The 2014 Black Expo is in Columbia this week, with a full slate of events, speakers, workshops and just-for-fun activities.
The Expo starts Monday with a panel discussion titled “Young, Black and Talented” at Soco in the Vista. The discussion will feature 10 “up-and-coming young professionals who will share their success and challenges,” said Tre Tailor, spokesman for the Black Expo.
The panel discussion will be held from 6-9 p.m. SOCO is at 823 Gervais St. in downtown Columbia. Admission is $15 in advance (blackexpoybt.eventbrite.com) or $20 at the door.
Other events scheduled include:• Power of Praise: Youth and young adult praise performances. Tuesday at 7 p.m. at FROG Lounge (7201 Parklane Rd.). Admission is a nonperishable food item for First Nazareth Food Pantry.
• Business Opportunity Summit: Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Brookland Banquet and Conference Center (1022 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia). The speaker will be Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Calvin H. Elam, USAF, whose talk, “What Do You Mean, You Didn’t Know?” discusses self-reliance and achieving a well-spent life.
• Golf Tournament: Friday at 10 a.m. at Cobblestone Golf Course.
• Taste of Black Columbia: Friday from 7-11 p.m. at EdVenture and Coble Park , featuring local chefs, caterers and restaurants, as well as live music and an art village. Tickets are $65-$150 and available at www.Tobc2014.eventbrite.com.
• Annual Columbia Black Expo: Saturday 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. This event includes vendors, Greek village, health fair and a Black Male Summit. Tickets are $15, or $12 with a VIP card. Kids 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the door.
Tailor said the Black Male Summit is the focus for this year’s Expo season, which began in March in Charleston. The panel discussion will take place on the main stage from 12-2 p.m. with author, activist and media personality Michael Baisden serving as moderator and actor and hip-hop artist Bow Wow serving as host.