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The #B1 Experience Comes to The New Black Wall Street Market on Marcus Garvey Birthday Weekend

Special Guests: Les Brown, Queen Afua, Dr. Boyce Watkins, and Rizza Islam

The opportunity to meet four pillars of black empowerment is a rare treat, and no place is more fitting for the #B1 Experience than the New Black Wall Street Market.

This iconic four-day #B1 Experience Event will take place from Aug. 17 - Aug. 20, 2023, and will be hosted by Dr. Boyce Watkins and B1 The Movie Director Ric Mathis (also known for the movie Black Friday).

On Marcus Garvey's birthday weekend, the #B1 Experience underscores the continuation of his legacy with the support of five black empowerment icons: Queen Afua, Les Brown, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Ric Mathis, and Rizza Islam. The gathering of these masters in their respective fields of filmmaking, black history, activism, finance, health, and motivational speaking, culminates in an event that will resonate for generations from the epicenter of a new generation of hope, inspiration, and empowerment that is the New Black Wall Street Market. represents.


Meet the Special Guests

Les Brown - World Renowned Motivational Speaker

Les Brown is one of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers. He has a dynamic personality and is a highly sought-after resource in business and professional circles for Fortune 500 CEOs, small business owners, and non-profit and community leaders from all sectors of society looking to expand opportunities. For three decades, he has not only studied the science of achievement but also mastered it by interviewing hundreds of successful business leaders and collaborating with them in the boardroom, translating theory into bottom-line results for his clients. Learn more at

Queen Afua - Author, Holistic Healer & Wellness Coach

Queen Afua born Helen Robinson, is a renowned holistic health practitioner, wellness coach, and an accomplished author who has been a trailblazer in the green foods movement for over four decades. Queen Afua has dedicated her life to fighting diseases by teaching people how to understand and utilize the power of food, self-care, and holistic, healthy choices as an empowering lifestyle. She has inspired more than a million women, men, and children throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe with her workshops, books, products, and presentations.

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Ric Mathis - Film Maker & Director

Ric Mathis is an independent visual storyteller adept in photojournalism and video production. As a former attendee of Fort Valley State University and alumnus of Georgia State University, he acquired an educational background in music management and marketing. His appreciation for the artistic craftsmanship of lyricists led to his first visual production entitled “Word”, which featured The Last Poets, Cee-Lo Green, Sonya Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, and more. Mathis is very passionate about giving back to the community. He has over ten years of working closely with the Atlanta Department of Education, agencies, and social service organizations to ensure community involvement and knowledge of community resources for various individuals served.

Learn more about Ric Mathis

Finance Ph.D. & Economic Development Strategist

Dr. Boyce D. Watkins, "The People's Scholar," is one of the leading social commentators, black speakers, and freedom fighters in America. As an advocate for education, economic empowerment, and social justice, he has changed the definition of what it means to be a black scholar and leader in America. "We don't need more Ph. D's in the black community; we need more Ph. Dos." In addition to publishing many scholarly articles on finance and investing, Watkins shares his message with others, appearing in national media outlets, including CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, FOX News, BET, NPR, and Essence. Watkins is also the founder of the Black Business School and the Black Financial Channel on YouTube, where he offers financial insights and commentary. Learn more about Dr. Boyce Watkins.

Nation of Islam Member & Activist

Rizza Islam is a member of the Nation of Islam and social media influencer known for being an outspoken proponent of truth and justice. He regularly speaks on group economics, gentrification, and healthy eating, among other topics. Some of his views and opinions are considered controversial by the mainstream but ring true in the eyes of many who understand the agenda of pervasive oppression that has impacted black people for millennia. However, in the face of opposition, he remains a champion of equality, black self-reliance, and group economic empowerment in the face of racist oppression of black people. Learn more here

The premier of B1 The Movie will take place on Saturday, August 19, inside the ballroom at the New Black Wall Street Market. Join us in support of the continuing legacy of Marcus Garvey and fellowship with these community leaders.

The New Black Wall Street Market was developed built by Lecester Bill Allen and is a 125,000 square-feet premier retail establishment and events center housing dozens of black-owned businesses located at 8109 Mall Parkway, Stonecrest, GA 30038. This decadent facility features the Pink Lion Jazz Club, Mattie's Tea Room, a ballroom, a Greenwood performance stage, a Fine Arts District (Art Avenue) featuring world-class black art, an expo hall as well as Aaron's Gourmet Grocery Market featuring chef-inspired cuisine, and health products. The NBWSM is a haven for black business development and a destination experience for all to know and understand the importance of economic development. To find out more about space rental and upcoming events, visit

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