Schedule of Events

All artists, schedules and titles are subject to change.
Day 1
11 Jun 2015
Day 2
12 Jun 2015
Day 3
13 Jun 2015
Day 4
14 Jun 2015

Apollo Live Wire: Artist. Activist

An Evening with Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Toshi Reagon and Tashawn Reagon. Moderator: Judith Casselberry, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Bowdoin College An extraordinary Mother-Daughter-Granddaughter trio takes to the legendary Apollo stage for an unforgettable WOW Festival Opening Event. Composer, scholar, and producer, Bernice Johnson Reagon, has been a major cultural voice for freedom and justice for more than a half-century. Daughter Toshi Reagon is a socially conscious producer/curator, singer-songwriter who mixes folk, rock, funk and gospel traditions to speak truth to power. Granddaughter Tashawn Reagon is a rising star among activist youth, contributing her powerful voice to issues of race and identity. Comments
Tashawn Nicole Reagon
Toshi Reagon
Bernice Johnson Reagon

Girls Town Hall

A rich opportunity for middle and high school-aged students to participate in a three part educational program that covers the following topics: Body Image, Self-Love and The Media, Girl Power- 2.0, celebrating girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and #GIRLSLEAD, promoting female leadership. The Program will feature: Michelle Tan, Speaker – Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Lisa Staiano-Coico, Speaker – The City College of New York President Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, Speakers – App Creators Hon. Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Speaker – City Council Member Susannah Wellford- Speaker- Founder & President, Running Start Sore Agbaje, Maya Osborne, and Ramya Ramana (2014 New York City Youth Poet Laureate), Urban Word Poets – Performers Lianah Sta. Ana – Performer Music by: DJ Amanda Seales     Comments
Hon. Julissa Ferreras-Copeland
Angela Simmons
Girls Inc. of NYC
Michelle Tan

WOW Bite: Billie’s Black

Brittany Hodak, founder of multi-million dollar company ZinePak, is an award-winning entrepreneur who is passionate about connecting music superfans with the artists they love. Named one of Advertising Age’s 2013 40 Under 40, Hodak shares how she turned her passion into a powerful career. Shailja Patel is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist, author of the bestseller Migritude. Her work has been translated into 16 languages. Sandra Goldmark is a theatrical Set and Costume designer and the Founder of Pop Up Repair, an itinerant repair service for household items. Sandra is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Drama, and Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College. Billie’s Black Harlem’s quintessential soul-food spot has a reputation for amazing food and a great atmosphere. Fried Chicken Fried Catfish Strips Collard Greens Parsley Potatoes Yellow Rice Black Eye Peas Hot Cornbread Lemonade, Ice Tea, Water, and/or Coffee Red Velvet Cake or Carrot Cake Cash Bar Available         Comments
Sandra Goldmark
Shailja Patel
Brittany Hodak

WOW Bite: Madiba Restaurant

Debbie Kilroy knows the criminal justice system inside out, having experienced both juvenile and adult detention in a notoriously violent prison. She is the first woman in Australia to serve time for a serious crime, and then go on to practice criminal law. Founder of the internationally renowned prisoner advocacy group, Sisters Inside, she shares her personal history and perspectives as a leading voice for prisoner rights. Anita Lo is an American chef and restaurateur, best known for her West Village Annisa Restaurant, which marries her passion for ethnic cuisine and her classical French training. In her male dominated field, Lo has been making waves for over a decade. Named one of the ten “Best New Chefs in America” in 2001 by Food & Wine magazine, Lo shows us that women can have, or make, their cake and eat it too! Zeinab Eyega is the Executive Director and Founder of Sauti Yetu, an advocacy organization that empowers African immigrant women, tackling such tough issues as forced marriage, female genital mutilation, violence against women and reproductive justice. She shares her amazing journey from being a southern Sudan refuge to becoming one of NYC’s leading voices for the African immigrant community. Madiba Restaurant A larger version of Mark Henegan’s Fort Greene South African restaurant, based on a shebeen, a kind of laid-back beer hall in the townships. Soup and Salad Curry and rice Vegetable / Chicken / Lamb / Seafood Grilled salmon with Couscous Malva Pudding   Comments
Zeinab Eyega
Anita Lo
Debbie Kilroy

WOW Bite: Minton’s

Michele A. Roberts is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. She is not only the first woman to hold that position, but also the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America. She shares her journey from growing-up in a housing project in the South Bronx, to becoming a trial lawyer to assuming the top leadership role in the NBPA. Nell Merlino is the creative force behind Take Our Daughters to Work Day and a leading advocate on women’s business leadership. A member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, she is a Pathways Envoy, promoting women’s business growth in North and South America. She offers insight and perspective on her career-long determination to get more women into the corner office. Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai is a Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based Chinese Taiwanese American spoken-word poet, playwright and filmmaker. Her work has been featured at over six hundred venues worldwide, including the White House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, BAM and three seasons of HBO Def Poetry. She offers insight into how cultural pride is a powerful catalyst for both survival strategies and creative endeavor. Minton’s is a revival of a famed Harlem nightclub, this sophisticate eatery offers white-tablecloth service and haute southern cuisine. Appetizers: Creole Caesar Salad & Chicken Liver Paté. Buttermilk Fried Chicken or Smoked Praline Pork Chop Desert A Non-Alcoholic Beverage With Lunch   Comments
Kelly Tsai
Nell Merlino
Michele Roberts

WOW Bite: Harlem Besame

Bhairavi Desai founded the New York Taxi Workers Alliance with a membership of seven hundred while in her twenties. It is now a powerful labor union, representing some fifteen thousand drivers, most of whom are male immigrants. A well-known union leader and social activist, she offers her unique perspective on the rights of workers everywhere and her advocacy for the Cuban, Palestinian and El Salvadoran solidarity movements. Linda Kay Klein is the founding director of the Work on Purpose Program at the social entrepreneurship nonprofit, Echoing Green, which was founded to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Raised as an evangelical Christian, she offers reflections on her forthcoming book Man-made Girls, which is based on three years of interviews with young women raised in the evangelical Christian church on topics related to sex, gender and sexuality. Maria Pacheco is a Fulbright scholar, consultant to the United Nations Foundation and founder of Wakami, a company changing the way craftspeople enter the international market. She discusses her efforts to promote small-scale, sustainable business in her native Guatemala through the creation of Wakami, now a distribution channel, which represents over five hundred predominately female artisans, and has offices in over twelve countries. New Harlem Besame. This bustling, family-owned Latin soul lounge and fusion restaurant, offers traditional Latin meals and cocktails in a lively atmosphere. Appetizers: Chicken Tacos, BBQ Ribs, Guacamole & Chips Besame Salad Sides: Black Beans, Yellow Rice, Sweet Plantains Entrees*: Salmon, Jerk Chicken, Lamb Shank Desert: Red Velvet Cake/Tres Leches Cake – Coffee/Tea A Non-Alcoholic Beverage Served With Lunch   Comments
Maria Pacheco
Bhairavi Desai
Linda Kay Klein

WOW Bite: Red Rooster

Nathalie Molina Niño bills herself as a “business strategist, artist and global misfit.“ A consummate entrepreneur, she launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty. In 2012, she co-founded Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University. She offers practical stratagems, infused with an infectious passion for developing and supporting entrepreneurs of color and women-led startups. Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was eight-years-old. Now she is a finalist with the Mars Society’s Mars Arctic 365 Mission, and recently participated in a two-week simulation in the Utah desert to qualify for an international crew of seven going to Mars. The twenty four-year-old Army 1st Lieutenant and Chemical Defense Officer at Fort Campbell, KY gives fresh meaning to dreaming the impossible dream. Jyoti Chopra is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for BNY Mellon.  Her responsibilities include overseeing BNY Mellon’s diversity strategy and execution, advancing diversity training and hiring and serving on the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. Red Rooster is a popular, stylish comfort food eatery with creative cooking from celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson. Appetizer – Black Kale Salad Main Course – Choice of Mac-n-Greens or Helga’s Meatballs Dessert – Red Rooster Doughnuts One glass of Red or White wine   Comments
Jyoti Chopra
Heidi Beemer
Nathalie Molina Nino

An Evening with Iyanla Vanzant

Friday, June 12 at 8:00pm With performances by Yuna and Emel Mathlouthi DJ Reborn Tickets: $20 – $30 Women from all faiths and backgrounds gather for a celebration of enlightenment and female empowerment. Iyanla Vanzant’s life story reads like an epic adventure filled with near misses, struggle, strength, courage and triumph. A New York Times best-selling author, inspirational speaker, lawyer, life-coach and television personality, she is known for her best-selling books, her eponymous talk show and for her frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She can currently be seen on television as the host of Iyanla, Fix My Life. Emel Mathlouthi, “The Voice of the Tunisian Revolution” opens the evening. Indie Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, best known for her hit single Live Your Life, closes with an eclectic and classy blend of alt-pop and soul. Comments
Emel Mathlouthi
Iyanla Vanzant
Yuna

Apollo Music Café featuring Morley

DJ Hard Hittin Harry Host: Jodine Dorce From Carnegie Hall to the Nomad Women’s Festival in the Sahara Desert, Morley has brought her unique blend of jazz, folk and soul to the world’s stage. Be it solo with her acoustic guitar or with full electric band, her message is consistent and clear: love, justice and inspiration. Her song “Women of Hope” has been featured in Nobel Women’s Initiative documentaries and has brought her before many world leaders and policy makers. Comments
Morley

Leymah Gbowee | Keynote Address

With Featured Performance by Shailja Patel Music by:  DJ Moni June 13 at 10:00 AM Apollo Mainstage A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   This 2011 Winner of the Nobel Prize brought Liberia’s women together — and together they led a nation to peace. Leymah Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who confronted Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords and changed history. She is the author of Mighty Be Our Powers, a gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that touches all who dream of a better world. Shailja Patel is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist, author of the bestseller Migritude. Her work has been translated into 16 languages. Comments
Shailja Patel
Leymah Gbowee

Social Dance Workshop

Featured Artist Camille Brown June 13  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Juba, Cakewalk, Lindy Hop, bump, Hustle, Jerk, Wobble, and the DLow Shuffle. Experience them all and learn a little history about their orgins with Camille A. Brown.  Brown’s class utilizes African-American social dances to teach, engage, and challenge participants about the cultural and, sometimes, political context of these dances. Camille A. Brown is a world renowned dancer and choreographer. She is co-director of the new program Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop at the Jacob’s Pillow School with E. Moncell Durden.   Comments
Camille A. Brown

Feminism Now | Keynote Conversation

Panelists: Naomi Wolf, Jennifer Baumgardner, Yasmeen Hassan, Teresa Younger Moderator: Jude Kelly Music by:  DJ Moni June 13 at 11:00 AM Apollo Mainstage A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT How do you feel about the f-word? Claim it or shy away? What does it mean to be a feminist today? What are the issues shaping the feminist agenda in the 21st Century? This high-powered assemblage of feminist-activists will address these and a myriad of other questions relevant to women everywhere. With the publication of the 1991 bestselling book The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf became a leading spokeswoman of what was later described as the third wave of the feminist movement. Jennifer Baumgardner is the Executive Director/Publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY, which is producing the StopSlut Project and publishing cutting-edge feminist works. Teresa Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation, has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic security. Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, and international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women. Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London, Britain’s largest cultural institution. In 2010 she co-founded the Women of the World Festival, now a global movement for gender equality. Comments
Teresa Younger
Naomi Wolf
Jude Kelly
Yasmeen Hassan
Jennifer Baumgardner

Save Smart, Spend Smart

A Financial Literacy Workshop Powered by Citi Featuring Linda Descano, Judi Rosenthal and Jacquette M. Timmons June 13 at 12:00 PM Apollo Soundstage  A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT How do you prioritize what’s important, plan for future goals and still carve out some dollars to have fun? This interactive workshop makes sense out of our money madness, offering practical stratagems for finding peace of mind and wallet. Linda Descano leads social media and content marketing for Citi’s global consumer franchise. Recognized as one of GoBankingRates.com’s “Most Popular Personal Finance Experts of 2013,” her articles have been featured in Smart Money Magazine, Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, and Forbes Woman among many other publications. Jacquette M. Timmons is Founder of Sterling Investment Management, Inc. and author of Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate. She describes herself as a financial behaviorist, helping people identify the underlying behaviors and beliefs that keep them from reaching their financial goals. Judi Rosenthal is a nationally renowned personal branding, self-promotion and communication consultant, who sharpened her business-building superpowers at Ameriprise, where for seventeen years she was a financial advisor specializing in women in business and female consumers.   Comments
Linda Descano
Jacquette M. Timmons
Judi Rosenthal
13:30 - 19:00

WOW Festival on the campus of The City College of New York

Taken For Real

Panelists: Melina Lito, Rachel Lloyd Moderator: Crystal DeBoise June 13  1:30PM – 2:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   A new boyfriend? An amazing job? An opportunity to study abroad? These are just a few of the irresistible lures that entice thousands of young, vulnerable women and boys into the trap of slavery each year. This eye-opening discussion examines the secret labor economy that fuels international human trafficking, and its impact locally, nationally and globally. Melina Lito joined Equality Now’s New York office in September 2014 as Trafficking Program Officer. She has a background in US-based immigration law as well as experience in international law and policy. Rachel Lloyd founded Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) at her kitchen table with $30 and a borrowed computer. It is now the largest service provider of its kind in the nation. Crystal DeBoise, LCSW, is the Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, one of the first programs in the nation to assist survivors of human tracking, and a pioneer in providing service grounded in human rights, harm reduction and the real life experiences of its clients. Jessica Panaranda is the Project Coordinator for the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. Comments
Rachel Lloyd
Melina Lito
Crystal DeBoise

The Next Majority: Latinas Rising

Panelist: Idelisse Malavé, Manuela Arciniegas, Maria Hinojosa, Michelle Herrera Mulligan Moderator: Lisa Quiroz June 13  1:30PM – 2:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   Contemporary Latinas are taking center stage in 21st Century America. They are more bicultural, bilingual, educated and affluent than ever before. This panel spotlights how America is impacted, influenced and inspired by the powerful demographic trend that is the rising Latina majority. Respected movement builder and former leader of the Tides Foundation Idelisse Malavé is co-authoring, with her daughter, Latino Stats, a new book that documents Latinos’ growing power and influence on American life. Manuela Arciniegas is the Senior Program Associate at the Andrus Family Fund, which fosters just and sustainable change by supporting organizations that advance social justice and improve outcomes for vulnerable youth. Maria Hinojosa is the anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio and has been recognized three times as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for her work as a reporter for CBS, NPR and CNN. Michelle Herrera Mulligan is the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo for Latinas. President Obama recently appointed Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer at Time Warner Inc., to chair the Corporation for National and Community Service Board of Directors. Comments
Manuela Arciniegas
Lisa Garcia Quiroz
Idelisse Malavé
Maria Hinojosa

Caroline Shin Cooking with Granny

June 13  1:30PM – 2:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   This video screening followed by scintillating conversation takes you back to the wonderful atmosphere and aromas of “grandma’s” kitchen. Caroline Shin, creator of a new web series, Cooking With Granny, shows clips that spotlight grandmothers — some of whom will join her live — sharing recipes and harrowing life stories. The Anthony Bourdain of grandmothers’ kitchens, Shin’s show sheds light on the female lineage of the modern celebrity chef, celebrates food as a cultural unifier and captures the living history that our grandmothers embody. Launched in February, the series has garnered recognition from NBC News and NY Daily News. Catch her show and submit your own grandma’s recipes at cookingwithgranny.tv. Comments
Caroline Shin

Speed Mentoring

The speed-mentoring events are open to women at all stages of their careers from various fields and industries. These one-hour sessions will be divided up into 15-minute increments, allowing attendees to visit up to four mentors. Comments

Motherhood in the 21st Century

Panelists: Susan Grundberg, Migdalia Rivera, Suzanne Chan and Aselefech Evans Moderator: Wendy Rhodes June 13  1:30PM – 2:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   For women today, now representing 50% of the workforce, parenting is at best a juggling act and “family” is an ever-changing, dynamically-defined social unit. This two-part conversation explores alternate routes to motherhood —from adoption to foster care — as well as new support systems and coping strategies, including the rising tide of mommy blog influence. Susan Grundberg is the Executive Director of You Gotta Believe, a New York City organization that focuses on finding permanent families for young adults, teens, and pre-teens in foster care. Migdalia Rivera is the founder of Latina On a Mission and an active blogger, speaker, business owner and education activist. Suzanne Chan is a former marketing and public relations executive, who is now the voice behind the popular Mom Confessionals blog. Aselefech Evans is a founder of Ethiopian Adoptees of the Diaspora, a columnist for the adoptee-led, adoptee-centric online magazine Gazillion Voices, and a contributor to The Lost Daughters, an independent collaborative writing project by women who were adopted as children. Wendy Rhodes is Director of Institutional Relations and Campaign at The Apollo Theater Foundation. Comments
Aselefech Evans
Wendy Neikirk Rhodes
Migdalia Rivera
Susan Grundberg
Suzanne Chan

What a Girl Wants

Discovering and Deciding on Healthy Relationships for Girls Curated by Girls, Inc June 13  1:30PM – 2:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   Is this a rough patch or a toxic relationship? This workshop gives teens the opportunity to discuss the many relationships in their lives and shares tips on how to keep them all healthy and safe. Appropriate for ages 13 and up Comments
Girls Inc. of NYC

A Conversation with Queer & Trans Women

Panelists: Frenchie Davis, Sophia Hassett, and Pasha Cook Moderator: Katherine Tucker June 13  1:30PM – 2:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   Under the rainbow flag, queer and trans women have historically experienced less visibility in the “gay” movement. Come listen to and join a conversation with queer and trans women, as they share the uniqueness of their full identities as well as points of overlap. They will share the beauty, journey, and challenges they face in being queer and trans in a society in which they are often marginalized.  Sophie Hassett, an actor/collaborator for the 2014-2015 Naked Angels Issues Lab, creates performance art that explores the intersection between social media and feminist, racial, queer and trans issues.  Frenchie Davis is both a Broadway darling and a powerful activist in the LGBTQ community.  Katherine Tucker is a social justice worker, who concentrates on providing services to homeless, undocumented, and/or LGBTQ+ identified young people of color.   Pasha Cook is a personal development consultant who educates female athletes on how to identify and embrace their developed talents and potentials inside and outside of the game. Comments
Pasha Cook
Sophie Hassett
Katherine Tucker
Frenchie Davis

Organizing and Activism 101

Panelists: Emel Mathlouthi, Jennifer Johns, Ashley Sharpton, and Dominique Sharpton Moderator: Angela Bronner-Helm June 13  2:30PM – 3:45PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT What does it take to be moved from talking about social justice to getting out on the streets as an activist and change agent? This panel offers an insider’s look at what it takes to start and sustain a movement for social change. Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter best known for her protest songs Ya Tounes Ya Meskina (Poor Tunisia) and Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free), which became anthems for both the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. A self proclaimed Artivist, (artist + activist ) vocalist Jennifer Johns believes it a part of her life’s work to leverage her art for social change. Through her work as a Green For All Fellow, a BoldFood Fellow and the Artist in Residence at Food First, she has been using her global movement music as a means to amplify work on issues ranging from food justice and climate change to mass incarceration and police brutality. Dominique Sharpton is the eldest daughter of Reverand Al and Kathy Jordan Sharpton. An influential force as Membership Director of the National Action Network, she plays a leading role in the organization’s expansion, especially through her efforts to promote youth activism. Angela Bronner-Helm is a Journalism Professor, who has worked at Essence, Uptown and The Source magazines. Ashley Sharpton is a developing media proprietor, community organizer, and the youngest daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton.  She served as a live social media commentator from the White House during President Obama’s 2014 and 2015 State of The Union addresses.   Appropriate for ages 13 and up Comments
Jennifer Johns
Ashley Sharpton
Emel Mathlouthi
Dominique Sharpton
Angela Bronner Helm

Orange is the New Black and Brown

Panelists: Georgia Lerner, Monica Williams, Liza Jessie Peterson, Debbie Kilroy Moderator: Soffiyah Elijah Pre-panel Performance: Excerpt from Liza Jessie Peterson’s The Peculiar Patriot June 13  2:30PM – 3:45PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT From Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, America has focused on the horrific injustices of the criminal justice system, but what about the women? These experts discuss the prison industrial complex and its impact on women — what happens when they are removed from their children, families and communities, and what happens when they get out. Georgia Lerner is the Executive Director of Women’s Prison Association, a service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories. Monica Williams is a cultural worker, who advocates for families of the incarcerated. Liza Jessie Peterson is a performer of heart, craft and charisma, who wields both power and compassion in her prison-oriented one-women show, The Peculiar Patriot. Debbie Kilroy is the first woman in Australia to serve time for a serious crime, and then go on to practice criminal law. She is a leading voice for prisoner rights and founder of the famous prisoner advocacy group, Sisters Inside. Soffiyah Elijah is the first woman and the first person of color to lead the Correctional Association of New York in its mission to create a fairer, more effective and humane criminal justice system. Comments
Monica L. Williams
Liza Jessie Peterson
Georgia Lerner
Debbie Kilroy
Soffiyah Elijah

Youth Leadership Workshop

Curated by the YWCA of the City of New York June 13  2:30PM – 4:00PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT YWCA teens will facilitate an interactive workshop that invites participants to explore the question, “who am I?” and provides leadership skills that inspire other teens to be agents of change in their communities. Appropriate for ages 13+ Comments

Brukwine Dancehall Workshop

June 13  2:30PM – 3:45PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Break out, “wine on at the fun” and don’t forget to wear your high heels, bootie shorts, and a healthy amount of eyeliner. Brukwine, a NYC-based fitness routine, founded by Autavia (Tavia) Bailey and Tamara Marrow, is gaining in popularity throughout the country. A Caribbean-influenced workout, featuring Dancehall and reggae, it combines cardio and dance, stressing waist and leg movement. All levels welcome, and no prior experience necessary. Comments
Tavia and Tamara

Who Owns Our Bodies?

Panelist:  Anisha Sabur, Zeinab Eyega, Hari Nef and Hazel Teal Moderator: Nicole Moore June 13  2:30PM – 3:45PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Despite many victories for gender equality, women’s bodies are still a battleground in a global war.  Rape, female genital mutilation, incarceration and prejudice are just some of the prevalent indignities this panel will discuss.  Zeinab Eyega is the Executive Director and Founder of Sauti Yetu,  an advocacy organization that empowers African immigrant women and tackles issues like forced marriage, female genital mutilation, violence against women and reproductive justice, amongst others. Hazel Teal debunks the myth that you’ll need to slow down with age.   This CEO of the Stress Less Center, Inc., (SLC) is boomer who discovered running after 50. Anisah Sabur is the Project Associate for the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York.  Named a “downtown style fixture” by Vogue, Hari Nef was recently voted #1 by the readers of Dazed and Confused magazine on the Dazed 100: a list of creatives defining the future of style and youth culture in 2015. Nicole Moore is the Founder of theHotness –part lifestyle mag, part personal blog that empowers, educates, and provokes with intimate features on music, media, politics, and pop culture as it relates to women of color. Comments
Hazel Teal
Zeinab Eyega
Hari Nef
Anisah Sabur

WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP

POWERED BY PRUDENTIAL June 13  2:30PM – 3:45PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT It was not until 1974 that American women secured the right to get credit in their own name. But since then, women have been growing in business by leaps and bounds. This session will reveal the stories of highly successful women entrepreneurs and show you how to nurture and grow your business idea. Panelists: Sidra Smith, NAACP Image Award-winning Producer Harriette Cole, President and Creative Director Harriette Cole Media Rupila Sethi, Founding Principal Aerial Design and Build Shante Bacon, Founder and CEO135th Street Agency Comments
Shante Bacon
Rupila Sethi
Harriette Cole
Sidra Smith

Pearls of Wisdom Workshop

June 13  4:00PM – 5:15PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Carla Harris rolls up her sleeves and offers pearls of wisdom. She is a Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, who has a passion for helping others. While climbing the corporate ladder, she had her own personal missteps amidst numerous victories. She vowed that when she reached senior management and people came to her for advice, she would provide them with the tools and strategies honed by her own experience. Comments
Carla Harris

Yearning to Breathe Free: Immigration/Refugee Issues

Panelists: Mercedes Cano, Dora Arreola and Dr. Ramatu Bangura Moderator:  Maria Hinojosa June 13  4:00PM – 5:15PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   They contribute more than you realize and face dangers you may be unaware of.  Immigrant women in the United States (documented and undocumented combined) comprise more than half of all immigrants and play a significant economic and integrative role in our society and economy. This panel of experts explores both the positive trends and the often, dire circumstance immigrant women and their families face. Mercedes Cano is a New York attorney, who represents clients in the area of immigration law, specifically in matters of deportation, political asylum and family petitions. Dora Arreola is the Artistic Director and Founder of Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, an all-women, dance-theatre company, based in Tijuana, Mexico, which produces work that shines a light on women’s issues at the border. Dr. Ramatu Bangura is the former program manager at Sauti Yetu, a multi-issue community-based organization that works with African immigrant women and families. Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA on National Public Radio, has been named three times as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for her work as a reporter for CBS, NPR, and CNN. Comments
Dora Arreola
Maria Hinojosa
Mercedes Cano
Dr. Ramatu Bangura

Domestic Violence

Co-curated by We All Really Matter Panelist:  Stephanie McGraw, Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith,  Jamal Jackson, Marina Mancinelli,  Maya Galt and Maxine Cintron Moderator: Dr. Cynthia Grace Welcome Remarks: Rose Pierre Louis Pre-panel performance: Excerpt from Jamal Jackson’s “People Vs.” June 13  4:00PM – 5:15PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT   Domestic violence not only is a worldwide phenomenon but a fast growing epidemic in Harlem.  This panel explores cultural practices as root causes of domestic violence and examines how changing those practices may help end this blight.   Panelists for this conversation include: Stephanie Mcgraw, is the founder and president of WARM (We All Really Matter), Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith, Ph.D.,  a licensed psychologist and co-founder of Nah We Yone, Inc., a non-profit organization created to proactively respond to war victims from the African Diaspora, Marina Mancinelli, policy specialist at UN Women,  Jamal Jackson, choreographer and founder of the Jamal Jackson Dance Company,  as well as  survivors Maya Galt, and Maxine Cintron.   The panel will be moderated by, Dr. Cynthia Grace, a clinical psychologist, author and mental health practitioner who has worked with numerous survivors and perpetrators of intimate partner violence from around the world.  The panel will be preceded by an excerpt from Jamal Jackson’s “People Vs.,” a dance performance based on the OJ Simpson trial.   Comments
Stephanie McGraw
Jamal Jackson

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

Community Conversation led by Dr. Hilda Y. Hutcherson Extra Sexy / For women 50+ June 13  4:00PM – 5:15PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Sex makes us happier, fitter and longer-lived.  Join in a frank yet fun conversation with Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, a nationally renowned expert in the field of women’s health, best known for monthly advice columns in Essence and Glamour magazines, and as a vocal advocate for women’s health empowerment through education.   Comments
Dr. Hilda Huthcerson

Screening of ADAMA

 with Q&A by Adama Bah and film director, David Felix Sutcliffe June 13  4:00PM – 5:15PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT On March 24th, 2005, Adama Bah, a 16-year-old Muslim girl, awoke at dawn to discover nearly a dozen armed government agents inside her family’s apartment in East Harlem. She was arrested and taken to a maximum-security juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania. An FBI document leaked to the press mysteriously identified her as a “potential” suicide bomber and an “imminent threat to the security of the United States.” After six weeks of public protest and media scrutiny, Adama was released with an ankle bracelet and a deportation order, but no terrorist charges. Using intimate verité footage, this documentary film captures the extreme pressures bearing down on a young Muslim girl, desperately trying to keep her family from unraveling. Appropriate for ages 13 and up   Comments

TELLING YOUR STORY: WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL EMPOWERMENT

Featuring: Naheed Bahram, Maria Pacheco, Nonkululeko Tyehemba Moderator: Dr. Anita Shankar June 13  4:00PM – 5:15PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT What does it take to go out and change the world? Four women, all of whom work across international borders, share their fascinating personal journeys in a discussion about how “dreaming a new future” and “telling your story” are essential tools for personal empowerment.   Comments
Maria Pacheco
Nonkululeko Tyehemba
Dr. Anita Shankar
Naheed Samadi Bahram

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

Community Conversation led by Dr. Hilda Y. Hutcherson Young and Sexy – For Women ages 18-49 June 13  5:30PM – 6:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Sex makes us happier, fitter and longer-lived.  Join in a frank yet fun conversation with Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, a nationally renowned expert in the field of women’s health, best known for monthly advice columns in Essence and Glamour magazines, and as a vocal advocate for women’s health empowerment through education.   Comments
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Stop Telling Women to Smile

June 13  5:30PM – 6:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Unwanted whistling, leering, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic slurs, sexual names, comments and demands, following, flashing, public masturbation, groping, sexual assault, and rape. These are the many forms of street harassment. Hear from a panel of experts, who are forming organizations on the ground to combat it and learn what it takes to create safe and respectful public spaces. Comments
Anthonine Pierre
Collier Meyerson
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Dr. Chloe Angyal

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WORKSHOP

Led by Isisara Bey June 13  5:30PM – 6:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT This interactive workshop, celebrating the special bond between mothers and daughters, invites participants to take part in Journey Agent, intuitive guide, and facilitator Isisara Bey’s uplifting exercise “What I Wish for You.”   Comments
Isisara Bey

Brukwine Dancehall Workshop

Closing dance party! June 13  5:30PM – 6:30PM The City College of New York A SATURDAY DAYPASS EVENT Break out, “wine on at the fun” and don’t forget to wear your high heels, bootie shorts, and a healthy amount of eyeliner. Brukwine, a NYC-based fitness routine, founded by Autavia (Tavia) Bailey and Tamara Marrow, is gaining in popularity throughout the country. A Caribbean-influenced workout, featuring Dancehall and reggae, it combines cardio and dance, stressing waist and leg movement. All levels welcome, and no prior experience necessary. Comments
Tavia and Tamara

WOW Rocks!

Saturday, June 13 at 8:30pm Featuring jessica CARE moore, Joi, Steffanie Christi’an, Tamar-kali, RES, YahZarah, Nik West, and DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale  With a special performance set by Macy Gray Tickets: $20 – $45 WOW Rocks! is a rock event assembling some of today’s hottest rock goddesses on the famed Apollo stage. Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter Macy Gray will close out the powerful evening with a special set where she will perform songs from her new album, The Way. Featuring jessica Care moore, a spoken word superstar of the hip hop generation; popular rock, funk, R&B singer/songwriter Joi; powerhouse vocalist Steffanie Christi’an; Tamar-kali who came to notoriety in the award-winning documentary Afropunk; RES, a singer/songwriter known for her participation in the super group, Idle Warship, with Talib Kweli and YahZarah who is recognized for her 5 octave range and electric performances. Nik West, known as the female Lenny Kravitz, is one of the top bassists of her generation.  Godmother of House Music, DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, provides music direction.    Comments
Nik West
Yahzarah
RES
Tamar-kali
Joi
Macy Gray
Steffanie Christi’an
jessica Care moore

Apollo Music Café: The Frenchie Experience

Frenchie Davis, powerful songbird and LGBTQ activist, was in the Broadway cast of the hit show “Rent,” played the role of Effie White in “Dream Girls” and became a Grammy- nominated artist for the revival of “Ain’t Misbehavin.” Frenchie appeared on the first season of NBC’s hit show “The Voice” and joined forces with Christina Aguilera to become one of the top finalists. Her cover of “When Love Takes Over” landed at #3 on the iTunes Dance Chart.   Comments
Frenchie Davis

APOLLO SOUND STAGE PANELS

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Fashion from inside and Out

Featuring Jonathan Bodrick B.O.R.N. June 14 at 1:00 PM Apollo Soundstage  A SUNDAY DAYPASS EVENT Looking good starts with feeling good, because personal style is a state of mind. Led by B.O.R.N. storeowner and fashion maven, Jonathan Bodrick, this fashion workshop brings out the fabulous diva from within and gives her the spotlight she deserves! Bodrick has been styling people since the age of five – when he first asked his mother if he could give his teacher a necklace from her jewelry box as “a little style inspiration.” Fashion is in his DNA and he uses it everyday as a vehicle to both influence and empower. Comments
Jonathan Bodrick

JUST TAKE THE MIC: THE POWER OF FEMINIST COMEDY

June 14 at 1:00 PM Apollo Mainstage A SUNDAY DAYPASS EVENT Moderator:  Amanda Seales, Comedian, Host, DJ and Content Creator Panelists:  Phoebe Robinson, Improviser, Sketch Performer, Writer, Producer, and Educator Rain Pryor, Comedian, Actress Liz Miele, Comedian, Writer, and Producer Emily Schorr Lesnick, Stand-Up Comedian, Writer, and Actress This conversation will showcase the work of  comedians who explore their various engagements with feminism, performance and gender, and the implications of feminism for politics, society, and quotidian life. Co-Curated by the Barnard Center for Research on Women – Tina Campt and Tami Navarro Comments
Emily Schorr Lesnick
Liz Miele
Rain Pryor
Phoebe Robinson

They Say I’m Different

June 14 at 2:00 PM Apollo Soundstage  A SUNDAY DAYPASS EVENT jessica CARE Moore doesn’t just rock, she speaks, and when she does, everyone listens. A master of communication, jessica CARE Moore dissects the hot bed issues of race, gender and inclusion that makes a standout and thought-leader in the male-dominated rock and roll industry. Comments
jessica Care moore

Reimagining Manhood: A Conversation

Featuring: Michael Kimmel, M. Tony Peralta, Ahmad Greene and William Furio Moderator: Jimmie Briggs These high-powered guys discuss what it means to be a “man” today and the crucial roles they must play in the pursuit for gender equality for all. Michael Kimmel, one of the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today, is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. He is the author of more than twenty books, including his best-selling “Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.” Jimmie Briggs is the founding executive director of Man Up, a global campaign to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls.   Currently, he is the executive director of Leave Out Violence, a media arts initiative to assist youth affected by violence to create positive change in their lives. M. Tony Peralta is a Washington Heights-based artist and designer, whose work explores the complexities of being male, Latino and black.  Ahmad Greene is the Program and Policy Associate for Black Women’s Blue Print. Williams is a  musician, poet and cultural worker. Comments
M. Tony Peralta
Michael Kimmel
Jimmie Briggs

WOW Artist Takeover

June 14 at 3:00 PM Apollo Soundstage  A SUNDAY DAYPASS EVENT   Artist Takeover is a wildly exciting mash-up of performances from an international array of spoken-word, music and theater artists, who deploy their imagination and craft as tools for change. Shailja Patel is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist, author of the bestseller Migritude. Her work has been translated into 16 languages. Eleven Reflections on September is a spoken-word, multi-media piece that examines the post 9/11 Arab American experience. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring dance by Donna Mejia, live music by Eylem Basaldi, and Natalia Perlaza, and media design by Pramila Vasudevan. Formosa is a surrealistic romp through beauty, body, culture, and Barbie, created and performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. This solo show combines spoken word, movement and multimedia to tell a tale about an imaginary encounter with a Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the dolls; an eight-year-old Chinese adopted girl, who loves the dolls; and a Nicki Minaj-wannabe Asian American female hip hop MC, who just might be turning into a doll. Mankwe Ndosi has been working for more than twenty years as a music-maker, performer, educator and culture weaver focused on sound, story, and expanding the vocabulary of singing. Her solo releases include Do Gooder’s Blues and the critically acclaimed Science and Spirit. She seeks to infuse creative practice back into the worlds of healing, sustainable economic development, education, and new village community building. Jennifer Johns is a siren, a call to worship and spirit-amplifier. This Oakland, CA born and bred songstress has rocked big stages like the NFL World Bowl and The NFL Hall of Fame and from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala, she has opened for some of the best in the business including Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, and Ziggy Marley, to name just a few. Fusing the art of theatre, radio, and music, YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist navigating her art, her life, and the lives of her students. Actress and radio producer Judith Sloan spent fifteen years teaching in schools and jails, where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes, and generation gaps. After colliding with Hip Hop Culture and rapper Immortal Technique, Sloan remixes her own experiences with those of her students and transforms them into a multitude of characters in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking show. Comments
Jennifer Johns
Shailja Patel
Kelly Tsai
Judith Sloan

Music Industry and the Female Image: A Conversation

Featuring Yvette Noel-Schure, Teresa LaBarbera Whites, Mona Scott Young and Elle Varner Moderated by Isisara Bey, WOW Apollo Curator  This group of high-achieving industry leaders discuss female image making in the entertainment biz. Yvette Noel-Schure, formerly senior VP of Media at Columbia Records/Sony Music, is president and CEO of Schure Media, which represents a host of top-draw talent, including Beyoncé. Teresa LaBarbera Whites, Vice President at Columbia Records, has been one of the most successful A&R executives in the music industry for the past 20 years, discovering among others, Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child. Mona Scott-Young is the CEO of multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment — home to Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott and VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop.”  Elle Varner is an American Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Comments
Elle Varner
Yvette Noel-Schure
Mona Scott-Young
Teresa LaBarbera Whites

WOMEN WHO LEAD

A CONVERSATION WITH MICHELLE WILLIAMS Moderated by Joy Ann Reid Sunday, June 14 at 4:00pm A Sunday Day Pass Event   CO-CURATED BY REDLIGHT MANAGEMENT AND AMF ENTERTAINMENT Comments
Joy Reid
Michelle Williams

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