New Reviewer

Theft!

Mark Anthony has not refunded my $250 from registering for a Black Expo scheduled for Cleveland last year. He gave so many irrational excuses that were lies! The more I called him on it, the more lies! Now he has blocked me! He is a con artist and thief! I will continue my efforts to claim my money! DO NOT REGISTER FOR ANY OF HIS EVENTS!
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#1585936 Review #1585936 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Cleveland, Ohio
Cons
  • Thieving ceo
Reason of review
Problems with payment
Loss
$250
Preferred solution
Full refund

Mark Anthony Jenkins is an expert at owing refunds...

Mark Anthony Jenkins has dozens of complaints about his business practices. He is the founder of the Harlem Half Marathon Inc. and there is an article called “Harlem Half Marathon Non-Race Report” about how he collected money for a marathon race without first securing the city permits. Mark Anthony Jenkins is also the publisher and editor of the defunct Black Singles Magazine and there are complaints about this business as well. Mark Anthony is also CEO of the defunct NY African American Chamber Of Commerce newly founded in September 2012. Mark Anthony apparently likes to start organizations he runs into the ground.
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#1652486

Mark Anthony Jenkins has dozens of complaints about his business practices. He is the founder of the Harlem Half Marathon Inc.

and there is an article called “Harlem Half Marathon Non-Race Report” about how he collected money for a marathon race without first securing the city permits. Mark Anthony Jenkins is also the publisher and editor of the defunct Black Singles Magazine and there are complaints about this business as well.

Mark Anthony is also CEO of the defunct NY African American Chamber Of Commerce newly founded in September 2012. Mark Anthony apparently likes to start organizations he runs into the ground.

ID
#1482724 Review #1482724 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
New York, New York
New Reviewer

Where's my Money Marc Anthony

I made a huge mistake in January of 2018 when I invested in the Black Expo America. This disgusting human being Marc Anthony had us on conference calls weekly to give us updates on the progress of the expo. Last minute, the day of the event, He cancels the expo! Never mind the facts that some of us have full time jobs, school and families and have to schedule this time in advance. Im appauled by him because ive been calling and texting for over a year now. He keeps promising me that he'll give me my money back and now I just found out that he blocked me! I talked to him in January 2019... and he told me to give him 2 weeks! Now im blocked! The bank gave me a temporary credit but now they took their money back and left my account negative and so they had close that account! It's really unfortunate because his ideas seemed sound but the man himself is a lier and a fraud! Some of us run small businesses on the side to make ends meet...I will join hands with anyone here who wants to take him to court. Its not even about the money anymore! I WANT YOU TO BE PUNISHED FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE!!!!
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#1665924

I agree 100% with what you’ve shared about your experience. I had a similar experience and I’ve yet to receive a refund.

I’ll gladly link with you to take legal action, as I’ve alreadh acquired the services of an attorney.

Perhaps a class action suit is needed. I’m sure there are many more of us.

ID
#1461808 Review #1461808 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
New Reviewer

Event Cancelled

I had signed up to participate as a vendor for the Black America Expo on January 2, 2018 for an event that was to happen in November 2018. I paid in FULL. By April the event was cancelled, with NO reschedule date. I waited and waited and here I am in August with OVER 35 EMAIL discussion about NO money, about your REFUND is coming in June, then July, and Now August. I still have NO MONEY returned and the phone is disconnected, no email replies.. and still no money. I have been the most patient and understanding business woman and for me to have been this to no avail, I will be taking this to court.
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#1601252

It's November. Have you received a refund yet?

ID
#1343292 Review #1343292 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Service
Black Expo America Owner
Reason of review
Refund for cancelled event
Loss
$500
Preferred solution
Full refund
New Reviewer

Avoid Mark Anthony Jenkins’ Black Expo America.

Avoid Mark Anthony Jenkins’ Black Expo America.
Mark Anthony Jenkins is the Founder, CEO & President of Black Expo America. As someone who is very acquainted with Mr. Jenkins’ mostly disastrous events, I want to warn anyone considering buying a table at his events. First, Mr. Jenkins is a well-meaning person who cares deeply about the African American community. In the past, he was president of a New York City Black Chambers of Commerce, and several similar organizations that focus on economic development in the Black community. Mark Anthony Jenkins is a man with a vision and big dreams. Unfortunately, Mark Anthony Jenkins does not have the management team, corporate sponsorship or leadership skills to successfully run events like a Black Expo. His events are poorly organized, poorly advertised and poorly attended. Mr. Jenkins lacks corporate sponsors so he has to use the money from vendor sales to pay for the venue. On more than one occasion, a venue has refused to allow Mr. Jenkins’ event to proceed because all the necessary fees were not paid in a timely manner. At the March 17th, 2018, Baltimore Black Women’s Expo, vendors had to wait three hours before they were allowed in the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to set up for the event. On Facebook, as the event was underway, Mr. Jenkins was still seeking vendors to do the event. Mark Anthony Jenkins has also been known to cancel or change the date of the events at the last minute leaving vendor scrambling to change their plans. Those who request refunds sometimes wait weeks before getting a refund if they get one. Before you invest your money in Black Expo America, ask for a vendor list from previous Black Expos so you can interview vendors about their experience. Peace.
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#1600189

Definitely a fraud and a thief. Unfortunately, I was part of the ridiculousness and mess that happened at the Baltimore event.

Afterwards I maintained professionalism and gave Mr. Anthony ample time to provide a refund that he promised (I have emails) and never received. I attempted to go through my bank and received an initial refund however, they took it back because they could not recover the funds from Black Expo America or Mark Anthony. Now I cannot find any information on him or a contact online.

Great way to support your community by stealing from them.

Lesson learned however, I believe that what goes around comes around. What you did will come back to you sir.

#1603020
@PissedConsumer1600189

Mike Johnson’s have a lot of great ideas how ever he lacks organizational managment skills. He is all over the place and takes on more than he can handle without any proper strategic planning. I know this because I was going to work with him on NY events, but I backed out when I saw the confusion.

#1617868
@PissedConsumer1603020

Mark Anthony Jenkins is definitely all over the place. When you meet him, he is breathless with excitement about all the plans he has to revive some defunct Black newspaper or organization.

Yet Mark Anthony Jenkins is incapable of staying with one project long enough to make it successful more than once. I know many professionals who did business with Mark Anthony Jenkins in the past (e.g., printers, promoters, radio personalities, etc.) that won’t do business with him anymore. I glad to see his website Black Expo America is offline. Maybe Mark Anthony has finally gotten the memo that he needs to stop.

I wouldn’t count on him keeping his promise to pay back any money, however. Mark Anthony knew from experience that he didn’t have enough revenue to produce these Black Expos. Yet he still took money from vendors anyway. Shame on him.

The best one can do is suing him through small claims court. You do not need a lawyer and there are companies online that will help you do it.

Spread the word. Don’t let Mark Anthony Jenkins take advantage of anyone else.

#1639312
@PissedConsumer1600189

He did this to me too

#1589541

Mark Jenkins of Black Expo is FRAUDULENT on the backs of the trust and desire to support Black businesses. MARK JENKINS STOLE my money as a vendor that was not selling any items but was told I had to pay for a table to get a table at the event as my organization distributed information regarding Breast Cancer in the African American community and the disparities in health care that create a higher mortality rate in black women.

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#1233253 Review #1233253 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
New York, New York
Service
Black Expo America Owner
Reason of review
Poor customer service

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