The 2017 Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival


The 3rd Annual Houston Black Heritage Festival made its mark on the city this past weekend in a day filled with fun for the whole family! The event celebrates the culture, business, arts, and ingenuity of African-Americans impact across the world. Featured elements of the festival included a fashion show highlighting local Black designers, a vendor village complete numerous Black-owned businesses, the Interactive Youth Zone with games and activities for children of all ages, and live entertainment throughout the day on the Discovery Green stage. The founder of the Black Heritage Festival, Mr. Richard Andrews, took time to recognize and honor a few of Houston’s leaders who have made an impact on the city in some way. These honorees included:

  • Darian Ward – Press Secretary, City of Houston
  • Isaiah Carey – Reporter, Fox 26 News and The Isaiah Factor
  • Willard Jackson – Vice Chairman/Owner, Ebony Magazine
  • Velma Trayham – CEO, Thinkzilla
  • Percy Creuzot III – Owner, Frenchy’s Chicken
  • Larry Green – Houston City Councilman, District K
  • Larry Johnson – Development Director, KTSU
  • Darryl King – CEO, Principle Partnering Group, LLC
  • Sylvester Turner – Mayor, City of Houston

After a full day of performances and entertainment from local talent, the night ending with live performances from Grammy-nominated artist Elle Varner and R&B veteran Eric Benet. Both gave energetic shows, livening the crowd and spreading love to their fans. State Representative Shawn Thierry presented Eric Benet with a proclamation from the State Capital, thanking him for his social activism and building up his community. Headlining and ending the full day of events was R&B songstress Tamia. She wowed the crowd with her electric performance and sent everyone home on a high note. The entire event was very inspiring as it celebrated every aspect of black culture. We can’t wait to see what next year’s event will bring!


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