Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019

The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Spirit Of Angela African Dance Company performs at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Spirit Of Angela African Dance Company perform at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Malik Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of Better Family Life, presents his first book, “From The Projects To The Pyramids, In Search Of A Better Family Life” at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Deborah Ahmed, vice president of Cultural Arts and co-founder of Better Family Life, presents her “one of a kind” handmade necklaces at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Jeweler Omi Kongo of BlackMadonna Juju and Togolese designer Adjo of Tribe 228 pose by their vendor table Saturday at the 35th Annual Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Johnson Lancaster (second from right) of the Progressive Emporium & Education Center speaks with attendees of the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Ismail N. Botchway of Bowties By Botchway. Ismail was the youngest merchant at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019. “I make bowties that are easy for people to put on. And you can were them anywhere.” (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Neshanta Larry, aka Chef Nesee, of That’s So Good, Pop-Up-Buffet at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. “I’ve been in business for about 3 years. I come from the Better Family Life Entrepreneurship Program. I’ve been in St. Louis feeding some high end clients like Mayor Krewson, Mr. Michael Person, Fergason Farmers Market.” (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Laurie McCulloughn of Bracelets By Laurie at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. “I have a love for bracelets and being able to create custom designs for individuals so the can have piece of their own. My inspiration began from my organization, Giving Garments of Grace where we give clothing and garments to the needy and under privileged, infants to the elderly. I decided to make bracelets because they were easy to do and to help us raise funds.” (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Kiara Collins and Alisha Collins of the Urban League Head Start Program. “We serve low income families who may need child care support. Our goal is to help them get out of bad situations.” Kiara said.
From left: Aubrey Sturdicant and Mariah Patton, with baby Zosar Imhotep, pose with author, presenter, and facilitator Ahmad Mahdi and his wife at the Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Sherri Robin, director of marketing and communication for the Better Family Life Center “We believe if we work together as a community, we can build our community. What we know is that our money escapes our communities so fast, it’s like lightening. Too many times we support other businesses, but when it comes to our own, we don’t do it enough. We should encourage sharing the wealth in the African-American community.” (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
The Kwanzaa Holiday Expo 2019 at the Better Family Life Cultural Education Business Facility, 5415 Page Blvd. on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)
Terrance Cayley, vice president of the Better Family Life membership committee and the assistant director of the youth department, facilitates a panel discussion. The panel included Morgan Powell and her husband Denale Powell. We wanted to have an open and honest discussion about the state of black relationships, healthy relationships, and how to build those relationships, in particular for people who are involved in re-building black communities,” Cayley said. (Photo by Tyrone Z. McCants / for MetroSTL.com)

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