MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market celebrates the history and culture of Kwanzaa

(Louisville, KY) The MELANnaire Marketplace holiday market celebrates Kwanzaa.  Starting December 26th Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate the African American culture.  The holiday market welcomes guests into the storefront to celebrate, educate and recognize the rich history and highlight the seven principles.   

In support of their recent crowdfunding campaign presented by Fund Black Founders and sponsored by Metro United Way, their campaign ends on January 2nd or when the $25,000 goal is met.

Nachand Trabue, founder of MELANnaire Marketplace says, “We have had a great holiday season at the mall.  So, many people have visited and purchased products from our businesses, and we cannot thank you enough for your support.  It only makes sense to end our time at the mall as well close out the year and by celebrating Kwanzaa. We anticipate a big year ahead and we want you to please continue to support us.” 

The MELANnaire Marketplace Holiday Market will be open until January 2, 2024.  Our store hours are open on the same schedule as Mall St. Matthews. The MELANnaire marketplace will be hosting post-holiday sales on 100’s of items.

The marketplace is located near the entrance of El Nopal and Women’s Dillards on the backside of the mall. 

If you would like to be a vendor and/or be a sponsor, please contact MELANnaire Marketplace at   

Please announce and/or post on your community calendars.  If you have any questions or would like to interview Nachand Trabue, please contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306. Please note that you need to contact the Mall PR team to notify them that you will be on the property for security purposes. 

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The new Miss Black Kentucky USA is crowned this evening in Louisville

The new Miss Black Kentucky USA is crowned this evening in Louisville

This afternoon, family friends and supporters gathered at the Women’s Club of Louisville to see Sophia Crowder of Louisville be crowned Miss Black Kentucky USA.  In the Talented Teen division Helena Gordon of Louisville competed and won and Ciara Johnson of Louisville won in the Ms. Division.  All three winners will represent Kentucky in the Miss Black USA in 2024.

The Queen Mother Foundation will oversee their various appearances and opportunities over the next year so the community will get to know Miss Crowder, Ms. Ciara Johnson, and Talented Teen Helena Gordon. 

Also, this evening we currents queens got an opportunity to thank everyone for the opportunities they received over the past year. 

This afternoon we had a lot to celebrate.  Last year’s winner in the Miss division, Miss Ariel Thompson went on to win Miss Black USA in Washington, DC and will reign for the next 12 months.

Dr. Ashley Anderson, Executive Director of Miss Black Kentucky USA says “Contestants had a great opportunity to showcase their talents and be their authentic selves.  I found twenty wonderful ladies who worked hard to get to this point. When they walked across the stage I, along with family and friends felt a sense of pride.  It’s more than winning a crown and a title but it begins a service of volunteerism, scholarship, and pride of who you are.  This was a special evening for us all and I can’t wait to see what the royal court will do today and beyond.”

To set up an interview to meet the new Miss, Ms., and Talented Teen Miss Black Kentucky USA and/or Dr. Anderson to see how you can be a part of Miss Black Kentucky USA 2024, please contact VIPP Communications at

Here’s this year’s participants:

Talented Teens

  1. Sanaia Rae’Patterson
  2. Bria Byrd
  3. Aliyah Parker
  4. Kelyse Greer
  5. Helena Gordon-WINNER


  • Sophia Crowder-WINNER
  • Seryn Bentley
  • JayLa Hudson
  • Jade Spaulding
  • Aya Tennyson
  • Jada Turley


  1. Princess K Cureton
  2. Shikira Tunstill
  3. Ciara Johnson-WINNER
  4. Kenisha Watkins
  5. Chanson Calhoun
  6. LaShandra Logan
  7. Sherae Thompson
  8. Deara Porter
  9. Crissa Candler