Let’s get together and discuss ways and methods to take care of our Mental Health & Wellness.


Community Collaboration’s is one of the keys to developing and maintaining a vibrant and sustainable black economy.


Enjoy a taste of the culture with our Youth Dance Show, Fashion Show, Local & National Performers.


Level up and get access to a better job or connect with an school and improve your education.

Promoting Positive Black Culture & Healthy Living

You don’t want to miss this one-of-a kind event!


You’ll have the opportunity to hear success stories from a panel of speakers.


You’ll have the chance to learn from other local business owners and leaders.


You’ll find new ways to improve your business and your community.

It’s the Return of the
Youth Dance Performances!

What’s Happening in 2022

  • Church Choir & Prayer Breakfast
  • Conference Theme: Mental Health Wellness
  • Expo Theme: Community Collaborations
  • Local & National Speakers & Performers
  • Small Business & Craft Vendors
  • Career Fair (Jobs & Schools)
  • Fashion & Rhythm Fashion Show
  • Youth Dance Team Performances
  • CNYSBE Community Awards
  • Teen Summit & Kids Zone
  • Black Art Exhibit
  • DIY Home & Gardens

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About the CNYS Black Expo

The mission of the Capital of New York State Black Expo is to promote economic growth and business opportunities across New York State. We are pleased to announce that we are making a return to service the community after having to postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CNYS Black Expo will provide attendees with health awareness information to support healthy living, along with providing small businesses with an opportunity to access a broad range of potential customers as well as the local community. Many local small businesses and community-based nonprofits lack opportunities to network effectively with similar entities within New York State .

These opportunities are more important than ever due to the fact that our targeted communities were impacted the most by Covid19 in the health and business space.

We are excited to return this year and provide a forum to build relationships and exchange information to support small businesses and encouraging health services collaborations.

The CNYS Black Expo inspires cultural and local pride via exhibits, workshops, presentations, and performances by youth, changemakers, and positive figures from the Capital District and beyond.

2022 Board Members

Chief Executive Officer
Tatiana Cunningham

Executive Advisor
Erin Hundley Maybin

Administrative Coordinator
Allison Miles

Executive Digital Director
Musa Zwana

Executive Field Operations
Mark Sharpe

Secretary & Project Manager
Dayonna Bowles

Executive Entertainment Coordinator
Nubian Lawrence

Scholarship and Volunteer Coordinator
Tyhisha Ghaffar-Adjei

Community Outreach Coordinator
Salisa Brandon

Executive Entertainment & Program Director
Nafeesha Wray

Teen Outreach Program Director
Jennifer Lawrence

Celebrating 4 Years!

Each year our expo finale is our CNYS Black Expo Gala which serves as an opportunity to honor and celebrate local change makers and leaders. This is a formal awards event that is hosted the evening of the expo . In the past this closing celebration has proved to be a place for locals to fellowship with the community leaders and to hear empowering words from our keynote speaker. The expo will also provide an opportunity for local small businesses and community-based nonprofits to build relationships and exchange information, encouraging collaboration and new business prospects across the Capital Region and nationally.

Support Our Scholarship Fund

In 2022 we were able give away 2x Educational Scholarships totaling $4,000 to local High School Students. Thank you to all of those who supported our efforts through donations, time spent and even spreading the word. We look forward to doing more this year!

We’re raising funds for scholarships to help the next generation of local and world leaders achieve their goals. Your attendance and participation is an investment in the next generation.

2022 Scholarship Awardees

My name is Nia Etienne, I was the class of 2022 Valedictorian at Bishop Maginn. I’ve recently begun my college journey. I go to Wells college in Aurora NY. While this is a fairly unknown area, it is a tranquil place for self care and reevaluation near Cayuga lake. I am majoring in Psychology and plan to go to graduate school in California in the years to come to further my studies in the field of Developmental Psychology. This is all to help me open up my own practice for children to see how and why they do the things they do. To fix their inner child before adulthood to create better, more mindful and humble people as a whole. We don’t realize that the way we grow up affects us as years go on and it’s too late to overcome because people become set in their ways. l plan to change the course for people who had a hard time growing up or certain circumstances that affected them as a child. Help them feel more included and that it’s okay to be vulnerable.

My name is Cameron M. Royal, I am from Schenectady NY and a Senior at Niskayuna High School. World cultures are my hobby, while in kindergarten we were taught Spanish and Chinese and it opened my taste buds for more. Over the years I have studied an additional 4 languages, French, Spanish, German and Latin. My free time is spent participating in extracurricular activities such as Indoor Track and field, and the Varsity Football team. Academically my courses include AP and Honor courses which I used to challenge myself in preparation for my short term goal which is after high school I wish to continue my studies at the collegiate level and major in Criminal Justice, followed by my long term goal of attending Law school with hopes of becoming a criminal defense attorney.


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Don’t take our word for it – here’s what the people have to say:

Historical, Epic, One of a kind. Now annual. Its an honor to Host.

H. Bosh, Jr – CPLC

Made 2 Believe

Enjoyed the different vendors, entertainment & different seminars during the entire day.


DJ Mr.CEO Entertainment LLC

Hands down the premier venue for any Black Business to promote and network in the Capital Region.

Musa Zwana


Latest News

Make sure you come back to find out whats the latest news and updates from the CNYS Black Expo.

Past Sponsors & Partners

Thank you to the scores of people and organizations that have lent their support over the years.


contact information

We look forward to hearing from you!
(518) 629-5530

The Capital of New York State Black Expo is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law. All are welcome.