The Black Women’s Expo weekend kicked off with the 2nd annual Phenomenal Woman Awards Dinner hosted by TV personality, Sharon Reed at the TAGO International Event Center. Founder of the Black Women’s Expo, Merry Green was presented with a proclamation from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City of Atlanta honoring her work celebrating the milestone achievements and essence of women of color throughout the country.

Expo attendees enjoyed a true celebrity star-studded weekend. The crowd received an awe-inspiring keynote address delivered by Emmy award-winning actress Regina King, danced away to R&B classics performed live by Ginuwine along with a sneak peak of the new season of OWN’s “Greenleaf” and Q&A with Lamman Rucker and Deborah Joy Winans. The interactive three-day expo also featured live entertainment, free health and wellness screenings, a plethora of vendors, and a meet and greet with Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta veterans Cynthia Bailey and Kim Fields along with a powerful lineup of workshop speakers including Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Dr. Contessa Metcalfe of Bravo’s “Married to Medicine, author and influencer Monyetta Shaw, and creator of the Real Housewives of Atlanta empire, Princess Banton-Lofters.

The Black Women’s Expo continues Dallas to conclude its 3-city tour August 25-26th. For information visit, Follow The Black Women’s Expo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #SheMatters via

Phenomenal Woman Award Honorees:

Chloe Barzey, Accenture

Bernice Kirkland, Atlanta College Park District

Nicole Roebuck, Aid Atlanta

Launa T. Thompson Spirit Award

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

The Black Rose Award

Theia Smith, Founding Executive Director of the City of Atlanta’s Women Entrepreneurship Initiative

Thank you to Sponsors of the Black Women’s Expo:



PNC Bank

American Kidney Fund

African Ancestry

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

United Airlines

CB Vior Handbags

Kim Field’s Signature Blend/Russell’s Gourmet Coffee

National Council of Negro Women

Atlanta Daily World

Atlanta Tribune Magazine

Majic 107.5, Hot 107.9, Praise 102.5, Classix 102.9

About the Black Women’s Expo

The Black Women’s Expo is the nation’s foremost exposition targeting the African American consumer market. It is a weekend that empowers, enlightens and uplifts African American women and their families with informative seminars and panel discussions presented by notable local and national speakers and lecturers, educational exhibits and corporate displays, and rousing entertainment. Historically, the standing-room only seminars have addressed such issues as health & wellness, racial equality, career advancement, business/entrepreneurship, the welfare of our children and much more.


(L-R) Princess Banton-Lofton (Creator of Real Housewives of Atlanta), Monyetta Shaw (Author & Vh1 TV Personality), Regina King (Netflix’s “Seven Seconds”, FX’s “American Crime”), Merry Green (Founder of Black Women’s Expo), Dr. Heavenly Kimes (Bravo’s Married to Medicine”).

Ginuwine at the Toyota Suite during the 2018 Black Women’s Expo

Bravo TV’s Dr. Heavenly Kimes

Attendees relaxed with complimentary massages and music by DJ Millhouse in the Toyota Suite.

The cast of OWN TV’s “Greenleaft” Lamman Rucker and Deborah Joy Winans share their thoughts on the all-new Season 3 debuting a two-night premier on August 28th and 29th.

Attendees at the 2018 Black Women’s Expo Atlanta

Ginuwine serenades the ladies at the Black Women’s Expo

Recording Artist Ginuwine

Attendees were privy to view the special edition packages inside the new 2018 Camry Toyota

Photo Credit: Sade Askew