Events, News
Jun 20, 2023

CultureCon Kicks Off in Los Angeles

The place to be kicking off Juneteenth weekend in Los Angeles was CultureCon! The premiere conference for diverse creatives and rising professionals took place at the sprawling Rolling Greens on Mateo in downtown LA.

Founder of both CultureCon and The Creative Collection, Imani Ellis, brought culture’s largest homecoming to the city of Angels for the first time and the attendees showed up and showed out!

It was a sea of melanated beauty and runway worthy fashion. The energy was electric while everyone took away something whether it was swag from vendors, valuable advice from speakers, or business cards from the constant networking across the grounds.

Heavy hitters included Coco JonesVictoria MonétSterling K. BrownJay Pharoah, the cast of “The Blackening” (Tim Story, Dewayne Perkins, X Mayo) and more dropping some major gems on stage.

The mix of music, entertainment, fashion, culture and community goes to show not only the reach of the city, but that CultureCon is the home for diverse creatives who want to find themselves with like-minded visionaries. 

Gallery Images by Photo Team CultureCon: Bexx Francois, DP Jolly, Chuck Marcus, Maya Iman and Debra Smith

The small business market that debuts at each CultureCon in order to spotlight Black lifestyle businesses and support entrepreneurship, brought some of Los Angeles emerging brands onsite. This year, CultureCon Los Angeles small business included Good Thoughts Tea Co, a Black-owned and all natural loose leaf tea company centered around the healing properties of herbs; Leoni’s Studio, one of a kind pieces for homes and closets from acrylic painter, Uma Leoni’s; and DomoINK, a lifestyle retailer that celebrates the essence of art and culture.

CultureCon LA hosted a variety of Black-owned restaurants on-site for attendees to enjoy and experience local entrepreneurs. Featured restaurants included VeganAF, a 100% plant-based vegan street food restaurant; NY Chopped Cheese, the popular food truck being the NYC bodega staple to LA; Earle’s On Crenshaw, a Crenshaw community staple serving greater LA area for over 30 years; On Pointtt, the famous jerk chicken truck known for delicious vegetarian sides; and Lei’d Cookies, a BIPOC-owned cookie spot; and AmazeBalls, delicious meatballs topped with the signature OG Sauce.

Other partners and sponsors included Max, CÎROC, Sephora, Prime Video, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, P&G My Black is Beautiful, Aveeno, Springhill.

The conference will take place next in New York this October, but we truly hope it comes back to the West Coast in 2024 for another sold out occasion. If you didn’t attend this year, you missed out! Make sure you are in THE place to be when those tickets go on sale at a city near you.

Reported by Demi Janell, videographer Ed Batres