TBBHFHey everyone.  Travis back with some great Tampa Bay entertainment for everyone to enjoy!!!  The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Inc. announced its 12th annual star-studded festival line up, and this is something you won't want to miss.

The 10-day festival is the community's largest cultural arts event featuring some of Tampa's most eclectic, cultural and historical venues.  This year's events will include legendary Soul and R&B group Rose Royce, civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jazz Saxophonist Paul Taylor, Hip Hop violinists Black Violin, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and more to be announced as the festival draws near. 
The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (10-day celebration) coincides with the national holiday commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and will run from January 12th-21st, 2012.  This year's theme is "Keeping the Dream Alive, Something for Everyone," and details can be found at www.tampablackheritage.org.

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival host 5 signature events including the Heritage Movie Night on January, 12th featuring civil rights activist, hip hop political pioneer, and the youngest person ever to serve as the President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Dr. Benjamin Chavis.  Dr. Chavis will kick off the festival at the Tampa Theatre, located in downtown Tampa with the southwest Florida premiere of the biopic "Blood Done Signed My Name." A Q&A with Dr. Benjamin Chavis will follow the premiere. 

The Heritage Gala will take place on January 13th at the Straz Center for the Performing arts and will feature the gifted duo Black Violin who's famous for fusing classical training with the urban musical genre. 

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will house the 2-day Heritage Street Festival on January 14th-15th. The Street Festival draws in thousands of patrons from across the globe and will feature Grammy Award Winning Multi Platinum selling Group Rose Royce and the phenomenon of saxophonist, Paul Taylor.  The Heritage Street Festival celebrates Tampa's history, cultural beauty, promotes proactive health and wellness, all while keeping the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive. 

Villages at the festival help promote these initiatives and this year's Children's Village in partnership with the Glazer Children's Museum, is offering a limited amount of tickets to the museum, FREE of charge, to those who registers at www.tampablackheritage.org

Additional signature events include the Living History Exhibit, which will open to the public on January 12th and the Leadership Luncheon on January 18th.  Additional events include a Lecture Series at the University of South Florida with Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Brown Bag Luncheon, Soul Roll Invitational, St. Petersburg MLK Parade, Financial Seminars, Leadership Breakfast, Freedom Walk, and much, much more!

For more information, and a complete list of Heritage Festival Events visit www.tampablackheritage.org or call 1-888-224-1733 ext. 3143.  Like I said, this is one you'll want to put on your calendars, so make sure you head to the website to get more information. 

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