Who: Mina “SayWhat” Llona
What: Rise & Grind Morning Show (Philly’s Power 99)
Why: Mina “SayWhat” Llona is a renowned media personality currently on the Rise & Grind Morning Show (6a-10a) on Philadelphia’s legendary urban station WUSL-FM aka Power 99. Mina is the founder, leader, and mentor of “The Power Squad” - an all-female dance team (ages 15-22). She is also the voice of the weather for 103.5 The Beat in Miami and is an ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers community outreach program “Sixers Strong.”
Where: Based in New Jersey & Philadelphia
When: Mina SayWhat is currently on air on Philly’s Power 99 and is a personality on the Rise & Grind Morning Show. Mina is also the Social Media Director for 2 urban stations (Power 99 & WDAS 105.3) and is celebrating her 10 year anniversary since first broadcasting on the radio at the age of 18. Read more…
Who: Marlon Stephen
What: KPDi – Key Partners in Digital Innovation | http://kpd-i.com/
Why: As every consumer touch point becomes increasingly digital and mobile, we partner with our clients to focus their organization’s vision, goals, opportunities and initiatives to maximize the business benefits of digital initiatives in their organization. As an entrepreneurial organization, we often identify opportunities in the marketplace and develop businesses to take advantage of those opportunities in the market.
Where: Toronto and NYC
When: Since 2001
What: Vicelounge / YRB Magazine
Why: Co-founder of Vicelounge- a multimedia production collective established in 2003. projects include advertising, television, film, theater and music production.
I primarily focus on business models, strategy, industry foresight,hardware & software products, and cutting edge technology solutions.
Apollo Music Cafe, Burson-Marsteller, Cablevision, UBS, Scholastic, Reebok, AT & T, Universal Records, Time Warner/AOL, HBO, Webby Awards, BAFTA, Aer Lingus, Bad Boy Entertainment, Spike Lee, Black Enterprise ,Conde’ Nast,
YRB Magazine is a lifestyle publication that focuses on fashion, music, art, and related cultural subjects.
YRB connects readers with the freshest developments that impact the dynamic culture we report on.
We strive to maintain a global viewpoint, looking beyond borders to find topics to inspire our readers, resulting in a magazine that is both unique and informative.
2014 marks 15 years since it was started by Marc Ecko.
We became involved because it I saw it was an opportunity to invest in a diverse imprint of pop culture history.
While still in print, we plan to expand the digital and experiential aspects to make it the definitive Pop Culture Delivery Platform.
Where: Based in New York
When: Established 1999 Read more…
Who: Kimberly Wilson Marshall, Founder & Director
Why: Wilson Marshall Inc. provides clients with a hands-on experience in public relations and special events planning to deliver a quality experience from concept to completion. Wilson Marshall Inc. current client roster includes: 5001 FLAVORS, African Health Now, Harlem Haberdashery, and Making Books Sing (as of Feb. 2014).
Who: WINSOME SINCLAIR
What: WSA CASTING /WSA Entertainment/ BREEZES LIFESTYLE
Why: Winsome Sinclair is a CEO on the rise.. Not only is she one of the most sought after Casting Directors on the East Coast that has collaborated with some of the most influential filmmakers in the world. She has worked on a myriad of noteworthy films with directors such as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, John Singleton, Forrest Whitaker, Ernest Dickerson, Hype Williams,Salim Akil & Tyler Perry. Along with these prominent directors, Winsome has become a part of cinematic history, for titles such as “Amistad,” “Malcolm X” “Waiting to Exhale”, Inside Man, as well as films such as Miracle At St. Anna, Cadillac Records (executive produced by Beyonce) Sparkle and For Colored Girls which are destined to become classics. Moving more into producing this year WSA has several projects in development for both the television & Film arenas.. Read more…
Why: Selective Entertainment specializes in worldwide international management and event planning. We represent a few clients to focus on their careers in talent bookings in the United States and International market. In addition to that we also help artist/talent getting maximum exposure on their upcoming projects in magazines, radio and online websites.
Who: Andrew Morrison
What: Small Business Camp
Why: Small Business Camp is a global marketing services, training and business development firm with clients in education, technology, finance, real estate and health care. The company provides high-impact strategies for entrepreneurs, executives and non-profit leaders. The president, Andrew Morrison, has trained thousands of entrepreneurs from Hawaii to Nigeria, lectured at Harvard University and appeared on Oprah. Previously he built a multi-million dollar company by providing innovative direct marketing services to Fortune 500 companies. He was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Network Journal and Crain’s Magazine 40 Under 40 and Advertising Age. In New York, Andrew hosted the “Money Making Mondays” radio show heard on 98.7 KISS-FM and in his earlier days was the recipient of the prestigious Young Direct Marketer of the Year Award
Where: New York, NY
When: Established June 2003
Who: Dexter Story
What: Life Force Trio Entertainment
Why: Life Force Trio Entertainment is a company dedicated to expanding what’s possible in music composition, recording, film composing and live music. Life Force Trio started as a collaborative recording project between Carlos Niño and Dexter Story and has grown into a full service creative entity. Upcoming projects include a an early 2014 East African soul album release entitled ‘Wondem’ produced by The Life Force Trio on Plug Research Records; a 1960’s protest song tribute concert entitled ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ at Grand Performances in downtown Los Angeles; and an Ethiopian music-inspired score for ‘Eyes of Amhara,’ a documentary demonstrating the effects and cure of trachoma in East Africa. LFTE is based in Los Angeles.
Where: Based in Los Angeles Read more…
Who: Felisha “FBI” Booker
What: Channel Dynamic | Dynamic Producer | Dynamic Songwriter
Why: We are the most valuable network you can join, period. We teach and advise producers, songwriters and artists in the areas of music production, songwriting, music business & industry.
When: Established 2002 Read more…
Who: N!ni * Eternal Sol
What: ETERNAL SOL PROMOS
(promotions, parties/events, music, djs, concerts, marketing, news/current events, trivia, inspirational quotes, fashion, books, recipes, photos, history, nightlife + more!)
Why: Eternal Sol Promos is a promotions, events, marketing and entertainment company that Globally Spreads the Word, One Event at a Time. Specializing in, but not limited to House Music parties, nightlife and more from NYC to South Africa; Eternal Sol is your source for music, inspiration and information. Eternal Sol clients include: http://about.me/nini.eternalsol.promos
Where: Based in New York
When: Established October, 2007
Who: Consuelo “Connie” Lodge
What: Public Relations/ Marketing Student
Why:Connie has managed over a dozen models, worked and directed on music video sets/ photo shoots. She does various types of consultation, branding, product placement and has published work. Connie specializes in online promotions and there are a various of other things she is capable of perfecting at other things; making her a mutli-talented individual in the entertainment industry.
Connie is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations/ Marketing at Ashford University and is already actively working in the field of her training. Connie has had the opportunity to work with and/or assist many celebrities whether it was doing hair, makeup, promotions, PR/ Marketing etc. She always makes it a habit to accelerate her customer service skills and further her education with specialty classes and workshops outside of college to stay up to date with what is going on.
Where: Based California Read more…
Who: Edna Garcia-Dipini & Members http://www.rizeprogram.com/member-test/
What: RIZE www.rizeprogram.org
RIZE is an anti-violence creative arts program designed by Edna Garcia. RIZE teaches young adults film, digital media, journalism, visual and performing arts to raise awareness and give young people the tools to appropriately identify and express emotions that can lead to violence if left unchecked. RIZE is well accredited for their involvement and hard work within the Reading, PA and New York City communities, as well as on a national level. RIZE participates in many state events organized by the Governor through the Governor’s advisory of Latino Affairs – State Youth Summits.
RIZE’s partnership with the I-Lead Charter School – RIZE and I-LEAD Inc. have enjoyed a productive and mutually beneficial relationship and share a belief in the importance of investing in the development of future leaders. “We are excited to be a part of the advancement of I-Lead Charter School whose services are beloved by our community and students that we serve in Reading, PA. Read more…
Who: Asya Shein
Why: Fusicology is the Source for Progressive Music, Events and Culture. Our online calendar lists “what to do” for the Soul Diaspora, the Urban Alternative. We also have exclusive content with free downloads, podcasts, new releases to media such as interviews, photos and videos. We have mobile apps and are developing much for 2014 now that we celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary this past fall.
Where: Based in Los Angeles
When: Established September 12, 2003
Who: Sherise Malachi
What: WBLS-FM & WLIB-AM
Why: The goal of WBLS & WLIB-AM is to serve our listeners with minute to minute news, entertainment and community initiatives via on-air, on-site and online and to provide the best marketing and advertising opportunities for our clients.
Where: Based in New York
Who: Wayne Ski
What: DJ Wayne Ski Music LLC
Why: Wayne Ski Music represents the lifestyle of the DJ. With a vast knowledge of music as well as in the music industry, Wayne Ski Knows what it takes to have longevity in the DJ game. From the work he has done with record labels, producing beats to DJing for artist, also having shows on commercial, Internet and college radio, Wayne Ski has established himself as a mainstay in the music industry. You can catch Wayne Ski on BreakThru Radio, PNC Radio and Ah Ha Radio mobile app.
When: Since 95 Establish Officially Jan 2011 Read more…
What: Leah Simone Designs
Why: Leah Simone Designs features handmade crochet items, from earrings to star shaped baby blankets, booties and so much more. Leah Simone Designs are the must have crocheted accessory.
Where: Based in New York
When: Established April 2012
Who: Nikki Rich
What: The Nikki Rich Show
Why: The Nikki Rich Show has been dominating across the globe in online-radio. The Nikki Rich Show began April of 2011 currently 1/2 Million Listeners world wide. We have achieved by continuously branding our name and “succeeding as we help build brands”. We are constantly looking for ways to expand and bring awareness to not only signed but also unsigned artists and underground talent opportunities every day. The Nikki Rich show is your source for the hottest Interviews. Interviewing Celebrities, Entrepreneurs, local Artist, Movie and Reality TV Stars, Music Producers and Sports Athletes Across the Globe. The Nikki Rich Show is Syndicated on College Underground Radio, Also heard on Tune In, ITunes podcast and on Youtube
Where: Based in Charlotte,NC
When: Established April 4th, 2011
Who: Bernice Victor
What: Black Diamonds Elite, LLC a branding and event production company. [Tagline: Branding and production diamond cut to perfection.]
Why: Black Diamonds Elite, LLC exists to develop and produce unique and impeccable designs in branding and event initiatives. Our business is sound and timeless as Black Diamonds Elite administers success, consistency and dependability. Our obligation is to keep our clientele satisfied by providing the best of excellence, luxury and indulgence.
Our clients include corporate companies, celebrities and business owners in all industries.
Where: NYC/Washington, DC [DMV]
When: Established May 6th, 2008
Who: Tola Lawal
What: BET/ SixOne7Creative
Why: Tola Lawal, native New Yorker and graduate of Pace University has the breadth and depth of experience of professionals twice her age. Having worked for media giant Viacom subsidiaries MTV and BET, and hip hop mogul Sean “P.Diddy” Combs’ wildly successful Blue Flame Agency, Tola has had the opportunity to create and lead successful public relations, traditional and digital marketing campaigns that have transformed brands into national media hallmarks. One of her remarkable accomplishments includes successfully launching the Digital Ambassador program while at the Blue Flame Agency, which increased the digital conversation surrounding the Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka, and the Diddy Dirty Money “Last Train to Paris” album.
In addition, Tola has led her own SixOne7Creative imprint to secure a respectable client portfolio that includes Carol’s Daughter, VH1, Reality Star Tami Roman, Ryan Leslie, Super Producers The Olympics, Columbia Pictures and a bevy of other known brands. With a specialization in strategic marketing for youth, influencer and super-mom consumers, Tola’s work has truly shaped how firms market products to a younger generation of consumer. Read more…
What: Founder & Director of integrated communications firm, SIENA MEDIA GROUP, specializing in brand management, social media planning, public relations and event production. Tamara also helms NY PR DIVA, the “PR incubator” that works specifically with small businesses and start ups who are just venturing out. She is also the personality behind the famed lifestyle blog, THE CURVY SOCIALITE.
Why: With a majority of small businesses failing within the first 5 years of their birth, I am all about trying to help bridge that gap to success. Being a boutique PR firm, we understand that each client’s needs are unique so we are not about “cookie-cutter” PR programs. Instead we believe in creation a holistic, one-on-one approach to the PR process where we sit down with each client and create tailor-made programs that cater specifically to the needs and visions of each client.
Where: Based in New York but providing services worldwide.
When: Tamara Walker has been in the PR industry for over 10 years.
Who: Jonathan Hailey
What: The Urban Daily
Why: The Urban Daily is an entertainment website for a wide range of people with an interest in music, film, and pop culture. While the focus is on entertainment and pop culture, what separates The Urban Daily from other urban entertainment sites is the voice. The Urban Daily is a group of cool and intelligent writers with a penchant for snark, irreverent humor, and honesty. Readers come to The Urban Daily to enjoy the exclusive interviews, witty original list articles, and unique angle on hard news. All of those things make The urban Daily a must see website for the smart aleck in you.
Where: Based in New York
When: Established June 2008
WHO: TERRY MCGILL
WHAT: CEO, TAM MUSIC CONSULTING & LEARNTHEMUSICINDUSTRY.COM
WHERE: DALLAS, TEXAS
WHEN: STARTED IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS – AUGUST 1988
WHY: TAM Music is a 26 year experienced & nationally respected radio promotions, internet marketing, record label consultation, booking, event planning and artist Development Company. Read more…
Who: Melissa Irish
What: Live With Melissa
Why: Live With Melissa is a Podcast Radio show,showcasing Indie Artists music & Interviews with People in all walks of the industry
Where: Based In NY
When: Established February 2011
WHO: DIEZEL THE GREAT
Who: Bobby Jones
What: Octagon Access
Why: I am Vice President at Octagon Marketing North America, the global leader in sports and entertainment marketing. I am the head of the Octagon Access group where I lead an amazing nation-wide team of researchers, strategists, creatives and go-getters that help global brands effectively reach multicultural and millennial consumers. Our award-winning and groundbreaking work has helped clients across multiple industries including retail, fashion, spirits, automotive and consumer electronics, among many others.
When: Octagon Access was established in 2011 Read more…