click to enlarge Melanated Fridays
Philip Danner
MELANATED Fridays take place in the up and coming Britton District near Britton Road and Western Avenue.

The Food Truck & Poetry Edition of “MELANATED Fridays” will take place at 1335 W. Britton Road from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 19. Admission is $5.

The monthly “MELANATED Fridays” event series is hosted and presented by LaToya Robinson (CEO/Owner of Jo’Mae Custom Creations LLC), Rachel Handy (Owner of Zen Event Space LLC), and MegaWaat The DJ (aka Miech Watson).

Robinson said the mission of these events is to create a place for the Melanated community to come together, work on healing from collective trauma, move toward economic prosperity, and strengthen their businesses.

“We wanted to provide experiences that not only allow the melanin community to put money back into itself but also allow us as a broken community an opportunity to heal from within to rebuild what we once called “Black Wall Street,” she said.

The title of the event series is a playful response to the shopping holiday “Black Friday.”

“In regards to the holiday, ‘Black Friday,’ we wanted to shed some lightness and put a positive spin on things for those who are Melanated and have small businesses to have the opportunity to come together as a people and be the gods and goddesses we hold within to reunite, rebuild and grow,” Robinson said.

The Nov. 19 event is indoors, open to all ages, and will offer food from local food trucks as well as recitations of poetry in an open mic poetry contest.

Local vendors will include Bar None Mobile Wine & Spirits, Major’s Smoke Pit, Big Bob’s BBQ, among others. The following event will be Dec. 17 in the same location.

For the pandemic-conscious, Robinson has taken measures to provide a healthy, safe, and fun event.

“People should expect a COVID-free environment, masks required inside, a variety type of shopping experiences, as we will have a variety of small melanin-owned businesses to shop from, [and] music entertainment provided by Megawaat The DJ,” she said.

For more information about signing up for the poetry contest or to register your business for future events, contact Jo’Mae Custom Creations LLC (LaToya Robinson) and follow on Facebook.

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