This is Melanin

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Food Trucks, Music, Games, Vendors, Speakers, Free Lineups, Good Vibes  

"A Taste of Melanin" script logoStep into a world brimming with entertainment and education—engaging games, a bustling market filled with local treasures, and complimentary entertainment for every taste await you.

Brace yourself for thought-provoking panel discussions and workshops focusing on vital community empowerment topics such as finance, home-buying, and more. These sessions are designed to arm you with practical knowledge and insights.

This all-ages extravaganza has been made possible by the generous support of the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI). Their commitment to community welfare has paved the way for this unforgettable evening.


Ashley Anderson
Greater Phoenix Urban League Young Professionals

Shaun Mayo
Chief People Officer
Arizona Cardinals

Devin Del Palacio
Board Member/Council Chair
Tolleson USHD /NSBA Black

Ebonee Sifuentes
Black Philanthropy Initiative

OD Harris
Vice Mayor of Chandler/
Black Philanthropy Initiative

Carmen Attikossie
Small Business Development
Local First Arizona

Lloyd Hopkins
Executive Director/Founder
Million Dollar Teacher Project

Corey Woods
Mayor of Tempe

Ashley Kelly
Sr. Business Consultant
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Paul Smiley
Sonoran Technology, LLC


Presented by:
The Zay Project logo around a crown


Feb 24, 2024

Event Information

Free event | All ages | Sponsored by: Black Philanthropy Initiative