About The Black Cultural Festival
The mission of the Black Cultural Festival is to cultivate a healthy and connected Black community in Eugene and beyond by creating welcoming spaces that attract Black people, while also centering and celebrating our culture.
The goals of the Black Cultural Festival are:
- To hold an annual event.
- To direct marketing and outreach to only the Black Community.
- That 90% of folks attending are Black people; family and friends of all races are welcome to attend.
- To highlight our culture with food, entertainment, and speakers.
- To create an educational space of our local cultural history.
- To build strong networks in the Black community.
- To feature Black-owned businesses and other professional organizations that serve Black people.
The vision of the Black Cultural Festival is:
- To provide a seed for the creation of a healthy and cohesive local Black community.
- To create a space of healing, inclusion and belonging for Black folks.
- To aid in the formation of healthy Black identity in children and adults.
- To engage grassroots activists and change-makers.
- To inspire creativity and participation in the arts.
- To support the development and growth of businesses and entrepreneurship.
- To increase retention of Black individuals in our local community.
Event producer Talicia Brown-Crowell has lived in the Eugene area since 2000. While growing her Black woman-owned business and creating a family, she became very connected to the festival culture for which Oregon is nationally recognized, including the Oregon Country Fair, Beloved Festival, Willamette Valley Folk Festival, and String Cheese Incident — all of which celebrate community.
Talicia enjoyed these festivals with wild abandon, but that easeful play eroded as she began to see how white these festivals were — there was no diversity. These were places white people could feel comfortable, but not her own people.
“I AM ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT MY JOB AS PRODUCER, AND ALL OF THE JOBS OF MY PRODUCTION TEAM, COULD BE DONE AS WELL AS, IF NOT BETTER THAN, BY BLACK PEOPLE.”
~Elliot Rasenick, Producer of Beloved Festival
EVENT PRODUCER | FOUNDER | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Talicia Brown-Crowell grew up in San Jose, California. In 1992, Talicia came to Oregon to attend Reed College in Portland, then moved to Eugene in 2000. For 20 years, Talicia has worked in public health, staffed rites-of-passage for Black folks in Memphis and built her successful Black-owned business, Harmony Massage, in Eugene. Her work is inspired by the mentorship of two dearly beloved people in her life. Her best friend of 17 years, Bob Dritz, was the clinic coordinator of White Bird Clinic in Eugene for 25 years and the founder of CAHOOTS. Sobonfu Somé, Talicia’s spiritual teacher for 8 years, is known as the world’s foremost authority in African spirituality. After years of attending predominately white music festivals, then getting to experience Black-centered cultural spaces and Brown family reunions in Gurdon, Arkansas, Talicia developed a deep desire to create safe and connected events that center around Blackness. The question she continually asks herself is: “What would a cultural festival look like today, in this place, that centers Black people, and is for us, by us?” The Black Cultural Festival is her answer to that question.
“When I dare to be powerful–to use my strength in the service of my vision–then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~Audre Lorde
Treylon Day, owner and founder of DayintheLife Entertainment LLC, is an event-planner, promoter, talent-scout, artist-manager, stage-manager and entertainment-coordinator. Treylon is dedicated to helping local artists in their communities and has a strong background in entrepreneurship, communications and team leadership. Treylon operates a for-profit organization that’s always seeking community members who want to contribute to the business and collectively influence the artistry of people’s talents.
YOUTH ZONE COORDINATOR
Shanaè Joyce-Stringer is a proud alum of the University of Central of Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and political science, international relations. She has a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolutions and is currently working on a dissertation to earn her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Shanaè now lives in Eugene and has worked in the field of education for many years. She established an event planning business, B.L.A.Q. Events, LLC in 2011. In 2017, she established Shanaè Joyce-Stringer Enterprise, LLC, which encompasses her book publications, speaking platform and ministry, Women Who R.O.C.K. She released a children’s book entitled “Princess N’s First Day of School” in 2017, followed by “Cover Your Covering: 10 essential prayers for your spouse or the spouse you desire to have” in 2018. She’s anointed to teach and has built a platform through vlogging on Facebook Live, where she encourages millennial Christian singles to live single righteously. In 2019, Shanaè became a certified life, professional and relationship coach, which provided an avenue for her to merge ministry and the marketplace. She is also an intercessor that has a heart for people, especially women. Her desire is to see women walking in their rightful place and fulfilling their God-given purpose.
Ana Elizabeth is an event producer and production specialist. Ana was captivated by arts and culture as a child, and her love of arts and culture has led to countless community collaborations resulting in highly anticipated annual events. Past productions include the Calabash Awards, Cabrillo Stage, The 418 Project, Santa Cruz Ethnic Arts Network, Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, Center for Sacred Studies, Santa Cruz Juneteenth, Beloved, Afribbean Festival, Second Harvest Food Bank, City of Santa Cruz, NAACP, UCSC special events and the Mississippi John Hurt Festival with Taj Mahal. Currently, Ana is a senior partner at SureThing Productions, Artist Relations Manager of the California Roots Festival, co-producer/program director of Santa Cruz Juneteenth and a board member and chair of the Equity Council of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County in California.
Jhonelle Lewis is a Eugene resident who is originally from California but loved Oregon’s nature and wanted to be close to family. She’s a local real estate agent and also part owner of a local party rental business, “We Reign Parties.” She enjoys her work and feels lucky because her work never real feels like work. Jhonelle has two children who are her pride and joy. She loves spending time with family and exploring Oregon. She’s honored to be part of the Black Cultural Festival, serving as our vendor coordinator, and loves seeing everything fall into place.
THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
We are so grateful that the Black Cultural Festival is supported by a community of individuals and professionals! Get to know our advisory committee.
Black Scholar | Author | Public Speaker | Community Activist
LELA & NIYAH ROSS
H.O.N.E.Y. Nonprofit Fiscal Sponsor
Black Scholar | Professor
DR. LAWRENCE RASHEED
Lane Community College Faculty | Black Student Union Advisor
Youth Zone Co-Coordinator | Churchill High School History Teacher | City Of Eugene
MC | Black Scholar | Black Girl From Eugene Podcast
Former President Eugene Springfield NAACP
American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) | Owner & Financial Planner Reign Wealth Logic
Youth Zone Co-Coordinator | Disabilities Advocacy
Chair Eugene Police Commission | Vice President Oregon Alliance of Black Businesses
Vendor Coordinator | Real Estate Broker | Owner We Reign Parties
DR. SILKY BOOKER
President Oregon Alliance of Black Businesses | State Commissioner Oregon Commission on Black Affairs | Radio Personality | MC | Philanthropist
Bookkeeper Armitage Solutions | Executive Director MEEPA, Grrrlz Rock & Kids Rock