Kevin Liles returns home to make life better with Make It Happen and For A Better Baltimore community projects
*“I have two initiatives…Make It Happen is one,” said Kevin Liles, entertainment and media mogul (Def Jam/Island Def Jam/Warner Music) about his two foundations, Make It Happen and For A Better Baltimore. “Make It Happen is based on my book. I wanted it to have a Foundation to support it.”
A Baltimore native Kevin’s Make It Happen Foundation just offered its Summer Business Academy held at Morgan State University. Twelve disadvantage college-eligible students were taught business principals using the respected youth education nonprofit LEAD’s Triad Model.
“I started at Morgan because I wanted to support my Alma Mater,” said Liles about the programs location – Morgan coincdently is my Alma Mater as well. “It’s been to three different schools. We’re going international.”
Kevin Liles went from working as an intern at Def Jam Records to serving as its president and CEO for nine years. He also served as the executive vice president of its parent company Island Def Jam Music Group, and now serves as executive vice president of Warner Music Group.
“Send some songs my way,” he said to me when I mentioned my, “Uplifting Minds II” entertainment conference’s national talent competition’s artists’ success. “We’re always looking for songs.”
What he said about his goals for the young students aided through his Foundation’s affords is, “I want them to not go through school thinking they can’t be innovators.”
Liles stressed that he wants to intertwine technology into their lives. He has a goal to get them use to using Google and to own a Samsung or Apple.
“These kids… with Apple (products)…it could help them communicate with their families,” he pointed out. “I want them inspired…to want to be successful. We need to focus on education and entrepreneurship. I started as an engineer and ended in entertainment engineering my way through. I want kids to get the light shinned on them and take that light and shine it on a business…to not come out high school and not know what they want to do.”
On August 28, 2013 Kevin Liles’ For A Better Baltimore Foundation will host their annual Back to School Festival.
“We’ve given away 2,000 back-packs and thanks to the Food Bank we expect 5,000 this year with a Healthy Living theme,” he concluded.
Liles, who is also a motivational speaker, has helped launch the careers of so many of today’s legendary artists that include LL Cool J, DMX, Ludacris, JaRule, Musiq and Ashanti. His book, “Make It Happen,” is a best-seller and it’s the Hip-Hop generations’ guide to success.
His career has led to a street in Baltimore being named after him – its located at cross street Popular Grove. Kevin was instrumental in the 2008 Right To Vote Campaign with Jay Z, Beyonce’, P. Diddy, Russell Simmons and Mary J Blige. He also orchestrated the partnership with that launched Rockstar Game, founded by Jamie King and Gary Foreman. Their first game release was Def Jam Rapstar in 2010. He serves on the board of many companies such as advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather’s Diversity Board, The SEED School of Maryland, Harbor Bank of Maryland and Health Corp. – to name a few.
Learn more about Kevin Liles at www.KevinLiles.com.
Grant Show takes on a leading role in Lifetimes’ ‘Devious Maids,’ airs on Sundays
*Known as Jake Hanson in the series “Melrose Place,” Grant Show is now the leading man in Lifetime’s new primetime soap opera series “Devious Maids” airing on Sundays. The series is produced by Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) and Marc Cherry (“Arrested Development”).
“Marc Cherry has his own style,” Grant Show said about working with the producers on the “Devious Maids” project. “It’s dramatic but there is lots of comedy.”
Show plays Spence Westmore in this primetime soap opera where murder and mayhem is the theme.
“The last 10 years I’ve played bad guys, arrogant and full of themselves,” he pointed out. “Spence is a sweet, sweet guy trying to do right by the kids, but his wife is not a sweet person so he goes to the maids.”
The maids are working in a world of much wealth and the contrast in their own lives breeds desperation and desperate people do desperate things – so that breeds the drama.
Grant Show’s “hunk” role in “Melrose Place,” the “90201” spin-off, had him before more than 10 million devoted viewers each week. He also appeared in “Private Practice,” “Six Feet Under,” and the 2012 box office hit The Possession with Kyra Sedgwick.
(Event: Free Saturday Oct 19th the Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II,” presented by Ovation International magazine, one-day entertainment conference (two intense seminars, talent and competition showcase) at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, sponsored in part by www.EURweb.com – www.UpliftingMinds2.com or [email protected]. Syndicated Column: The Pulse of Entertainment is written weekly by Eunice Moseley, also a PR/Business Management consultant – www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com, www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com.)