By Udo Salters
The festival which ran from Thursday June 11 to Sunday June, 14th took place mainly at the Apollo and The City College of New York and featured performances, talks, mentoring sessions, music, film and debates that celebrate the talents of women and girls at all ages and from all over the world .
On the final day of the festival, at the Apollo, programs ran on the main stage and upstairs in the Sound stage. One of the earlier programs in the Sound stage was led by Harlem’s Jonathan Bodrick B.O.R.N. – Fashion From Inside and Out. Johnathan, at the end of his talk, shared his thoughts on a few must haves for every woman: a tailored white shirt, a trench coat and a nice clutch.
Another program in the Sound stage was moderated by Jessica Care Moore – They Say I’m Different. The panelists, who joined Jessica, were involved with the Black Women Rock! show from the prior night. They talked about the performance and their backgrounds .
Downstairs on the Main stage, singer Michelle Williams hosted the afternoon’s activities and ended the day by having a conversation with author and MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid.
One of the popular programs of the afternoon on the main stage was the Music Industry and The Female Image moderated by Isisara Bey of WOW/Apollo Curator for Humanities Program and consisted of panelist Teresa LaBarbera Whites – Executive Producer and A&R Executive; Yvette Noel-Schure – Founder and Senior Vice President of Publicity, Schure Media Group; Mona Scott-Young – CEO and Founder of Monami Entertainment and Part Owner and Chief Marketing Officer of MYX Fusions Moscato and Recording Artists Elle Varner.
One of the topics covered was the challenge of being a woman in a male dominated field. Mona Scott-Young talked about coming up in Hip-Hop with Violator Management and how important it was to make sure she did everything in her power to make sure that she was perceived in a positive way.