Last night (Oct. 12th), ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) who reps everyone from Beyonce to Jay-Z & Ludacris kicked off their 2nd annual ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music in Atlanta.
Grammy Award winning multi-platinum singer Kelly Rowland of super-group Destiny’s Child was honored along with Entertainment attorney Sandra Brown(Jermaine Durpi/Akon) and Hanna King(GM of Grand Hustle/T.I).
DJ Traci Steele & Rashan Ali
Hosted by V103’s Rashan Ali (luv the shoes!) and with music by DJ Traci Steele, the annual event series is designed to promote, and recognize the impact women have made in the entertainment industry, and specifically music. The honorees all participated on a discussion panel where they shared secrets to being a successful in a male dominated industry. I learned a lot just by being in the room!
Also spotted: Devyne Stephens, DJ Traci Steele, Johnta Austin, Shanti Das, Princess (Crime Mob) and more.
Monday, August 30, 2010, Princess (of Crime Mob) played host to a special Atlanta viewing party for BET’s new documentary “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth about Women and Hip-Hop”.
Female MC, Rasheeda, V-103 DJ Traci Steele; model, Dawn Motgomery; hip-hop publicist, Dee Dee Cocheta; pop-culture expert Ronda Racha Penrice; music industry executive, Shanti Das; and rapper, Eshe from Arrested Development all took part in a panel discussion which highlighted issues that females in hip-hop struggle with in the music industry.
The panelists all revealed a common thread in their discussion, which was that hip-hop is a male dominated world. Women in hip-hop constantly have to fight to maintain respect in an industry where men call all the shots.