Women Unmasked: Talent Managers

It’s not too often that we see a successful woman in the music industry outside of being the talent. Over the years, hip hop has managed to birth some of the greatest talent managers ever and they happen to be women.

First we have Debra Antney. Antney was the founder and chief executive of the music management company, Mizay Entertainment based in Atlanta. She grew up in a rough neighborhood with her father making her success an even greater win.

Since creating the company, Antney has made over $10 million while working for the likes of French Montana, Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj and her own son, Waka Flocka Flame.She launched both Waka Flocka and Minaj’s careers.

In 2013, KayO Redd, Antney’s son, was found dead near his home. His death was ruled a suicide. From this terrible event, Antney was able to start a movement titled Pledge No RIP (Reckless Internet Posting). According to the movement website, “A weight that weighed heavily on KayO and his family were the evils of the internet and the reckless, thoughtless people who spread vicious rumors and fed into harmful gossip regarding his mother and other members of their family.” Cyberbullying is a main cause for her because of this.

Next we have Kei Henderson. Henderson is new to the entertainment world but has made a name for herself in the industry. Henderson manages the new artist 21 Savage.

Henderson started out working in social marketing at complex while also freelance writer before teaming up with the artist 21 Savage. To date he is her only big name but she has since started a managing company by the name of King Me Collective.

Among Henderson and Antney are many other successful women behind the scenes such as Sonja Norwood. Although only three are listed here there are many more women talent managers in the music industry that are less known due to their gender.

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