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Bridging the gap between the creative and the consumer!
Welcome to the Black Market Creatives Showcase!
The Black Market Creatives Showcase is a marketplace/curated activation and digital directory centered around showcasing work, products and services offered and produced by Black creatives and entrepreneurs. Our Black Owned Business directory was launched on November 11th, 2020, during the week of what would have marked the 5th annual Black Market Creatives Showcase (11/22/20). In the spirit of the annual event this platform will feature art, designs and services from black owned businesses, artists and entrepreneurs. It is our goal to continue to build on this community!
CHECK OUT SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITE YEARS HOSTING THE EVENT BELOW!
The first ever Black Market : Creatives Showcase
November 26th, 2016
The first ever Black Market Creatives took place at the Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio on November 26th, 2016 from 5 to 9 PM. The event was presented by the Status Apparel DC and was co-sponsored by clothing brands E.levate A.ll the T.ime and creative collective Starving Artist Studio. The sounds were provided by none other than Broad Day J featuring mixed drinks from Sexy Cocktails Mobile Bar and crafts from Massalley Design. The event featured visual artist Krys Pinnock, Art By Styles, and @Catsyrl. Also featured were natural hair and beauty products from Bijoux’s Basket and clothing from Say Less Brand.
The 3rd Annual Black Market Creatives Showcase
November 24th, 2018
The third annual Black Market Creatives Showcase took place on November 24th, 2018 at the Adinkra Cultural Arts Center in Mount Rainier. The event was co-sponsored by art collective Starving Artist Studio, brands E.levate A.ll the T.ime and Hazie Thoughts along with the Mind Over Matter Podcast. The sound were provided by the one and only Broad Day J. This event featured artists Nick Sick, Sucker Free Art, Good News Artwork, Imani Bell, Odara Creations And Maizah, along with tattoo artist Saadiq Tafari. The brands featured were Melanated Daze, Ugly Mob Apparel. Health and beauty products from Soak and Relax, JUICEYME COSMETICS, hair care brand Froetry. Food was provided by Village Chef & Co and Chef Racks.
About The Black Market Creatives Showcase
Founded in 2016, the Black Market Creatives Showcase began as an annual marketplace hosted on Small Business Saturday (the Saturday following Black Friday). It has grown into partnered marketplace activations and related curated vendor events. We want to take time to highlight creatives innovatively pushing the boundaries of societal norms, creating and doing things their way. Powered by Status Apparel DC and the Status: Way of Life, LLC, 2020 marked the 5th year of the Black Market Creatives Showcase and another year of continuing to push, amplify and share black businesses. With our online directory and the event going forward the goal is to build on these efforts, from its founding and subsequent years after the event has included 80+ vendors. Creating a pop-up event that allows entrepreneurs to showcase their goods, and services as well as interact with prospective clients.
"Black Market - Characterized by some form of non-compliant behavior with an institutional set of rules."
"I had the most amazing time, vending with my local small business. The energy and vibrations were everything. I loved the diversity of the customers and their pure interest in our stories and products. The staff onsite were extremely professional, personable and most of all supportive. I absolutely love Ward 8 as a resident and small business owner".