Black Bridal Experience Is Friday and Saturday in DeSoto

You may argue that all weddings are basically the same, but the publishers of Our Weddings Magazine are promoting a different view.This locally produced publication uses weddings of black couples to forward the position that black love and black families are alive and well. The magazine also counters the familiar negative depictions of black male-female relationships in media — such as smart-talking baby mamas and baby daddies — showing that such images are only part of the full picture. The local BLI Publishing company produces the magazine.The publication launched two years ago and features articles that help black couples plan their weddings with as much or as little cultural flavor as they choose. Publishers say images of black couples, their wedding parties, and clothing styles give the magazine a tone that says "we are family." Articles by relationship counselors also are part of the package and seek to inspire the next generation to continue perpetuating healthy black families.With this background in mind, The Black Bridal Experience event Friday and Saturday is part of the wedding happenings that take over the month June.The Experience will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Manderley Event Center, 2010 N. Hampton Road, Suite 700, in DeSoto. On Friday, wedding fashion designers will meet the public and couples who are planning to marry and will show off their designs in a bridal fashion show. On Saturday, a bridal expo will offer diverse wedding-related vendors and lively entertainment.Tickets for Friday are $15 general admission and $35 for VIP activities, which include front-row seats, a gift at the VIP reception and personal time with the designers. Expo admission Saturday is free. For tickets and to learn more, visit TOWN: Nominations are being accepted for the 33rd A. Maceo Smith Community Service Award presented by the African American Museum. The deadline for nominations is July 6. Five individuals are companies will be recognized in categories of civic and human services, business, arts and culture, education, and youth involvement. A community volunteer under the age of 40 will receive a special award.The award namesake was a prominent Dallas community leader and businessman who was regional director of fair housing and equal opportunity for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; helped develop the trailblazing Hamilton Park housing development; and led the way for establishing The Hall of Negro Life building at Fark Park during the 1936 Texas Centennial.To learn more, call 214-565-9026 ext. 311 or email Dallas chapter of The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'Cobra) will host the group's 28th annual national convention Thursday through Sunday at Act of Change Cultural Arts Institute, 3200 Lancaster Road, Suite 623, in Dallas. Since 1987, the national coalition has fought to gain reparations for African descendants in America.Speakers will include reparations expert Esther Stanford-Xosei of England, local activists Thomas Muhammad of Dallas, and Faya Ora Rose Touré, a Harvard Law School graduate and former judge, coordinator of Bloody Sunday events in Selma, Ala., and veteran civil rights activist.To register and learn more, visit or call 601-885-3081.The seventh annual Southwest Black Art Show will be Saturday and Sunday at the African American Museum at Fair Park. Original works by African-American and African artists will be displayed. Activities will include workshops and discussions.To learn more, call 214-565-9026 ext. 328 or visit  Continue reading...

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