Success Secrets From Dynamic Women At Grit Before The Gram In Hollywood!By Tsadiqwah | February 19, 2020 | Gal Approved
Imagine being in a room filled with the most affluential executives and power players for the biggest top-charting brands. Now imagine the people in this room are women — black women.
Grit Before The Gram, honoring 100 most impactful women in music entertainment, was like getting the meeting of your lifetime, the one that you’ve been praying for, the one that will change your life forever and then boom! Just as you step off the elevator, you run into God HERSELF. You can see the solid gold halo held up by her 4c textured hair, the warm mahogany glow that beams from her rounded cheekbones, evolution and history growing in her belly and blessings spewing from her cottony lips.
This was the type of acute, queen excellence that radiated the second floor of The Edition Hotel in West Hollywood during Grammy week. The inaugural event, produced by a heavy hitter herself Karleen Roy of the infamous Vanity Group, brought together some of the biggest creatives who laid the groundwork before “doing it for the gram” became a social medial phenomenon and the young powerhouses in the room who continue the work of our ancestors in opening the door to diversity and inclusion.
Honorees included Schure Media Group co-founder and Beyonce PR strategist Yvette Noel-Schure, who received the Bridge Award and seven-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Nija Charles who was given the Spotlight Award, in addition to choreographer and creative director Laurieann Gibson; Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtermariam; Roc NationCo-president Shari Bryant; Atlantic Records EVP of urban promotion Juliette Jones; Interscope head of media strategy Cara Donatto, Quality Control Music’s Simone Mitchell; marketing executive Afrika Lander and LL Cool J Inc. COO Claudine Joseph.
Also, in attendance were forerunners Sylvia Rhone, Chairman & CEO of EPIC Records; Mara Brock Akil, producer & creator of the TV series Girlfriends and The Game; VP Creative at BMI Inc., Catherine Newton and the industry’s most sought after communications & media coach Dyana Williams.
We asked a few of them about what they love about being a black woman and there was no holding back. They gave it to us straight. Here’s what they had to say!