“I hope Complexcon’s producers continue to build on this and prioritize the voices of more Black and brown women/LGBTQIA folks in media.”
On 2-3 Nov. Complex hosted its 4th annual ComplexCon in Long Beach, Los Angeles, featuring performances by Kid Cudi and Lil Kim, and guest speakers like Rico Nasty, Isra Hirsi, Yara Shahidi, and Storm Reid.
Many important discussions took place, including one featuring media personality and former EIC of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth, who discussed her book, “More Than Enough” and women in media and entertainment with Scottie Beam, Alysha P., Bexx, Gia Peppers and Sapphira Em of Black Girl Podcast.
“The energy was fabulous — it is clear that Complexcon is the place to be for all things related to street, hip hop and sports culture,” says Ravneet Vohra, CEO, and Founder of Wear Your Voice Magazine. “There were some great efforts at promoting women, (for example hosting a women in rap panel and Black women-led podcast) and I hope Complexcon’s producers continue to build on this and prioritize the voices of more Black and brown women/LGBTQIA folks in media/arts/entertainment/business. As the founder of Wear Your Voice, I would love to see more content and agenda items in line with the work we are propagating, which is to uplift marginalized voices of QTBIPOC.”
Leading up to the convention, ComplexCon hosted its Community week including a “Chat and Chew” hosted by Vohra at The AMAAD (Arming Minorities Against Addiction & Disease) Institute, which provides programs, services, and events for LGBTQ+ communities of color in South Los Angeles. Vohra led an interactive discussion centered around issues that impact the LGBTQIA+ community and ways we can use our voices to evoke change.
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