Leila Steinberg

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Leila Steinberg
Born (1961-12-18) December 18, 1961 (age 54)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Manager, educator, author, producer
Style Hip hop, R&B, pop, dance-pop
Website Official Website
[aim4theheart.org AIM4TheHeART]
The Microphone Sessions

Leila Steinberg (born December 18, 1961) is an American manager, business woman, educator, writer,[1] poet,[2] and founder of AIM4TheHeART,[3] a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth find their voice using an emotional literacy curriculum and writing workshops. She is best known as the artist mentor and first manager[4][5] for superstar rapper, Tupac Shakur who came to her writing workshop, The Microphone Sessions in the Oakland Bay area. Today Leila manages the rapper Earl Sweatshirt, formerly of Odd Future.[6] In the September 2016 Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me" the role of Leila will be played by actress Lauren Cohan.[7]


Steinberg was born in Los Angeles, California.[8] Her mother was an activist of Mexican and Turkish[9] descent and her father was a criminal defense lawyer of Polish Jewish descent.[10] During the late 1980s Steinberg was a backup dancer[11] and singer touring with world music icons, O.J Ekemode & The Nigerian Allstars. She also shared the stage with Santana, Bo Diddley, The Neville Brothers, The Spinners, Burning Spear and Jimmy Cliff. As a veteran music industry executive she served as a marketer with Atlantic Records, Sony, Def Jam, Tommy Boy, Interscope, and Relativity. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Steinberg learned about a promising recording artist named 2Pac. After a meeting in spring 1988,[12] she opened her home, where he read and wrote under her encouragement. The Microphone Sessions (TMS) is a writing workshop started by Steinberg and Tupac Shakur that develops the spoken word, poetry, musical, hip-hop, pop and dance, jazz, rock n' roll singing, and dramatic performances. Weekly gatherings are held worldwide, led by Steinberg-trained artist-educators.[13]

Leila co-teaches a class on Race and the Law at USC's Law School with Professor Jody Armour.[14] For 25+ years she has taught her curriculum to a group of inmates at San Quentin, through the No More Tears' program. One of the greatest success stories has been that of Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll,[15] known as the 'Oracle of San Quentin."[16]


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