Saturday November 18th marked the inaugural Be Expo Baltimore event that took place at the Baltimore Convention Center. Hosted by the Baltimore area markets of the Urban One/Radio One stations, it was a day of empowerment, shopping, beauty makeovers, fashion, education pavilion, culinary experiences, panel discussions, product sampling, celebrity interviews, health screenings and performances from some of your favorite artists representing R&B, hip-hop and inspiration.
I’m a native Baltimorean, and it was a breath of fresh air to have an event like this back in the city, because we haven’t had anything to this magnitude since The People’s Expo, which ended around the early 00’s. The event gave the perfect opportunity for the community to come out and just BE themselves, apologetically. If you know anything about this city, you know that the locals are not afraid to let you know who they are, or where they are from!
The elements of empowerment were on a level of 1,000, and included panels with Cynthia Bailey, Roxanne Shante, Jay Morrison, Dr. Wendy O., seminars on building wealth through real estate, a series on fatherhood, building your own brand and a few other treats. In the midst of walking through the convention center, the eager expo attendees stopped to shop at the various local vendors setup, and once their feet were tired from perusing around, they made their way to the Amerigroup main stage to cop a seat for the many live performances.
Some of R&B’s mainstains, from both yesteryear and today were setting the pace for the day with their smooth sounds. It was pretty obvious that the ladies were running things, as the first lady of Bad Boy, Ms. Faith Evans, Sevyn Streeter, and London Savoy lead the pack for entertainment, while Jaheim, Ricky Dillard and Doug E. Fresh let it be known that the fellas were STILL in the place!
If you stayed around, you may have also caught appearances by some local celebrities, such as Mayor. Catherine Pugh and Marilyn Mosby, who took pictures with the people that they serve on a daily basis.
All in all, the event appeared to be a success and everyone who walked through the doors had nothing but good comments, which are grounds for us hopefully seeing a 2nd annual expo next year. Urban One, the people of Baltimore City have spoken…we hope you are listening!
Check out the photos taken by Jasmine Simms.