Who We Are

Board & Staff

Shanti Das, Founder/Executive Director is an accomplished entertainment veteran, entrepreneur, mentor, author, and Philanthropist.

Shanti’s music industry career (intern to Executive Vice President) includes positions at Capitol Records, LaFace Records, Columbia Records, Sony Urban Music and Universal Motown where she worked directly with some of music’s top talent like Outkast, Usher, Prince, TLC, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, and more.

An advocate for many social issues, she started many successful initiatives and events in Atlanta including No Reservations Needed (an annual food drive/dinner for the Atlanta Mission homeless shelter), Samples That Serve (collection of toiletries for homeless mothers and children to benefit the annual United Way Shoebox Party), Backpack Blessings (collection of back to school supplies for local elementary schools, HoliDAY of Pampering (Hair, Make-up pampering for moms at the Genesis Shelter/Our House), Toys of Joy (Holiday Toy drive benefitting local hospital) and Turn The Page (book drive and reading program for local elementary and middle schools).

As a result of Shanti’s community work for the past 8 years, she decided to establish her very own nonprofit, The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation.

Board Members

  • Jini Thornton, CPA and Treasurer HHPF

    Founder and CEO of Envision Business Management Group. For 21 years Envision has provided accounting, and other financial related services primarily to the entertainment industry.  

    Jini is currently the co-host of the Money Monday segment on the nationally syndicated Willie Moore, Jr. show and is a financial correspondent for the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley and 11 Alive Morning Rush shows. She also founded Never Broke Nation, a movement that teaches and inspires people to make, save and grow their money. Jini has a B.S. in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and a M.S in Taxation from the University of Illinois.

  • Dee Dee Murray, Entrepreneur and Secretary of HHPF

    Dee Dee is an entertainment professional, with over 25 years of industry experience. Dee Dee is the owner of Murray Media Production Partners, LLC, a private agency that provides film permitting facilitation, entertainment industry consulting and a host of a la carte services to support the growing motion picture industry in the State of Georgia. A graduate of Savannah State University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree, Dee Dee’s work has supported the careers of nationally recognized recording artist such as The Whispers, The Gap Band, MC Hammer, Full Force and Freddie Jackson. Dee Dee managed Organized Noize Productions and played an intricate role in the development of the Dungeon Family and it’s roster of award winning artist including Outkast and Goodie Mob.

    For fifteen years Dee Dee was responsible for production management, publishing administration, and contract negation. Dee Dee is featured Netflix documentary “The Art of Organized Noize” which chronicles the production company’s musical impact over the past twenty years. Dee Dee has served as General Manager of Big Boi’s (Outkast) record label, Purple Ribbon Records; Executive Director of Clifford “T.I.” Harris’ non-profit, The K.I.N.G. Foundation; and Director of A&R Administration of Perri “Pebbles” Reid’s label, Savvy Records. Dee Dee has been a member of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy since 2004, serving as Governor and National Trustee from 2006-2011. During her tenure as Trustee, Dee Dee served on the National Executive, Finance and Membership Committees. In addition, Dee Dee is a founding board member of the UGA Music Business Certificate Program and a past board member of The Friends of Georgia Music (GA Music Hall of Fame). Dee Dee’s current clients include The DeKalb County Entertainment Commission and The City of Decatur Film Office.

  • Deanna Hamilton, Vice President, Partner Development, National Black MBA Association

    A lifetime member, Deanna L. Hamilton serves as Vice President of Partner Development for the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), where she oversees the expansion and development of NBMBAA’s brand visibility, impact, and financial resources in the marketplace. Deanna is responsible for the development and implementation of the sales strategies to support the NBMBAA’s market impact to ensure key stakeholder engagement.

    Prior to serving the NBMBAA, Deanna was former founder and CEO of Circle One, Inc., a consumer product marketing and multi-format printing company specializing in commercial print, direct mail, specialty printing, packaging and point-of-purchase marketing collateral. Continuing beyond the successful start of Circle One, Inc., Deanna’s passion for The Art of the Deal drove her to launch a management consulting division under the banner, Circle One Associates. The enterprise specializes in private sector growth strategy and business architecture for entrepreneurs.

    Deanna holds a dual Master of Science Degree in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance from Walsh College.

  • Daniel Blackmon, Entrepreneur

    Daniel Blackman is a respected civil rights advocate and community organizer in Georgia.  He served on two U.S. presidential campaigns and was the first African-American to run for office in Forsyth County, Georgia.  
    He is proud to have served the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law, and was honored to be 1 of 65 leaders invited to Rome, Italy and Vatican City to discuss the global impact of the climate crisis.

    Early in his career, Daniel worked with Radio One and Sony Music Entertainment, which is where he credits his ability to create platforms that intersect generation, culture, and philanthropy.

    As founder and managing partner of Social Karma, Daniel has built upon his 20 year marketing career and prior sports/entertainment experiences by continuing to champion philanthropy, social justice, thought-leadership, collaboration and innovation across the World-wide sports and entertainment industry.

  • Kimberly Allen Wright, National Senior Manager with the American Heart Association

    Kimberly Allen Wright is an experienced leader with a track record of success in developing structural alignment, leading change initiatives and delivering innovative strategic solutions for both profit and non-profit organizations. Kimberly is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in Banking & Finance. She is an active member of a number of volunteer organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and serves on the board of the Junior League of Atlanta and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. She also served on the Visitors board at her alma mater, and the advisory board for the Allen Etiquette Institute. In 2002 Upscale Magazine named Kimberly one of 10 Power Brokers of the Millennium.

  • Mandell Jackson, Executive Director of Commercial Learning and Leadership Development

    Mandell Jackson, a former Naval Surface Warfare officer and Gulf War veteran is currently the Executive Director of Commercial Learning and Leadership Development at Quest Diagnostics. Mandell has held many positions in the Pharmaceutical and Clinical Laboratory industries to include Sr. Director of Health Plans, Director of Specialty Care Sales, Marketing Strategies Liaison and National Director of Physician Speakers. He has won multiple national sales and leadership awards and mentors sales leaders throughout the U.S. Mandell is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Technology. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.