Straight out of Brooklyn to Hollywood. Manny Halley, CEO of Imani Entertainment Group (IEG) has successfully made an influential mark in the entertainment industry. With tons of titles under his belt and multiple companies under his IEG umbrella ( including Imani Management, Imani Records (EMI/Capitol), Imani Publishing (Warner/Chappell) and Imani Film and Television. It's clear to see , he is a major figure in the industry and he's all about as the lovely Iyanla Vanzant would say " doing the work".
Manny is dedicated , focused, and vision-driven. The mogul, father, CEO, and Founder is set on making Imani Entertainment Group and unforgettable empire. His passion for achieving and being great is evident. So without further ado here is my exclusive interview with Manny Halley.
1) The Mogul Girl : What does passion, hard work, and entertainment mean to you ?
Manny Halley : I believe my creative mind allows me to be a visionary. I always see individuals as what they can become verses where they see themselves today. I pride myself on my tremendous work ethic and flexible personality, both of which allow me to search and find alternative solutions to any challenge. "NO" is not an option in my book....
2) The Mogul Girl : You grew up in Brooklyn. What has Brooklyn taught you that you cherish the most?
Manny Halley : Frank Sinatra sang: "If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere...." Don't fear the concrete jungle, conquer it in style. Living in Brooklyn taught me that with an outstanding work ethic and a positive mindset, there is absolutely nothing I couldn't accomplish. If I'm in bed, I'm working, my mind is going!!!!
3) The Mogul Girl : You're responsible for the careers of a lot of artists. In turn, what have they taught you?
Manny Halley : Thank you, but I am not responsible for their careers. These artists did that themselves. I have always been honest with them, and always put them in the best possible position in order for them to be successful. I even put them first. Booker T. Washington once said, "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he/she has overcome." Each artist has individual and unique talents and I have been able to identify their strengths to overcome their perceived obstacles. I like when they focus on being creative and let me do the business. It's a unique marriage/Partnership.
4) The Mogul Girl : As a mogul in all aspects of the business, what are you currently working on?
Manny Halley : I am currently working with a couple of artists as well as working on my second movie, "Dutch". Working on these movies has really expanded my horizon learning every aspect of the entertainment industry. I am learning everything from the ground up and I'm excited about this new venture, I'm a Movie producer now :).......
5) The Mogul Girl : The entertainment business is serious and strategic. What is some advice you can share for people that want to enter the business?
Manny Halley :
a. This is not an easy business. It's tough. But anything worthwhile is worth working for it and I can tell you with all sincerity and certainty, it is worth it. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
b. Surround yourself with people of character, and always maintain your integrity and smile.
c. This business requires a tremendous amount of work for long periods of time. It is not a get rich quick business.
d. Have fun. Don't take yourself too seriously. Never be afraid to lose something as long as you are doing the right thing. These things will help you to stay in the business long term.
6) The Mogul Girl : I saw the post about you linking up with Teri Woods to bring "True To The Game" to the big screen. How has that experience been?
Manny Halley : Working with Teri has been incredible. Her book sold over 2 million copies worldwide. So I guess about 4 million people read it. Now, we're thrilled to bring her words, in stories still relevant today, to life on the big screen.
7) The Mogul Girl : What was your biggest dream as a kid?
Manny Halley : I always wanted to be able to provide for my parents and for my children. I dreamed of being in control of my own destiny and I always wanted to make a difference in this world. I am blessed and grateful that as an entrepreneur, I am able to utilize my talents to make it happen. I'm a people person, God gave me that gift. If you know me you'll know how big my heart is and how I will always find a positive out of any situation.
8) The Mogul Girl : What's your favorite Bible verse of all time?
Manny Halley : I'll give you 2......
James 2:14-26 "Faith without Works is Dead"
John 16:33 "In Life you will have Difficulties, BUT be of good cheer".....
Manny cherished his Brookyln roots and didn't let his dreams get deterred. He stayed true to his vision and didn't stop. He took control of his destiny and he is a mega success. Huge thank you to Manny Halley for doing this interview. I greatly appreciated and I'm looking forward to what's next. Special thanks to his daughter and "True To The Game" star actress Iyana Halley for locking this in!
Continued success and blessings to both of you and Teri Woods as well!
THE MOGUL MINUTE : FOUNDERS OF KARMALOOP AND UPSCALEHYPE PARTNER WITH SILICON VALLEY VETERANS TO LAUNCH THE NEXT - GENERATION OF MEN'S GENERATION OF MEN'S FASHION AND STYLE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE IN CURATEURS.COM ( THE MOGUL GIRL)
Curateurs.com to become the leading fashion discovery
and lifestyle website for men where influencers & celebrities reveal their style.
(Los Angeles, CA – June 2, 2016) – Today fashion and style entrepreneurs, Greg Selkoe, Allen and Kyle Onyia, partner with Silicon Valley veterans, Dr. Paul Judge and Cedric J. Rogers to announce the launch of their joint venture, Curatuers.com. Curateurs is a revolutionary new website for men’s fashion which aims to be the go-to place to purchase exclusive items curated by the world’s most sought after influencers and celebrities.
By showcasing fashion from your favorite style influencers and today’s hottest celebrities, Curateurs combines the power of celebrity influence with technology, but in an authentic way not yet seen before. How? Not only will top celebrities showcase some of their favorite limited edition items and brands, but they will allow users to buy items straight out of their personal closets and private collections creating a one of-a-kind entertaining shopping experience that directly reflects their personal lifestyle. And because of this unique opportunity, most products are available at Curateurs.com and nowhere else.
“We want to provide our customers with hard to find expertly curated stuff ,” says co-founder, Greg Selkoe. “There has been a lack of innovation in the fashion shopping experience, especially for men,” adds Dr. Paul Judge, Chairman, Curateurs. “Paul and I began reaching out to our contacts in the influencer and celebrity community. The resounding response was, ‘yes we want to share our lifestyle’ and ‘yes we have what amounts to billions in goods to sell or products we love.’ We knew we were onto something big!” continues Greg.
How it works: The Curateurs’ team scours the globe to find the best cultural influencers. The focus is on style and substance not just fame. The invited “Curateur” is interviewed and talks passionately about the products they have picked. Then the website showcases photos and videos of Curateur style looks and provides a community platform where users can discuss said looks, save favorites to style boards, and/or buy them, creating a blend of content, community, and commerce.
Dr. Judge comments, “Everyone wants to be cool particularly our demographic. The great thing about Curateurs is that it has everything from the expensive Sotheby’s like pieces such as Ryan Leslie’s Grand Piano to street wear like Jeff Staple’s Staple Pigeon brand.” Greg adds, “the thread that ties all the products together is that they are all authentically part of the influencers lifestyle.”
The founders of Curateurs have had significant successas in both fashion and technology. Greg Selkoe was founder of Karmaloop, a leading men’s e-commerce company that grew to $100 million in annual sales. Allen and Kyle Onyia are founders of UpscaleHype, a high-end lifestyle online magazine that focuses on what celebrities wear. Cedric J. Rogers is a 10-year Apple veteran and Dr. Paul Judge, has been co-founder and executive at several successful technology companies including CipherTrust, Purewire, Barracuda, Pindrop and Luma. The newest team member Steve Birkhold, a 30-year veteran of the fashion industry having served as the CEO of Bebe and Lacoste, along with a 10-year tenure at VF recently came on board to add more fire power to an already formidable team.
The list of celebs already on board is quite impressive and grows daily. The first 3 Curateurs for launch are: designer Jeff Staple, one of Hip-Hop’s biggest rising stars A$AP Ferg, and Grammy Award Winner, Ryan Leslie. Future Curateurs include: The Chainsmokers, Jerry Lorenzo from Fear of God, Raekwon, Nipsey Hussle and GEazy, to name a just a few.
Curateurs, which targets the highly lucrative young male, 18-34, fashion forward demographic (according to Ad-Age this group spends over $200 billion dollars annually on consumer products), boasts over 200,000 users, 80 celebrities committed, and some of the world’s top fashion brands since its beta launch. The first three influencers featured on Curateurs include designer Jeff Staple, hip-hop rising star A$AP Ferg, and Grammy Award winner Ryan Leslie.
About Dr. Paul Judge:
Dr. Paul Judge is one of the top technology entrepreneurs in the country. He was CTO at Cipher Trust (acquired $270m), Secure Computing (acquired $465m), and Pure Wire (acquired). He was Chief Research Officer at Barracuda Networks (IPO). He also is the Co-Founder of Pindrop and Luma. He holds a PHD and MS from Georgia Tech and BS from Morehouse College.
About Greg Selkoe:
Greg Selkoe is the founder and former CEO of Karmaloop. In the 15 years Greg was CEO the site did in aggregate close to 1B in lifetime sales. He grew from $0 to $140m in gross annual sales at its peak an more than three million monthly unique visitors. In 2012 he won Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in e-commerce category. He has an MPP from Harvard and BA from Rollins College.
About Cedric J. Rogers:
Cedric J. Rogers has spent a decade at Apple helping build community and mobile applications. He is the Co-Founder of Higher Altitude Inc. and Prizm app. He has a MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.
For further information, please visit: www.curateurs.com
Connect on social: @curateurs
The vehicles at The Philly Auto Show are exhilarating, extraordinary, powerful, and seductively desirable. Today on January 30,2015 I got an exclusive behind the scenes look at the exotic, pre-production, classic, concept, and product cars on Media Day. There are 49 manufacturers with 700 cars displayed over the 700,000 square foot Convention Center. There is definitely a vehicle that will excite the car lover in you.
Walking into the auto show exhibit the NIssan GTR immediately caught my eye.
I interviewed Steven Oldham the Nissan North America PR Manager about the Nissan GTR.
The Mogul Girl: So tell me about the Nissan GTR?
Steven Oldham: So this is as we call it our super car. It has 545 horse power and its unbelievably fast. We call it sort of a halo car. We don’t sell many of these but its been around the Nissan line up for a number of years. It has a very huge following in the United States and Japan. Its for that single person that wants a car that is fun to drive. Its starts at a little over 100,000. Its definitely a fun style car. The car is so powerful it is nicknamed Godzilla.
The Mogul Girl : What’s your favorite thing about this vehicle?
Steven Oldham: The power. You floor this thing. You actually get sucked into the seat, thats how powerful it is.
I ventured over to the Jaguar display and checked out the Jaguar F-Type. After getting inside the very luxurious vehicle I interviewed Jaguar Representative Loraine.
The F-Type is definitely a great two seater sports car. I definitely loved the style and features of the F-Type.
The Bentley, Ashton Martin, Rolls Royce Ghost, Lamborghini Huracan, and
LP 700-4 are very exotic, exclusive and brilliant vehicles. The colors are super appealing. You can’t help but gravitate to these beauties. You will definitely fall for them. I absolutely love the LP 700-4.
Jeep Camp was so much fun. I sat in the passenger seat of the Jeep Rubicon 2015 as the professional 4X4 driver TJ gave me the full experience of The Jeep Test Track adventure zone. The Rubicon is very spacious. This was definitely a interesting interactive part of the auto show.
The Ford display was superb. Ford Representative James Tobin gave me the best tour of the latest Ford models. He was a great interview and such a kind person. Make sure you stop by the Ford display and see all the great vehicles. The 2015 Ford F-150 is truly Ford Tough.
The Mercedes Benz and Lexus display is incredible. The vibrant colors and beautiful interior is beyond fantastic. One of their classy models are guaranteed to draw you in. These vehicles are truly great.
Don't forget to visit the State Farm Booth and play the interactive driving game which is a blast!!
After a very informative, invigorating, and fun time, Media Day came to end. My awesome mother Crystal whom also is my photographer/videographer and I had an amazing time getting the behind the scenes look at the amazing, fast, dazzling, and custom vehicles at the Philly Auto Show. You are definitely in for a huge treat January 31-Feb 8 2015 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Get your tickets http://www.phillyautoshow.com ! Don't miss this experience it's The Mogul Girl approved.
I Love Taking Selfies...But I Love Taking Selfies For A Cause Even More. If You Attend The @PhillyAutoShow Make Sure You Share Your Selfie With The Hashtag #CARing2015 To Particpate In A New Philanthropic Initiative.For Each Selfie Taken ADAGP Will Donate $1 Per Photo Up To A Maximum Of $50,000 To Its Philanthropic Arm, The Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation.
So Get To Snapping Those Selfies!!
Season XIII Of American Idol Is Going To Rock.
Last Night I Attended The Exclusive Philadelphia Premiere Of American Idol . This Exclusive Premiere Debut In Various Cities Across The United States. The Theater Was Filled With Exciting American Idol Fans From The Tri-State. The Judges For This Season Are Country Musician/Songwriter/Guitarist Keith Urban , Music Mogul Jennifer Lopez, And Singer/Actor/Composer Harry Connick, Jr. And The Show Is Hosted By Ryan Seacrest. The Theater Was Buzzing With Excitement For The New Show. Upon Entering The Theater Everyone Received Some Cool American Idol Gear ( Hat, T Shirt, And Bag All Embedded With The Official American Idol Logo) Along With Popcorn And Soda. Buster And Kacie McDowell Of Wired 96.5 Hosted The Philadelphia Premiere.
Soon It Was Time For The Show To Start! I'm Not Going To Give Any Spoilers, However You Are Going To Love This Seasons Contestants. You Are Also In For Good Laughs, Good Music, And Great Judges. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, And Harry Connick, Jr Fit Together So Well And They're Super Entertaining, Fun, And HOT! So American Idol Lovers Tune In Tonight For American Idol XIII 8 EST/ PT . The Judges Also Sat Down For A Live Q And A Hosted By Ryan Seacrest To Answer Questions From Twitter, Facebook, And Various Cities Where The Show Exclusively Debut. Tonight Is The Night For American Idol , And Trust You Don't Want To Miss It! Don't Forget To #AmericanIdol !!
Open Your Eyes! Relax Your Mind And Let The Effect Of R&B Empress Kristal Take Over. Here's Your Exclusive Open Invitation To Be Mesmerized By Kristal's Beauty, Her Brilliance, Her Story And Her Grind. It's Official That Kristal Is The Artist To Watch NOW, But You Have No Idea What She Has In Store For 2014. "Silhouette" Is The First Single From The Voltron Recordz/RCA Artist Produced By Goon Brandon And Written By Adonis Shropshire. "Silhouette" Is Tantalizing, Seductive, Spicy, Intoxicating And Overflowing With Passion.
So World Are Your Watching And Listening ? Kristal Is Mind-Blowing , She's In A Lane Of Her Own, And She's Zooming To The Top. Voltron Recordz Is Taking Music And Hustle To New Altitudes. Tyrese Gibson Is Warning The World That Kristal Is Up Next And That Is Final . F.Y.I Kristal's Album Officially Releases In 2014. Keep Your Eyes On Her Don't Even Take A Second To Blink. Tyrese Gibson Said That He Has "The Mentality Of A Champ , I Don't Compete I Win" , So Understand That Voltron Recordz Isn't Playing Any Games. Get Addicted To Kristal's New Single "Silhouette" And Look Out For Her Speaking Role In The Upcoming
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