Mary J. Blige’s Strength Of A Woman Festival has added additional talent to its star-studded lineup. Variety exclusively reported Marsai Martin will serve as the host for the summit portion of events.
In addition to the young actress, the summit will feature commentary from Ciara, Jayda Cheaves, Brandee Evans, Egypt Sherrod, Gail Bean, Mara Brock Akil, Milan Harris, Toya Johnson-Rushing, Yandy Smith-Harris, and Iyanla Vanzant, who will deliver a keynote address.
According to the outlet, the Strength of a Woman Summit is free for attendees with sponsors including CVS Health, Amazon Music, Monique Rodriguez and Mielle Organics, and Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Set for May 11-14 in Atlanta, the annual event promises a weekend of music, comedy, and empowering conversations, with Pepsi as the returning partner. Musical performances for the festival portion include Miss Lauryn Hill, Summer Walker, Robert Glasper, Mike Epps, Jodeci, Busta Rhymes, Jeezy, Method Man, Jadakiss, Lucky Daye, Coco Jones, Saucy Santana, Sunday Service Collective and Muni Long.
I’m so excited to bring our Strength of a Woman Festival & Summit back to Atlanta for its second year,” expressed the My Life performer in a press statement.
“Having the opportunity to continue to uplift, inspire, and build amongst a community of women is the reason why we created this festival. I’m so grateful for all of the support from our performers and participants and of course Live Nation Urban, Pepsi, and our additional partners who are committed to celebrating and creating a community for Black women.”
View the summit schedule as reported by Variety below.
Morning Welcome Featuring KJ Rose HYPE Moment
“Baller Alert” Presents: Getting to the Bag – Investing in Multiple Streams of Income
Program Description: Financial freedom, investing, and multiple streams of income
Moderator: Baller Alert Talent
Talent: Mia Ray, The Spice Suite, Milan Harris, and Jayda Cheaves
Fashion Conversation With Misa Hylton
Program Description: Fashion as radical beauty
Moderator: Misa Hylton
Talent: Khalilah Wright (mess in a bottle), MsBling, and Jamilah Davis
Program Description: Breaking barriers/women in male-dominated spaces
Moderator: Angela Yee
Talent: Ingrid Best, Pretty Vee, Megan Holston Alexander (A16Z), Natina Nimene, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Mielle Organics Presents: Inside the Journey – How Beauty Moguls Are Made
Program Description: Beauty industry journey
Moderator: Blake Newby
Talent: Monique Rodriguez, Ciara, Olamide Olowe (Topicals), and Yandy Smith-Harris
Creators Roundtable: Telling Black Stories
Talent: A fireside chat/roundtable with Gail Bean, Marsai Martin, Raven Goodwin, and Mara Brock Akil
“Don’t Call Me White Girl” Podcast
Program Description: City Girl Life/ Hot Girl Era
Moderator: Don’tCallMeWhiteGirl (Damona)
Gilead: Seeking Solace – A Conversation on Faith and Healing
Moderator: Gilead Executive
Talent: Pastor Shanua Jones and Brandee Evans
50 & Forever by Rotation: Celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop
Talent: Lady London
“Earn Your Leisure“
Program Description: A two-part conversation about getting to the bag!
Moderator: Rashad Bilal and Troy Milling
Talent: Segment One: Egypt Sherrod, Modern Black Girl (Tiffany James), and Ayesha Seldon / Segment Two: Mary J Blige
Gilead: Ladies First — Sexual Pleasure and Women’s Health
Talent: Nina Giddens, Shan Boodram, and Angelica Ross
Keynote Speaker: Iyanla Vanzant