Harry Belafonte - Founder
Harry Belafonte was born in Harlem in New York City in 1927. Overwhelmed and intimidated by its ghetto streets and thinking the islands to be a safer place, his immigrant mother sent him back to the island of her birth, Jamaica. The island and all its variety became his cultural reservoir.
At the outbreak of World War II, his mother retrieved him from the island and brought him back to Harlem. He tried to adapt to his new environment, a process that came with great difficulty. Unable to finish high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for almost two years as a munitions loader. After his tour of duty ended, he was honorably discharged and returned to New York City where he worked both in the garment center and as a janitor's assistant.
For doing repairs in an apartment (of Clarice Taylor and Maxwell Glanville), Belafonte was given, as his gratuity, a ticket to a production of HOME IS THE HUNTER at a community theater in Harlem - the American Negro Theatre (A.N.T.). The world that the theater opened up to him put Belafonte, for the first time, face to face with what would be his destiny - a life in the performing arts. He joined the Dramatic Workshop of the New School of Social Research under the tutelage of the renowned German director, Erwin Piscator. With classmates like Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur, Rod Steiger and Tony Curtis - just to name a few - Belafonte became thoroughly immersed in the world of theatre. Paralleling this pursuit was his interest and love of jazz. He developed a relationship with the young architects of the art form, the geniuses of modern jazz, and on the occasion of his first professional appearance, he had Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Tommy Potter and Al Haig as his "back-up band". Since that launching, Belafonte has sustained an inordinately successful career:
His RCA album "Calypso" made him the first artist in industry history to sell over 1 million LP's.
His first Broadway appearance in John Murrary Anderson’s Almanac earned him the coveted Tony Award.
As the first black producer in television, he won an Emmy for his CBS production of “Tonight with Belafonte”.
At the dawning of his cinematic film career, Carmen Jones took top critical honors and attracted Oscar nominations.
His many firsts in the overturning of numerous racial barriers in the world of culture in America is legend. Belafonte met a young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his historic visit to New York in the early 50s. From that day until the leader's assassination, Belafonte and King developed a deep and abiding friendship that for Belafonte still stands as one of the most precious of his experiences. Dr. King said of his friend, "Belafonte's global popularity and his commitment to our cause is a key ingredient to the global struggle for freedom and a powerful tactical weapon in the Civil Rights movement here in America. We are blessed by his courage and moral integrity."
Disturbed by cruel events unfolding in Africa due to war, drought, and famine, Belafonte set in motion the wheels that led to "We Are the World" on January 28, 1985. He contacted manager, Ken Kragen, and they, along with others, guided and directed the project known as USA for Africa.
Belafonte was prominent in the contribution to the ending of the oppressive apartheid government of South Africa and for the release of his friend, Nelson Mandela after twenty-seven and a half years of incarceration.
Belafonte was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to be the cultural advisor for the Peace Corps. He served for five years.
In 1987, Belafonte accepted the appointment as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, thus making him the second American to hold this title - the first being Danny Kaye, upon whose death Belafonte assumed the position. Belafonte has continued to devote himself globally to civil and human rights issues, focusing in particular on the United States and Africa.
Belafonte penned his much-anticipated memoir “My Song” released in October 2011. In conjunction with the release of the book, HBO debuted the critically acclaimed superior bio-documentary Sing Your Song, directed by Susanne Rostock, the same week. The film chronicles the life and times of one of America’s most groundbreaking entertainers and social activists through his own words, eye-witness accounts, FBI files and archival footage, and seeks to answer two profound questions about who we are, especially as artists and what meaning we find in our own commitments.
Both the film and the book not only tell Belafonte’s stirring life story, but place that life in the context of its times, and portrays it with the kind of depth and breadth that makes one wonder why it has not been told before.
Harry Belafonte has been honored many times by such diverse groups as the American Jewish Congress, the NAACP, the City of Hope, Fight for Sight, The Urban League, The National Conference of Black Mayors, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the ACLU, the State Department, the Boy Scouts of America, Hadassah International and the Peace Corps. He has received awards such as The Albert Einstein Award from Yeshiva University, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize, the Acorn Award from the Bronx Community College for his work with children, and, in 1989, he received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors for excellence in the performing arts. He was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Courage Award and was honored at the White House with the 1994 National Medal of Arts from President Clinton for his contributions to our nation's cultural life. He has received honorary degrees from City University of New York, Spellman College in Atlanta, Tufts University, Brandeis University, Long Island University, Bard College and most recently Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia University and many others. And he is the 2013 recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the most prestigious award bestowed by the NAACP.
Belafonte has four children - Adrienne, Shari, David, and Gina. He boasts of eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mr. Belafonte resides in New York City with his wife Pamela.
Colin Greer - Interim Chairperson
Dr. Colin Greer has been the President of the New World Foundation since 1985. Formerly, he was a Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Dr. Greer participated in and directed several studies of US Immigration and urban schooling policy and history (at Columbia University and CUNY). He wrote briefing papers on philanthropy and government for First Lady, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, and on education policy for Senator Paul Wellstone. He chaired the President’s White House Internship Financial Aid Committee (1992-4) and chaired the Funders Committee for Citizen Participation (for 10 years).
His books include (with Herbert Kohl) A Call to Character and The Plain Truth of Things. Other books include, with Frank Riesman and Alan Gartner, What Nixon is doing to Us and After Reagan What? He is best known for The Great School Legend and Choosing Equality: The Case for Democratic Schooling (which won the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Intellectual Freedom Award). He was a founding editor of Change Magazine and Social Policy Magazine. He has been a contributing editor to Parade Magazine for 17 years. His best known interviews were with Mikhail Gorbachev, Billy Graham, and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Colin Greer also writes non-fiction. His poems have been published in Transformations and Hanging Loose. Two of his plays Imagining Heschel and Spinoza’s Solitude are collected in “Religious Differences Between Artichokes” (Lantern Books) with a Preface by Cornel West. His play about Sarah Palin, Sarah at Noon, has been workshoped at the LARK Theater Company (NYC) and his play the Bombed about the bombing of Hiroshima is in development at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC).
See more at http://newwf.org/people/colin-greer
Jonathan S. Abady - Member
Jonathan S. Abady is a founding member of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP (ECBA), one of the leading civil rights firms in the country. Mr. Abady has more than 25 years of experience litigating a broad spectrum of civil rights cases, including those involving police misconduct, voting rights, prisoner rights and the First Amendment. Most recently, Mr. Abady represented the family and estate of Tamir Rice, the 12 year-old boy shot and killed by Cleveland police in 2014. Mr. Abady was also one of the lead lawyers in two historic class action cases that have led to major institutional reform in jail conditions at Rikers Island in New York. He and his firm litigated important voting rights cases in the Bush-Gore and Obama-McCain presidential elections.
Mr. Abady has spoken and written extensively about issues of race and civil rights, including on 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC and other major media outlets. In addition to his work in civil rights, Mr. Abady has represented a number of artists, entertainers and public figures.
Some of the individuals and clients Mr. Abady has represented over the years include Harry Belafonte, Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, internationally acclaimed artist Donald Sultan, former world heavyweight boxing champion Tim Witherspoon, Pulitzer prize nominated photojournalist Arthur Grace, author and activist Philip Agee, recording star Ronnie Spector, former Chief Investment Officer at Citigroup Marc P. Weill, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Penguin Putnam, Urban Box Office Network, and numerous high-level executives in contract negotiations and employment disputes.
Mr. Abady also has substantial experience in class action and multi-party litigation. Along with other members of the firm, he represented family members of victims who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in a historic lawsuit that resulted in a $2.7 billion settlement with the government of Libya. Mr. Abady was one of the lead lawyers in Ingles v. Toro, a large class action lawsuit, which established major reform in the jail system at Rikers Island in New York City.
In the area of civil rights, Mr. Abady has represented numerous plaintiffs in wrongful death actions, police misconduct cases, First Amendment litigation, and voting rights cases. In 2000, Mr. Abady was a member of the team of lawyers who litigated voting irregularities in Florida in the Bush-Gore Presidential election. In 2008, Mr. Abady was one of the lead lawyers in successful federal litigation connected to the Obama-McCain Presidential election.
Mr. Abady began his legal career as a trial lawyer, and was then a supervising attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a national demonstration project in New York City that provides criminal defense services to indigent residents of the Harlem community. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Abady lived in Latin America and worked in international human rights. In 1987, he presented testimony to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland concerning the war in Nicaragua.
Constance L. Rice - Member
Connie Rice is a civil rights lawyer who engineers systemic fixes to entrenched inequality and injustice. California Law Business Journal twice designated her one of the top ten most influential attorneys in California. Through impact litigation, campaigns and inside bureaucratic maneuvering, she has led coalitions and clients to win more than $30 billion in damages, bonds and policy changes. Bus riders, death row inmates, folks abused by police, school kids, whistleblowers, cops and sufferers of every stripe of discrimination, (sex, race, disability, age) have sought her counsel. But so have her opponents, like the Los Angeles Police Department she sued for 15 years but which now reserves a parking space for her at their new headquarters.
Connie grew up all over the world in an Air Force family headed by her parents Anna, a biology teacher, and Phillip, a pilot and Colonel. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe colleges in 1978, achieved her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1981 and entered New York University School of Law on a Root Tilden Scholarship. In law school she worked extensively on capital punishment cases at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and after graduating from law school in 1984, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for two years before winging it west to California where she joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. She rejoined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1989 as Western Regional Counsel, won several landmark cases and in the words of one magazine, established herself as “the voice of Los Angeles’ oppressed.” Together with Co-Directors Molly Munger, Penda Hair and Steve English, Connie launched The Advancement Project, a policy action and technology organization in 1998, and in the words of Los Angeles Magazine, “picked up where Clarence Darrow left off.” Connie serves on the board of public radio station KPCC and as chief of staff to Sinbad, her jet black cat.
Maria Cuomo Cole - Member
Maria Cuomo Cole has worked as an advocate for the homeless and Chairman of HELP USA since 1992. Under her leadership, the New York based non-profit organization founded in 1986 by her brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, has expanded nationally to become a leading provider of homes and services for homeless and low income populations in the United States.
Today, the organization operates thirty three residences across the nation in seven cities and has served over 280,000 men, women and children.
Ms. Cuomo Cole has led the strategic growth of the organization to serve growing populations in need of secure homes and services including Veterans, victims of domestic violence, and people with HIV/AIDS. To meet the needs of under served constituencies, she has developed resources and partnerships to help fund the organization's operational capacity and creation of tailored services to create an holistic continuum of care. Programs such as employment, counseling, youth education and mentoring have become a significant component of the HELP USA model.
In 2000, Ms. Cole initiated the development of a unique model of integrated permanent housing for homeless veterans in partnership with the Veteran's Administration. The first HELP USA Veteran Homes residence opened in Las Vegas with subsequent projects built for veterans and their families in Philadelphia, Newark , New York City and Washington DC. Today HELP USA is a leading national builder of innovative supportive housing for homeless and low income veterans with disabilities and their families.
Ms. Cuomo Cole has developed numerous media advocacy campaigns and directed and produced short films, public service announcements and digital content to raise awareness for a variety of social issues including homelessness and gun violence. Ms. Cole’s 2011 documentary, Living for 32, about gun laws in America was shortlisted for an Academy Award and premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary which aired on Showtime and is distributed by BBC Worldwide, is currently touring communities and colleges across the country. The film's advocacy and social engagement campaign provides education and promotes social action initiatives to promote safer gun laws.
In 2012, Ms. Cuomo Cole executive produced The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the U.S. military. The film which was nominated for a 2013 Academy Award and won numerous awards including the Peabody Award and continues to raise the national conversation about military sexual violence. A robust social action campaign continues with hope to reform policies and increase training and awareness.Ms. Cuomo Cole serves on several boards and political organizations, including Mayor Bloomberg's Task Force to Combat Domestic Violence of New York City and the Democratic National Committee. She serves as a Director of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, HELP PSI, Mentoring USA and HELP USA and is a founding member of Sankofa, a newly launched nonprofit addressing pressing social justice issues, founded by the legendary entertainer and human rights advocate, Harry Belafonte. Ms. Cuomo Cole has been recognized for her leadership and service including, The American Red Cross, The Brady Campaign, National Alliance to End Homelessness, New York Women in Communication MATRIX Award, New York Women's Forum and the Creative Coalition.
Vincent Warren - Member
Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). He oversees CCR's groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender and LGBT injustice; and combating the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition and torture. Prior to his tenure at CCR, Vince was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling and criminal justice reform.
Vince was also involved in monitoring South Africa's historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings before joining the ACLU, and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn. A Vince is a graduate of Haverford College and Rutgers School of Law.
Vince is a frequent guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry Show, The Reid Report and Up with Chris Hayes, and has appeared on Moyers & Company with Bill Moyers. His writing has been featured in the New York Times Room for Debate, on Huffington Post and CNN.com, among many the publications.
Michael Skolnik - Member
Michael Skolnik is a businessman and a 21st century Civil Rights organizer. Michael is the President of GlobalGrind.com, a multi-million dollar news website founded by hip-hop impresario, Russell Simmons, that attracts over 8 million people a month. This platform has given Michael a leadership role in the new social justice movement, where he has led national conversations about America’s relationship with race, the death of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of violence in Chicago and the Obama presidency, amongst many other topics.
A trailblazer of social media with 185,000 followers, Michael regularly discusses the aforementioned topics, current events, and how they affect his generation on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and HLN, to name a few media outlets.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, The Drug Policy Alliance, Revolutions Per Minute, Justice League NYC and The Young Partners of The Public Theater.
He is a graduate of UCLA and the proud father of Mateo Ali.
Jesse Williams - Member
A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse began his professional career teaching American, African and African-American History in low income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there Jesse moved to Brooklyn, New York and, after working in Manhattan law firms, began his professional acting career.
A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse began his professional career teaching American, African and African-American History in low income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there Jesse moved to Brooklyn, New York and, after working in Manhattan law firms, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre, under the direction of award-winning playwright Edward Albee in “The Sandbox.” Jesse can presently be seen as series regular, Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC's hit series “Grey’s Anatomy”. His feature credits include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”, “Brooklyn’s Finest”, “The Cabin in the Woods”, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" and the Western “They Die By Dawn.”
Mr. Williams is the youngest member of the Board of Directors at The Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights, policy, communications and legal action organization committed to closing the opportunity gap. Jesse has also been a spokesperson for The California Endowment’s Sons and Brothers Campaign.
Jesse founded the production company, farWord Inc. out of a desire to examine and affect the relationship between historical/cultural comprehension and the ways in which media content influences our [collective and individual] health and behavior. Through the development of valuable curriculum, literary, film/TV and new media projects, farWord Inc. is dedicated to developing the honest and innovative presence necessary for cultural leadership, creative and psychological independence.
Under the farWord Inc. banner, Mr. Williams is an executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia art project designed to represent and redefine Black male identity in America. Question Bridge: Black Males was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers and continues to be exhibited in museums nationwide. A special Father-Son themed experience was screened on Fathers’ Day at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival. A full service website (QuestionBridge.com) has just launched to stimulate and support exchanges around identity among a critical mass of American Black men, before opening to all demographics.
Danny Glover - Member
Danny Glover has been a commanding presence in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. From the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise in film to hit television shows such as ER, Glover has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s most consummate actors.
Glover’s performances in such classic motion pictures as The Color Purple, Witness, and Places in the Heart, have not only showcased his talent and versatility but have also brought him critical and audience acclaim. Glover has used his success and artistic expression as platforms for instilling social awareness and action in individuals and communities. In 2005 Glover co-founded Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes to develop and produce films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. This New York-based company has produced a slate of progressive features and documentaries including Trouble the Water, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975; and the award-winning feature Bamako.
Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education. He has been politically active on issues involving educational programs for underserved communities in the United States, global human rights and AIDS. Glover currently serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Glover is a native of San Francisco, California, and a devoted father and grandfather. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and was trained at the Black Actors Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. In 2014, Glover received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from University of San Francisco.
Michelle Alexander - Member
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. In recent years, she has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow, and that same year she accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Since its first publication, The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Bill Moyers Journal, Tavis Smiley, CSPAN, and Washington Journal, among others. In March, the book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction.
Gina Belafonte - Co-Director
Born and raised in New York City, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. As the youngest child of Julie and Harry Belafonte, whose impact in these fields is among the most influential and progressive in the world, Gina’s passions come as no surprise. Gina was the lead producer on the internationally acclaimed documentary film, SING YOUR SONG, exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of Harry Belafonte that was selected as the opening film for the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.
After many years working as actress in NYC, with several off broadway and touring companies like The National Shakespeare Company and The Mirror Reparatory Company in NYC, under the Artistic Direction of John Strasberg, alongside greats such as Geraldine Page, F. Murray Abraham, Anne Jackson and Elisabeth Franz, a series of opportunities to work in film and television moved her to Hollywood, where she appeared in several guest-starring roles, and landed a television series called THE COMMISH. After two formative years on screen with the series, her lifelong passion for stage production ultimately led her to produce theater in Los Angeles. Gina’s technical expertise and insight into the world of film and television production were developed while working with Paula Weinstein and Barry Levinson at Baltimore Spring Creek/Warner Brothers.
After becoming a mother, Gina followed her early childhood environment by immersing herself in activism. Collaborating with leading gang interventionist, Bo Taylor, Gina developed a deeper understanding of gang culture by working in the California prison system, and co-founded a non-profit organization called The Gathering For Justice. This multi-cultural, multi-generational organization focuses on youth incarceration and the criminalization of poverty. She currently sits on the Board of 2nd Call a community based organization designed to save lives, by reducing violence and assisting in the personal development of high risk individuals, proven offenders, ex-felons, parolees and others who society disregards and the internationally acclaimed Actors Gang Theatre founded by Tim Robbins.
After dedicating over a decade to addressing gang intervention and incarceration, Gina traveled around the world with her father to bring together two inspiring generations of art and activism with the critically acclaimed HBO film SING YOUR SONG.
Today, Gina lives in LA and New York, and is working with diverse artists, activists and organizations worldwide to promote cultural and civic engagement in the 21st century. Ms. Belafonte is currently involved in many artistic ventures, such as producing a documentary film titled Another Night In The Free World that explores the lives of three young women activists, their struggles and challenges and the difference they are making in the world, developing along side her father with Martin Scorsese on a television mini series about the colonization of the Congo by King Leopold the 2nd, and the staged version of the Grammy nominated 6 CD box set anthology of black music The Long Road To Freedom. She and her father are the executive producers of Lyrics from Lockdown - a hip-hop theater, multimedia production addressing the impact of wrongful imprisonment and mass incarceration. Driven by her passion for the arts and activism, Gina reflects: "After we finished Sing Your Song, I knew then as long as my dad had an idea, I would do whatever I could to help bring those ideas to fruition, continue the best of my elders’ traditions, and preserve our family’s legacy."
Raoul Roach - Co-Director
Raoul Roach has forged a distinguished career that spans over four decades in contemporary music as a prolific and respected upper echelon record executive and A&R expert. He has collaborated and been involved with a bevy of major contemporary Pop, R&B, Jazz and Hip Hop stars from Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis, to Anita Baker and the late Michael Jackson, to hip hop giants Grand Master Flash and Pete Rock, to name just a few.
Raoul's passion and ears for music are deeply rooted in his family's lineage and late father, the iconic and internationally revered musical pioneer Max Roach. He was born and raised in New York City, and by age 15, was cutting his teeth working for his legendary dad, first as an office assistant, then a roadie, and eventually as his Road Manager and producer of several of his large festival concerts.
In his early twenties, he landed a gig as a booking agent at O'Gilvie Management Associates, an international talent agency. A chance meeting with Wynton Marsalis at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague, Holland, led to him serving as the Grammy Award-winning artist's Road Manager.
In the eighties, Raoul opted to take his burgeoning talents to Los Angeles. His first break was scoring an internship with Quincy Jones Music Publishing Company, followed by jobs as Jones' personal production assistant and driver. During his tenure under Jones' tutelage, he was intimately involved in numerous music and film projects Jones helmed, most notably Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" and Michael Jackson's "Bad" album.
He next took on the role of National Director Black Music A&R for Elektra Records and scored his first number one platinum selling hit with Keith Sweat's "I Want Her." He also ushered in a new R&B sound called "New Jack Swing", and also netted top-selling singles/albums by Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, among others.
Raoul was later lured by Quincy Jones to resurrect his then defunct and debt-ridden Qwest Records label. He accepted the offer and in a less than a year erased the label's debt and turned the company into a hit-making and profitable machine. Under Raoul's leadership, Qwest successfully launched newcomers Tevin Campbell and Keith Washington, releasing singles from Quincy's own record breaking "Back on the Block" album as well as the hit soundtracks for Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and John Singleton's "Boyz 'N Da Hood". Raoul later served as Senior' Vice-President Black Music A&R for MCA Records, where he managed recordings for some 40 artists, including Bobby Brown.
Raoul has since been a consultant and executive for several Internet/Entertainment start-ups and ventures. He has been involved in the embryonic stages of launching Sankofa.org for the past year, and serves as the organization's interim Co-Director with Gina Belafonte.
Raoul currently resides in NYC and is the proud father of two boys, Kyle, and Kadar.