Black Power Blueprint’s Mission

Black Power Blueprint is a joint program of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) and Black Star Industries (BSI), transforming North St. Louis through renovation, economic development and political power by and for the black community.

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund deeply thanks and acknowledges the brilliant and talented team who created this video produced and donated by Erin Abeln and Allie Abeln from We salute director Cami Thomas, an incredible African videographer who filmed and edited the video, Brandon “Mad Keys” who wrote the original music, and everyone who played a role in this powerful project.

Director / Editor – Cami Thomas, @camicruzthomas; Producers – Erin Abeln and Allie Abeln,; STL Production – Bailey Synclaire, @baileysynclaire; Original Music – Brandon “Mad Keys” @madkeys_; B Camera Operator – Ethan, @canethan

Black Power Blueprint Featured Projects

Latest News from the Black Power Blueprint

  • One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market Job Opportunities
    From Food Desert to Food Oasis! Are you interested in bringing fresh food and commerce to the black community in North St. Louis? The One Africa! One Nation! Farmers Market needs you! Check out these job opportunities! Position Title: Market Assistant The Market Assistant is a part-time seasonal position to carry out daily operations of […]
  • 4-plex renovations nearing completion
    Renovations on the four-unit apartment building, earmarked for housing for the African Independence Workforce Program, continue moving forward. Check out the latest photos from the work! Black Power Blueprint salutes the fabulous team from Paradigm Builders and all the contractors and workers who have contributed to this renovation! Thanks to supporters like you, we are […]
  • We’re on a mission, we’re taking territory and we’re not turning back!
    The Burning Spear newspaper featured the Black Power Blueprint in its December issue in-print and online: The Black Power Blueprint is taking root in North St. Louis, claiming territory by and for us, the African working class. Currently five blocks on West Florissant Ave. in the O’Fallon neighborhood are in the midst of rapid Black […]
  • ‘Black is back’: A new grassroots effort aims to revitalize north St. Louis
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured the Black Power Blueprint on the front page of its Sunday, November 29, 2020 edition. Read the full article online »
  • covers powerful fundraiser for the Black Power Blueprint
    This fall, Building Black Bed-Stuy, a new fundraising organization launched a creative, dynamic crowdfunding campaign to raise resources for the Black Power Blueprint! Read the story on ‘The Vibe Is About Celebrating Blackness’: Meet the Women Behind Building Black Bed-Stuy
  • Fund the Black Power Blueprint
    The Black Power Blueprint program is transforming the future through independent economic development. Help us raise funds for these St. Louis projects: Commercial Kitchen and Bakery Café Renovate and equip a bakery café for healthy food and a cultural venue. Future home of the African Independence Workforce Program and Uhuru Foods & Pies. Community Basketball […]
  • Electricity installed and tuck pointing wall of 4-plex housing at 4358 College Ave
    The Black Power Blueprint is addressing the mass incarceration of our people by creating the African Independence Workforce Program. We are creating jobs and just began the renovation of the 4-plex apartment building located at 4358 College Avenue, just down the street from the Uhuru House.
  • 4-Plex renovations began this week
    This week, the Black Power Blueprint began renovations at the 4-plex apartment earmarked for the African Independence Workforce Program: housing and job training for our brothers and sisters coming out of the colonial prison system. The demo crew from Paradigm Builders has been cleaning out debris, removing walls and old light and bathroom fixtures.
  • Stacking bricks and removing debris at 4007-09 W. Florissant Ave.
    At the site of the recent demolition of the condemned properties at 4007-4009 West Florissant, Jath Construction works on stacking all the bricks and removing the debris. The African working class getting it done!
  • Thank you volunteers and donors!
    On behalf of the entire Black Power Blueprint team, and African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) Board President Ona Zené Yeshitela, we want to thank all of our volunteers and donors. We want you to see where your money and effort and your time and your energy goes. It goes right into this project, […]

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