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Neil Brown

Businessman and lawyer Clarence O’Neill “Neil” Brown III was born on November 1, 1952 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Clarence Brown and Betty Bascome. After Brown’s father died when he was three, his mother worked as a secretary and then became a loan officer at a bank. He attended Nishuane Elementary school, a public school in Montclair, New Jersey, and then Newark Academy, a private high school in Livingston, New Jersey. In 1974, Brown graduated from Harvard University with his A.B. degree in government. He went on to receive his M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1979.

Brown moved to New York City in 1980 and worked as an attorney with the law firm of Sherman & Sterling. In 1981, he was hired at Home Box Office (HBO), where he went on to serve as vice president of programming. In 1986, Brown and his wife, Amsale Aberra, launched Amsale Aberra, Inc., a bridal gown company generally known as Amsale, out of their New York City apartment. In 1998, he founded Anavista Entertainment, L.L.C., a music, film and television production, distribution and consulting company. Brown then became chief executive officer of Amsale in 2001, now known as The Amsale Group, and includes the three luxury bridal collections of Amsale, Christos and Kenneth Pool.

He is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, and served as Sire Archon of Beta Zeta Boule from 2005 to 2007. Brown and his wife live in Manhattan, New York City. They have one daughter, singer-songwriter Rachel Brown.

Neil Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 17, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.163

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/17/2014

Last Name

Brown

Marital Status

Married

Organizations
Schools

Nishuane

Newark Academy

Harvard University

Harvard Law School

Harvard Business School

First Name

Neil

Birth City, State, Country

Jersey City

HM ID

BRO60

State

New Jersey

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

11/1/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States

Short Description

Businessman and lawyer Neil Brown (1952 - ) was the CEO of Amsale Aberra, Inc. and coowner and founder of Anavista Entertainment, L.L.C. He also served as vice president of programming for Home Box Office (HBO).

Employment

Amsale Aberra LLC

Anavista LLC

HBO

Sherman & Sterling

Derek Ferguson

Entertainment company executive Derek Ferguson was born on April 20, 1965 in the Bronx, New York to Roberta Lewis Pieck and James Ferguson. He attended Stuyvesant High School, and, at the age of sixteen, was accepted into the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1985 with his B.S. degree in economics. Upon graduation, Ferguson was hired as an auditor and mergers and acquisitions analyst at Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and became a certified public accountant. In 1988, he co-founded and served as chief operating officer of Urban Profile Communications Inc., which produced the Urban Profile lifestyle magazine. In 1990, Ferguson received his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, where he was also vice president of the African American Student Association.

In 1991, Ferguson sold Urban Profile Communications Inc. and secured a position at Bain and Company in Boston, Massachusetts. At Bain, he became one of the first two African Americans to be promoted to manager. In 1996, he was named vice president of worldwide finance at Sony BMG Entertainment, and was then appointed vice president of finance and operations for BMG Special Products. In 1998, Ferguson was hired as Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group’s chief financial officer, where he was responsible for business development, business planning and forecasting, and financial operations of the Bad Boy family of companies. Ferguson has since been named chief growth officer of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group and reports directly to the company’s chairman, Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Ferguson is a member of New York Covenant Church in New Rochelle, New York, where he is the leader of the Economic Justice ministry. Through this ministry, the Church has launched various businesses, including Cross Trainers Apparel, Covenant Building Services and Life Music. In addition, Ferguson has held bible studies for employees at Bad Boy Worldwide for a number of years.

His awards include the Maggie L. Walker Award for the African American at the Wharton School with the highest grade point average, and the Emma Higginbotham award for academic achievement and community involvement.

Ferguson is married to Regina Bullock Ferguson. They have three children; Reginald, Maya and Peri.

Derek Ferguson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 5, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.139

Sex

Male

Interview Date

7/15/2014

Last Name

Ferguson

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Talmar

Organizations
Schools

P.S. 69 The New Visions School

Cs 232

Ps 152 Evergreen School

Jhs 125 Henry Hudson

Stuyvesant High School

University of Pennsylvania

Harvard Business School

First Name

Derek

Birth City, State, Country

Yonkers

HM ID

FER05

Favorite Season

Summer

State

New York

Favorite Vacation Destination

North Carolina, South Carolina beaches

Favorite Quote

For We Are God’s Workmanship Created In Christ Jesus To Do Good Work That Was Planned In Advance For Us To Do.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

4/20/1965

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Seafood

Short Description

Entertainment executive Derek Ferguson (1965 - ) was the chief growth officer for Combs Enterprises. He also co-founded Urban Profile magazine.

Employment

Bad Boy Entertainment/Combs Enterprises

Bertelsmann Music Group

Bain & Company

Urban Profile Communications

Coopers & Liebern

Favorite Color

Maroon and Blue

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Derek Ferguson's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson describes his father's family background, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson describes his father's family background, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes his mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson recalls his religious upbringing

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson talks about his parents' move to New York City

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson describes his brother, Gregory Ferguson, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson describes his brother, Gregory Ferguson, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson talks about his sister Robbin Ferguson

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson recalls his early success in school

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson talks about the benefits of keeping a gifted student among their peers in school

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson talks about his sister's interests

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson remembers his neighborhood in the Bronx, New York

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes the socioeconomic and racial demographics of his neighborhood in the Bronx, New York

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson talks about his father's trucking business

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson remembers his parents' hospitality

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson talks about the support from his parents

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson describes the sight, sounds and smells of his childhood

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson describes his early personality

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson talks about his sports icons

Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Derek Ferguson remembers being accepted to Stuyvesant High School in New York City

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson remembers his first day at Stuyvesant High School in New York City

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson describes his experience at Stuyvesant High School in New York City

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson talks about his interest in music

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson recalls his favorite music as a deejay

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson recalls his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania in in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson describes his social experience at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson talks about his academic performance at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson remembers his summer internships

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson talks about his mentors at Coopers and Lybrand

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson remembers cofounding Urban Profile magazine

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson describes Keith Clinkscales

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson talks about the content in Urban Profile magazine

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson describes the operating structure of Urban Profile magazine

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about the distribution and marketing strategy for Urban Profile magazine

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson talks about the profitability of Urban Profile magazine and the Harvard Business School student handbook

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson describes the network of Harvard Business School alumni

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson remembers being hired at Bain and Company

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson describes the merger of Camelot Music by Trans World Entertainment Corporation

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson talks about minority recruiting at Bain and Company

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson recalls his decision to leave Bain and Company

Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson describes his experience working at Bertelsmann Music Group

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson talks about the music industry during his time at Bertelsmann Music Group

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson recalls building professional relationships at Bertelsmann Music Group

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson remembers interviewing with Sean Combs

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about the development of Sean John clothing line

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes the organizational structure of Combs Enterprises

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson remembers Benny Medina

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson talks about corporate structuring

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson describes his role in the first two years as CFO at Combs Enterprises

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson describes the quality and success of Sean John clothing line

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson remembers the executives at Combs Enterprises

Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Derek Ferguson talks about the pressures facing the music industry

Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Derek Ferguson recalls the artists signed to Bad Boy Records

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson describes his role as CFO of Comb Enterprises

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson remembers Comb Enterprises' joint venture partnership with Warner Music Group

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson talks about the success of Combs Enterprises

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about Sean Combs' business acumen

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson describes the Blue Flame marketing agency

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson talks about the development of Revolt television network

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson recalls recruiting Andy Schoen and Keith Clinkscales to Revolt television network

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson talks about AQUAhydrate

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson recalls Combs Enterprises' acquisition of Ciroc

Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson talks about the marketing for AQUAhydrate

Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Derek Ferguson describes his role as chief growth officer of Combs Enterprises

Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Derek Ferguson talks about merging his faith and his professional life

Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Derek Ferguson recalls starting a bible study and worship service at Combs Enterprises

Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Derek Ferguson talks about the unconventional nature of religion in the workplace

Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Derek Ferguson shares his plans for the future

Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Derek Ferguson reflects upon the legacy of his generation

Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Derek Ferguson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Derek Ferguson talks about the individual's role in collective action

Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Derek Ferguson reflects upon his legacy

Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Derek Ferguson narrates his photographs

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DATape

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DAStory

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Derek Ferguson recalls his early success in school
Derek Ferguson describes his role in the first two years as CFO at Combs Enterprises
Transcript
(Simultaneous) So when did you catch up in the grades?$$So I was in third grade, I did about a couple of months in third grade [at P.S. 69 The New Visions School; P.S. 69 Journey Prep School, Bronx, New York] and the teachers were, so I was doing really well and they decided to give me an IQ test and I took a bunch of these IQ tests and basically kind of a couple of months into third grade they're like, "We're moving you to fourth grade." And what was tougher about it is at the time, so I grew up in the Bronx [New York] so we're in the Bronx so I'm at a school where I can walk to the school, this is third grade, and I walk with my brother [Gregory Ferguson] and sister [Robbin Ferguson] went there, so I, you know, walked with them. And they wanted to move me to the fourth grade, but they also wanted to move me to a special program, which was at a different school [C.S. 232, Bronx, New York]. So now, I'm gonna be younger than all the kids, I'm in a different neighborhood, which is, you know, the Bronx is still the Bronx, right, so you don't know what you're walking into. And I had to take a bus to school, public bus, and I was eight years old or something, you know. So, back then, I look at it now and I'm like wow, my parents [Roberta Lewis Pieck and James Ferguson] were really, really trustworthy because they kind of showed me how to get to the school once and then I was like, I was taking the bus, like public bus myself to go to school in this new kind of foreign area to me with all these kids I didn't know, and it was like really, like there's a lot of times when I'm just like wow, you know, God was just on my side because the kids were so nice, they were so helpful, they were so friendly that they kind of welcomed me in and helped me out and like literally, you know, you had this program, there was a lot of kids that were, that were accelerated but the rest of the school was just the school. And so there was a lot of, you know, fights and, you know, everything you would expect in an inner city and I just had, I just had kids that just decided to protect me, like for no reason, like oh no you can't, don't bother him, you know like big kids that would just literally step in and diffuse any issue that anybody would have towards me. It was just like literally like kind of angels protecting me, but that, that's, but that's on the side so I did third grade, so third to fourth and so then I was a year behind my sister and then I did a program in junior high school [J.H.S. 125 Henry Hudson, Bronx, New York] where I did seventh, eighth and ninth in two years, versus three years. It's called an SP program, pretty popular program in, in the cities at that time, so at that point, so going into high school I, I basically caught up with my sister.$So what are the things that you play an instrumental role in, let's say your first two years [at Combs Enterprises]?$$So I think it was, you know there was always major initiatives that were going on, right, so I may not have the timeline right, but you know, so negotiations with Arista [Arista Records] always ongoing. After every deal there's a new deal you're working on, and then eventually negotiations with other record companies. When I first came on board, we really finalized the initial deal with Sean John, where we brought on a partner to partner with us and actually fund the launch of Sean John, so I was heavily involved with that.$$Now who was the partner?$$The partner was a company, an Indian family that was based out of Queens [New York] and their fashion, the name of their company was Fashion Ventures. The family was the Soni [ph.] family, great family. They were like kind of garmentos, but not your traditional Garmentos in that they learned that business but they were highly educated, highly sophisticated, you know not the kind of people that grew up in the garment world. They were also in real estate. I learned a lot from working with them. The key guy there, a guy named Ashok Soni [ph.]. I talked to him every day. He was a meticulous kind of business person, organized, analytical. Unfortunately died suddenly at the age of fifty, very young. About, that was maybe about eight, eight years ago or so, but, but he, so that was a great experience I had. So early on I would say, you know, probably Sean--and then know also figuring out the magazine which I knew was gonna be an issue, and eventually we ended up closing it down. But, you know, I knew how much money a magazine required, and just didn't think, you know, at the time I didn't know if that was the best use of funds. So we, so I sat down immediately with the magazine, Sean John. We opened a new restaurant [Justin's] in Atlanta [Georgia], and the ongoing negotiations or renegotiations with the record company [Bad Boy Records].$$Okay, so when did he, from the beginning would he [Sean Combs] bring you in at the beginning, or did, did it take time? Were you really a deal was sort of cut and then you were trying to figure out how to make the deal the best deal or, or how, and, and who was running, then who also was brought in to run these various enterprises?$$So several questions there, I think the--$$So, so let's start with the first question, so at what point is he, you know, do you get, are deals already in place and then it's your job to sort of figure that out.$$Right, so, so when I came on board there may have been some things in place, but I jumped right into the center of whatever was going on. And once I was there, as things initiated, either I would be initiating things, or as they were initiating I was always kind of front and center, you know, me, his attorneys, the business head, or him, depending on whose driving the deal, and at some point he would always get involved once we got it to a certain point. But yeah, so I mean at the end of the day we were a small company so anything significant going on, I was pretty much involved in.$$And what are you learning about yourself and the business, because Sean John became very, it probably put a different face on him, you know in a very, almost a classic, you know, kind of, it took him from hip hop--$$Yeah.$$--you know, urban music to respectable member--$$Yeah.$$--you know, or whatever.$$What's amazing is being around this environment and being around Sean at the time, you always had this feeling like we could do anything. You always had this, you know and like having had my own company, African American owned company, I knew the barriers we ran into and things relationship wise and how when we sat in a room, I know it felt. When we sat in a room it felt like we were really asking for a favor, you know what I mean? Whereas when I as in the room with him it was kind of like, we had the power, you know. So like you, you're either gonna wanna do this with us, or we're gonna go to somebody else. But we're getting this done. So it was a great feeling of empowerment and being in a position of power in these rooms, largely because of the mentality he created and really believed, and really because he was able to do a lot of these things and he proved he could do them, but you're right, Sean Jean was the first major one where he showed he could take something from other than the record company, take something from really zero to being a significant success.

Will Griffin

Media entrepreneur William Griffin was born on November 25, 1970 in Austin, Texas. Griffin received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of the college’s top-ranked debate team and editor-in-chief of the Black Praxis. Griffin then received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and authored the Harvard Report on Urban Music. He also completed the Entrepreneurship Curriculum at Harvard Business School and served as director of the Harvard Consultation Project.

Griffin began his professional career as a financial analyst in the Structured Finance Group at Goldman, Sachs & Company. He subsequently worked in the Entertainment and Media Practice Group of McKinsey & Company and then joined News Corp/Fox Entertainment Group, where he was director of the eDirect initiative. In 2000, Griffin was hired as general manager and executive vice president of business development for eUniverse Network, where, in two quarters, he developed and implemented the turnaround strategy that led to profitability for the industry's largest digital entertainment company. Then, after producing films with Reuben Cannon and Bishop T.D. Jakes, Griffin was named president and chief operating officer of Simmons Lathan Media Group, a film and television production and acquisitions company that develops and distributes urban content across a variety of media platforms. In 2005, he founded, in partnership with Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, Def on Demand (later named Hip Hop On Demand) on Comcast, the industry's only African American owned Video-on-demand channel, where he serves as chairman and chief executive officer.

Griffin’s projects have won numerous awards including two NAACP Image Awards (Run’s House and Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed: The Movie) and the IAB/Brandweek Mixx Silver Award for Interactive Television for Hip Hop On Demand.

Will Griffin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 9, 2014.

Accession Number

A2014.127

Sex

Male

Interview Date

5/9/2014

Last Name

Griffin

Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Leverett

Schools

Harvard Law School

Dartmouth College

The Science Academy - Lyndon B. Johnson High School

Pearce Junior High

Harris Elementary

T.A. Brown Elementary

First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Austin

HM ID

GRI09

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Favorite Quote

Right Hand, Black Man.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Texas

Birth Date

11/25/1970

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Austin

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Spaghetti

Short Description

Entertainment chief executive Will Griffin (1970 - ) served as president and chief operating officer of Simmons Lathan Media Group and founded, in partnership with Russell Simmons and Stan Lathan, Hip Hop On Demand, where he acts as chairman and chief executive officer.

Employment

HipHop on Demand

Simmons/Lathan Media

eUniverse Networks

News Corporation

Mckinsey & Company

Goldman Sachs

Favorite Color

Maroon

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Will Griffin's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Will Griffin lists his favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about his maternal family history, pt. 1

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about his maternal family history, pt. 2

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Will Griffin talks about his maternal great-grandmother and grandmother

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about his mother

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about his father's family history

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Will Griffin talks about his father

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Will Griffin talks about his family's role in integrating the dormitories at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Will Griffin talks about his father's political activity

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Will Griffin talks about HistoryMaker Pluria Marshall

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Will Griffin talks about politics in Texas and shifts in party membership

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Will Griffin describes finding his great-grandfather's dissertation in the University of Southern California's archives in Los Angeles, California

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Will Griffin talks about the value of his family's legacy

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about how his parents met and how his mother's young pregnancies affected her life

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about his mother's aspirations prior to having children

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Will Griffin talks about his likeness to his parents and his strict upbringing by his mother

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about his mother's radio show on KAZI 80.7 FM in Austin, Texas and the toll of his father's lack of support

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about his older sister

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Will Griffin describes his earliest childhood memory

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Will Griffin lists the places he lived from birth to age eighteen

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Will Griffin recalls the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Austin, Texas and his disinterest in school

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Will Griffin recalls his early school years and being sent back to kindergarten because of his behavior

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Will Griffin recalls teachers from his elementary school years

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about his grades, his learning disability and playing sports

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Will Griffin describes his religious upbringing

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about popular culture that his friends consumed as children

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about Michael Jackson and dancing in middle school

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Will Griffin talks about his mother's musical tastes

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Will Griffin talks about the differences between himself and his older sister

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Will Griffin talks about an influential teacher at Pearce Junior High School in Austin, Texas

Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Will Griffin talks about spending as much time out of the house as possible in his youth

Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Will Griffin talks about his high school

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Will Griffin talks about learning Texas history at Lyndon Baines Johnson High School in Austin, Texas

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Will Griffin talks about KAZI, the African American community radio station in Austin, Texas

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about hosting a radio show at KAZI, working at a grocery store, and his high school years

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about his mentors at KAZI, an African American community radio station in Austin, Texas

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Will Griffin talks about becoming involved in debate in high school

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about his love for debate and other aspects of his life during high school

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about debate camp, hoping to attend Harvard University and being stripped of his student body president title

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Will Griffin reflects on getting into trouble with his principal at Lyndon Baines Johnson High School in Austin, Texas, pt. 1

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Will Griffin reflects on getting into trouble with his principal at Lyndon Baines Johnson High School in Austin, Texas, pt. 2

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Will Griffin talks about his decision to attend Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Will Griffin talks about his arrival at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about HistoryMaker Jesse Jackson

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about music that was popular in the early 1990s at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Will Griffin talks about Geto Boys, a hip hop group from Houston, Texas

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about people who supported him while he was a student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about his decision to major in anthropology at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Will Griffin talks about the Nation of Islam and his ethnography of black Muslims in Harlem, New York City

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Will Griffin talks about Spike Lee's 1992 movie, 'Malcolm X'

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Will Griffin talks about the African American Society and the Black Praxis Journal

Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Will Griffin talks about The Dartmouth Review

Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about a controversy between the Dartmouth Review and the African American Society

Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about black mentors on campus at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Will Griffin talks about working for Goldman Sachs in New York City after graduating from Dartmouth College

Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about his activities and study habits at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire

Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about what he learned while working at Goldman Sachs in New York City

Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Will Griffin talks about rooming with Dan Sparks while working at Goldman Sachs in New York City

Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Will Griffin talks about being admitted to Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1995

Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Will Griffin talks about publishing the Harvard Report on Urban Music his first year at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Will Griffin talks about professors he studied under at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Will Griffin talks about attending Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Will Griffin explains how he was able to work for McKinsey & Company after graduating from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about his work at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles, California

Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about working for News Corporation at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, California

Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Will Griffin talks about how the 2000 U.S. presidential elections boosted Fox News' viewership

Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about working with Fox eDirect and transitioning to working at E-Universe

Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Will Griffin talks about working for eUniverse for one year

Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Will Griffin talks about working as a producer with HistoryMaker Reuben Cannon

Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Will Griffin describes how he became president and CEO of Simmons Lathan Media Group

Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Will Griffin talks about 'Def Comedy Jam' and 'Def Poetry Jam'

Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about his involvement with The HistoryMakers DVD series produced by Simmons Lathan Media Group in 2005

Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Will Griffin talks about the creation of Hip Hop on Demand and the channel's name change

Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Will Griffin describes the type of programming on Hip Hop on Demand

Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Will Griffin talks about advocating for more black-owned independent channels

Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Will Griffin hopes for an increase in viable black-owned channels in cable

Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Will Griffin talks about Netflix

Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Will Griffin talks about his consultation and why businesses trust him

Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Will Griffin talks about advertising agency UniWorld, founder and HistoryMaker Byron Lewis, and CEO Monique Nelson

Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Will Griffin talks about the decline of Jet magazine and advertisers' lack of cultural awareness

Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Will Griffin reflects upon his life

Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Will Griffin reflects upon what he would have done differently in life

Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Will Griffin reflects upon his legacy

Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Will Griffin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1

Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Will Griffin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2

Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Will Griffin talks about his family, pt. 1

Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Will Griffin talks about his family, pt. 2

Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Will Griffin reflects upon his graduation from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Will Griffin reflects upon how he would like to be remembered