WOMEN in the ROOM How Hip Hop Became Mainstream
with Faith Newman, Angelique Miles, Sophia Chang, Kim Osario & Thembisa Mshaka
You think you know the History of Hip-Hop? If you can’t name at least 10 women
executives who were critical to the movement and magic that is called Hip Hop, you really don’t know Hip Hop.
The Women in the Room: How Hip-Hop Became Mainstream is an eight-episode docu-series that tells the stories of the female executives who were critical catalysts for hip-hop’s success and introduction to the world. And now they are here Live for a personal panel .
The Panel will feature the women who made strides in hip hop. Hear the stories about the women’s role in opening the downtown NYC nightlife scene as well as stories about their role in making unknown artists into household names.
Wendy R. Credle, Esq.
Credle & Associates, PLLC
Featured on NBC News, Aspire Network’s nationally televised series, “Exhale”, and the new WEtv reality tv series, “Money Power Respect”, Wendy is recognized as a major player in the entertainment business. As a serial entrepreneur, she is the CEO and founder of her own entertainment law firm, executive coaching company, and television production company.
Over the course of her twenty-eight year career in the music industry as an A&R executive, and later as an attorney, Wendy has worked with and represented several chart topping, Grammy award-winning artists including Ne-Yo, Chrisette Michele, Anthony Hamilton, Mario Winans, Chris Brown, Lil Mo, BBD, Rakim, Raven Symone, and Stephanie Mills.
While raising her twenty-one year old son, Gianni, Wendy has also spent half of her life on a spiritual path traveling throughout India and attending extended meditation retreats at her Guru’s ashram in the Catskills.
Wendy received her J.D. from Fordham Law School and her B.S. from the University of Michigan. She is an active philanthropist and works closely with charities that finance education and uplift women and children all over the world.
FAITH NEWMAN – SVP A&R & CATALOG DEVELOPMENT
Faith Newman serves as Reservoir’s Senior Vice President of A&R and Catalog Development, spearheading the company’s pursuit of new catalogs and talent. Faith’s expertise has led to Reservoir’s signing of Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, alt-electronic duo Phantogram, Brooklyn hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$, electronic soul trio WatchTheDuck, and the acquisition of the historic Philadelphia soul record label, Philly Groove Records, and its sister publishing catalog, Nickel Shoe Music. Faith got her start in the music industry in 1987, when she was hired among the first five employees at Def Jam Recordings. She went on to create the administrative foundation of Def Jam, including, notably, its Artists & Repertoire and Publishing divisions. By 1989, she was Vice President of Artists & Repertoire, guiding the careers of hip-hop icons like Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys, and LL Cool J. In 1991, Faith moved to Columbia Records to head its new urban music division, where she signed respected hip-hop artist Nas to his first record deal, co-executive producing his critically acclaimed debut, Illmatic. Following Columbia Records, Faith took roles at Jive Records and Mariah Carey’s MonarC Entertainment before moving to Verse Music Group, a music publishing company specializing in the acquisition of historic music catalogs. Faith served as Verse’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, where her efforts led to a multi-million dollar purchase agreement with a private equity firm in 2010. Her endeavors also led to Verse’s acquisition of the Salsoul Records and West End Records catalogs, along with their affiliated publishing companies, as well as the catalog of 1960s pop songwriter Linda Laurie. Faith holds a degree in Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She now lives in Harlem, New York City, and continues to devote her professional life to pursuing, curating, and developing historic talent and catalogs.
Complex Magazine named Faith one of the Top 25 Hip Hop A&R people of all time. Among others she has been featured in the Wall St. Journal, USA Today, the NY Post, and on NPR. She can also be seen in the critically acclaimed film “Time is Illmatic”