!

 

#IndieSoulMagazine will always do it #ForTheCulture!

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