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Black Authors Festival
@Sag Harbor 2023

Here are some highlights from this historic event.

Kacy Duke, Celebrity Fitness Expert and Author

2023 BAF @Sag Harbor Honoree

Yes! I love this organization and so proud of these two beautiful and courageous sister! Love y'all!
Thank you for a BEAUTIFUL DAY! Truly!!

Black Authors Festival
2023 Honorees

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The Kacy Duke

Age Defying Award

Celebrity Personal Trainer

The Dr. Steve Perry

People's Champion Award

Educator, Author, Motivational Speaker

& TV Personality

The Dr. Patricia A. Turner Jalimuso Award

Folklorist and UCLA African American Studies and World Arts and Culture Professor and Author

The Dr. Ni'cola Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award

Founder of Girls Who Brunch

Lifetime Giving Hope: The

Ni'Cola Mitchell Story

The Vivian L. King Woman King Award

Author, Speaker &  Communications Consultant

The Thelma A. Sias

Civil Rights Humanitarian Award

Corporate Executive &

Professional Speaker

Regina Perry

Community Award

Business Professional,

Community Leader & Author


Celebrity Chef Marc Bynum


Exclusive Black Author Festival Chef

During our VIP Experience, guests experienced complementary tastings from Celebrity Chef Marc Bynum; during our After Party, guests also had access to Chef Bynum's famous food truck.

Marc Anthony Bynum, three-time Chopped Champion, was born and raised on Long Island, New York. The initial draw to him becoming a chef was watching his mother cook for the family and loved ones, he observed “the joy on people’s faces while eating”. 


With over 25 years in the kitchen, Marc Bynum is starting to give more attention to mentoring, motivational speaking, and building a media platform not just for himself but for the growing number of young chefs and business professionals looking to make their mark.

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Here The Music Of...

The Never Lose Touch Band

During our VIP Experience guests had the pleasure of listening to the amazing live music of N.L.T.

N.L.T. (Never Lose Touch) engages you with soulful classics & contemporary R&B, Reggae & Original hits. We will delight you as we deliver quality music that gets you up on the dance floor and soothes your soul. NLT is the right band for any memorable event.

The Legendary DJ Belal

Official BAF DJ

At our After Party The Legendary DJ Belal definitely got the party going.

DJ Belal hails from the 11798 Wyandanch, NY (Strong Island). As a youth and prior to their world-wide acclaim DJ Belal had the honor of being the DJ for iconic rap artist such as Rakim, Biz Markie, Craig Mack, Chubb Rock & Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell & Biz Markie. DJ Belal was portrayed by Martin Lawrence in the Hudlin brother's cult-classic hit movie "House Party".

Beyond his accomplishments and accolades as a DJ, Belal is one third of the hip-hop group Groove, B, Chill which was one of the founding groups signed to Andre Harrell's Uptown Records. Over his career which has spanned nearly four decades, DJ Belal has moved massive crowds around the nation. From high end corporate and celebrity parties to club venues and of course with his signature “HOUSE PARTY STYLE”. 

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