The 2016 African American Festival (AAF) performance lineup has been revealed. Seasoned R&B singers including Joe Thomas, Angie Stone, Estelle and Goapele will grace the main stage, which will be held from July 2-3 in Baltimore.
Hosted by actress Vivica A. Fox and actor Jonathon Slocumb, this year’s AAF will celebrate 40 years of African American life, music and culture in the Baltimore community.
“The African American Festival has been a cultural gem in the Baltimore community for 40 years and I am proud to continue to make this a free event for the entire family to enjoy. We look forward to hosting everyone during the 4th of July holiday weekend,” stated the Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, mayor of Baltimore.
Attendees can also look forward to new programs and experiences.
“We’re expanding our footprint to include more activations that touch the heart and health of our community,” says Shelonda Stokes, African American Festival producer.
The AAF will debut expanded experiences that will be must-see attractions during the weekend:
- Brown Girl Village –Young girls will be introduced to several inaugural events, such as Brown Girl Code, a session which will expose brown girls to STEM and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Community Connection – An interactive festival partnership between Outward Bound and the Baltimore Police Department.
- Bronner Brothers Beauty Bar –This fashion & beauty pavilion will introduce festival attendees to new products and services that help maintain or create a new look!
- Health and Wellness Pavilion –Attendees will have the opportunity obtain health screenings, fitness demonstrations and information on achieving optimal health, sponsored by Care First.
- Citywide Prayer – Prominent pastors will come together on Sunday for fellowship and a citywide prayer.
- Culture Tent – Attendees will have the opportunity to research their DNA and Genealogy.
- Next Level – This employment & education tent includes education institutions and employers who will provide resumé enhancement tips, interview formalities, education and career opportunities.
For more information about the African American Festival, visit africanamericanfestival.net.