Celebrating Black Business Month
At Live Nation Special Events, every day is a chance to celebrate diversity and inclusion. But with August being Black Business Month, we wanted to put a special spotlight on Black partners and vendors in our event pros community. More than just talented business leaders, these are community builders whose strength has inspired the Live Nation Special Events team all over the country. Join us in recognizing and supporting these awesome Black entrepreneurs and professionals.
Malamiah Juice Bar- Grand Rapids, MI
In 2012, Jermale Eddie started Malamiah Juice Bar to promote holistic wellness in his community through wholesome and delicious juices and food. This year, the Malamiah Juice Bar team joined forces with The Mitten Brewing Co. for the release of “The Shift” Pale Ale, made from a special blend of fruit and vegetables from the Malamiah kitchen. This uniquely tasty brew is sold at The Mitten and proceeds fund educational programs at NAACP Grand Rapids.
The Garner Circle PR & Amount Financial- Atlanta, GA & Miami, FL
Dr. Nicole Garner Scott is a giant of Atlanta business. Her award-winning PR firm has worked with global brands and Fortune 500 corporations for over a decade. A sought after money coach, Certified Financial Educator, speaker and author, she specializes in culturally relevant financial planning. Dr. Scott has appeared as a speaker on the TED Talk stage, at the White House, and on various national news networks.
OMG BOOTH- Atlanta, GA
OMG Booth is a traditional photo booth company that has evolved from local social event photography to working with global brands like IKEA, Coca-Cola, BET Awards and more. They’ve recently partnered with Silence the Shame, a nonprofit organization that focuses on education and awareness around mental health, creating 1,000 photos for their cause in just 48 hours. OMG Booth is owned by Mose James and his wife, who also happens to be a nurse on the frontlines of the fight against the pandemic.
Felicia Hatcher- Miami, FL & Atlanta,GA
Author, speaker, tech educator and influencer, serial entrepreneur, TED Talk speaker, media queen and badass - that sums up Felecia Hatcher. Felicia’s unlikely journey to becoming a digital guru has included stops as an education consultant, social media marketer, and owner of Miami’s hottest frozen dessert truck. Today, as a leading tech-diversifier and pioneer, she’s become a national voice for Black entrepreneurs in tech.
Mosswood Events- New Orleans, LA
Mosswood Events is an emerging boutique event planning and destination management firm specializing in custom curated experiences and flawless execution. Mosswood founder Nicole Hutchinson’s value and mission is to ensure that the equity in Tourism, Convention and Incentive business coming to New Orleans is spread far and fairly to the many vendors offering services and products in the area.
Gram’s Mission BBQ- Riverside, CA
Riverside’s oldest Black-owned restaurant, Gram's Mission BBQ’s signature menu features some of the best Southern Smoked BBQ in California. They are a downtown Riverside mainstay with a warm and wonderful family atmosphere created by founder Robert Bratton and his children. You can find Gram’s Mission BBQ catering at many Live Nation Special Events, where it’s a favorite of performing artists.
Dhat Creole Grill- Riverside, CA
Dhat Creole Grill serves Creole fusion like no other! Husband and wife owners Angela and Carlo Alce’ blend their unique culture and heritage from the south and the Caribbean on every plate. Dhat Creole Grill brings their flavor to special events and artist catering.
Yancey Entertainment Service- Louisville, KY
After an accomplished career as an industrial engineer, Marshall C. Yancey turned his passion for DJing into a thriving entertainment business. Decades later, Yancey Entertainment Service has an unwavering reputation in the mobile DJ industry as an upscale, unobtrusive, highly skilled DJ service known to create high energy celebrations. Yancey Entertainment Service is passionate about detailed planning, precise execution and strategic music programming that will surpass expectations for any special event.
Detroit Youth Choir- Detroit, MI
The Detroit Youth Choir’s mission is dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts experience to youth in the local community. Their program develops their talents through music education, dance and theatrical arts. As a cherished partner of Live Nation Special Events, The DYC has provided music and inspiration for our Detroit based venues.
Carpe Diem Events- Los Angeles, CA
Known for her creativity and attention to detail, Carpe Diem Events founder Slomique Hawrylo has built a successful business planning events for corporate and celebrity clients. Her design expertise, great service and well-versed knowledge of the industry make her a valued partner to anyone seeking a stunning event experience.
Studio 2053 Floral & Event Design- San Diego, CA
Having a deep understanding of color, shape and texture, Studio 2053 brings a sense of style to their designs, making each arrangement beautiful and unique. Founder Danielle Monique approaches each event as its own entity to create a singular experience, impression and lasting memories for guests. Studio 2053’s brilliant floral creations are a reflection of their love for what they do.
Steve Cooper Lifestyles- San Diego, CA
Steve Cooper II delivers his electrifying perspective on photography, media, fashion and lifestyle. His digital media company specializes in telling stories through fine art photography and media production.
Nani Events- San Diego, CA
Kanani Young started her event management and coordinating experience as a Special Events Coordinator at one of the largest wedding/conference centers in San Diego. Through years of venue experience, Nani discovered a love for weddings, people and event coordinating. Nani Events was born in May of 2009 as a way to share that love with clients looking for a next-level event planning experience.
Shammy Dee- Southern California
Event planners across Southern California know that Shammy Dee is who you call when you need to bring the house down. He keeps dance floors filled and brings positive energy to every event he rocks. Shammy turns guests into believers.
The Write Juice- San Diego, CA
In response to the community’s need for fresh and healthy beverage options for people on the go, founder Joshlyn Turner created the Write Juice in 2019. An offshoot of Turner’s highly successful clothing brand The Write Fit, the Write Juice’s mission statement is to “blend health back into the community.” The Write Juice is available for pop up events, adding the perfect addition to gatherings of all sizes.
San Diego Urban Warriors Inc.- San Diego, CA
Dajahn A. Blevins started San Diego Urban Warriors Inc. as an educators’ tool to reach, challenge and empower San Diego youth to be healthy and fit through the arts. SDUW’s Kuumba (Swahili for “creativity”) Fest brings together community leaders, local performers and celebrities for an annual audience that averages 5,000. From gospel to hip-hop and theater to dance, San Diego’s Kuumba Fest presents a wide variety of arts that celebrate Black American culture.
More than just showcasing these businesses for one month, Live Nation Special Events is dedicated to increasing diversity at every level of our company. As the leader in live events, we aim to amplify the conversation around Black leaders and take the necessary steps to put diversity center stage!
If you’re a Black business owner looking to work with Live Nation Special Events, visit our venue websites and contact us today!