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
Alternative Intervention Models
The Microphone Sessions

Leila Steinberg (born December 18, 1961) is an American manager, business woman, educator, writer,[1] poet,[2] dancer, singer and founder of (Assemblies In Motion), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth find their voice using the arts and athletics. She is best known as the artist mentor and first manager[3][4] for superstar rapper, Tupac Shakur who came to her writing workshop, The Microphone Sessions in the Oakland Bay area.


Steinberg was born in Los Angeles, California.[5] Her mother was an activist of Mexican and Turkish[citation needed] descent and her father was a criminal defense lawyer of Polish Jewish descent.[5]

During the late 1980s Steinberg was a backup dancer[6] 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,[7] she opened her home, where he read and wrote under her encouragement.

Steinberg founded AIM in 1998. AIM is a Los Angeles-based non-profit that has arts and athletic programs for at-risk youth. Karina Smirnoff heads the Dance Intervention division.

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.


  1. ^ "The Bandana Republic" Soft Skull Press 2008
  2. ^ Billboard June 28, 1997 pp15
  3. ^ 2pac, "Star Remembered: Bearing Witness to a Life and Legacy". Chronicle Books LLC. 2008.
  4. ^ Jackson, Kat Graham "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" MTV Publishing (February 3, 2009)
  5. ^ a b Tupac Amaru Shakur By Jean-Pierre Hombach p. 194
  6. ^ [1]"Back 2 The Essence: Friends and Family Reminiscence over Hip-Hop's Fallen Sons" (October 1999) VIBE MAGAZINE p. 104
  7. ^ Harris, Ashley Rae "Kat Graham": Multi-Platinum Rapper" ABDO Publishing 2010

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