Melanated Monday Black Business Spotlight: African Street Fest

Melanated Monday Black Business Spotlight: African Street Fest

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Melanated Monday Black Business Spotlight. This is where The Afropreneurial Community will showcase a Black owned businesses event that deserves more of our business. we saw it as only right to showcase the city in a positive light. We will judge every place on accessibility, atmosphere, professionalism, and of course their food/product.

Next stop on our spotlight isThe African Street Fest here in Nashville. They host this popular every year in Hadley Park to close out the Summer and welcome us to Fall . There are some great things to highlight in regards to this event. 

It’s amazing to have so many black business, local or out of town, come together and create a community that is a safe space as well. The festival is 3 days long starting on Friday and ending on Sunday. It is filled with black owned businesses ranging from African clothing to to natural skincare products. You can get a new outfit while starting or continuing a skin/hair care regimen. 

When you walk in to the center of  Hadley Park, you walk into the smell of Jerk chicken and the true essence of Black Nashville Culture. Each day has a different type of entertainment for the crowd at the stage that is central to the fest. You see the strength and support that our community truly possesses. You can enter the fest from any direction depending if you want to shop or eat first. You see familiar faces from years past and see new faces you hope to see again as you build your network. 

The customer service was a different experience from tent to tent. Some people strike up a conversation as if you had been best friends for years and others let you shop in peace but were there to answer questions if you had any. We saw several friends of the Community from Christiana of Threads by Dreads to Gwendolyn of Colored Essentials. These were just a few businesses we love to support. We have major plans to visit and support more.

Everyone was nice and relaxed at this event.We enjoyed each other’s company. We really came together as a community. We know this can be a consistent reality in Nashville. We hope this fest continues to grow and becomes a consistent attraction for Black Nashville. Can’t wait for next year! 

Where should we go next? Let us know in the comments! 


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