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Next up in our Philly 360° Creative Ambassador series is media entrepreneur and rising entertainment industry exec Brandon Pankey.
This Philly native is definitely someone you should keep an eye on over the next few years. Billboard magazine already picked up on some of the moves that this young entrepreneur has been making—moves that landed him on the coveted Billboard 30 Under 30 in the music industry list.
So what exactly does Brandon do? He spends most of his day-to-day time as an account manager at Sports & Entertainment Financial Group, LLC (SEFG), managing clients like Lil’ Wayne, Jill Scott, Meek Mill and Keri Hilson, to name a few. You can usually catch him on-site at concerts making sure that tours and shows run smoothly, or you’ll find him handling finances and implementing brand strategies for his clients.
Brandon is also committed to giving back to the community and improving the quality of life for Philly youth. He co-founded Destined to Achieve Successful Heights program (DASH), which provides opportunities for students to learn about the entertainment industry while also learning how to become innovative thinkers and leaders. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation.
Brandon will also be venturing into technology in 2013, so look out for what his next project will be. Like we said, you’re going to want to pay attention to what Brandon is up to in the next few years.
We took Brandon out to a few of his favorite spots in Philly. Watch the video below and see Philly through his eyes. And, check out his full profile here.
Black Music Month wouldn’t be the same without the presence of the woman behind its creation, Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Dyana Williams. So, we teamed up with Dyana, 100.3 WRNB FM and the Kimmel Center’s Merck Arts Education Center on the dynamic event Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Philadelphia’s Black Music Makers.
Moderated by Dyana, we kicked off the afternoon with a panel discussion featuring a host of our Creative Ambassadors: Carol Riddick, Curt Chambers, Michael McArthur, Jerome Hipps and Brandon Pankey. They dug deep into Philly’s musical legacy and shared stories about their journey to success while taking their love for Philly with them every step of the way. And, we ended with a bang as renowned photographer and Creative Ambassador Whitney Thomas displayed some of his most compelling photography. So, there was plenty of Philly 360˚ love in the building.
Check out our recap below.
Shout Out: Much love to Dyana Williams, 100.3 WRNB FM and the Kimmel Center for coming together for a memorable Black Music Month event.
Philly 360˚ is teaming up with the Philly chapter of the Recording Academy and WURD 900 AM radio to bring the spotlight to the rising musical icons creating their own legacy. Today, Philly’s thriving community of music makers keep the creative scene alive and fresh, and they bring the Philly sound all over the world.
Hosted by Philly 360˚ Music Insider Laiya St.Clair, we’ll catch up with Philly 360˚ Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey, Radio One Philadelphia’s Amir Khan and GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver and other influencers to talk about the evolving music industry and how to build a strong online presence as an artist. And, rising stars Chill Moody and GoGo Morrow will hit the stage with their vibrant new sounds.
But, the fun is just beginning when they program ends—WURD Speaks will host a swanky reception following the program. This is a night you won’t want to miss!
And, make sure you check out our interviews with the performers below.
Tuesday, June 12
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She's going to take you through everything leading up to the Roots Picnic with three episodes featuring: The Roots' management doing a walk through of the venue, one of the DJs prepping for the Picnic, and some exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Roots rehearsing with De La Soul.
And stay tuned for more videos, because you know we'll be covering the Picnic over the next two days, so you won't miss a thing that happens backstage this weekend.
First up in making The Roots Picnic happen, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey of SEFG (The Roots' management), takes us on the venue walk through before the Picnic. Watch this exclusive footage below. And, look out for episodes 2 and 3 tomorrow morning.
Last week, Philly’s leading trendsetters and tastemakers came out to Northern Liberties for the 2012 Philly 360⁰ Creative Ambassadors announcement.
The ultra chic, new spot Tendenza was filled with a who's who in Philly, including Mayor Michael Nutter, Charlie Mack, Cathy Hughes of Radio One, Ukee Washington of CBS 3 and The CW Philly, Rich Medina, Rakia Reynolds, MoShay LaRen, the legendary Dexter Wansel, Carvin & Ivan, MPrynt, Laiya St. Clair and many others who came out to show their love for Philly 360⁰ and the new 2012 Creative Ambassadors (see listing below).
DJ AfroDJiak mixed it up on the ones and twos, and a few of our new ambassadors performed. Up and comer Cody Wise took the stage with special guest Dexter Wansel to break down the Philly sound with a mash up of hits that have come out of here. Then, Curt Chambers previewed songs from his new album "One Way Ticket" and had the entire room on lock with his voice and guitar skills.
Shout out to our partners and sponsors: CBS 3, The CW Philly, KYW Newsradio, Crown Royal Black and Cescaphe Event Group!
Check out the video below and the photo slide show!
The 2012 Creative Ambassadors: Nnamdi Asomugha of the Philadelphia Eagles, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Andre Harris, Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Vidal Davis, Grammy-nominated songwriter, artist and musician Curt Chambers, Power99's DJ Diamond Kuts, DJ and judge on BET's Master of the Mix Vikter Duplaix, Interscope recording artist Cody Wise, on-air personality for WRNB and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams, producer Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Project Runway designer Kristin Haskins Simms, music business entrepreneurs Mike McArthur and Jerome Hipps, music business entrepreneur Aisha Winfield, media entrepreneur and Billboard's 2011 30 Under 30 honoree Brandon Pankey, business entrepreneur and owner of Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant Bar Lounge Keven Parker, photographer Whitney Thomas, artist and fashion designer Serena Saunders and classical singer Veronica Chapman-Smith.
And, check out the video below that played at the event with past ambassadors and friends of Philly 360 (like DJ Jazzy Jeff) introducing the 2012 Creative Ambassadors.
Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene When: June 12-August 16 Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street Cost: $14, adults; $10, youth (4-12 years), students, seniors More info: www.aampmuseum.org House balls have played a significant role in…
BlackStar Film Festival When: July 30 through August 2 Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street; See website for additional venues. Cost: General Tickets TBA, Festival Passes $100-$150 More info: www.blackstarfest.org Hailed as “the black Sundance” by Ebony magazine, the…