In Philly this week, we are lucky enough to have the 2nd Annual Black Lily Film & Music Festival. Black Lily started out as a female artist showcase at the Wetlands in 1999, which became a weekly event at the Five Spot in Philly until 2005. The event, which was started by alternative soul group Jazzyfatnastees, helped to launch the careers of a long list of artists, including Jill Scott, Floetry, and Jaguar Wright. After the event ended it's run, Black Lily became a non-profit aimed at supporting female artists. In May 2007, the organization produced the first Black Lily Film & Music Festival.
This year festival includes free workshops, panel discussions, short films, concerts, and much more. The opening night celebration is going down at World Cafe Live on Thursday May 1st with a special edition of the Ladies Love Hip Hop party. On the wheels we have some of Philly's finest female djs Ultraviolet, Roxy, and AfroDJiak. The night will also feature a live performance by Detroit lyricist Invincible, who has made a name for herself from her work with the Platinum Pied Pipers, and Philly based mc Ethel Cee. It's a good way to things started for a weekend arts and excitement.
I will be writing up some of the Black Lily festival events as the weekend comes closer, so keep checking Highlife. For more info on the 2nd Annual Black Lily Film & Music Festival go to http://www.blacklilyfilm.org.