May 28, 2022
Community Alliance of the Far Eastside
8902 E 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46226
“A spring festival celebrating every shade of excellence, for those who flaunt their melanin with no apology.” – Dominic Dorsey (founder)
A show is only as good as it’s master of ceremonies…
Tony Styxx is an Indianapolis institution. As much a fixture of the culture as the Salesforce tower in the naptown skyline. He’s hosted a ton of events from open mics to club events, and even is the current voice of Gainbridge Fieldhouse, but with the exception of the arts & activism event called “The Wake”, we’d never worked together in this SPECIFIC capacity…so we threw it out there. And the rest they say, will be history. Say hello to the host of the Melanin in May Festival and master of ceremonies on the performance stage, Ronald A Craig Jr BKA Tony Styxx!
For those who don’t know? Admission to the Melanin in May Festival is absolutely free. Like…free-free. Free.99. Why? Because we’re about community and not commerce. But the less money you spend to vibe with us? Also means the more coins you have to patronize Black business owners, food vendors and creatives during the event!
For the 2nd time, we will be hosting our Black Owned Food Truck Battle Royale! Judged by a trio of chefs with impeccable taste as ten of our top Black Owned food trucks vy for the opportunity to hoist ten pounds of gold above their heads as the Battle Royale Champion! And while this is happening? You get to buy and try everything they have to offer!
Parking is available across the street from CAFE in the old abandoned Kroger parking lot. Stay tuned for more information on additional parking options as we draw closer to the event.
Make no mistake, this is an environment designed to be and affirm those who are unapologetically Black. Blackity Black vendors. Blackity Black chefs and Blackity Black artists. Do you have to be Black to attend? Absolutely not! Come fellowship with us! Enjoy yourself. Bring the family, friends and co-workers. We want everyone to experience this!
CAFE is committed to engaging adults, youth, and seniors in a community network that strives to keep families strong, empowered and connected through opportunities for leadership, self-sufficiency, asset building, and social activities.
CAFE offers direct aid to many of our residents who are in desperate need. We help working families who face large winter heat bills. We provide the elderly with structured activities and nutritious meals. We connect the unemployed with job training and counseling. And we give working families peace of mind by providing a safe, quality after-school environment for their children.
*All proceeds from Vendor Registration are donated directly to CAFE on behalf of DONT SLEEP.
To the right, you’ll find the parking map. Please note there will be parking shuttles taking patrons to and from event parking, dropping off just outside the Afrocentric Art Walk and to the right of the Promo Tent and picking up in front of the abandoned Kroger across the street. If you elect to walk as opposed to using the shuttle service, please note the nearest crosswalk at the intersection of 38th & Post Road between Pizza Hut and Papa Johns.
COVID put a pause on us doing it again, but Blacktoberfest stirred up something that made it feel like that same energy can be improved upon. Expanded. Otherwise, why do it?So the goal? At least four times a year. Black Owned Business Block Party. Blacktoberfest. Black Business Bazaar, and now (God willing), Melanin in May Festival. With opportunities for education, empowerment, and engagement during and in between each one. Intentionally partnering with community centers and organizations on the west side, north side, near and far eastsides of Indianapolis.Hoping eventually we can bring back Liberation Weekend with The Wake and the Liberation address. More collaborations, more opportunities. More unapologetic spaces for Black people to celebrate themselves and others. It’s what I’ve missed, and frankly I forgot how healing it is. Creative ways to create Community. It’s exciting and it’s edifying. And I can’t wait to see how Indy will show out yet again come May 28