Monday, August 25, 2008

OUT 455-17th Annual MISSOURI BLACK EXPO at AMERICA's CENTER August 23

BROTHERS THREE. YOURS TRULY, Ma'at Atkins posed up with STL area 2004 American Idol contestants Deandre Perryman (left) and Nikko Smith (right). Check out the pics below and see who was there and what else was goin on at the Expo on this day!

Photos by Ma'atology and Erica Brooks, Professional Freelance Photographer
St. Louis American Newspaper (CENTER TOP PIC)




Comedian Joe Torry addressed the young audience about education during the GEAR UP Summit as Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr and his daughter Aloha Mischeaux looked on.


RIGHT: The panel

LEFT: The crowd. BOTTOM RIGHT: St. Louis native author Lyah Beth Leflore spoke.












Veteran DJ Spinderella spoke as well. She also brought her 15 year old daughter (left) who also spoke.


STL signer Tydis, Tony Scott Morning Show producer Arika Parr and Nikko Smith were also on the panel.












Parr spoke on determaination.



RIGHT: The young man asked Aloha was she single which got the crowd screaming in laughter.








Nikko spoke on his experience on American Idol. Also pictured is STL rapper Hakeem tha Dream.











The Young Men of Vision also attended and participated in the Summit. They are yoiung males group from Riverview Gardens High School.









The panel and fans.








Joe Torry with his parents who were on the panel and gave their inisights and wisdom to the youth in the crowd.













The Torrys with John Haigler (far left) and 100 Balck Men's Jacque Land(far right), who helped with this year's Prostate Cancer Walk.












Aloha speaking with one of her fans after the Summit.
















Two STL Comics. Expo host Arvin Micthell and Torry

















Nikko signed an autograph for a fan.















The Men of Vision particpated in the Gear Up Step Show.














Patrons at the Expo.




















The Crowd

















One of the vendors sold Barack t-shirts





















Patrons at the vendors.





















A young lady gets made up at the Hayah Cosmetics booth.























The House of Payne booth was there. The TBS workers gave free health screenings. The cast of House of Payne were not there.





















WGNU-TV host Eric Rogers (right) interviewed Prostate cancer survivor Melvhi Shahid


























Singer Will Downing also was interviewed about his ongoing battle with the muscle disease Polymyositis.





























Dr. James (middle) spoke on the importance of health as the interviewees looked on including author Elizabeth Atkins, left, who lost 100 plus pounds.



















Book panelists from the Literary Corner . They also particpated in the Hue Man Bookstore book signing for fans.




























Panelists included Good Times stars Ralph Carter and Bern Nadette Stanis. Stanis talkked about her book, "Situations 101." She as well as Carter also said they will work on a project about their experiences on TV and the groundbreaking show "Good Times."































Former SWV artist and I Married a Baller star Tamara "Taj" George and her book partner/Baller co-star Katrina Chambers talked about their book, "
Player HateHer: How to Avoid the Beat down and Live in a Drama-Free World "


























Former Miss USA/actress Kenya Moore spoke about her book, Game, Get Some!
































She also did the famous Miss USA wave for the crowd.


































Downing spoke on his photobook, Unveiled Series































Author Essence Atkins miked an excerpt from her book,
White Chocolate

































My Two Cents star April Silver and author Lamumba talked about their book
How to be a Father to a Child.

































Lyah Beth Leflore, the only STL native author, talke dabout her best selling book, I Got Your back" with R&B signers Eddie Levert and his late son R&B singer Gerald Levert. Eddie was supposed to make the event but had a scheduling problems with his flight.




































Author and motivational speaker Rev. Dr. Susan Johnson -Cook brought the house down talking about her experiences as well as her insights from her book
Too Blessed to be Stressed.



































Who is the rock star in that Star Trek gadget? Well, its 100.3 The beat's Kiki the 1st Lady and she volunteered her grill at the dental booth.






































A sign adverstising Bern Nadette Stanis' appearance at the Expo.







































A fan gets her book signed from Rev. Cook.







































So Diverse's Jameelah E. in her office attire who was at the booth promoting her involvement with 5 Links.








































Will Downing speaking to an adoring fan.









































Silver, Lamumba, and George talking with their fans.







































Good Times star Ralph Carter also spoke with some of his admiring fans.













































Patrons vending












































Mitchell and a volunteer from the audience. The contest was an impromptu singing contest and this guy sang "Lift Every Voice and Sing," while eating cookies. LOL.













































Local comedian Reggie Reg entertained the crowd.











































Therre's expo volunteer Glynnis Armstrong (center) with East St. Louis native singer/2004 American Idol contestant Deandre Perryman and (right) and his manager (left)
















































They also had boxing for the patrons.

















































A coach with his youth boxer.

















































Rope a Dope Style





















































From the crowd's P.O.V.





































































































A pic of the Mazdas on display.




















































The new issue of Black Pages forecasting the new President and First Lady in January 2009!
























































The Aalim West Indian Dance team also performed
























































Hips Don't Lie!






















































Expo hosts Mitchell and Fox 2 vet personality Bonita Cornute

























































The award winning Matiff Dance Company turned it out.


























































And bent it down!


























































The EYEKON featuring FACE OFF Fashion Show was also a highlight that evening.































































Showcasing dazzling fashions.

























































And fashions for lil ones.
































































Diva style



































































Daring men style




























































The youngsters stole the show.













































































The local designers who particpated in the Expo show.























































STL singer Silky Sol and Maxx Entertainment's Big Maxx attended the event as supporters.




































































Nikko Smith also performed




































































He sang an excerpt of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," and full versions of Usher's "Love in the Club" and Maroon 5's "if I Never See Your Face Again."











NOTE: R&b legends Zapp and Spinderella also performed after Nikko Smith.


















































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