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For the 6th year in a row during Woman's History Month the producers at Reggaeholics.com are hosting their not to be missed event Female Selectors “UNCONDITIONAL” NYC Takeova! In 2015 the event takes place on Thursday, March 19th at the beautiful Lox Lounge at 15 Putnam Avenue in Clinton Hills Brooklyn, NY 11238. The fact that there is still a critical need for an event featuring women DJ's is testament to the fact that mainstream venues, festivals, producers, promoters and radio stations all continue to be lax or more candidly, negligent in hiring and paying well-qualified women at rates on par to their male counterparts. Why is that the case 43-years after the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment banning discrimination based on sex in the US? To say the least this ridiculous attitude that women are less qualified or deserving is frustrating. Perhaps to soften the reality, one well-known and respected female Reggae artist jokingly tags events with only men on the lineup or a token number of woman, “it's a balls fest!”

Let's be honest...men aren’t born endowed with a “superior” music gene and don’t magically know more about it or using DJ equipment than do women! The Female Selectors UNCONDITIONAL NYC Takeova promoters from The Reggaeholics Movement are committed to dispelling myths and keeping talented selectors (male or female) in the spotlight. The Takeova features a culturally diverse and utterly wicked lineup of DJ's that in 2015 includes: Zion Rose, DJ Lucha, Lioness Chen, Queen Mecca and Sweet V who are all fierce music warriors expert at spinning excellent music you'll get up and rock to tune-after-tune.  Over the past decade female selectors have increasingly been drawn into the Reggae circle and proving “I can do that and better too.” During the Takeova you'll sample everything from Reggae to conscious Dancehall with added ingredients for those with a taste for a light mix such as conscious 90's Hip-Hop, Afro/Latin beat and World Music all from the selectors deep collections and delivered with a no holds barred approach.

Generally speaking, while a few women have made important professional strides in the music business, it appears that most are still subjected to discriminatory hiring practices and presumptive  personal attitudes that work against them.  In the case of female artists and DJ's (who are categorized as “talent” as opposed to let's say “technicians”), even as well budgeted events feature them on their lineups you'll sometimes hear grumblings from the women about contract negotiations starting out with unconscionably low initial offers or, the speed of light quickness to negatively attribute simple questions or requests as a female related moodiness and diva attitude problems. The real issues for female selectors and other female music industry professionals is getting their fair share of work and being accepted and respected among their peers.  I for one don't need to an official study to tell me women involved in Reggae are not receiving nearly enough work. One scan of events on popular social networks like Facebook that lists tons of events speaks volumes; you'll find that very few women are included on lineups whether they are regular scheduled activities or special events although in fairness, women are still well outnumbered by men. However I am told that even when women are sought out  for bookings they’re sometimes expected to work as a novelty act and in lieu of payment in return for the promotional opportunity or for a distant promise of future paid work assignments...hmmm.  One thing for sure, in real time you can’t eat promotional efforts, pay rent or any other immediate bills with it. However these days if you're listening closely to chatter on the mike you'll sometimes catch female selectors  asserting themselves strongly and becoming more vocal about their abilities and a level of confidence that 's unquestionably challenging.

Drop what you're doing and make it a point of stopping by this lively Woman's History Month event on Thursday March 19th for a solid music experience and to support great female selectors. Doors open at 9 PM and you'll also enjoy the adult Lox Lounge mingling experience enhanced by excellent happy hour drink specials (extended until midnight) and tasty food selections from the chef's menu starting at only $5. Of course the ladies will inspire lots of dancing and cheering too which makes the night all the more fun! Bring a white handkerchief as a symbolic flag of surrender because as the promoters explain, “these ladies will be taking NO PRISONERS and that experience will transform you!” While the list is open you'll receive $5 discount admission until 11 PM so e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP!  Regular admission is an easy $10 until midnight and $15 after but be sure to arrive early because space is limited and the Female Selectors “UNCONDITIONAL” NYC Takeova is usually a SOLD OUT event!

Grace Vanriel is the Founder and CEO for Live Reggae NYC; a Senior Correspondent for ReggaeReflections.com and ReggaeVibe.com; Caribbean Editor for CitiLyfe Magazine; Contributing Editor for Where Itz At Magazine. Find LiveReggaeNYC on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.


As one well-known and respected female Reggae artist jokingly tags events with only men on the featured lineup or a token number of woman, “it's a balls fest!” Let's be honest...men aren’t born endowed with a superior music gene and in the case of female DJ's don’t  necessarily know more about music and using DJ equipment than do women therefore to assume otherwise is just outright sexist; diversity is crticle condition for all modern progressive societies and  the inclusion of women in any mix actually adds an exciting and unique perspective to social gatherings before, during or after whether as DJ's, featured artists, promoters, photographers or attendees! While women in Reggae have been on the scene from the start, over the past decade female DJ's have increasingly been drawn into the circle and, to the attention of new audiences where they've been proving “I can do that and better too.” The Female Selectors UNCONDITIONAL NYC Takeova is dedicating to keeping female selectors in the limelight and features a culturally diverse and utterly wicked lineup of DJ's including: Zion Rose, DJ Lucha, Lioness Chen, Queen Mecca and Sweet V who are all fierce music warriors expert at spinning excellent music you'll get up and dance to tune-after-tune. You're going to sample everything from Reggae to conscious Dancehall  with added ingredients for those with a taste for conscious 90's Hip-Hop, Afro/Latin beat and World Music all from their deep collections delivered with a no holds barred approach.

Drop what you're doing and make it a point of stopping by this great Woman's History Month event on March 19th for a solid music experience and to support the ladies.  Doors open and 9 PM and you'll also enjoy the Lox Lounge mingling experience including enhanced by excellent drink specials until midnight and tasty food selections from their menu starting at only $5.  Of course the ladies will inspire lots of dancing and cheering too which makes the night all the more fun! As a matter of fact the promoters encourage attendees to bring a white handkerchief as a symbolic flag of surrender because as they say, “these ladies will be taking NO PRISONERS and that experience will transform you!” While the list is still open you can get limited discount admission until 11 PM so e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP! Regular admission is $10 until midnight and $15 after. Be sure to arrive early because space is limited and The Takeova is usually a SOLD OUT event!

Grace Vanriel is the Founder and CEO for Live Reggae NYC; Senior Correspondent for ReggaeReflections.com and ReggaeVibe.com; Contributing Editor for Where Itz At Magazine. Find LiveReggaeNYC on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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