Mary J. Blige and Pepsi announced on Wednesday (March 8) that the Strength of A Woman festival will take place at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena from May 11 to May 14.
“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 community for Black women,” Strength of a Woman founder Blige said in a statement.
Robert Glasper will kick off the festivities at The Winery May 11.
On May 12, there will be a special “MJB B-Sides” set, featuring rarely performed hits by the nine-time Grammy Award winner and friends, including Jodeci, Busta Rhymes, Jeezy, Jadakiss, Method Man and DJ Drama, to mark the celebration of Hip-Hop 50.
An R&B showcase starring Lauryn Hill, Summer Walker, Muni Long, Lucky Daye and Coco Jones, has been scheduled for May 13.
May 14’s lineup includes a gospel brunch and concert followed by The Purpose Ball, a newly established festival event in honor of the LGBTQAI community. The event will feature a special performance by Saucy Santana.
In keeping with its debut last year, the Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit will also present impactful and empowering programming for BIPOC women. These workshops will address subjects such as wellness, technology, financial literacy and beauty.
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