Join us at the Bay Area Black Expo!

Bay Area Black Expo September 8 and 9 from 10-6 at the           Oakland Mariott Convention Center

The Grand Lake Health Center will be donating free spinal and joint screening exams for all attendees. A special rate will be granted to all attendees who wish to continue with care. Come out and join us!

OAKLAND/ BAY AREA, CA—The original “Black Expo” national tour was established in the mid-1970’s in New York City.  The Oakland, CA expo was eliminated from the national urban city tour in 1996. Refusing to allow the San Francisco Bay Area community to miss out on learning about available products, talents and services that the expo had to offer, licensed clinical psychologist and businesswoman Dr. C. Diane Howell established “Black Expo LTD,” and independently-produced an adaptation of the touring exposition until her untimely passing in 2008. With only a one-year interruption, Rose Lyles and Laura Wright brought a Black Expo back to the Bay Area with successful productions in 2010 and 2011—both yielding 100% booth occupancy and over 7,000 attendees each year.

This year, marketing guru J. Alton Byrd has joined Lyles to co-produce the two-day affair. With energetic support from corporate, community, social and media partners, the event’s producers plan for the 2012 Bay Area Black Expo to be the Bay Area’s largest and most comprehensive multi-ethnic trade expo ever. Bay Area Black Expo will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, 2012 at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, downtown  Oakland,  CA.  Additionally,  in  recognition  of  outstanding  Bay  Area  community partners, Bay Area Black Expo will host its inaugural Magnificent Seven Awards Gala® (a black- tie affair) Wednesday, September 5th at the exquisite Mira Vista Golf & Country Club in El Cerrito, CA.

The spectacular 2012 Expo will showcase and celebrate Bay Area’s diverse community with offerings that will include the awards gala; entrepreneur workshops; healthy cooking  demonstrations  with  Cuisine  Noir  Magazine  and  celebrity  chefs;  fitness  classes; fraternity/sorority step show; celebrity “Inside the Artist Studio” interviews; a powerful spirit-led gospel show; and special celebrity guest performers and speakers, in addition to the many exhibits  by  art  &  craft,  retail,  social,  corporate,  and  health  care  vendors  and  exhibitors. Admittance costs are: $10.00 general admission; $5.00 children, students with ID, and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door and online via PayPal at

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