The Queen of Hospitality: Tren’ness Woods-Black

Introducing Tren’ness Woods-Black, Executive Producer of Thrillist Block Party, who kicked off the series in her hometown of Harlem, NY and is taking it nationwide in 2022 in partnership with Thrillist and Group 9 Media.

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Tren’ness is the President & 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 a gorgeous Sunday afternoon of September 12th 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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