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Huge congrats to client Selena Watkins serving it up in Nicki Minaj's new visual for Barbie Tingz! Watch her work here:

Nicki Minaj - Barbie Tingz - YouTube
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"He would put a lot of his girlfriends on his phone plan so he could control who you were talking to" - Kitti Jones details her relationship with R. Kelly. #MegynTODAY pic.twitter.com/2AKOZj20RC

— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) May 8, 2018

Client Kitti Jones was recently featured on the TODAY show with Megyn Kelly detailing her experiences of domestic abuse, starvation, and survival with singer R. Kelly. If you haven't read Kitti's book "I Was Somebody Before This." please take a moment to watch this short clip, her story of survival and strength really give perspective to what you have been hearing in the news.

As always I am proud to stand by and beside Kitti. I continually commend her strength and courage to share her story so boldly. 

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I was mentioned by RollingStone.com after Times Up officially launched a campaign joining forces with the #MuteRKelly movement to demand industry action and consumer activism against the R&B singer who has yet to face repercussions despite decades worth of evidence and countless survivors including client Kitti Jones detailing the abuse, starvation, and sexual assault at the hands of Kelly. I am a proud member of Times Up and applaud their Women of Color working group for putting R Kelly at the top of their action list. 

Kelly's team responded to the campaign comparing the efforts to a public lynching of a black man of which Rollings Stone cover the opinion of myself, Ms. Jones, and others. Find out my thoughts and read the full article here:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/r-kellys-team-responds-to-times-up-boycott-w519697

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..much more than just an awards show

The Recording Academy hosted it's 20th annual GRAMMYs on the Hill April 18 and 19 in Washington, providing a unified push to support the Music Modernization Act and usher in concrete reforms for all music creators.  I was honored to be among the 100 delegates invited by the Recording Academy to take part.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards Dinner on April 5 honored Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.) for their leadership on improving creators’ rights and their unwavering support of music licensing reform.
  • GRAMMYs on the Hill Honoree Little Big Town was given the Creators’ Leadership Award for their support of the Academy’s advocacy priorities and their work with MusiCares and other philanthropic efforts.
  • During the Awards reception, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) discussed plans to bring the MMA to the floor with their joint co-sponsorship.

 

  • Dozens of Members of Congress joined the stage with LBT for a special performance of “Boondocks” during the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards.
  • Nearly 100 music creators participated in GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day on April 19 to thank members of the House Judiciary Committee for their support of the MMA, as well as meetings with House leadership and other key caucus leaders to ensure their support of the MMA when it came for a full floor vote. 

Advocates also met with more than 25 Senators to outline the Academy’s priorities to pass similar music licensing reforms in the Senate, including key members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and leaders from both parties.

  • Participants included a range of accomplished performers, songwriters and producers across multiple genres, geographic regions, and career levels, accounting for 55 GRAMMY wins and more than 180 nominations.
  • Media activities for GRAMMYs on the Hill generated 259 total media hits throughout the GOTH campaign, achieving 144.8 million impressions. Coverage included ABC News, The Hill, The Washington Post, and Billboard, and broadcast segments by Entertainment Tonight and SIRIUS XM’s POTUS Politics program.

 

  • Digitally, GRAMMYs on the Hill was supported by Academy members and music fans across the country who generated more than 3,000 messages to Congress in support of the MMA.
  • And last but not least, one week after GRAMMYs on the Hill, the House unanimously passed the MMA, with Chairman Goodlatte remarking on the floor how the advocates were instrumental in bringing the bill to a vote.

You can find more coverage of GRAMMYs on the Hill in the Washington PostABC News and The Hill as well as on the Academy’s website.

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Trevor Jackson - Unpacking (Official Video) - YouTube

From the album, "Rough Drafts Pt. 1". Official Music Video by Trevor Jackson - Unpacking. © 2018 Born Art / EMPIRE

The summer of $K continues with another official visual release from Trevor Jackson for Unpacking produce by client John $K Mcgee. Enjoy the video here and be sure to watch to the end for Trevor to absolutely kill it on guitar!

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Trevor Jackson has released the official video for Apocalyse produced by client $K from his upcoming album "Rough Drafts Pt 1". Catch the visual here:

Trevor Jackson - Apocalypse (Official Video) - YouTube
From the album, "Rough Drafts, Pt. 1". http://www.EMPIRE.lnk.to/RoughDraftsPt1 Official Music Video by Trevor Jackson - Apocalypse. © 2018 Born Art / EMPIRE Produced by: Riveting Entertainment Follow Trevor Jackson http://www.officialtrevorjackson.com/ https://twitter.com/trevorjackson5 https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTrevorJackson https://www.instagram.com/trevorjackson5 https://open.spotify.com/artist/6vZUJpsm4VHjSWpedp05vg
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Sending mega congrats to client John $K Mcgee on being a part of the PLATINUM success of Chris Brown's Heartbreak on a Full Moon. $K produced "Let Shit Go" with OG Parker and Xeryus G.

Chris Brown - Let Shit Go (Lyrics) - YouTube
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Excited to finally share Trap Karaoke is now a member of the Beat1 Radio family! The first episode streamed March 28th and you can go listen On Demand over at Apple Music! 

LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPISODE HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/curator/ebro-darden/id990473683?app=music&ign-itsct=be1_cur_ebr&ign-itscg=10705

Be sure to subscribe, listen in, and tell Apple Music you want MORE TRAP KARAOKE!!!

Congratulations Jason. I am over the moon and so proud to be a part of your team.

Never heard of Trap Karaoke? Have no idea what or why a live karaoke night would get a show on Beat1...watch and learn:

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Great feature for client Marcus T. Moore  in Bloomberg as a rising star of Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program or as Bloomberg calls it it's $500 Million Dollar Army! Marcus is President and CEO of Genesis Professional Staffing. So excited to be working with Marcus on some incredible entertainment opportunities coming down the pipeline for Genesis.

Read the article here: https://www.bloomberg.com/…/goldman-has-a-500-million-army-…

Congrats Marcus! Well deserved can't wait to see more of you in the press for your great work highlighting the true power and potential of minority small business to impact industry in a major way!

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I was recently profiled by Atlanta Business Chronicle and had a great opportunity to share my thoughts on diversity, law, how Ryan Leslie is innovating CRM, and some of my favorite places in Atlanta!

Many thanks to Phil W. Hudson for the feature and for all those who have shared, tagged, called, texted about reading it!

Read the full profile here: https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2018/02/14/how-atlanta-attorney-shay-lawson-helps.html

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