Who can attend this iftar? It is open to all. Generally speaking, any Islamic event or space, anywhere in the world, is open to all. This is not limited to only Black Muslims, as that would be un-Islamic.
Oftentimes, Mosques and Muslim communities are ethnically homogenous and serve the demographics of the neighborhood/city they belong to. This is especially true in the city of Chicago, which is hyper-segregated. For those unfamiliar with Chicago, you can read about this phenomena here, here and here.
What did you mean when you said "Black Muslims and their friends"? I initially was planning to host an iftar for my close friend group, and saw that they were mostly Black and Muslim, and I also wanted to extend the invitation to my friends who belong to various ethnic & religious groups, so they too could experience and share in the beauty of Ramadan. I figured that the word 'friends' would remove any notion that a person would be excluded from attending.
Why are there tickets? The tickets cover the cost of the location, food and honoraria. For those who want to attend but cannot purchase a ticket, there is an option to reserve a seat for free. All additional proceeds will be donated to two organizations serving Muslim communities. You can read about those organizations here. I am still accepting recommendations for different organizations to donate to!
Can I host one in my city? Yes! This Iftar is created to hold space that nurture and heal those who strive to get closer to the deen, but find limitations and exclusions on the way there. Islam is perfect, its followers are not. InshaAllah these events serve as a way to connect and unify in order to serve Allah and Allah only; to build a welcoming community. Keep in mind, that a “Black” Iftar has existed as long as Black Muslims have been breaking fast.