Vy Higginsen: Pioneer, Producer, Publisher
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Vy Higginsen, Pioneer

Born and raised on 126th Street in Harlem, New York, Vy is a recognized black pioneer among the city’s media elite with an impressive list of firsts:

  • The first black female radio personality in the prime time New York City market on WBLS.
  • First woman to host a morning show on New York radio at WWRL.
  • First woman in advertising sales at Ebony magazine.
  • The first black woman to produce a drama on Broadway with Joe Tuner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson.
  • The first black female writer, producer, director of the longest-running, Off-Broadway musical in the history of American theatre with Mama, I Want to Sing.

Vy Higginsen, Publisher

Always the visionary, Vy published a magazine back in the '70s providing opportunities for black photographers, graphic designers, and media salespeople to hone their crafts.

  • Unique NY Magazine: A magazine about black lifestyles showcasing black people and places in New York City.
  • This Is My Song: To pass the legacy of gospel music on, Vy produced this illustrated book for children.

Vy Higginsen, ProducerClef Note

Her first show’s landmark success and targeted storyline single-handedly shaped a new generation of theatre-goers.

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Vy Higginsen, Philanthropist

As Founder and Executive Director, Vy is the primary force behind her foundation’s daily duties and its long-term goals.

  • Mama Foundation for the Arts: This not-for-profit organization founded in 2000 is dedicated to nurturing talented black youth in the art

Vy Higginsen, Keynote Speaker

For today’s marketers, Vy offers across-the-board media expertise. And, she brings her own special tools and talents as well: the rich, velvety voice that has propelled a myriad of products, people and events her infectious personality, and her natural spontaneity…the perfect package for winning audiences!

  • Product Spokesperson
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Mistress of Ceremonies
  • Ordained Interfaith Minister
  • Director of Great Events


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