WOW: Big Ideas * Intimate Conversations

  • Date & Time: May 7, 2017 - 2:00 pm
    May 7, 2017 - 7:00 pm
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WOW: BIG IDEAS * INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS

Location: Apollo Theater
Date: May 7, 2017
Time: 2:00pm 

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Mainstage Panels

Opening Remarks by Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, Apollo Theater
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre London/WOW Founder

The Global State Of Women
Purna Sen – Director, Policy Division, UN Women

Linking Arms: Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional
Time: 2:15pm
What are the issues shaping the feminist agenda in the 21st Century?  Who gets to set them and how do we ensure that no feminist is left behind? This panel brings leaders from across the feminist movement to discuss why it matters who leads the march and explore what it takes to create an inclusive movement that also stands against racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia and classism.

Featuring:

  • Jude Kelly, Moderator – Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and WOW Festival Founder
  • Tamika Mallory – National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington; President of Mallory Consulting
  • Carmen Perez – National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington;  Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice
  • Azadeh Khalili – Former Founding Executive Director – Commission on Gender Equity, Office of the Mayor, NYC
  • Lourdes Ashley Hunter, MPA – Executive Director, Trans Women of Color Collective

WOW Spotlight: A Conversation with Gabby Douglas and Bevy Smith
Time: 3:00pm

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas joins us for an intimate conversation with radio and television personality Bevy Smith on cyber bullying, its impact on young people and her mission to end it through her new role as the Change Ambassador for Hack Harassment. Hack Harassment, founded by Intel, Vox Media and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, is a coalition of organizations and individuals who share in the common goal of building a more inclusive and supportive online community.

WOW Bite:  My Hijabi Chronicles
Time: 3:20pm
Featuring Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, photographer and recent recipient of the Reporting Grant from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), WOW Bites are engaging bite-sized talks delivered by fascinating women with amazing stories from all walks of life.

The M Word: Muslim-American Women on Power and Beauty
Time: 3:30pm
What is the unchallenged perception of a Muslim-American woman? Who gets to decide what images and narratives about women dominate in the public discourse, the media, and the literary world? Is the hijab a fashion accessory, an expression of one’s faith, or trending iconography? Is a focus on the hijab reductive?

A conversation on women—by women—on what it takes to defy obsolete notions of power and beauty, and instead embrace multidimensional identities. Addressing beauty standards, cultural appropriation, faith, and feminism, our diverse panel tackles a few of the most controversial and sensitive topics of our time.

Featuring:

  • Rozina Ali, moderator – (The New Yorker magazine)
  • Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, Black Lightning)
  • Rana Abdelhamid (Hijabis of New York)
  • Mona Haydar (‘Ask A Muslim’)
  • Penina Roth (Franklin Park Reading Series).

Presented by The M Word: Muslim Americans Take the Mic, a PEN America series supported by Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program and by the PEN America World Voices Festival. This event is co-presented by the Apollo Theater and the 2017 Women of the World Festival.

WOW Reading: Featuring Lupita Nyong’o

Presented in partnership with One Book, One New York
Time: 4:10pm
Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will perform a dramatic reading of selections from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’snovel Americanah, which this spring was voted by New Yorkers as the winning book in the City’s first ever community-wide reading program, “One Book, One New York.” Ms. Nyong’o is expected to play a starring role in the upcoming film adaptation of Americanah, which she optioned to adapt as a film through Plan B Entertainment. “One Book, One New York” is a program of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

WOW Bite:  My (Underground) American Dream – From Undocumented Immigrant To Wall Street Executive
Time: 4:50pm
Featuring Julissa Arce, political commentator, speaker, writer and author of MY (UNDERGROUND) AMERICAN DREAM, WOW Bites are engaging bite-sized talks delivered by fascinating women with amazing stories from all walks of life.

Julissa Arce will be signing her book, My Underground American Dream,  in the Main Lobby at 4:45pm

I Love Myself When I’m Laughing: Finding Power Through Comedy
Time: 5:00pm
This panel will look at the many cool ways in which comedy has served to empower women who have found success as stand-up comedians, actresses, and writers of major talk shows. In this talk will women will also discuss how they have used humor as a tool to create social change around reproductive rights, Black Lives Matter, sexual trafficking, healthcare, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ rights and how you can too.

Featuring:

  • Lizz Winstead, Moderator – Co-creator of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. She is also the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lady Parts Justice League, a reproductive rights organization that uses humor and outrage to expose anti-choice zealots and mobilizes people to take action in all 50 states.
  • Aida Rodriguez – Producer and actress, known for Last Comic Standing, The Comedian, and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
  • Gina Yashere – is a British a stand up and TV star, with appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week and The Lenny Henry Show. She is also a correspondent on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.

WOW Spotlight: A Conversation with AJ Mendez Brooks and Jude Kelly
Time: 5:40pm
Featuring AJ Mendez Brooks, (known professionally as AJ Lee), is a former wrestler and three-time WWE Champion. She will be joining WOW Founder, Jude Kelly, in conversation to discuss her new book Crazy Is My Superpower.

A.J. Mendez Brooks will be signing her book, Crazy is My Superpower, in the Main Lobby at 6:00pm

Uptown Hall: The Power of New York Women
Time: 6:00pm
The Apollo Theater’s WOW themed Uptown Hall – The Power of New York Women will be an in-depth panel examining the opportunities and obstacles women in positions of power face.  How are New Yorkers impacted by what these women do?  What power does an average New York woman have to lead and to influence leaders?

Moderated by WNYC’s Jami Floyd.

Featuring:

  • Piper Anderson, Create Forward
  • Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group
  • Professor Christina Greer, Fordham University
  • Amy Holmes, Rasmussen Reports
  • Margaret Hoover, American Unity Fund
  • Donna Lieberman, NYCLU
  • Janai Nelson, NAACPLDF

Closing Remarks by Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, Apollo Theater
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre London/WOW Founder

WOW Mainstage DJ:
DJ CUPPY
Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola, famously known as DJ Cuppy, is a musician and entrepreneur.  In 2014, Cuppy released her first compilation House of Cuppy, which saw her pioneer a fresh new sound she dubbed “Neo-Afrobeats” -an electric blend of Tropical House and Afrobeats music.


Soundstage Panels

Masculinity, A Solution?
Time: 2:15pm
The construct of masculinity has been more vocally challenged in recent years with the emergence of new gender identities, the study of the various negative impact of toxic masculinity, the highlighting of rape culture and the resurgence of feminist ideologies in the mainstream. Can masculinity as we know it survive? Do we need it? Why does it cause so much harm across the world against both men and women? What’s the new ways we can carve a masculine identity that empowers, nurtures and educates men without the pain? Moderated by Risikat Okedeyi.

Featuring:

  • Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi, Moderator Risikat “Kat” Okedeyi, Moderator, is a cultural architect and professor of literature and branding. She runs her own production company LiL SoSo Productions and is the 2017-2018 ReCreative Fellow, a partnership with arts organization ReCreative Spaces. She also hosts a monthly radio show called Tunes + Talk on WPFW (89.3FM) in Washington, DC.
  • Robert Jones, Jr. is the literary, sociopolitical and psychosexual writer behind the Son of Baldwin blog, which explores issues that matter to queer people of color and their allies.
  • Leo Sheng is a Trans Activist/Advocate and writer for MTVFounders
  • Professor Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin.He is the author of Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, 2015).
  • Michael Kimmel – is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society and the best seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.

Period Rights: Who Gets To Bleed With Dignity
Time: 3:00pm
The functions of women’s bodies has historically been hidden from them and ‘polite’ conversation which informs a sense of shame and hush women have talking about their periods. We are now learning how lack of access to sanitary products for certain groups of women in certain social circumstances (poverty, prison, homeless, etc.) prevent them from fully taking part in everyday life and can even lead to disadvantage. WoW has put together a frank debate of experts who are changing the period game and given us the power back to ‘bleed with dignity’ and without impediment.

Featuring:

  • Simone Bresi-Ando, Moderator, co-curator of WoW Apollo 2017 and founder of I’mPOSSIBLE, global empowerment network for women and girls of color
  • Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public (Skyhorse, September 2017);contributor to Ms. Magazine.
  • NYC Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
  • Nadya Okamoto – co-founded PERIOD.
  • Alison Nakamura Netter – Chief Communications & Development Officer, ZanaAfrica Foundation

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: An Intimate Conversation on the Experience of Being Trans, Gifted & Black
Time: 3:45pm
This panel will discuss the transformative experience of being trans, by slaying the misperceptions around being Black, transgender, and a woman. Panelists will address the violence still faced by trans women everyday and the silence surrounding them. This talk will conclude with a discussion envisioning a trans/ cis Black sisterhood and give voice to the ways in which we can mine that Black Girl Magic to find a more powerful level of understanding.

Featuring: 

  • Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Moderator – the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Trans Women of Color Collective
  • CeCe McDonald, a transgender prison-reform activist and subject of the documentary, Free CeCe
  • Octavia Lewis, the Audre Lorde Project Trans Justice School Fellow.

Unapologetically Afro-Latina
Time: 4:15pm
Co-presented by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

This  interactive conversation celebrates what it means to be an Afro-Latina and explores the intersectionality of her identity. This panel will also address the multilayered impact of race and gender on the lives of Afro-Latinas across the Spanish-Speaking African Diaspora, from socio-economic status, to education and healthcare access, to representation in media and politics.

Featuring:

  • Magdalena Albizu, Moderator – director, NEGRITA documentary; former President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
  • Marta Moreno Vega , President CCCADI
  • Nancy Morejon, Award-winning Cuban poet (presented in partnership with Pen World Voices)
  • Malin Falu, Radio and Television personality, producer and host at ESPN Radio
  • Amanda Alcantara, Afro-Latina feminist writer, multimedia journalist, and activist

WOW Podcast: She’s Got Drive
Time: 5:00pm
Shirley McAlpine, a seasoned business coach and facilitator, will launch her new podcast, ‘She’s Got Drive,’ live at the WOW festival.  She, along with a roundtable of panelists, will share inspiring stories and offer tips on how to live your life by design and not default.

Podcast guests include:

  • Malene Barnett,  Studio B – Award winning Interior designer
  • Dr. Shalei Simms, Assistant VP of Academic Affairs  Suny College at Old Westbury
  • Kimberly Seals Allers , Award winning Journalist, Author,  Speaker and communications consultant
  • Tanique Blair,   VP, Business Operations and Planning at Nickelodeon
  • Regina Fleming,  Award winning Photographer , CEO of Regina Fleming Photography

WOW Bite:  Con Cuatro En Una Casa: How I Make Single Motherhood Look Good
Time: 6:00pm
Featuring Yvette Russell, WOW Bites are engaging bite-sized talks delivered by fascinating women with amazing stories from all walks of life.

Raising Powerful Girls
Time: 6:10pm
How do we give and create empowerment tools and leave a positive, sustainable legacy for the next generation of girls to positively handle and define their identity, ambitions, desires and dreams in a world that is increasingly seeing these things as secondary to its progression?

Featuring:

  • Candace Montgomery, Moderator – Senior Director, Event Marketing at Essence Communications. Mommy Blogger, @ChicBusyMoM
  • Dr. Nadia Lopez – Principal at NYC Department of Education.
  • Dr Robyn Silverman , child & teen development specialist and leadership coach, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite it
  • Dr. Stacey Patton – an American journalist, writer, author, speaker, and college professor and commentator.  She is also founder of the anti-child abuse movement Spare The Kids, Inc.
  • Shireen Ahmed is a sports journalist, former football player, wife and mother.

Dr. Stacey Patton will be signing her book, Spare the Kids, in the Main Lobby at 6:45pm

Dr. Nadia Lopez will be signing her book, Bridge to Brilliance, in the Main Lobby at 7:00pm


Greenroom

WOW Workshop: Trap Yoga
Time: 2:15pm
Taught by Trap Yoga guru, Brandon Copeland
This workshop is a fast-paced, power yoga practice done to Trap.  Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring their own mats.  Due to limited capacity, this event requires an RSVP.
Please RSVP at wow@apollotheater.org.

WOW Workshop: Self-Acceptance presented by StyleLikeU
Time: 3:05pm
Mother-Daughter duo Elisa Goodkind & Lily Mandelbaum, the founders of the multimedia company StyleLikeU and creators of “The What’s Underneath Project”, will led a workshop on self-acceptance through personal style.

Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum will be signing their book,  True Style is What is Underneath, in the Main Lobby at 3:45pm

WOW Reading: Julie Scelfo
Time: 3:45pm
Julie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York,  reads from the chapter of her book entitled “The Aunties,” which features four women who helped their immigrant communities feel more at home in New York–while also protecting and celebrating cherished cultural traditions from back home.

Julie Scelfo will be signing her book, Women Who Made New York, in the Main Lobby at 4:15pm

Give Me Body: What I Learned About Myself & The World When I Embraced & Loved My Body
Time: 4:15pm
From Sports Illustrated to Beyonce, the current culture of body image politics is evolving and impacting our lives for better and for worse! Panelists will share personal stories about the trauma and pleasure of having “non-traditional” bodies, and will challenge alternative facts promoted via pop culture empowering women and girls to love their bodies and dismiss the haters.

Featuring:

  • Nicole Moore, Moderator, co-curator of WoW Apollo 2017 and founder of theHotness.
  • Ericka Hart is a kinky, poly, activist, sexuality educator, performer and cancer-warrior who after her double mastectomy made waves with her topless photo
  • Jen Ponton is a comedic force and most commonly recognized for her work on Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy  Schmidt.”
  • Jillian Mercado is an American fashion model represented by IMG Models.

#ACTIVISM
Time: 5:00pm
In 2017, it appears you can’t be an effective activist without social media and you can’t be relevant without a ’cause’. Or at least, that’s what we’re led to think. This discussion will explore what activism looks like now compared to the past, what it will look like in the future and the myriad of ways activists are using social media to create narratives and bring the reality of overlooked experiences to the fore for change and empowerment.

  • Andrea R. Thompson, Moderator – blogger, radio producer, social media trainer and strategist. Andrea has worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the Pacifica Radio Network, Sophie’s Parlor Women’s Radio Collective, Parallel Film Collective, and Black Power Chronicles.
  • Alaa Basatneh Alaa Basatneh is a human rights activist, writer and Justice Correspondent at FUSION and is the protagonist in the 2013 award-winning documentary, #ChicagoGirl (chicagogirlfilm.com), following Alaa’s tireless efforts to guide revolution in war-torn Syria using only social media and her laptop from 6,000 miles away in the suburbs of Chicago.
  • Lorne Batman is the social media manager for Lady Parts Justice League
  • Elizabeth Luke is a communications manager at Twitter
  • Ebonee Davis –a model and social media activist

WOW Workshop:  5 Ways To Boost Your Career On Social Media
Led by Mary Pryor
Time: 5:40pm

Can a tweet or Facebook post land you the job of your dreams? Can you really use social media as your personal career headhunter? Do you really need thousands of dollars for a personal website in order to showcase your work? This workshop gives the REAL DEAL on what it takes to turn your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram profile into creative career game changers. Please bring your laptop if you can!

Mary Pryor is a passionate and vocal media expert currently based in New York. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mary received exposure to automotive design, electrical engineering, music, digital arts and marketing at an early age.

Today Mary is a powerful and accomplished Digital Specialist who has worked for major brands such as Sony Music Group, Viacom, Attention PR, City Parks Foundation, Mirrorball, Uptown Magazine, Black Enterprise, CBS News, Ebony Magazine, The Rolling Stones, VaynerMedia, Mindshare, McGarryBowen, and MusicWorld. Having realized there was a pressing need for agencies that catered to culturally rich and niche audiences through digital and social marketing integration, Mary founded her own consulting and digital marketing consulting firms, WeFancy (2008) and UrbanSocialista (2011).

Mary was named the Innovator of the Year at SXSW in 2014 and participates in speaking engagements nationwide to share her expertise in digital innovation.  Mary’s goal is to provide online branding and digital trend-forecasting for the general market by empowering communities through the utilization of digital tools.

Digital Dames: The Future of Women & Girls in Tech
Time: 6:10pm
This talk will look at the many varied and fascinating ways in which women and girls are impacting the tech sector. Our expert panelists will not only lay out the many challenges that women still face in tech, but will provide solutions on how to break in and break the glass ceiling.

Heather Cabot will be signing her book, Geek Girl Rising in the Main Lobby at 4:00pm

Featuring:

  • Heather Cabot, Moderator – co-authored GEEK GIRL RISING: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech
  • Sonya Magett, co-founder of Code & Content Academy, a nonprofit that provides coding workshops in underserved communities.
  • Aruna PrasadTech Education Advocate, Intern at AOL #BUILTBYGIRLS
  • Opeyemi Olukemi, Senior Director, Interactive at Tribeca Film Institute
  • Alex Tosti, co-founder Blink Blink

Under Marquee

Speakers Corner: Suffrage Spotlights

Drawing from a tradition of oral presentation that has fallen out of practice but has historically been essential to the Harlem community, Kindred Arts presents: Speakers Corner: Suffrage Spotlights.  Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York state, activists, performers, and community members will read excerpts from Suffrage speeches across the globe and will speak about women’s rights.  Kindred Arts is a Cultural Equity Initiative.  Community + Service.

Under the Apollo Marquee DJ: RhythmAndSoulRadio.com’s Musical Pathways

The hosts of RhythmAndSoulRadio.com’s Musical Pathways Radio Show (The Mad Spinner Jamelle Mel, Lady Scorpio, and Mama Soul) will serve as DJs with a unique music mix celebrating women across the globe. They will play diverse music from artists you know and love and independent artists who you need to know.


Family Friendly
Soundstage Lobby
Time: 3:00pm

WOW Workshop: Warrior Women

This family-friendly craft workshop invites participants to design wooden door hangers of powerful She-Roes from around the world including:  Mama Tingo from Santo Domingo, Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Yaa Asantewaa, Lolita LeBron, Harry Tubman, and many more.


WOW Film:

MAKERS: Women in Politics

Executive Produced by: Dyllan McGee & Peter Kunhardt

MAKERS: WOMEN IN POLITICS profiles the long, slow fight for female political representation over the last century, from the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013. Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House. Today’s leaders in Washington, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the first female Senator from Massachusetts, Susan Collins (R-ME), who led the Senate in shaping a deal to end the government shutdown, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), currently the youngest woman serving in Congress, are also represented. Narrated by Alfre Woodard.

About MAKERS:

MAKERS is a storytelling platform for the trailblazing women of today and tomorrow. Through visual storytelling, podcasts, live events, Emmy-nominated documentaries, and award-winning digital content, we’re inspiring the MAKERS who will shape the future. MAKERS are women who dare to lead. As the largest digital collection of women’s stories ever assembled, MAKERS is inspiring and empowering women to change the world one story at a time. Today, MAKERS.com features over 4,500 videos and the stories of more than 400 women. Current MAKERS include: Hillary Rodham Clinton; media mogul & philanthropist Oprah Winfrey; writer, actor, producer Lena Dunham; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; artist Alicia Keys, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, YouTube sensation Lilly Singh; and more. For more info, visit MAKERS.com


Musical Performances

Abby Dobson is the Artist-in-Residence with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF).  Abby is also a Create Change Fellow ‘17 with The Laundromat Project. A Sonic Conceptualist Performing Artist and Composer, Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/Soul, jazz, classic pop, gospel, and folk, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Abby has performed at venues such as S.O.B’s, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, Queens Museum, Bucknell University, The Hammer Museum and The Tonight Show (Jay Leno).

Imani Uzuri is a vocalist and composer called “a post modernist Bessie Smith” by The Village Voice. She composes for sound installations, theater, choral ensembles, bands and chamber orchestras. Her work has been called “stunning” by Vulture and she was recently praised in the New York Times for her “stirring” music and her “gorgeously chesty ruminations.”

Morley is a singer, composer and recording Artist who also uses music as a tool for conflict resolution when working with youth and adults. She has release five original CDs under the auspices of Sony, Universal, and Independently. This June she releases her first of three EPs from her new album entitled, Thousand Miles.


Special Performances

Buzz Off, Lucille is a sketch comedy team featuring Abby Holland, Molly Gaebe, Jenn Roman and Julie Rosing. Their videos have been featured on Huffington Post, College Humor, VH1, PBS and Lady Parts Justice League. You can see them perform live all over NYC and at festivals around the country. They are all writers for Lady Parts Justice League, fighting to keep politicians out of vaginas!

Andressa Furletti is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Brazil now based in New York. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Group.BR, NY’s only Brazilian theater company (www.group.br.com).

Urban Word

The Sunday program will feature special performances by young poets from Urban Word NYC.

Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college preparation and performance opportunities.

Aaya Perez is an inter-sectional gender-queer poet born and raised in NYC- currently living in Jersey City. They’re a member of the quantum Things Collective and has represented Urban Word and New York City at the Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival in 2016. They have performed at The Apollo Theatre, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Lincoln Center, and The Washington Monument. Aaya is currently working to earn their degree in literature and education. They teach regular workshops in Jersey City in association with JC Slam and have had their work featured in and Rookie Magazine, Buzzfeed. They use poetry, music and visual art to shatter the line between politics and interpersonalism.

Ramya Ramana is an author, youth activist, writer, poet and the 2014 Youth Poet Laureate of New York City. She won the New York Knicks Poetry Slam that awarded her a full scholarship to St. John’s University where she is currently studying English. Ramana recently published her first book entitled “Don’t Drown Her in the Baptism” which is a collection of poems published under Penmanship Books. Ramana has graced many notable stages including: Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, Tribeca Film Festival, City Hall and many more. She has also shared stages with: Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, K. Michelle, Nina Davuluri and even former President Bill Clinton. Ramana believes in the goodness of God and aspires to dedicate her life to the cause of social justice, spreading love and fighting against the inequalities that plague the world.

Khalin Vasquez is a Boriqua poet born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She’s performed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C, as well as several well-known venues around NYC such as the Apollo Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lincoln Center, and many others. She was published in Lincoln Center’s 2015 Poet Linc Anthology. A member of the 2016 Urban Word Youth Slam team, Khalin traveled to Washington, D.C to represent New York City at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam. She wrote and performed her own one woman show in the Journal2Journey program, in collaboration with Urban Word NYC, Hi-Arts NYC, and New York Live Arts. Khalin is currently a 2016-2017 Youth Poet Ambassador for New York City, and is a founder of the first ever Hunter College Poetry Slam team.

Soré Agbaje is a Nigerian American story-teller who has toured Germany and Austria sponsored by the Munich Council of the Arts and performed in Copenhagen for the UN Women Deliver Conference. She has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Button Poetry, For Harriet, All Def Poetry, UN Women, Button Poetry, Rookie Mag and has performed for UNICEF, the United Nations, A World at School, Aspen Ideas Festival, Lincoln Center, and  Mocada Museum. She performed her self-written one woman show off Broadway at New York Live Arts.


 

 

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