Hosted at HBCU Pensole Lewis College of Business & Design in Detroit, the Black Footwear Forum will feature a series of panel discussions and wellness events. This year’s guest speakers include costume designer Ruth Carter, who won two Academy Awards for her work on Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – and hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Caz. It opens Thursday with the ribbon cutting of a new Pepsi x Frito-Lay Refresh and Relax Lounge designed by students at Pensole Lewis College. Grandmaster Caz will deliver the “Culture is Currency: Know Your Value” keynote address on Friday, followed by a hip-hop design panel led by fashion designer April Walker. Saturday will include opening remarks from a surprise guest followed by “Black Genius Conversation” sessions with Nike executive Larry Miller. Finish off Sunday with a women’s wellness day that includes a leadership workshop, R&B yoga and brunch, plus a separate men’s wellness workshop led by Jason Mayden, Kenneth Anand and Trevor Edwards.
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