Celebration of Black Arts ( CBA) is July 1- 31, 2018. Check out our events schedule for more details!


Tanisha Dunham is a Wedding, Lifestyle and Editorial Photographer. Prior to her photography career she served as a full time Elementary School teacher. The connections she made with children and families were indescribable. She absolutely enjoys connecting with people on a daily basis and as a photographer still gets to do what she loves, even outside of the classroom. She connects and captures the essence of her clients and their most pivotal moments.

Stephanie Keene is a Philadelphia-based writer and creative. She owns Incense, Trap, & Yoga, an apparel line that celebrates the intersectionality of human experiences. Her social justice work includes decarceration and domestic violence education. Stephanie is co-host and co-creator of two podcasts: The Slept On and 3 Black Femmes. She is the founding editor and curator of Beyond the Block, an online publication for writers who are incarcerated or imprisoned. A proud graduate of the first HBCU, Lincoln University (PA), she is an advocate working for the freedom of all people.

Melissa Simpson is a freelance journalist, blogger, writer, IT specialist and Temple University student. The Philly native began her freelance career in 2012 and has since written for XPN's The Key, Jump magazine, PhillyVoice, Technical.ly Philly, Philly.com and Generocity. Melissa explores her creative writing skills through prose, short stories and creative nonfiction. Much of her work relates to blackness and contemporary womanhood. In addition to her work as a writer, she assists with event planning and programming for cineSPEAK, a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the representation of people of color in media.

“Creative, visionary, and inspiring” are just a few words used to describe Commissioner Danielle P. Jeter. Jeter’s a graduate of Spelman College where she majored in history, dance, and theater arts. After honing her skills through her experiences serving as Director of Marketing with several Atlanta based companies, Danielle decided to take her unique combination of art education, communication skills, leadership, and expertise to launch her own business.  Jeter founded AOI Events & PR in 2009, a global full service creative communications firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, which specializes in event production and public relations, representing clients internationally. As a sought after social innovator and civic leader in Philadelphia and South Jersey. The African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ, and DE named Jeter the Young Professional of the Year, where she was instrumental in founding the current Young Professional Network at the AACC. Danielle P. Jeter received the Next Generation of Women Leaders Risings Stars Award by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and the Philadelphia City Council. Jeter was honored by Influencing Action as a Woman Born to Make History in the Philadelphia Weekly Newspaper. For her dedication to civic empowerment and capacity to mobilize the community, Jeter was appointed to serve as the Chair for the Public Relations Committee and Chair for the Millennial Youth Committee with the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP. The Philadelphia Tribune Newspaper named Danielle P. Jeter, one of the most influential African Americans in Philadelphia under 40 Years Old for her ability to inspire and lead. Joan Shepp named Danielle A Woman of Style & Substance during Black History Month for the outstanding work she is doing in the community and with her professional career. Most recently, Radio One has recognized Commissioner Jeter as one of BOOM 103.9 FM’s Top 30 under 30 Influential Millennials In Philadelphia. Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf appointed Danielle P. Jeter to the Commission on African American Affairs, responsible for advising the Governor on initiatives needed for the advancement of the black community. Passionate about the creative arts, social change, economic empowerment and global impact, Jeter is devoted to developing the next generation of leaders, women’s empowerment, and making sure good stories about great people doing impactful work is highlighted in the media.

Think Fashion offers image consulting and personal shopping for men and women provided by stylist, Jazmine Gould. 


Friday July 6, 7-9pm - "Brand Your Cool: A Panel With Women Self Starters"

Sunday July 22, 11am - 4pm - Pop Up Shop with Think Fashion


Special Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors and Partners

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