Marquita Boom: The Professional Woman of Color Getter

Marquita Boom

We’re here with Marquita Boom founder of the yearly women’s music festival, Serafemme (with accompanying online community), weekly event promoter, and all-around It Girl of Los Angeles!


Marquita knows everyone and everything.


I’ve been getting event notices for her events for a while, so I finally decided to speak with the woman that does a little bit of everything in Los Angeles. I had to find out what motivated her to create the yearly queer women of color music festival, Serafemme, in West Hollywood and why her weekly parties have such a devoted following. “Serafemme started in 2005. I was frustrated by what I saw as a dismissive effort towards women and multi-cultural people” in music circles. It started out as a one day, six hour event and has grown to be a weekend long event that includes on-stage performances, a beach party, and workshops. Oh, did I forget to mention that the city of West Hollywood has been on board since the second year?


She began by throwing parties that, “took it up a notch”. Ms. Boom saw what other organizations were doing and wanted to “bring the best of everything” to her parties. Her goal was to create fun dance parties that, “looked good, felt good, felt safe, and were comfortable”. She even throws an annual party at the Dinah Shore through her company, Out and About. Lest you think she’s all about parties, let me clarify: Out and About also takes groups to art performances such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, sets up dinner meetups at fabulous locations, and schedules cruises. That’s a whole lot for one woman, no? Yes it is, but if she doesn’t do it who will?


Many organizations use Marquita as a conduit to find and attract women of color, which is fine, but, “there should be more outreach than just to get Marquita”. I concur. It’s easy to find someone with connections and utilize that relationship, however it’s harder for people to work to create and grow their own networks. Even from a business standpoint, creating direct relationships with communities is better than utilizing someone else’s network. Anyhoo…


This year’s planning for Serafemme is well underway. The usual location is being renovated, so the exact date hasn’t been set, however the festival usually tales place in August. She works hard to find the best talent for the festival. One of the ways she keeps her ear to the street is through the social community she created, “they talk about anything and everything. It’s very much a community”.  Women can join, create an account, and network with other women. I’m a member. It’s a really great way to expand your network. Post what you’re doing, add new songs to your profile, and make some new friends that you can meet up with at this year’s Serafemme festival!


Marquita’s take on Serafemme is this, “I created Serafemme because there is so much talent and I just wanted to showcase it. I’m a fan of Serafemme. Each artist is just as remarkable as the one before. Six straight hours of remarkable women. Everyone is extraordinary!” I can’t say that I disagree.


Create an account on the Serafemme online community to get updates on this year’s festival.






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