About the Foundation

The LLF honors those unsung heroes whose efforts might otherwise go unnoticed. The LLF exists because of a need to recognize and promote the achievements of those members of the radio, music and entertainment industries and to help secure their place in history.

Hall of Fame

Over the years The Living Legends Foundation, through our annual awards banquet, has honored dozens of the most notable stars and executives in the entertainment business. These are the people who built the foundation of the industry.

Living Legends in the News

The State of Black Music and Beyond: We’ve Had Three Musical Revolutions—I Participated in One…By Jackie Rhinehart

My perspective on music and the music industry is drawn from my 30+ years in the business. I came to New York City in the fall of 1981 with the express purpose of working in the music industry―marketing and publicity, specifically. Since then... more

The State of Black Music and Beyond: Looking Through the Rearview Mirror…By David Linton

For someone who grew up loving music of all genres—especially black music—and turned that love into a career, it’s bittersweet to look at the current state of black music. Now when I look at black music, I don’t look at the creative process as much as I look at the business side. Creatively, every generation... more

The State of Black Music and Beyond: Maintaining Our Legacy…By Marilyn Batchelor

While driving my teens in the car, I turn over the reins of music programmer to them as they navigate through the thousands of songs available for streaming via my paid Spotify account. From Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé to Jennifer Hudson and Jay-Z, we take turns picking songs while I play the sample or song that influenced today’s hit. I find... more

The State of Black Music and Beyond: Where’s the Music? By Kendall A. Minter, Esq.

For the baby boomers among us, you may recall the days when we listened to music on vinyl discs: first 78 rpm, then singles on 45 rpm with albums and 12” singles on 33 rpm vinyl discs. It was cumbersome and required a bulky phonograph-record player to listen to our favorite songs. For a short spell... more

The State of Black Music and Beyond: Looking at a Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty? By Ramon Hervey II

I’ve devoted my career to developing, guiding and protecting successful artist brands as a manager and former public relations practitioner. I’ve chased the dream of grabbing “15 minutes of fame” for my clients and probably over 90% have been African-American. My view... more

The State of Black Music and Beyond: The Battle of the Sexes…By Thembisa S. Mshaka

Next year, I’ll be celebrating 25 years in the entertainment industry. I have been blessed beyond measure to be part of the executive class that laid the foundation for what we now recognize as the modern hip-hop industry—as Rap Editor for Gavin. Later... more

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