'BreonnaCon' Is Happening in Louisville featuring Porsha Williams, Yandy Smith-Harris, Phaedra Parks and Others

Well, this is certainly something we never expected to see — and aren’t sure if we want to.

In the name of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT who was fatally shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky, while sleeping in her bed just five months ago, organizers have put together a ‘BreonnaCon’ — and called a bunch of reality TV stars to participate.

That’s right — they turned Breonna Taylor’s death into a conference.

The three-day event starts today, Aug. 22, and will culminate Aug. 25 with a massive demonstration.

According to a press release, this “first-of-its-kind community convention” will include workshops, training, women’s and men’s empowerment programs, a school supplies giveaway, community BBQ, and a Faith Revival at Kingdom Fellowship Center.

“BreonnaCon will engage, activate, and transform the Louisville community by building a comprehensive slate of programming that will amplify the urgent need for Justice for Breonna,” said Until Freedom Co-Founder Tamika Mallory. “BreonnaCon will address a number of issues impacting the community including food insecurity.”

Slated to participate are former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks; Love & Hip Hop New York star and entrepreneur, Yandy Smith-Harris, and Real Housewives of Potomac cast member Gizelle Bryant.

Did we mention they’re having a Bre-B-Q?

We…don’t even really know what to say. If you’re interested, you can heck out some of the other scheduled events below.

Saturday, August 22

  • 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Free Farmers Market
    • Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – TaylorMade Women’s Empowerment Event
    • Vibes, 1346 River Road
    • This event will provide hundreds of local women with a specially curated program led by Yandy Smith-Harris, founder of Yelle Beauty and star of “Love and Hip-Hop, and Porsha Williams of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
  • 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Brothers for Breonna/Free the Guys
    • Kula Art Gallery, 536 S 4th Street
    • This event is a men’s empowerment forum to transform and inspire men in Louisville. Program will include local activists, artists, and influencers. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, as well as Until Freedom’s Co-Founder Angelo Pinto among others are scheduled to appear.

Sunday, August 23

  • 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Bre-B-Q Community Barbecue
    • Shawnee Park
    • A community family barbecue and concert honoring all lives lost to police violence. The event features games, a school supply giveaway, and more.

Monday, August 24

  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – From Pain to Power: Organizing Boot Camp
    • Simmons College, 1018 South 7th Street
    • A series that will teach and train local residents on community organizing, public policy, and civil engagement.
  • 7:00 p.m. – Praise in the Park at the Waterfront
    • Waterfront Park
    • Faith leaders from across the state and the nation are scheduled to attend this event, featuring local choirs and performers.

Tuesday, August 25

  • 2:00 p.m. – “Good Trouble Tuesdays” Day of Action
    • South Central Park marching to LMPD training academy
    • The conclusion of BreonnaCon, ending in a non-violent march amplifying the call for justice.
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