MECCAcon for all things 2019 is OFFICIALLY a wrap, family!
I want to take time to officially thank everyone for participating and attending my events yesterday, both 6th annual MECCAcon Detroit #MECCAconDSA2019, the 5th annual MECCAcon IFF 2019 #MECCAconIFF2019, and the 4th annual MECCAcon Vault book/art signings. It takes a lot of work and even more so dedication to get done what I get done, be it good or bad. I’ve been throwing events locally, nationally, and globally for over 15years, and I’m always amazed at the range of support that I get.
I had my FRIENDS doing the absolute most for me, from promoting, to marketing, to official artwork, to keeping me SANE, lol. Special love going out to N Steven Harris, Jason Reeves, Greg Anderson Elysée, and Dedren Snead.
And then, there were my vendors, filmmakers, panelists, and workshop instructors. From those who had a packed gym for hours with sistas crying in the hallways, to those who didn’t have anyone in their audience and did their shit anyways, nah no one complained one drop to me. I also appreciate Dr. Mayowa Reynolds finding a new space for this year, via Detroit School of Arts, aka DSA.
It takes a LOT to do what I do, even when folks are doing all that they can to see that I can’t. (I gotta whole army of haters, and I’m kinda impressed at how systematic some are, while I chuckle at the sloppiness of others’ executions.) I’m so absolutely grateful for all of you who not only stayed across the block and pulled up to participate JUST as much as those who took planes, trains, and automobiles (LITERALLY) on their OWN dimes.
MASSIVE amounts of love to Tene Dismuke and House of Bastet for transferring a gym into a spiritual oasis! REFLECTIONS ETERNAL : Relaxation Suite was a HUGE success this year. Yoga, Reiki, Massages, and SOOO much more was to be had. ALL that I heard was elevated feedback about Tene and her ENTIRE crew. Thank you SO much for participating in my event. Thank you SO much for doing this SO many times. From belly dancing and more, all I get from Tene is undivided love. She’s believed in me since before day one, and it doesn’t go unnoticed in the least bit. I invite… They pull TF up. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Super mad I didn’t get all of House Of Kofi’s annual wardrobe changes. Apple needs to invent an emoji JUST for you, love.
Panels, panels, and more panels were held this year. There were TEN, lol. Yes… TEN FULL PANELS, from our standard multiple BACK2BLACK, multiple BLACK FILMMAKERS, and BLACK FINE ARTISTS series, to new ones like BACK GIRLS ARE THE GAME, BLACK RESTAURANTEURS, and ENTREPRENOIR, there were MANY, lol.
I wanna thank ALL of you, family. Each and every last panelist and moderator did a wonderful job! Shout out to the moderators who kept me from having to moderate ALL of them this year 🤣🤣 Thanks to both Lumumba and Mayowa Reynolds who made sure my film festival went off without a single hitch on Saturday.
At the end of the day, the youth are why I do exactly what I do, each and every year. Mrs Hall of DSA did SO much to prepare these students for , and did it for a year. The students were SUPER excited that their artwork would be seen by so many people from across the country, and were very proud. These babies not only did an artist installation, but many of them also vended. They sold comic and anime illustrations, art, food, and more. They attended and supported the visiting guests, as well as supported both days of the film festival. They promoted MECCACON on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Some passed out flyers & sent mass texts. Some brought their parents AND grandparents, who all also supported our guests. Words cannot properly express how grateful I am to the STUDENTS of DSA.
We are constantly grateful for the authentic love that Curtis Sullivan and Vault of Midnight Detroit has shown us since they opened their doors 4 years ago. Each and every single year, they have let me pull up whenever however, and I love them for that. Thank you to your entire team who since day one have treated me like family. MASSIVELY MASSIVELY MASSIVELY appreciated.
HUGE shot out to Colibri Harris’s ENTIRE family reunion for ALL that they did for MECCAcon, cuz good grief! Videography, photography, promotion, vending, AND live painting workshops for children.
EXTRAAAA special thanks to Xavier Jones, Omega Mallory, and David Chill for being PROLIFICCCC volunteers for me ALL WEEKEND LONG.Words canNOTTT express my gratitude cuz good grief, y’all are amazing. How much we had to do was overwhelming to say the least. I appreciate y’all dedication to my mission. Xavier dealt with HEAVY glitches, and came back like ain’ nuthn’ happen, lolol. David signed up for volunteering like 100000%, & came lookin’ like a Khemtic snack, lololol. Omega has been riding hard for me for YEARS years, lol. We ALL consider this brotha our MECCAcon mascot, lol!
MASSIVELY appreciated in FULL to each and every last person who made this ENTIRE weekend a success. Videos of panels will be coming severely soon!
All love, All light, All progression,
- Maia “Crown” Williams, MECCAcon founder
*** rest in solidarity to baba Lite Shineth and baba Camera El, whom I lost right before and directly after this year’s convention. I love you both, and shall honor your names. Ase oooo ***