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This Black Music Month we’re spotlighting the women of The Lou who have been and continue to contribute to the rich musical culture.

Vanita Thompson, Radio One St. Louis’ Integrated Marketing Specialist and Event Coordinator, shares her experience and commitment to enhancing our nightlife through curated Soul Music events. Responsible for bringing the likes of Eric Roberson, Bilal, Algebra Blessett and Anthony David, Vanita helped open doors for other local performers– including singers and poets– as opening acts.

Drawn to music at the age of 8, Vanita began to play the clarinet and then moved on to the flute and saxophone. This passion would follow her to college where she attended the illustrious Howard University in Washington, D.C. before landing a gig in New York in the record industry. Her first job in Entertainment was with a management company named Smack Productions. She was hired by Troy Patterson, who later went on to manage artists like Mario. From there she worked for Double Exposure as Artist Development Director.

Before radio, Vanita also worked for the Jackson Family. While she enjoyed her time in the role once she got to know them, she recalls being starstruck on the first day when Randy and Tito walked in. She had to excuse herself and missing the entire meeting!

Find out Vanita’s keys to success and longevity in music, especially from St. Louis and as a woman in the interview above hosted by our Online Editor Bobby Pen.

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