FEMCON

NEW YORK, NEW YORK    |    KIM “GOODLOOK” SEABROOK

NEW YORK, NEW YORK    |    KIM “GOODLOOK” SEABROOK

BY KIM “GOODLOOK” SEABROOK

FEMCON (FEMALE EMPOWERMENT MUSIC CONFERENCE) WAS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE AND EMPOWER WOMEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS. THE IMBALANCE OR LACK OF FEMALES IN HIP HOP AND THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN GENERAL HAS BECOME VERY OBVIOUS. THE EVENT WAS CREATED BY PRODUCER/DJ TARIQ NELSON OF F.A.M.E. ACADEMY (FASHION ART MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT), A FULL SERVICE AUDIO VISUAL PRODUCTION COMPANY SEEKING TO EDUCATE ASPIRING TALENT.

IN OCTOBER OF 2018 I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM MY POETRY AT FEMCON IN MANHATTAN AT THE WATSON HOTEL BALLROOM. THE ANNUAL EVENT PLANS TO EXPAND TO OTHER STATES. THE EVENT INCLUDED FEMALES FROM ALL OVER THE STATES TO SHOWCASE THEIR TALENTS AND BRING WOMEN TOGETHER BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW THE MUSIC BUSINESS ALWAYS LIKES TO SEE A CAT FIGHT INSTEAD OF WOMEN UNITING AND BUILDING. AS I WALKED INTO THE BALLROOM YOU SEE BIG TV SCREENS, THE BRIGHT LIGHTS AND DJ JAZZY JOYCE WARMING UP FOR THE SHOWCASE ON THE 1'S AND 2'S.


FEMCON STARTED OFF WITH 2 PANELS, ONE TO HELP WOMEN WITH THE BUSINESS ASPECT AND THE OTHER PANEL CONSISTED OF FEMALE HIP HOP ARTISTS TO EDUCATE ON HOW TO PORTRAY YOURSELF, HOW TO NEVER GIVE UP AND TO REMAIN POWERFUL IN A MALE DOMINANT INDUSTRY. I RESPECT THE FACT THAT AT AN EVENT THERE WAS INFORMATION RATHER THAN JUST A SHOWCASE AND NO SUPPORT FOR THE ARTISTS. I HAVE DONE MANY SHOWS AND THIS BY FAR WAS ONE OF MY HIGHLIGHTS IN MY CAREER. I LEFT THERE FEELING A SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT, UNITY AND LOVE.


FEMCON HAD GUEST SUCH AS BATTLE RAPPER LOADED LUX AND SISTER PERRI JONES, AUTHOR TERRI WOODS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER ROBERT CELESTIN JUST TO NAME A FEW. THERE WAS A QUESTION FROM SOMEONE IN THE AUDIENCE, "WHY IS IT THAT THIS IS ONLY WOMEN? DON'T YOU THINK WE SHOULD INCLUDE MEN AS WELL?" OF COURSE WE COULD BUT THEN HOW DOES THAT GIVE WOMEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE EACH OTHER BECOME STRONGER IN WORKING TOGETHER? HOW DOES THAT SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN IN THE INDUSTRY? IT DOESN'T! THE MUSIC BUSINESS HAS A TENDENCY OF PUTTING WOMEN IN A SHAMEFUL AND DEMEANING POSITION WHILE FEMCON DID THE EXACT OPPOSITE. FEMCON RESPECTFULLY SHOWCASED THE WOMEN PROFESSIONALLY, ELEGANTLY AND POWERFULLY. NOT THAT MEN ARE NOT IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY ARE BUT THERE ARE JUST TIMES WHERE THE FEMALE NEEDS TO JUST SHINE AND GLOW AMONGST OTHER FEMALES WITH NO CONFRONTATION AND NO EXPECTATIONS.  


I CAN’T NOT WAIT TO SEE WHAT FEMCON HAS TO OFFER FOR US IN THE FUTURE AS I ALWAYS HOPE TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING THAT IS TRULY INSPIRING, HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE. FOLLOW FEMCON ON INSTAGRAM @F.A.M.E.ACADEMYNY.

Troy Hendrickson