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The world-famous Apollo Theater will host its biannual WOW (Women of the World) Festival from March 20 to March 21.

The goal of the international festival is to elevate “the voices, experiences, and truth of women spanning all ages,” and the theme of this year’s event is “Black Women Transcending.” The virtual festival will stream an array of music, film, workshops, conversations, panels, and performances to attendees across the globe. Poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni; Lovecraft Country award-winning actor Aunjanue Ellis; The Talk co-host and author Elaine Welteroth; host of SiriusXM’s Bevelations, media personality, and author Bevy Smith; motivational speaker, editor, and author Harriette Cole; and political and women's rights activist Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu have signed on to participate. Adeline, Dionne Farris, and others are set to perform.

WOW will also include a Live Wire conversation, titled “Hazel Scott: The Darling of Café Society.” The popular Live Wire series honors iconic individuals who have made an impact during the Apollo’s history. Karen Chilton, author of Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, will be joined by special guests Damien Sneed and Camille Thurman for the celebration of Scott.

The WOW: Teen Summit will return to the festival and will focus on gender politics and how it impacts girls and young women of color. According to the press release, “through performances from singer, songwriter and spoken-word artist Brianna Knight and singer Alyssa Martinez and a panel discussion moderated by reporter and producer Kay Angrum with community activists Akia S. Callum, Malaysia Freeman, and Hebh Jamal, audience members will be encouraged as a collective to take action towards their goals.”

The festival will conclude with “Apollo Film Presents: ImageNation’s Cocktails & Sol Cinema, featuring short films by women from around the world in speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and folklore.” 

Tickets for the live, virtual, two-day WOW event are $15 until March 13, and will be $20 from March 14 to 21. Log onto to purchase.