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Harvard Law School Hip Hop panel is a HIT

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Ryan Leslie, Sid the Kid, Tone Capone, Conrad 'Rad' Dimanche

Ryan Leslie, Sid the Kid, Tone Capone, Conrad 'Rad' Dimanche

Cambridge, MA, 3/27/09 – On March 14, 2009 Harvard Law School’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) hosted a mini-music seminar featuring music’s Renaissance man, Ryan Leslie; Conrad Dimanche former Senior Director of A & R, Bad Boy Ent.; Tone Capone, Producer Hot97 NYC, EVP Universal/Motown/CMG; Adrian ‘607’ Tillman, Independent Artist and Activist; Najja Campbell M.A. Juvenile Re-Entry Associate. The seminar titled “The Bizness behind The Business!” was held at Harvard Law School.

The panel received rave reviews from the panelists, the Harvard community, and attendees. Panelists discussed the importance of staying in school, staying out of trouble, and how to pursue a career in the music business. Attendees were able to ask panelists questions about how to obtain internships in the business, the best way to go about pursuing specific careers in music, and how to maximize their exposure to the general public and major labels. One of the major topics of the panel discussion was the important role the internet plays in helping individuals with entertainment industry career aspirations. Of course that is in addition to hard work and education. Over 150 students attended the event including, Harvard alum, Singer and Actress Tatiana Ali, from the long-running hit show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Attendees were from various public schools in the Boston area as well as Berklee College of Music, Boston College , Northeastern University , and Boston University . Check out video from the event at www.thisis50.com and www.amazashow.com

For more information about the panelists please visit their websites:

Conrad Dimanche: www.pmpworldwide.com

Ryan Leslie: www.ryanleslie.com

Tone Capone: www.musicindustryonline.info

Adrian ‘607’ Tillman: www.myspace.com/607

Also, if you would like to find out more about the state of the recording industry and how you can still be a successful artist during these difficult economic times please visit: www.amazashow.com

The event was co-sponsored by The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project. The HHELP was created to combat the devastating effects the School to Prison Pipeline has on inner-city youth. The HHELP 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.  For regular twitter updates please add: http://twitter.com/LiciatheHHELP For more information on the music seminar or the HHELP please visit: www.thehhelp.com ,or https://thehiphopentertainmentlawproject.wordpress.com <!– p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:12.0pt;font-family:”Times New Roman”;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:purple;text-decoration:underline;} _filtered {margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in;} div.Section1 {} –>


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T.I. to be sentenced to prison Friday

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Prayers going out to T.I. tonight….Stay strong!

By BILL RANKIN

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Federal weapons charges, with their accompanying harsh sentences, are enough to take anyone down. Yet since his guilty plea a year ago, Atlanta rapper T.I. has enjoyed the greatest success of his career.

His CD, “Paper Trail,” debuted atop the Billboard charts in October. He produced two No. 1 singles, including “Live Your Life,” featuring Rihanna. Last month, he appeared at the Grammys, where he won an award for best rap performance by a duo or group.

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T.I. pleaded guilty to illegal firearms possession and being a convicted felon with a firearm.
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But T.I., one of the world’s best-known rap artists, is about to take a one-year hiatus at a federal detention facility. On Friday, as part of his extraordinary deal with federal prosecutors, T.I. will be sentenced a year after his guilty plea.

According to the plea agreement, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., will be sentenced to one year and a day.

The extra day means T.I. can carve 15 percent off of his sentence with good behavior. Under U.S. Bureau of Prison rules, inmates can earn such credit only if they are sentenced to longer than a year in prison. T.I. should serve an estimated 298 days — or a little less than 10 months. He is expected to get credit for the two weeks he sat in jail after his arrest and before posting a $3 million bond.

T.I.’s troubles began Oct. 13, 2007, just hours before he was to receive two awards at the BET Hip-Hop Awards ceremony in Atlanta. He was arrested in a Midtown parking lot by federal agents for trying to buy machine guns and silencers. A search of his car and home yielded a number of handguns and rifles, a problem because T.I. had a prior felony conviction for cocaine distribution.

T.I. pleaded guilty to illegal firearms possession and being a convicted felon with a firearm.

Federal sentencing guidelines recommended T.I. serve at least four years and nine months behind bars.

But T.I.’s defense team worked out an unheard-of deal with federal prosecutors: If T.I. would perform at least 1,000 hours of community service, telling kids about the pitfalls of crime, drugs and gangs and encouraging them to respect the law, he could surrender to the Bureau of Prisons a year later and get a reduced sentence.

Area criminal defense lawyers howled in protest, saying T.I. traded his celebrity for leniency. Federal prosecutors countered the rapper’s influential message would help prevent crime.

T.I. has fulfilled his part of the bargain, Steve Sadow, one of the rapper’s lawyers, said.

“T.I. took this opportunity and ran with it beyond anyone’s expectations.”

A sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday by T.I.’s defense team says the rapper has complied with all the requirements of his plea agreement. This includes serving 300 days of home confinement, attending more than 260 events and earning 1,006 hours of community service credit.

T.I. has been to 25 states and spoken to tens of thousands of teens and adults.

Over the past year, he went to 58 schools, 12 Boys and Girls Clubs, nine churches and other community functions. He was visited two Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, one in Columbus and another in DeKalb County.

After T.I. spoke to 160 high school teenagers at the Georgia Supreme Court, Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears called the rapper’s presentation “outstanding.”

“You have the courage to carefully search your soul, oftentimes wrestling with demons that the rest of us are terrified to disturb,” Sears wrote in a letter attached to the sentencing memo. “I am sure that you have touched many young lives.”

Check out the video from The Bizness behind The Business panel @ Harvard Law School

Posted in Breaking News, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Big thanks to Sid the Kid for doing the video and passing it along!!!!

Ryan Leslie & Hot 97’s Tone Capone Drop Knowledge on the Music Business at Harvard University

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Sid the Kid hits up Harvard University where Ryan Leslie and Tone Capone gave advice to students interested in the various aspects of the music industry.

Visit thisis50.com To check out video from The Bizness behind The Business at Harvard Law School! The panel was a MUST attend event for anyone interested in a career in the music business!

‘The Bizness behind The Business’ Seminar is a HIT!

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject
Ryan Leslie, Sid The Kid, Tone Capone, and Conrad Dimanche

Ryan Leslie, Sid The Kid, Tone Capone, and Conrad Dimanche

The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) would like to thank everyone who attended Saturday’s ‘The Bizness behind The Business’ music seminar at Harvard Law School. The event was a definite ‘must’ attend for anyone interested in having a career in the music industry. For those of you who were unable to attend the event we are going to try and get a synopsis up on the website in the next few days!

I would like to thank the following people for playing a major role in making this event so successful:

Amia Trigg
Randall Clark
Dominique Winters
Nicole Thompson
Katrina Copney
Bridgette Hylton
HBLSA
Sam Kochman
Tone Capone
Ryan Leslie
Conrad Dimanche
Adrian Tillman
Najja Campbell
Hip Hop Press
Daniel Laurent

Harvard Law School goes Hip Hop…with Ryan Leslie!

Posted in Breaking News, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Cambridge , MA , 3/10/09 – Harvard Law School ’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) will host mini-music seminar featuring music’s Renaissance man, Ryan Leslie. The seminar titled “The Bizness behind The Business!” will be held on March 14, 2009 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Harvard Law School in Austin Hall.

The seminar is for high-risk teens, and anyone else interested in having a career in the music business. Panelists will discuss the importance of staying in school, staying out of trouble, and how to pursue a career in the music business. The multi-talented music industry Renaissance man, Ryan Leslie, brings an important component to this year’s panel. Leslie, Harvard alum, scored a 1600 on his SATs at age 15 and was accepted to Harvard University . In 1998, at age 19 he delivered the famous Harvard Oration at his commencement ceremony. His message to students, “follow your dreams!”

Ryan Leslie, singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, Internet visionary, intellectually gifted, and chief executive of NextSelection Lifestyle Group. Leslie is the singer and song writer of the Top 40 R&B hit “Diamond Girl,” the lead single from his highly anticipated self-titled U.S. debut. He has written songs for several major artists such as Britney Spears, Beyoncé, New Edition, Loon, Cheri Dennis, B5, and Danity Kane to name a few. World renowned music executive, Tommy Mottola, has called Leslie “one of the next rising stars…with unlimited potential.” His unique approach to conquering the music industry is one that has turned the heads of the music business and music lovers alike. Leslie is one of the few artists who take full advantage of the world’s alter ego, better known as, the Internet. Through his website (RyanLeslie.com), MYSPACE, and YouTube Ryan blogs, documents, and diarizes his way to international stardom and the regular playlists of millions of fans. In addition to Ryan Leslie, panel members include:

Conrad Dimanche, Senior Director for A&R, Bad Boy Entertainment and President of http://www.pmpworldwide.com. 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, Young Joc, Danity Kane, and Black Rob, to name a few;

Tone Capone, Executive Vice President of Universal Motown/CMG, and creator of The New Music Seminar (www.newmusicseminars.com). 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. He has recorded over 31 full albums, and was featured on the critically acclaimed CNN documentary, ‘Black in America ’;

Najja Campbell, Director, The Learning Club of Toledo. He has developed and lead several different programs geared towards juvenile offender re-entry and serviced over 1000 youth in the Midwest .

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 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. For more information on the music seminar or the HHELP please visit: http://www.thehhelp.com ,or for more information on the 26th Annual Spring Conference or BLSA please visit: http://www.harvardblsaconference.com

CONTACTS:

Licia Harper
HHELP
licia@thehhelp.com

or

Amia Trigg
HLS/BLSA
atrigg@jd10.law.harvard.edu

Harvard Law School Goes Hip-Hop?

Posted in Breaking News, Education, entertainment, hip hop, Law School, Legal, Music, News, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject
Published: Thursday – March 5, 2009
Words by Miles Bennett

Harvard Law School’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and The Hip-Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) are set to host a mini-music seminar next weekend, aimed to help high-risk teens earn jobs within the music industry.

Held at Harvard Law School on March 14, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the seminar is called “The Bizness behind The Business!” This year’s panel will include respected music executives, Conrad Dimanche of Bad Boy Records and Tone Capone of Universal Motown; a nationally recognized independent artist, Adrian “607” Tillman; and an experienced juvenile re-entry associate, Najja Campbell of The Learning Club of Toledo.

The participating panelists will discuss the importance of staying in school, staying out of trouble, and how to pursue a career in the music business, in addition to a short question and answer session.

The event is part of BLSA’s 26th Annual Spring Conference, which is dubbed “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Effecting Change at Home and Across the Globe,” taking place March 13 – March 15. The Conference will feature several notable speakers such as New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, Donna Brazile, and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie.

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. It was also created to give minority law students the opportunity to pursue careers in the music industry.

For more information on the music seminar or the HHELP and BLSA, visit thehhelp.com and/or HarvardBLSAConference.com.

The Harvard Black Law Students warmly invites you to its 26th Annual Spring Conference

Posted in Breaking News, Education, Law School, Legal, News with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject
THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW: Effecting Change at Home and Across the Globe

The Harvard Black Law Students warmly invites you to its 26th Annual Spring Conference

Friday March 13- Sunday March 15, 2009

Keynote Speakers:

Donna Brazile, political strategist
Ruth Ellen Fitch ’83
Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Mayor C. Ray Nagin, City of New Orleans
Congressman Donald M. Payne

Panel Topics Include:

Local Panel: “The Health of a People?: Establishing Health Equity for Black Bostonians”
Regional Panel:
“Levees Repaired, A System Still Broken: Addressing Post-Katrina Criminal Justice From the Ground Up”
Charles Hamilton Houston Panel: “The Moving Finish Line:  Race and Sports in 21st Century America”

LAMP Youth Summit: “The Bizness behind the Business” (with special guests from the Hip Hop entertainment industry)
National Panel: “My President is Black: Obama’s Road to the White House and the Road Ahead”
Global Panel: “Unbundling Darfur: Debating Facts and Policy Responses to an International Crisis”

Other Conference Highlights:

—   “FIERCE”, official conference party, thrown by the Ladies of S.U.E.D.E
—   “Skid Row” documentary featuring Pras from the Fugees’ ( Q & A with Pras to follow)
—   Silent Auction with proceeds benefiting organizations in Darfur

—   Sudan Photo Exhibit by Ryan Spencer Reed displayed in Hark Tunnels, March 9-23

Come join Harvard BLSA for its most anticipated event!

Please send all inquiries to: springconference@law.harvard.edu or 617-301-4522.

www.harvardblsaconference.com