India Sage had the pleasure to interview Celebrity Publicist Lynn K. Hobson. You have to read her new book “Diary of A Hip-Hop Publicist”. They also discussed being a strong woman in media and her major keys to being successful.
Celebrity Publicist & Professor Lynn K. Hobson in Wilmington at Mass Comm 360. Photo Credit iGraph Photos
Born and raised in Washington, DC, at the age of fifteen Lynn was appointed youth official to the District of Columbia during Mayor Marion Barry’s first term in office. Lynn visited public schools and spoke to her peers about the down sides of using drugs and alcohol. Upon graduating from the International Woodrow Wilson High School and completing her term as a youth official, Lynn attended Howard University where she majored in Business Management. In 1995 Lynn applied for a summer internship at The Terrie Williams Agency and was hired immediately. Lynn’s experience at the agency allowed her to capture the full scope of operating a business while coordinating events for clients such as Eddie Murphy; the late Johnnie Cochran; Boyz II Men; Essence Magazine; and the NBA Player’s Association.
After two years at the agency, Lynn explored opportunities in the music industry. She was appointed Director of Publicity at Untertainment Records, a division of Epic/Sony Music. Owned and operated by The Notorious B.I.Gand Lance “Un” Rivera, while at Untertainment, Lynn created the publicity department to house rap artists Lil Kim; Junior MAFIA; Cam’Ron; and Charlie Baltimore.
In 1998, Lynn became an Entrepreneur. HobbieCom was born (named for her last name and the abbreviation for communications). Clients over the years have included Mike Tyson & Jackie Rowe’s Iron M.I.C. Entertainment; Music Executives Mark Pitts and Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins; Music Producers Rockwilder; Anthony Dent; Bink Dogg; and Bryan-Michael Cox; Recording Artist Lil Mo; Authors Sister Souljah, Queen Pen, Teri Woods; Events such as MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” for Grammy Award Winner Chris Brown; Record Labels Ruff Ryders; Def Jam; Koch/E1 Entertainment; Tommy Boy; Sugar Hill; and Big Cat; and Rappers Cam’Ron; Juelz Santana; Khia; Gucci Mane; Joe Budden; Rasheeda; Reality Stars Kimbella and Kaylin Garcia, Actress LisaRaye, and more.
In 2011, Ms. Hobson recently established The Black & Blue Foundation. As a Survivor of a Domestic Violence attack, she states, “I am extremely excited about my new Foundation. There are so many women out there who have not spoken up about this epidemic”, states Lynn. Check out the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/theblackandbluefoundation .
In 2014, Lynn earned her BA from The City College of New York.
She is currently a Motivational Speaker and Life Coach to young women worldwide. Her current clients are Kaylin Garcia; Cisco Rosado of VH-1’s “Love & Hip-Hop”; Sarah Vivan (Radio Personality in Atlanta/Lil Wayne’s Baby Mama); Brickhouse (Hip-Hop Group);The Cast of the smash hit YouTube series “Money & Violence” and House Party (Hip-Hop Artist); Her first novel, “Diary of A Hip-Hop Publicist” will be released during the Summer of 2015.
for more information check out her website at www.lynnhobson.com