Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33) (Fox 44)  – Actor, Director, and Philanthropist, Danny Glover joins this years’ Bayou Soul Youth Literary Conference alongside Actor Lance Gross, Reality TV Star Toya Wright and her mom Anita Johnson , Actor Lamman Rucker , Actress Nicole Porche , and Celebrity Publicist Love Logan.

On Tuesday, July 2ND hundreds of high school and college students from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes will have the opportunity to attend empowerment seminars and take master classes in the Entertainment Industry, Arts and Crafts (taught by Maya Angelou’s nieces), and participate in an essay contest in their aunt’s name where students compete for cash prizes and awards. The conference’s theme is “Empowering Young Voices.”

Bayou Soul Youth Literary Conference

Baton Rouge Community College, Mid City Campus
201 Community College Drive
Magnolia Theatre

Tuesday, July 2
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Preview of the “Voices from the Bayou” play, starring actor, Lamman Rucker

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Master Class/Empowerment Breakout Sessions (Participants choose one)

  • Acting, Drama, Entertainment – led by actor, Lance Gross and publicist, Love Logan
  • Poetry – led by BRCC Professors Carrie Causey and Eric Elliott
  • Creative Writing – led by literary agent and editor, Dr. Maxine Thompson and BRCC professor and author, Clarence Nero
  • Culinary Arts – led by Lauren Von Dor Pool, (chef for celebrities Common, Venus Williams and Serena Williams)
  • Arts & Crafts – led by Sabunmi Woods and Smyra Woods
  • Visual Arts/Painting – led by Sharika Mahdi (Essence Magazine Emerging Artist 2015)
  • Empowerment Seminar For Young Girls – led by dating expert, Monique Kelley (NBC’s Access Hollywood Live) and BRCC faculty members, Dr. Carolyn Smith, Bea Gymiah and Shelisa Theus
  • Empowerment Seminar Young Men – led by Lamman Rucker, Hilton Webb and Kent Nichols

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Dr. Maya Angelou Oratorical Essay Contest presented by Sabunmi Woods and Smyra Woods, nieces of Angelou