Women’s History Month 2022
For Women’s History Month 2022, we’re helping four incredible young women from the community reach the next step in their career. We’re running a series of livestreams on our Twitch channel, each one a new conversation between a rising star and a legendary mentor from the same field, talking shop and bantering about whatever they feel. The whole series will be hosted by the unstoppable NYLA, so tune in and get inspired!
EP1 – March 4th – Behind The Beat w/ AQ & Tiffany Miranda
EP2 – March 11th – Party Rocking w/ Bitesize & Noodles
EP3 – March 18th – Radio DJing w/ Steph Cakes & Carisma
EP4 – March 25th – Clubbing w/ Whitley & Emily Rawson
Meet the host
Nyla Symone has became one of the youngest media personalities and DJs out of New York City, working at Power 105.1, New York’s #1 station for Hip Hop and R&B. She’s passionate about her craft, learning from legends such as Angie Martinez and DJ Clue. Her relentless work ethic earned her Power 105.1’s #1 Sunday night show, as well as two TV shows, working as both DJ and co-host with Charlamagne Tha God on Comedy Central’s ‘Tha God’s Honest Truth’, and Revolt’s “Off Top” hosting alongside Big Tigger and Rapsody.
EP1 – Behind The Beat
AQ, short for “Afrikan Queen”, is a Harlem native of South African and Guinean descent, specialising in the sounds of the black South African diaspora; Afro/Deep/Tech-House, Amapiano and Gqom. She’s the resident DJ of the women-led collective, Tropical Jawn, working as an ambassador, gaining popularity in New York’s nightlife scene.
Mentor: Tiffany “Delilah” Miranda
Founder of the non-profit Girls Make Beats, Tiffany “Delilah” Miranda is an accomplished DJ, producer, engineer, and singer, who rose to fame on American Idol and X-Factor. Since starting as a recording artist at age 15, the phenomenal Miami native found her sense of creative control after learning about the music production and audio engineering fields.
EP2 – Party Rocking
Artist: Steph Cakes
Yonkers-born DJ StephCakes’ affinity for music, and tutelage under radio legend Angie Martinez, has taken her all over the world. After dominating the nightlife all over NYC, she earned prime-time slots on Power 105.1, and became the first female DJ under 50 Cents’ DJ brand ambassadorship for Branson Cognac. But she’s still just getting started, dabbling in producing to amplify her DJ sets.
World-famous DJ Carisma, born and raised in Santa Ana, launched her DJ career on Power 106, skyrocketing to Celebrity DJ status with three Female Dj Of The Year titles under her belt. The best ears in the business, she is always on top of music trends and brings unknown talent to the forefront. In addition to her DJ skills, she has released Hit Records with Tory Lanez, Dej Loaf and more, all while raising an 8-year-old daughter.
EP3 – Radio DJing
DJ Bitesize is a turntablist, party rocker and two-time local DJ Battle winner from the 415. She has rocked a sea of events, from birthday parties to school dances, even throwing her own killer parties. Make sure you follow her on social to catch her next set, or chuck her SoundCloud mixes for your next car ride!
Branding herself NOODLES, Micah came up playing bars and clubs while working as Head Stylist for top streetwear retailer Karmaloop. Her intersection of interests catalysed her authentic brand, including the popular Send Noodz merch line, carefully curated social media, graphic design, and viral Soundcloud mixes. Playing some of the biggest festivals and multiple Vegas residencies, she continues to raise the levels, setting an example for others like her while setting the soundtrack to the party.
EP4 – Clubbing
Whitley is an International DJ from the UK, spinning R&B, Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Dancehall, UK garage, UK Funky and House. She frequently mixes on UK National radio stations including BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and Kiss Fresh. Her affiliations lie with Luc Belaire, Black Bottle Renegades and Serato Academy 2021.
Mentor: Emily Rawson
Creator of the infamous throwback club night Supa Dupa Fly, Emily Rawson is one of the UK’s most in-demand DJs and promoters, playing for celebrities like the Kardashians, Ye, Rita Ora and Jazzy Jeff. Her all female brand, Rock The Belles, is pushing gender boundaries in music by championing female DJ talent. She’s DJ’d for global brands from Chanel to Nike, and plays festivals like Camp Bestival, Lovebox and Wireless every year.
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