Inaugural Black Out Loud Conference releases full schedule

Black Out Loud Conference 2018

 Black Out Loud Conference, LLC in conjunction with the Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge has released the full schedule of events for the inaugural Black Out Loud Conference, to be held in Baton Rouge, Aug. 10-12. Led by local poet, activist and teaching artist Donney Rose, the three-day event is designed to celebrate Black visibility in the realm of the arts, media and activism. Online conference registration has ended, but patrons may pay for weekend or single day packages during any conference day. Details are available at

The conference will kick off on Aug. 10 at the Healthcare Gallery & Wellness Spa, 3488 Brentwood Drive, Suites 102 & 103, with performances by comedian Howard Hall, a video presentation on the power of voice/advocacy, and a networking cocktail hour. On Aug. 11, attendees will convene at the McKinley Alumni Center, 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, for workshops and panel discussions featuring subject matter experts in the fields of arts, media and activism sharing best practices on controlling their narratives and ensuring theirs struggle are not dismissed. The keynote address will be given by Van Lathan of TMZ. The conference will end on Aug. 12 at the McKinley Alumni Center with a brunch featuring a moderated talk on media and activism by Maxine Crump of Dialogue on Race.

Other confirmed speakers and panelists include Michael “Quess” Moore – co-founder of Take Em Down NOLA; Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton – Poet-Laureate of Houston; Rodneyna Hart – Exhibitions Manager, Louisiana Arts & Science Museum/Curator and Art Manager, The Healthcare Gallery; Janene Tate – director of communications, Southern University and A&M College System; Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa – 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion; Abraham Felix – award-winning independent film director; and Ada Goodly – movement lawyer/creator of the INPOWER “Know Your Rights Initiative”. A full list of speakers, panelist, and performers can be found at

The Black Out Loud Conference is sponsored by The Healthcare Gallery & Wellness Spa; Love Alive Church; DivaStating PR; Class Act Entertainment Group; The Bluest Ink, LLC; Solid Ground Innovations, LLC; RENEE MARIE; EKD Ministries; WTAA Engineers; Design Baton Rouge; East Baton Rouge Parish Library Central Library; Southern University and A&M College; beBatonRouge; The Rouge Collection; DEVAink; Parker’s Pharmacy; Maturity Productions; Councilwoman Erika L. Green; and Louisiana Healthcare Services.




Friday, August 10 (Healthcare Gallery and Wellness Spa)

7 p.m.  Doors open to conference kick off
7:30 p.m.  Welcome/Greeting

7:35 p.m.  Howard Hall comedy set #1

7:50 p.m.  Video presentation (related to the power of voice/advocacy)

8 p.m.  Howard Hall comedy set #2

8:15 p.m.  Mixer w/DJ Automatik

9:30 p.m. Closing remarks/announcements


Saturday, August 11 (McKinley Alumni Center)

10 a.m.  Doors open for conference
10:15 a.m.  Welcome/Overview of Day

10:20 a.m.  Transition to break out workshops/Children’s Zone

10:30 a.m. Workshop session #1 (Arts workshop, Activism workshop)

11:10 a.m.  Transition

11:15 a.m.  Workshop session #2 (Arts workshop, Media workshop, Activism workshop)

Noon  Welcome from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

12:10 p.m.  Lunch/Marketplace/Networking

1:10 p.m.  Performances (Toi Sibley, KP Soul, Truth Universal)

2 p.m.  Arts, Media & Activism Panel discussion

3 p.m.  Keynote Address by Van Lathan

3:45 p.m. Closing remarks/announcements


Sunday, August 12 (McKinley Alumni Center)

11 a.m.  Doors open for brunch

11:10 a.m. Welcome

11:15 a.m.  Brunch served/Written Reflections

Noon  Media Talk With Maxine Crump

12:45 p.m. Closing remarks/dismissal