The 2012 Bay Area Black Expo will present three one-hour celebrity interview and Q&A segments titled “Inside the Artist Studio,” presented by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Members of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association (BABJA) will conduct these celebrity interviews, including:

Saturday, September 8; 1-2pm
Actor Derrin Henson
(Showtime’s “Soul Food,” Universal Film’s “The Express,” Sony Screen Gems’ “Stomp the Yard,” HBO Film, “Life Support” independently-produced”The Salon,” Jeb Stuart’s “Blood Done Sign My Name”)
Interviewer: Sean Kennedy, founder, CEO and Executive Director, Good News in Oakland Internet TV

Saturday, September 8; 3-4pm
Actor/Director/Filmmaker Mario Van Peebles
(“We the Party,” “Redemption Road,” “Tied to a Chair,” “The Pool Hall,” “Ali,” “The Emperor Jones” for PBS TV)
Interviewer: Tihanna L. McCleese, BABJA VP of Broadcast; reporter/writer, KGO-TV/ABC-7, KGO Radio

Sunday, September 9; 12-12:45pm
Actress Terri J. Vaughn
(WB’s “The Steve Harvey Show,” UPN’s “All of Us,” TBS’s “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “Three Can Play That Game” “Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Angels Can’t Help But Laugh”)
Interviewer: Kevin Epps, filmmaker, writer, producer, director, journalist, “Straight Outta Hunter’s Point”

In addition to “Inside the Artist Studio,” the spectacular 2012 Expo will showcase and celebrate the Bay Area’s diverse community with offerings that will commence with the first annual “Magnificent 7” Awards Gala on September 5th in honor of community contributors, follow by the Bay Area Black Expo (Sept. 7-8) empowerment workshops; healthy cooking demonstrations with Cuisine Noir Magazine and celebrity chefs; fitness classes; free eye exams and health screenings; a Greek fraternity/sorority step show; a powerful spirit-led Sunday gospel celebration hosted by KDYA’s (The Light 1190 AM) Brotha Phi; along with special guest performers and speakers and scores of exhibits by art & craft, retail, social, corporate, and healthcare vendors and exhibitors.

The 2011 Bay Area Black Expo will be held September 8-9 from 10am-6pm at the Oakland Convention Center. For more information, visit


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