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Career Panel

Women Behind the Mic


Women Behind the Mic is an interactive panel discussion designed for teens and young adults. This panel of veteran executives will feature women who contributed significantly to popular music, the entertainment industry and culture. 

Join us Thursday, March 16, at 11am as we honor and learn about making and marketing original music from the women who’ve curated culture in a male-dominated entertainment industry. 


About Apollo Career Panel

The Apollo’s Career Panel series provides a behind-the-scenes look at lesser-known careers in arts and entertainment and shines a spotlight on people of color working in creative industries. Part panel discussion, part live demonstration, these informative events provide tangible takeaways and insightful resources to empower the next generation of creative minds in these fields.


For the safety of our artists, audiences and staff, face coverings are optional but encouraged for all attendees while inside the theater. Click here for more information about our COVID safety policies.


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Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire

Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire

Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire will tell you she is a full-time wife and mother and a part-time everything else. That includes being a Naturopathic Doctor and six-time bestselling author and a New York Times bestselling author of the novel based on the smash hit movie Soul Food with six concurrent bestselling books.

LaJoyce was a high-powered entertainment publicist to the STARS. As Director of Publicity at Arista Records in the mid-90s, representing artists such as The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Toni Braxton, Kenny G, OutKast, Monica, Deborah Cox, Craig Mack, Total, Faith Evans, 112, Usher, TLC, Whitney Houston, and The Notorious B.I.G. aka (Biggie Smalls) to name a few. Due to her efforts as Director of Publicity, her artists sold over 100 million albums worldwide. LaJoyce is the Co-Author and Co-Creator of the Women Behind The Mic Book and Docu-Series.

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Michelle Joyce Johnson

Michelle Joyce Johnson

Michelle Joyce Johnson began her career in music working alongside Sean Combs as the Director of Marketing for Bad Boy Entertainment. Michelle conceived, developed, planned & executed the marketing blueprints for the label for artists like The Notorious BIG, Craig Mack, Faith Evans, Total & 112 who combined have generated more than 30 million in album sales to date.

She has worked as General Manager & Director of Marketing at By Storm Entertainment and has held Vice President of Marketing positions at both Sony Music & MCA Records working with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Babyface, Charli Baltimore, Jaguar Wright, and more. Today, she is the Chief Experience Officer of Digital Chick Consulting and considers herself to be a change agent of the new millennium in marketing platform innovation. Michelle is the Co-Author and Co-Creator of the Women Behind The Mic Book and Docu-Series.

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Lonai Mosley

Lonai Mosley

Lonai Mosley, Executive Producer, and contributing essayist for the Women Behind The Mic movement honed her production skills in TV, digital video and live events.  Prior to producing and directing, Lonai spent 20 years working in various capacities of the music industry, and for major record labels including Atlantic, SONY, Motown, and other, in production and international marketing, and as a national advertising strategist for the artist formerly known as Prince’s internet music distribution company, North Star Distribution.

Lonai is also an Arts in Education Advocate and NYC DOE vendor who develops and facilitates special events, Digital media, and multi-medium arts programs designed to empower NYC middle and high school youth.

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