In the spotlight!

Juneteenth celebration at Cadman Park -In the Spotlight- Black Owned Business's and Performers

It’s an honor to have @cassandracatolouis back to perform this year! She’s going to end the show with an oration.

Cassandra Cato-Louis, Artistic Director of African Repertory Troupe, has received numerous awards for her acting, volunteerism and activism.

Co-Author of How to Marry a Black Man: The Real Deal, (with Monique Jellerette deJongh) & the soon to be published, “Mommy’s Grrlz”, (with Dr. Danné Davis), ‘Cato’ has been an Art-ivist (arts activist) for the last 25 years. She uses art as a way of changing the world and herself.

Cato was ecstatic to have performed in the world premiere of Ntozake Shangé’s last work, “Lost in Language & Sound”; and to have been called and been ‘Zake’s “Friend”.

Cassandra can be seen in the film, “Stronger” with #jakegyllenhaal

Recently she covered a Red Carpet event for the Anti human trafficking organization Mouva Now!

She currently hosts the Frank Wilkins’ Vocalists’ showcase and jazz jam session at the historic nightclub Slade’s, in Boston.

Meet Martha, owner of @vision_words

Her creation is genius! Sticky notes with positive affirmations that you can put anywhere to give yourself and loved ones a boost of confidence and a reminder of self love. She expanded the brand to include Candles that compliment this lifestyle!

She’ll have all her goodies at our Juneteenth Celebration!

Monique Autumn Carter is the creator of @canjiclo , a streetwear unisex clothing line established in April 2020. The name Canji means ‘change’ in the language of Hausa, used in West Africa, northern Niger, and Nigeria. The mission of the brand is to inspire the embracement of change and growth, which is also the meaning behind the logo. She was motivated to start designing clothes because she wanted to be able to wear clothes that she created herself, inspired by brands like Billionaire Boys Club, Heron Preston, Off-White, and Bape. Her personal goals are to create change in her communities, inspire people to make changes in their personal lives, continue creating authentic clothes, and meet amazing people.

We are overjoyed to have Jacqueline Johnson back again this year with a poetry performance!

Jacqueline is the author of A Woman’s Season, on Main Street Rag Press and A Gathering of Mother Tongues, published by White Pine Press. Her work has appeared in: Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, 2022. She is at work on a short story collection “How to Stop A Hurricane.” She is a Cave Canem Fellow and Black Earth Institute Fellow.

We are scheduled to start performances at 1pm. Don’t miss it!
📍Sunday, June 19th 12-4pm

The GOWANUS Drill Team is coming back again! Don’t miss it!
📍Sunday, June 19th 12-4pm