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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 and

For more information about the panelists please visit their websites:

Conrad Dimanche:

Ryan Leslie:

Tone Capone:

Adrian ‘607’ Tillman:

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:

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: For more information on the music seminar or the HHELP please visit: ,or <!– 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 {} –>


T.I. Upbeat As He Enters Atlanta Courtroom For Sentencing

Posted in Breaking News, editorial, Education, entertainment, government, hip hop, Legal, Music, News, Politics, rap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

Tip smiles and waves to people in courtroom.



ATLANTA — It was a dreary, warm and wet morning in Atlanta as T.I. prepared for his sentencing on felony weapons charges at the Richard B. Russell Federal Courthouse Friday morning (March 27).

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., the rapper arrived at the 23rd-floor chamber, where he would appear before Judge Charles Pannell Jr. His manager, Jason Geter, was present beforehand. The sterile building was largely quiet as federal workers, lawyers and citizens slowly filed in. In the courtroom, there was a mix of teens, curious employees from the building, and the rapper’s family, including his longtime partner, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. A hushed tone overtook the room with T.I.’s entrance. Lawyers were still entering.

T.I. was greeted warmly by his legal team. He was wearing a charcoal gray suit, dark dress shirt and matching tie. His spirits appeared up as he flashed a smile to different people as he scanned the room. Outside, a number of media outlets awaited word, just like T.I., on whether the rapper’s plea deal would be honored or not.

The rapper, who was arrested in 2007 after trying to illegally purchase firearms, had previously worked out a plea deal that significantly cut down his jail time. T.I. — who will discuss how he feels about his upcoming jail time on “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning,” airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on MTV — made a plea deal last March that suggested if he completed 1,000 hours of community service before sentencing, paid a $100,000 fine and agreed to complete another 500 hours of community service after his time behind bars, he would be sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

The sentence is notable, according to legal experts, because of the specific length. If T.I. were to be sentenced to one year in prison, for example, he would be required to complete the entire sentence. The sentence of one year and one day could allow T.I. to be released earlier for good behavior, if warranted.

Don’t miss “T.I.’s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning,” airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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!


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 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!

Timbaland Lawsuit Against Blackground Records

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

Posted by Dagmar; Mar 25th, 2009, 9:07pm

Timbaland has gone from a successful performer to a successful producer. His success has made him so popular that his own people want to put a stop to it.

Timbaland has filed a lawsuit against Blackground Records stating that Blackground Records went out of their way to contact multiple record labels and bad mouthing Timbaland’s song producing talent.

To top it all off, Timbaland also claims that Blackground Records stiffed him out of money. Because of these claims Timbaland wants out of the contract as well as some damages that are not speci

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: or 617-301-4522.

About the Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project

Posted in Education, Law School, Legal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by thehiphopentertainmentlawproject

The Hip Hop Entertainment Law Project (HHELP) was created to:

1.  Stop the School to Prison Pipeline using the music industry to motivate high-risk teens to do well in school.

2.  Provide minority law students with opportunities to pursue careers in the music industry through artist education and empowerment.

HHELP Goals:

  1. Educating inner-city youth on the business behind the Entertainment Industry
  2. Introducing high-risk inner-city youth to careers in the music industry
  3. Providing a realistic career track program for teens who want a career in the music industry.
  4. Motivating students in school.
  5. Closing the generational gap controversial music has created to form a collective fight against the gap between generations to create a collective fight against the School to Prison Pipeline.
  6. Providing career opportunities for underrepresented law students in the Music Industry.
  7. Assisting artists and groups that find themselves in precarious business situations while simultaneously showing them the key role their knowledge of the business plays in whether or not they succeed in the music business.
  8. Using seminars, symposiums, and clinics to teach artists the importance of implementing and maintaining ethics along with integrity in their business dealings.
  9. Educating artists on the important role an understanding of legal contract terms plays in their ability to properly develop a viable financial plan during and after their career.
  10. Stressing to artists the importance of seeking legal counsel before signing contracts or making any agreements.

  11. For more information about HHELP please visit