Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — With over 100 vendors, gorgeous actress Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), R&B singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”), and actor Flex Alexander (UPN’s “One on One”) excited the crowd with laughter and encouraging words during the official Bay Area Black Expo at the Oakland Coliseum. This past Saturday, over 3,000 people showed up at the Oakland Coliseum to see the entertainment, participate in a Home Buyers Auction and receive information on Loan Modifications. In addition, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation held a blood drive to help find donors who can make a difference and Kaiser Permanente had a Wii Fitness Pavilion where they promoted nutrition and health prevention.
“I was able to get information on how to save my home during the ‘How To Prevent A Loan Default’ workshop” stated Daphne Lopes, an attendee who was attending the Black Expo at the Oakland Coliseum.
Prior to Saturday, a Pre-Black Expo dinner gala, the Diamond Diversity Awards, was held at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. The awards show was hosted by CW’s Talk Show Host Dr. Brenda Wade and KTVU Channel 2’s anchor Dave Clark. A Caribbean-style dinner was served while $10,000 in scholarship dollars was given to deserving students planning to enter into college this coming fall. The Diamond Diversity Awards ended the night with a powerful performance by R&B singer Kenny Lattimore.
“Congratulations on bringing the Black Expo back to Oakland,” stated Oakland Vice Mayor Jean Quan to the new Co-Executive Producers, Laura Wright and Rose Lyles during the Diamond Diversity Awards.
On Sunday, another 2,000 people arrived and the Bay Area Black Expo kicked-off the celebrations by partnering with The Oakland Raiders to host Raiders Family Day which included appearances from several Raiderettes and Raiders players together with Line Backer, Sam Williams. More than a few prized NFL ‘Hall Of Fame’ memorabilia items were given to winners during the Raiders competition and trivia.
“The Oakland Raiders are happy to support the Bay Area Black Expo and are glad the expo is being held at the Coliseum,” said Monica Tucker, Marketing Representative for The Oakland Raiders.
In addition to sports enthusiast activities, the expo featured a 40 minute performance by R&B/Gospel singer Shirley Murdock and appearance by actor Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game). Lastly, the expo has a cooking contest, “Top Chef,” hosted by Nikki Shaw, where Ribs-N-Things BBQ was crowned ‘Top Chef’ of the Bay. More information can be found at http://www.BayAreaBlackExpo.com or by calling 510-786-6075.