SHE WORKS: 135th Street Agency CEO Reveals The Secret To Being A Boss

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Education: Hampton University, Bachelor of Science & Marketing

Previous Job Experience: Def Jam

HelloBeautiful: How did you expand your business from just music to all you do now?

Around 2009, we had a rockstar employee named Camila Crews and she is a master networker and had a friend who knew that Disney was looking for a African American agency. Once I got on the phone and apoke to the woman, she told me about this movie about a white girl with 70 feet of blonde hair, called “Tangled” and asked if this film would resonate with a Black audience. I told her if she had a great film, they will come. We started with screenings and we were able to secure coverage on BET, Essence and Sister 2 Sister–places they knew they weren’t going to get and we did.

After that, we got “Tron: Legacy,” Sony hired us for “Jumping The Broom,” We TV hired us for “Braxton Family Values,” “Bridezillas,” and David Tutera’s show and TNT brought us on for Jada’s show “Hawthorne.” One happened after the other and in 2012, we worked on five #1 films, “Underworld Awakening.” “Avengers,” “Think Like A Man,” “Madagascar 3″ and “Hotel Transylvania.” Oprah Winfrey’s OWN was a new client last year and we worked with Iyanla Vanzant’s “Fix My Life.” Then there was “Love & Hip Hop” as well. We have Mona-Scott Young, who was a friend, who is now a client. She’s a total genius. No one can tell me that woman is not destined to be the next Oprah.

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