After celebrating 46 years in the media as a public relations specialist, manager, and artist development coach; Angelo Ellerbee culminates his winning repartee, hard work and knowledge into all new projects to close out 2016. Angelo has anew book, “Ask Angelo: An Inside Look at the Entertainment Industry From a PR Guru” (Amazon).
The book is already catching a buzz with excerpts and preliminary readings by Ellerbee’s media industry colleagues including his legendary client, Dionne Warwick. The songstress recently introduced Ellerbee on a Black Enterprise TV segment, where she extoled his renowned capabilities in PR. Inside the riveting pages of “Ask Angelo: An Inside Look at the Entertainment Industry From a PR Guru,” he weaves humorously crafted advice to both industry climbers and veterans alike. Through Q&A and intimate war stories (with peeks at some of his most colorful clients and adventures), he delivers an honest glimpse inside the entertainment industry… then and now. Glimpses of him as a black, gay artist/activist in the turbulent 60’s & 70’s, as well as him earning the moniker “The Henry Higgins of Hip Hop” while navigating the tough rap genre throughout the 80’s-90’s and beyond. He explains everything from his tenets of artist development; to why having an ‘OG’ who has been around the block on your team is a wiser choice.
Mr. Ellerbee has prided himself on being the etiquette coach to the stars and being an advocate for the true development of the artist for the past 46 years. During that time Angelo has seen and heard it all, from artists who can’t read or write to artists with rude manners and to the simply put, uneducated people that are running rampant nowadays in the music industry. In recent months, with all of the upheaval caused by Chris Brown, Angelo feels that it is time once again to take on the music industry and challenge its artists to act like artists.
Angelo Ellerbee was very public about the big commotion that was caused just two years ago when Kanye West ran up on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance of her MTV VMA to express his dismay at her winning. Ellerbee was appalled and said that the industry had been taken back 46 years, to before greats like Berry Gordy invested time in developing an artist, not just to sell records, but to conduct themselves as professionals. Ellerbee was featured in Out Magazine and said this when asked about teaching celebrities manners as opposed to non-celebrities: “There is absolutely no difference. It is manners. It is respect. It’s just an extension of what their mothers and fathers should have taught them — the difference between right and wrong and how to sit at a table.”
Fast forward two years later and it seems we are back to “artists” who don’t know how to behave. Chris Brown recently let his anger get the best of him at Good Morning America when he got angry about questions regarding his abuse of ex-girlfriend Rihanna. In a fit of rage, he trashed his green room and threw a chair through a high-rise glass window, potentially endangering the lives of people walking on the street below. Something as simple as how to act in an interview seems to have been lost in artist development and this is a prime example of that. These are things that have to be the foundation of all artists, according to Angelo Ellerbee. He leaves you with these thoughts on artist development and the lack there of — “Life is not a cup of instant coffee. It’s brewed coffee. It’s brewed over time. That’s called the development of an artist. You can’t just grab an artist and have them record. This isn’t a part-time job — this is a full-time job! You have to raise the bar across the board. And that’s what we get so afraid of. And then we get afraid of, ‘Is my check going to get cut?’” Ellerbee is here to set the facts straight about the lack of artist development today and where artist development needs to go in the future.
Angelo Ellerbee is a dynamic motivational speaker. He tells it like it is, period. His 46 years of experience working with many high profile artists such as Mary J. Blige, Dionne Warwick, Ginuwine and DMX have only strengthened his knowledge of the music industry. Ellerbee was recently asked to speak at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston to impart his knowledge and wisdom on the up and comers in the music industry, our youth. There he was received with open minds and ears from the students who, to his surprise, were extremely unfamiliar with the idea of artist development the way it was done in the past. It was this realization that encouraged Angelo to re-educate the public on the importance of not only artist development, but also being committed to your talent, loving yourself and being an upstanding model citizen.
About Angelo Ellerbee
Angelo Ellerbee, the CEO of Double XXposure Public Relations firm is a veteran of the entertainment business, whose expertise in the industry turned into a full service public relations, image consulting and artist development company. He has represented such clients as Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, DMX, Ginuwine, Shabba Ranks, Gang Starr and many others.
If you would like more information on Angelo Ellerbee please visit his site at www.dxxnyc.com or to have Angelo share his wisdom as a guest speaker at seminars, events, universities and schools please contact Double XXposure at 212-629-9404 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Book signings/lectures are scheduled alongside a current media tour.