EVERY DAY THE WEEKEND SOIREE BOASTS THREE DIFFERENT TRACKS

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We've crafted a fully packed Weekend, but don't worry, we've planned some much needed break-time throughout for you to explore New Orleans or simply relax.

 
 

*Schedule subject to change - All times listed in CST

amber’s closet

carter the body

the muses

bklyn boihood

 

Dr. Lakara Foster is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She currently stars in the new YouTube show "The GIFT”, a web series following her life as a Medium, Minister, and Spiritual Teacher. She was nominated Author of the Year for her book The Grown Woman’s Guide to Greatness, a spiritual development tool for women seeking a more powerful existence. She has been featured in numerous publications and on several television shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show (guest), VH1's Atlanta Exes as a Life Coach, and TV One's The Sister Circle as a Psychic Medium. Dr. Lakara Foster holds a Bachelors in Psychology, a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, and a Masters in Counselor Education from Florida A&M University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Kia, an Atlanta-based comedienne, producer, LGBTQ activist, advocate, and self-proclaimed “edutainer,” hosts unique and engaging lesbian events across the country. She has shared the stage with some of the greatest in her craft, has worked with Netflix, STARZ, LOL Network, and her work and writing has been featured in Curve and Glamour Magazines. As producer of the nationally touring “Andro Fashion Show,” which highlights masculine identified womxn and trans models and designers, “Lick Atl: Erotic Events,” and the “Lez Laugh” Comedy Tour,” Kia’s ultimate goal is to foster unity and diversity, not only within the LGBTQ Community, but also in all communities. Kia sits on the Her HRC Board for the Human Rights Campaign, the city of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, which is one of only 3 in the country, and was also instrumental in producing Atlanta’s 1st “Equality March,” in commemoration of the Pulse Orlando tragedy.

kia comedy

 

liliana cervantes

lez hang out podcast

 

brooke jay

pallavi gunalan

 

Elyse Ambrose is a black, queer educator and sexual ethicist. Her justice work, research, and art lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. She is a Ph.D. Candidate at Drew University and the Creative Organizer of phoeniXspark, which offers workshops and retreats that center the experiences of queer and trans people of color (QTPoC) for healing of their sexual and gendered selves. She is the lead host of the podcast Black Queer Love, along with her co-hosts and partners, storäe and Jé.

ELYSE AMBROSE, PHD

The Haux Hive is a sex positive community for free people. We create safe spaces and experiences to express and educate yourself on all things sex and sensuality. The Haux Hive was created by Brooke Jay in response to a series of thought-provoking questions posted to Facebook with the hashtag #letstalksextalk. People were longing to open up about things long repressed which birthed our secret FB group.

haux hive

 

chelley chelle

jampacked podcast

 

dez davis

Angelica Trumer, CFP® is an Atlanta-based financial planner and social chameleon. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Angelica is a Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, specializing in holistic planning, risk and investment management. Her work in consulting clients about personal finance has introduced her to a wealth of people, perfectly integrating her love for community. She is a member and Ambassador of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and has intentionally built her planning practice around the importance of financial education and being inclusive of marginalized communities and those with unique planning needs, including people of color, queer and trans people, non-monogamous individuals and families, and women. Outside of her work, Angelica fills her time with West African drumming and dancing, football, and family.

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Natalie has held various inclusion roles over her 11-year career in the field of Higher Education, most recently serving as Stevenson University's Assistant Vice President, Multicultural Experience. Her experiences led to the creation of FACTUALITY, a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and board game that explores structural inequality based on national averages in America. FACTUALITY has served colleges, universities, corporations, and organizations all over the United States, reaching nearly 4,000 participants since its 2016 inception.

NATALIE GILLARD

 

marissa “moe joe” joseph

turtle tank

 

HonestlyNae is a sex and sexuality expert who loves talking about pleasure, kinks, and fetishes. While pursuing a degree at the University of Missouri, she served as a campus Sexual Health Advocate Peer Educator. It is here that she discovered a passion for sexual education and her adept ability to present these topics with her unique flair and engaging personality. She is dedicated to removing the stigma and taboo that come from talking about and enjoying one's sexuality. Facilitating conversations on these topics has allowed her to manifest the destiny she strives to create for herself: to see those around her thrive and become the humans and sexual beings that they wish to be.

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Dr. Monica Lyn is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia who has worked in the mental health field for over ten years. She founded her private practice, Lyn Psychology & Associates (LPA), in 2016 with the desire to make a decade of specialized trauma experience accessible to queer people of color. LPA represents the culmination of her passion and dedication to bring quality, inclusive mental health education and treatment services to queer communities of color. She proudly identifies as a queer black womxn who enjoys good adventures and exploring the world. Lyn also engages in casual chats and formal education about mental health, sexual health, and non-monogamy.

DR. MONICA LYN

 

Deja is a basketball player turned coach with a passion for seeing others grow and develop in life. You could say she was born for financial planning; she has the heart of a true coach which compels her to help others reach their potential. She’ll tackle it with a tenacity and commitment to your success. Born and raised in Memphis, Deja is currently pursuing a Master’s in Financial Planning and Counseling from the University of Alabama. She also serves on the Financial Literacy and Empowerment Committee for the Memphis Urban League.

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Jeanette is a finance manager at Numi Organic Tea, a founding B Corp member, where she provides strategic guidance to ensure profitable growth for the company. A longtime advocate of food justice, her side hustle is advancing the holistic health movement via nutritional counseling. She received her bachelor’s from Smith College, and Nutrition Consultant certification from Bauman College. Her happy places are farmer’s markets and early morning hikes with her wife and furbaby.

JEANETTE ROJAS

 

Kim Daily is a corporate trial lawyer from Houston, Texas. Kim was raised in the church, trained to be a campus minister, and delayed coming out for 16 years due to what she was taught to believe about sexuality and Christianity. Kim is passionate about helping others find freedom in their faith and embrace the fullness of their sexuality. She is a member of the Unfit Christian Congregation (www.unfitchristian.com) and enjoys theology.

KIM DAILY, JD

Leana Marie (E-RYT & YACEP) was born and raised in South Mississippi. She has a BS Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management from the University of Mississippi, Medical Center and Master’s of Health Administration from Belhaven University. Leana has completed power yoga vinyasa training, yoga sculpt, hot
power fusion, and yin yoga training. Leana was introduced to yoga as a therapeutic practice after she was injured in a car accident and diagnosed with chronic neck and back pain. Leana’s goal is to provide healing and relaxation to others. Leana enjoys bringing a new flare to yoga and her personal practice. She’s definitely not your average yogi!

LEANA MARIE

 
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Shaquinta Richardson, PhD

 

Meryl Franklin, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive training and experience utilizing trauma-focused evidence-based practices utilizing a harm-reduction and anti-racist approach. For the last few years, she has worked as a trauma therapist working with individuals and families of all ages, helping them understand, process and heal from their traumas. She currently serves as the Director of Youth Services at the Center on Colfax in Denver, where she runs programming to support LGBTQ+ youth.

MERYL FRANKLIN, LCSW

Michelle Nicole is a writer, speaker and criminologist on a mission to empower change and help communities achieve a richer understanding of effective policing. As a doctoral candidate for a PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology, she researches issues related to public mistrust of the police. Recognizing the gap between public outrage at police injustice and the scientific knowledge to properly combat such issues, Michelle founded Passion & Power - a public scholarship initiative with the goal of engaging everyday people in critical thinking and knowledge-based advocacy at the intersection of community and policing.

MICHELLE BLOCK

 

Taylor is a queer black writer, photographer, and reiki practitioner from Long Beach, California. She has been practicing yoga since 2012, and has taught workshops on trauma-informed grounding meditation in Chicago, the Bay Area, and London. Andrea is a passionate yoga teacher and crystal healer. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at The Tree LA in South Los Angeles, California. A proud native of Chicago, she seeks to provide tools to marginalized communities to empower them on their journey of healing. In 2018, Andrea completed a sound healing training, two crystal healing certifications, and a 15-hour Yoga Nidra continuing education training.

ZAMI + CHI

Tailored To Bare... An idea born out of a passion to make people feel better naked. In 2016, after 20 years of crafting handmade skin care for friends and family, Chanta Hunter finally decided to open her own online Boutique of luxury spa essentials. Tailored To Bare’s hand-poured candles, hand-ground scrubs, hand-whipped butters and so much more have contributed to woo-sahs and ohhhhhhhs from Cali to NYC.

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Host hotel: Le PAvillon

New Orleans is an eclectic mix of neighborhoods - from the funky, bohemian Bywater all the way to the oak-lined Garden District. There's something for every type of traveler in each part of town, whether you're seeking authentic live music, historic (and quite photogenic) architecture, or a vibrant nightlife scene.

Address: 833 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Book Online or call 817-567-7153 to be part of the TWS room block (Reservation deadline is Monday, Sep. 30, 2019, while rooms last)