WRITTEN BY: Abesi Manyando
Tavia (front center in polkadots) with other female bosses: Future is Female: A3CD
The A3C festival invaded Atlanta this past week and was one of the most powerful networking events of the year. The annual festival brings together a series of unforgettable performances and experiences from over 1,000 artists celebrating hip-hop’s past, present and future. The conference featured dozens of keynotes, panels, workshops, mixers and sessions with hundreds of innovators and thought-leaders in music, tech, social justice and entertainment. It was a moment to network and build with gatekeepers, celebrities, executives and key industry plugs. One boss stood apart from the rest and she wasn’t wearing a suit and tie. Tavia Mapp Deterville is a boss to watch and a woman who curated three events to remember during A3C. Tavia is an Event curator and Owner and Founder of TaviaMD. I was privileged enough to be invited to one of her inspiring events entitled, “The Future is Female” where attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with instrumental influencers and executives.
From the moment I walked into T. I’s beautifully curated intimate Trap Museum I could feel a sense of positive energy radiating through the air. I was greeted by welcoming door guests who directed me inside. I’m an artistic creative so I was immediately captivated by the ambiance of the paintings on the wall and the layout orchestrated by Tavia. Deliciously catered food was lined up across circular tables as gold buckets of varied flavored glistening champagne and moscatos were placed upon the tabletops.
Guest got to sip, chat, and enjoy the unique artistic surrounding as more and more people trickled in from Atlanta’s rush hour traffic nightmare. When the museum was finally filled with an array of diverse guests and influencers, the panel took their seats.
“The Only Thing More Phenomenal Than Being A Woman, is Being The Woman That Lifts Another Woman Up”, said Tavia. And she did exactly this as she gave the floor to other powerful women making strides in the industry. The fireside chat filled with special guests included Krystal Garner, General Manager of the Trap Music Musuem, Janee Bolden, Managing Editor of Bossip, Amina Diop, CEO and Founder of Diop Agency, and Malita Rice, CEO and Founder of Mogul Mentality. It was magical, refreshing and an event to remember and grow from. The trailblazers shared tips with other female bosses and entrepreneurs. Tavia explained to us why she curated the event.
“I was taught each one, teach one. What I get is the satisfaction of knowing that I turned a light bulb on in someone’s mind. That I changed someone’s heart who previously believed no one cared. I put a smile on someone’s face who was struggling. I connected someone with another person that could change their lives.”
Why was it important and different from the other events?
First, it’s free. You literally only contribute your time. We only charge during the holidays and those funds go directly to charity. This year we have adopted Heartshare, a group home in New York that has children from age 8–20. The panelist volunteer their time, so they genuinely want to be there. They stick around to answer any questions and connect with you.
How do you see yourself in the future of hip hop and entertainment?
I see myself as an executive on a label board or managing my own event planning firm. I’ve always assisted with content curation, event planning and talent scouting. I will always love being the first one to discover untapped talent.
What is one fave quote from your panelist “I don’t work with just females or just males, I work with good people. A good person is just that and doesn’t carry a specific gender” — Malita
The mission of The Future is Female was to inspire and empower female entrepreneurs by creating a space for networking, skill development and encouragement for economic independence and professional growth.
Along with the Future is Female, Tavia curated Ladies First which took placeat Vinyl on October 9th with heavy hitters Summerella, Teenear, Ilham and more. Futuristic Flows is later that evening on the 8th at Stankonia Studios.
Sponsors included Thisis50, Moskato Life, Trap Music Museum and Chef Ruben Wood . VIPS received an enormous highly valued giftbag that included products from the following Coloured Raine Cosmetics palettes T’amm Hair Products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Growth Oil, Silk Mist and Silk Press Serum) Cream Blends Body Butter, Luneria Cosmetics, Gifted Apparel Shirts (20), Quim (CBD self care line), Barely Naked Designs (Sock Brand)Pink Root Products (Hair Care), Muse Beauty Luxury Lashes, Creme of Nature, Dermarollers, Curls, Goddess Body, Skin Garden Skincare.