To celebrate Black History Month, hip-hop legend, producer and entrepreneur Nas pays homage to a long tradition of Black musicians and storytellers who continue to empower us today in this compelling open letter and video.

Counsel, Strategic Outreach and Policy Partnership

Growing up, Black history lessons in school were limited to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman. It wasn’t until I found my local public library-and with guidance from friendly librarians-that I began to understand the full breadth and depth of the impact of Africans in America. As a little Black girl growing up in white suburban Maryland, these lessons at the library, reinforced by conversations with my parents, were necessary to shaping a healthy identity as a Black woman.

As I studied my history, I learned that Harriet Tubman overcame her small stature and birth into slavery as, not only a brilliant conductor on the Underground Railroad, but a strategist who led the first military maneuver executed by an American woman. I learned that Jesse Owens overcame his childhood as a sickly sharecropper’s son to become an Olympic gold medalist. I learned that Black Americans in the South left what was familiar to migrate by the millions toward opportunity in the North, Midwest and West Coast. And I fell in love with the poems of Langston Hughes, who articulated the pain and the beauty of the Black experience in words that perfectly expressed what I had-until then-only felt.

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Tiffany Gaines
Tiffany Gaines

Entertainment Industry Executive, Tiffany Gaines, currently serving as owner and founder of Shared Success Global, has been building a name for herself as a woman of integrity and professionalism for more than a decade. Currently wearing several hats in both the entertainment and hotel industries, she has soon preserved the highest levels of professional and personal ethics by maintaining a long-term stability in providing access to a network spectrum of quality entertainment sources to both sides of the business. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Law and Society, she has proved herself not only as one with intelligence and skill, but also a serious determined business woman and entrepreneur. She currently represents a select few of international clientele in both Japan and China for those seeking to raise or re-position their public profile in the Entertainment Industry. She’s at present the Executive Board of Director for Forever Young Legacy, LTD, as well as the Business Manager for Curtis Young, Son of the Iconic Dr Dre, former drug kingpin, now currently Amazon’s best seller/Author and Emmy Nominated Freeway Rick Ross serving as a Prison Reform Activist, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist, Billboard charting, national recording artist and designer Christine Storm, National Recording artist Boneface of Rick Ross Music Group and Pomona Drey formerly of Doggy Style Records/Pimp On Entertainment. In addition to management, she is the CEO of LRT Entertainment, Owner and Founder of SS (Shared Success) Music Group/Blasia’s Entertainment LLC (A global online marketing agency/distribution company currently marketing and distributing for close to 4,000 artists worldwideserving as a DBA under Shared Success Global Inc.), Label Manager for Rick Ross Music Group, Chief Operations Officer for VP Churchill Inc., Vice President of the Network “Timeless” as well as the Creative Director & Producer for both Series “Timeless” and “iGobalTV" on Xperienc On-Demand, the streaming Tv Network. Xperienc On Demand has licensing on almost every major streaming app and platform of which shows aired broadcast to over 270 Million household viewers in the US alone (accessible all over the world) on all Samsung, LG and Vizeo smart TVs and smart devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Direct to Netflix, AndroidTV, Youtube TV, Chromecast, Smart TV, Roku, Pluto, Opera TV, Google Play, iTunes, Sony Playstation, Xbox and that is only the tip of the iceberg. The platform offers product placement and purchase technology, LIVE pay per view options, as well as global distribution for all musical projects. XOD is the television channel, network and the record company with distribution for both film and music. Gaines is also known as a contributor. endorser and philanthropist who finds favor in serving as the Vice President of the Foundation/Director of Media Relations for the National Prostate Awareness Association founded by the honorable former US Ambassador, Dr James Hall, one of the most accomplished individuals in the world. In addition to her extensive resume, she is also a partner and International Hotel Broker for the National Hotels Association (A global network offering hotels at discounted wholesale rates holding contracts with over 850,000 hotels worldwide) servicing her entire platform of Artists, Producers, CEO’s, Label partners, promoters, booking agencies and corporate companies saving her clients up to 75% off retail prices online. Over the years, she has held many positions of the entertainment industry from both major to independent, vastly moving around this circle on various prestigious and exclusive levels. She’s an advocate speaker for the youth, supporter of charitable non-profit organizations and meaningful causes and above all gives every bit of the credit of her works to the Most-High.

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