Schedule of Events

Events are subject to change. Follow us @texasblackexpo for updates.

Signature Events

Friday | May 19, 2023

8:00A - 11:15A | Coffee and Conversation Business Series


  • 8:00A – 9:00A – Speaker: Shawn Taylor, Franchising 101 w/ Shawn Taylor
  • 9:15A – 9:35A – Speaker: Tarji Carter, Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Franchise Series: Finding the Right Franchise and Creating Business Systems
  • 9:35A – 10:00A – Speaker: Carlos White, Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Franchise Series: Structuring Your Business to Succeed/Legal Structure of Franchises
  • 10:15A – 10:35AJames Davis, Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Franchise Series: How to Build Wealth By Franchising Your Business
  • 10:40A – 11:15AHost: Tarji Carter, Franchise Opportunities in Texas (Fuddruckers, Smoothie King, Williams Chicken)

This breakfast event is an opportunity for small business owners to gain insight from Houston’s most successful business leaders, get tips on finding the right franchise, learn how to systematize your business for sale, and understand creative ways to finance a business acquisition. This year, Shawn Taylor leads a lively panel discussion on “Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Franchise,” and special guests Tarji Carter, Carlos White and James Davis join us for featured conversations on “Finding the Right Franchise”, “Creating Business Systems”, “Structuring Your Business to Succeed with Legal Structure of Franchises” plus “How to Build Wealth By Franchising Your Business”.

11:00A - 12P | VIP Reception


  • E2 Honors
  • Meet & Greet

11:30A - 1:03P | Corporate Awards Luncheon


Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Keynote Speaker

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of service to the community with NBA Hall of Famer and legend Earvin Magic Johson.  We believe that economic prosperity creates awesome communities.  This is your opportunity to be a part of history and network with high net worth individual, high profile CEO’s, executive and community leaders. Reserve a VIP table today which includes admission for one to a private reception and photo with NBA Legend Magic Johnson and TBE Founder Jerome D. Love.  A delicious 3-course lunch will be served, and business attire is preferred.

2:45P - 3:45P | Texas Black Expo's Black Investors Roundtable and Access to Capital Event


Eric M. Goodie will present on recovery services including financial assistance, access to capital, contracting and procurement assistance, marketing, operations, business development and exporting; industry-specific training

3:45 P | Business Workshop Hosted by Black Entrepreneurs Week (Phil Yates)


Texas Black Expo’s Black Investors Roundtable and Access to Capital Event

This event will include a Rocket Pitch Competition with a CASH PRIZE, networking activities and content to help you build personal relationships with investors, and your peers, who are facing the same challenges and opportunities as you in the market.

Session One: Learn how you can access capital online through the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program and Lender Match technology portal. Presenters include Tim Jeffcoat, SBA District Director.

Session Two: The Black Investors Roundtable will consist of investors from venture capital and private equity firms, angel investors, commercial bankers and other financial experts from each level of the capital stack having conversations and keynotes around the state of capital markets, keys to raising capital in this tough economy, and informal networking.

For information contact Eric Goodie at [email protected].

6:00P | Professional Networking Happy Hour


Let’s celebrate at an exclusive networking reception for Texas’ top business leaders and young professionals to eat, drink and exchange ideas. This event allows attendees to grow their professional network and connect with people in various industries. In partnership with Houston Millennials, 100 Black Men Metropolitan Houston Chapter and others.

Saturday | May 20, 2023

Consumer Show

George R. Brown Convention Center serves as the hub for thousands of people. Attendees get to shop products from local businesses, test the latest tech gadgets as well as attend empowerment seminars and hair shows. All day attraction and activities for kids make this event fun for the entire family.  Cooking demonstrations, a robotics competition, inflatable and bouncy house for the kids, fitness demonstrations as well as a health pavilion where you can get a full check and screening for FREE!  Workshop include: Real Estate Investments 101, Building Your Business Brand Through Social Media, plus the Business of Hip-Hop H-Town Legends panel with Madd Hatta, Kiotti Brown, and Lil Keke.

11A-5P | Health Stage

One of our most exciting exhibition stages is our Health Stage which will feature an array of high intensity and interactive demonstrations such as Zumba, Hip-Hop Aerobics, Yoga, kickboxing and so much more.  If you are serious about your health, be sure to stop by this stage.

Free Event!

10A – 12PM, 4PM-6PM | Game Day


Extended programming with Onaje Barnes

Free Event!

Main Stage

Main event is home to most of our signature events and workshops including: Reading With a Rapper Youth Symposium, Game Day Real Estate Investment Forum, Social media and Branding, ChatGPT, Family Game Day and the Business of Hip Hop featuring H-Town Legends Madd Hatta, Kiotti Brown, and Lil KeKe.

10:00A - 10:45A | Line Dance Exposition

Hosted by Houston Parks and Recreation

Free Event!

11A-11:45A | Reading with a Rapper


Reading with a Rapper Jarren Small

A live RWAR demo led by curriculum writer featuring an appearance from artist BuddieRoe and Q&A

Free Event!

12:00P-1:00P | The Business of Hip Hop Panel


Hosted by: MADD HATTA

Features Keke, Kiotti, DJ Jque and Q&A

Free Event!

1:15P-2:45P | Real Estate Game Day


Hosted by Onaje Barnes

Everything you need to know to get started in Real Estate.

Features: Al Johnson, Carlos Callahan, Brandy Sams, Chris Senegal, Courtney Johnson Rose, RB the Realtor, Malaki Sims

Free Event!

3P-4:00P | BLACK WOMEN & MONEY, Power, Respect Panel


Hosted by: SKY HOUSTON

Features: Sheryl Swoopes, Nathalie Nicole, Ashley Kashley, Brittany Noel, Felicia Kelly and Cherrice Browne

Free Event!

4P-5:00P | FREE GAME: Hustling Higher with Social Media and Branding and Digital Real Estate

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM MAIN STAGE

Features Dessie Brown, Alquinica “Akanundrum” Selolwane

Free Event!

5P-6P | TECH TALK: Chat GPT, AI and Data Systems

Features Marcus Bowers and Guest panelists Luis Estrella and Diane Laidlaw

Free Event!

Sunday, May 21, 2023

11A-4P | Wellness Stage

Juice and Spin

Free Event!


Games Live

Free Event!


3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Hosted by LaTerras R. Whitfield

Free Event!


Hosted by Jerome D. Love with special guests: Just Whit, Rushion McDonald and Danyel Surrency Jones

The Black Money Tree, hosted by Jerome D. Love aims to empower you to build wealth, so that you can build your community. At The Black Money Tree our goal is to empower wealth creation and create economic self-sufficiency in order to empower generations to come. Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never enjoy. The Black Money Tree records LIVE from The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Texas Black Expo on Sunday, May 21st! Join us as part of our live audience at the George R. Brown Convention Center, featuring some of our guests in Business, Philanthropy and Entertainment.

Free Event!

Diva Dialogue

Ladies don’t miss the 12th annual Diva Dialogue Womens forum. This women’s empowerment seminar features high profile women in business and entertainment. Past guest include Vivica Fox, Elise Neal, Sybil Wilkes, Angela Yee, LaToya Luckett and many more.  Attendees get the opportunity to discuss topics impacting today’s modern woman.

Free Event!

Kids Adventure Zone

Watch your kid’s imagination come to life in the TBE Summer Celebration Kids Adventure Zone, sponsored by Amerigroup. In the Kids Adventure Zone, your children will have access to all sorts of fun activities such as a bounce house, face painting, a gaming zone, Marvel characters, a robotic competition, as well as a supersized bouncy house.. Your kids will spend hours making memories and having fun.

Free Event!

The Beauty Zone

Natural hair influencers and beauty industry experts host a weekend of meetups, hair clinics, seminars and product demos, exclusively designed for women who practice chemical-free and natural haircare.

*Live makeup demos inside of the Beauty Zone sponsored by Lamik Beauty and Beauty Under One Roof (BUOR)!

Free Event!

6PM | Wkend ENDS

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