Harvard Law School goes Hip Hop…


Cambridge , MA , 3/1/09 — Harvard Law School ’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) will host a mini-music seminar. The HLS BLSA chapter is the largest BLSA Chapter in the nation. It exists for the support, guidance and direction of Black students in academic, professional and social endeavors. The HHELP was created to combat the devastating effects the School to Prison Pipeline has on inner-city youth. It uses the music industry and hip hop music to motivate students in school. The HHELP was also created to give minority law students the opportunity to pursue careers in the music industry. The seminar will take place on March 14, 2009 from 11:30am to 1:30pm . It will be held at Harvard Law School in Austin Hall.

The seminar is for high-risk teens, and anyone else interested in a career in the music business. The seminar is called “The Bizness behind The Business!” This year’s panel will include two of the most recognized and respected music industry executives, a nationally recognized independent artist, and an experienced juvenile re-entry associate. Panelists will discuss the importance of staying in school, staying out of trouble, and how to pursue a career in the music business. The seminar will also include a short question and answer session. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions answered by panelists. The panelists for this event are:

Conrad Dimanche, Senior Director for A&R, Bad Boy Entertainment and President of www.pmpworldwide.com. Dimanche helped launch three of 2008’s biggest albums- Danity Kane, Sean “Puffy” Combs Press Play, and Yung Joc New Joc City . He has also been the producer behind some of Hip Hop’s most celebrated names including, the Notorious B.I.G.’s smash hit Born Again, Carl Thomas, P. Diddy, 8 Ball, MJG, Loon, B5, Bad Boys 2 Soundtrack, and Black Rob, to name a few.;

Tone Capone, Executive Vice President of Universal Motown/CMG. Capone has over 15 years of experience in the music industry and collectively has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He has worked with artists such as, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ying Yang Twins, Lil John and the Eastside Boys, Tony Sunshine, and Zion to name a few;

Adrian ‘607’ Tillman, Independent Artist and Community Activist. Tillman has recorded over 31 full albums, and has toured overseas in several different countries. Tillman also does youth mentoring in his community both independently and through several non-profit organizations such as City Year and S.O.S. Last July Tillman was featured on the critically acclaimed CNN documentary, ‘Black in America ’. The segment highlighted his mentoring work in the community, and his work in the music industry;

Najja Campbell, Director, The Learning Club of Toledo. Campbell has worked with high-risk youth for several years. His various program leadership roles has afforded him the opportunity to work with and service over 1000 youth. He has developed and lead several different programs geared towards juvenile offender re-entry. Most recently, Campbell served as Program Director for Ohio’s Department of Youth Services-Juvenile Parole Department. He is also an active member of the AmeriCorps.

The event is part of BLSA’s 26th Annual Spring Conference titled, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Effecting Change at Home and Across the Globe” taking place March 13, 2009-March 15, 2009. The Conference will feature several notable speakers such as New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Donna Brazile, and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie. For more information on the music seminar or the HHELP please visit: www.thehhelp.com. For more information on the 26th Annual Spring Conference or BLSA please visit: www.harvardblsaconference.com

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CONTACTS:

Licia Harper

HHELP

(313)715-2625

licia@thehhelp.com

or

Amia Trigg

HLS/BLSA

atrigg@jd10.law.harvard.edu

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