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Queen of Hospitality Tren’ness Woods-Black Goes on the Road with Thrillist Block Party

Photo by Johnny Nunez

Tren’ness Woods-Black, executive producer of Thrillist Block Party recently kicked off the series in her hometown of Harlem and taking it nationwide in 2022 in partnership with Thrillist and Group 9 Media.

Tren’ness is the president and creative strategist of Tren’ness Woods-Black LLC (TWB); executive producer of Cornbread & Conversations and the granddaughter of Sylvia Woods, founder of the iconic and internationally-known restaurant and CPG brand Sylvia’s.

On Sept. 12, some 3,000 New Yorkers, most from the Harlem community, enter the yellow arches at 126th Street behind the Adam Clayton Powell Jr State Office Building to experience the #Thrillist Block Party hosted and Executive Produced by the Queen of Hospitality — Tren’ness Woods-Black.

The festivities were kicked off with the introduction by Harlem’s own author/radio & TV personality Bevy Smith who introduced Tren’ness to the growing crowd; speeches followed by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Thrillist Chief Content Officer Meghan Kirsch, NYC Hospitality Alliance Executive Director Andrew Rigie and Harlem Park to Park Executive Director Nikoa Evans-Hendricks. Later in the day empowering remarks were made by Until Freedom co-founder and activist Tamika Mallory. Guests enjoyed live music by the Rakiem Walker Project and Sundae Sermon featuring DJ Stormin’ Norman through the afternoon.

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