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Miguel is a star rising

11/17/2011, 1:48 p.m.

"It's a grind to put together but it's well worth it," said founder Nicole George. "We have so many amazing women that are doing great work and we want to share and celebrate their stories with the world."

With stops in Los Angeles and Atlanta, the series is designed to encourage and recognize women in the music community, highlighting not only women songwriters and artists but women working in all facets of the business, including managers, attorneys, label executives and music publishers.

Also honored in the New York City leg were Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Monica and music/television/film power broker, manager and executive Mona Scott-Young. Said Young, "Most of the times I get recognition is for my business dealings, but it all started from good songs. I so respect the process of song making and working with producers and writers, and I'm very happy to have the contributions I make to that process acknowledged."

Over and out. If you have a moment this weekend, make your way over to Urban Stages, 259 W. 30th St. in New York, to catch the play we profiled last year called "Homage 3: Illmatic." It is an original play and tribute to the rapper Nas and is the third installment in playwright Shaun Neblett's "7 Homages for 7 MCs" play cycle. The play runs Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets are $18 for general admission and can be purchased at www.smarttix.com, by calling (212) 868-4444 or at the Urban Stages box office.

Holla next week. 'Til then, enjoy the nightlife.