December 9, 2022

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Black Future Weekend comes to Miami for first time to support Black business growth

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This is a group of attendees at Black Future Weekend’s inaugural event in Atlanta in 2021.

This is a group of attendees at Black Future Weekend’s inaugural event in Atlanta in 2021.

The first Black Future Weekend is happening in Miami this weekend.

With support from nonprofit Dream Corps Tech, the convention will consist of discussions and speeches about technology, economic development and culture — all dedicated to the progress and evolution of Black and brown people in Miami.

Del Ro, a Miami native and Miami Killian Senior High graduate, is executive producer of the Black Future event. Learning about the history of Black Miami as a youth captivated him. After the inaugural future weekend was held in Atlanta in October 2021, Ro saw the value of hosting a similar gathering in Miami to educate and inspire residents.

As Miami becomes increasingly known as a tech hub and hot spot for cryptocurrency traders, Ro wants convention attendees to understand they can also access opportunities in those fields. Ro saw the energy at Miami tech conventions like Bitcoin 2022 and thought those events could be that much more inclusive.

“These possibilities are not just for what people commonly know as the ‘majority,’” he said. “These possibilities are for you as a Black man, as a Black woman, or as a Latina or Latino. We expand by making ourselves uncomfortable. They don’t want to jump into crypto or learn about blockchain. For me, what I want us to take away is a great feel, a welcome energy.”

The weekend of programming features guests like philanthropist Bilal Little and also takes guests on a tour of Black Miami.

Things kick off Friday night with a happy hour in Coconut Grove, a community long known for its Black residents. The convention sessions on Saturday will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center before activities shift to Overtown’s Red Rooster for a Sunday brunch event. Ro said it was important to showcase Overtown, another historically Black neighborhood in Miami.

“Think about how close it is to downtown but has been looked at or cast off,” he said. “Parts of Overtown are now Wynwood. Where we are, the culture lives and breathes.”

Tickets for Black Future Weekend are available online and one-day passes for the Saturday or Sunday sessions cost $100, while two-day passes are $200 for access to all events.

This story was originally published June 24, 2022 4:26 PM.

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Michael Butler writes about the residential and commercial real estate industry and trends in the local housing market. Just like Miami’s diverse population, Butler, a Temple University graduate, has both local roots and a Panamanian heritage.



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