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F-YOU: The Forgiveness Project this Sunday in Toronto [PSA]

Toronto, ON – My name is often associated with working in the music industry. I’ve been blessed to have a career doing publicity and public relations, which I absolutely adore. But the more people I meet, the more I realize how human we all are. The hip-hop industry has allowed me to work hard, be creative, see the world and meet people who inspire me everyday – but it’s also shown me that behind the glamour, even the most successful superstar has to come face to face with themselves.

F-YOU: The Forgiveness Project is a simple concept. Less facade, more keeping it genuinely real. Honest conversation, no judgment. Moving forward without looking back. With guest speakers from every walk of life, including the ever-testing entertainment industry, F-You will encourage and empower us to build on what makes us connected, rather than what divides us.

Come join us this Sunday at Toronto’s City Hall as we open a dialogue and keep it real … for no one other than ourselves. -Tara Muldoon

Details after the jump.


Press Release


Event takes place June 5th, 2011, 3pm at Toronto’s City Hall. FREE EVENT

It is with great excitement that the F-YOU: Forgiveness Project team announces music industry powerhouse Wayne Barrow as the newest speaker added to the panel-based event.

Barrow is recognized as being the management force behind the careers of the Notorious B.I.G, Shyne and Nas, and most recently acclaimed hip-hop artist J. Cole. He also produced B.I.G’s biopic “Notorious” which grossed over 75 million dollars. Hip-hop fans across the world consider Barrow, who works in partnership with his cousin Mark Pitts (R Kelly, Chris Brown, Usher), to easily be one of the core business men driving hip-hop culture today. He is currently the president of By-Storm Entertainment which includes a roster of #1 R&B artist Miguel, J.Cole and Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall, among others.

Barrow is just as passionate about giving back as he is about his business – he is the Vice Chairman of The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation which is a charitable organization established by Ms Voletta Wallace to provide educational tools; books, computers and tutorship to inner city youth. Joining the F-You panel in support of the message, he will be speaking on his experiences in both the industry and his personal life.

It is highly suggested that those wishing to attend this F-YOU event arrive early as this event will reach capacity. This is a completely free event.

About F-YOU


A panel of six people, a mix of race, age and gender, speaking about a time in their lives they had to forgive either themselves or another. The Forgiveness Project is an inviting, tell-all event that aligns personal growth with self-improvement. This event has the potential to impact our community and young adults by way of real-life portrayals of hardships, and overcoming barriers that at one point seemed insurmountable. Hearing first-hand trials and tribulations from people just like us can open the door to inspiration and the motivation to do better and most importantly, feel better. Included themes on the panel are murder, sexual assault, depression, drug-use and self-forgiveness.

The panel includes:

  • Wayne Barrow – manager (J.Cole, the late Notorious B.I.G) – keynote speaker
  • Katrina Lopes – manager (Shawn Desman) – Exploring our notions of forgiveness
  • Jonathon “Bizz” Brown – Creator, “Hip-Hop’s Not Dead, It Lives In The North/HipHopCanada” – speaking on attempted suicide
  • Kalmplex – speaking on the murder of her two brothers
  • Priscilla – speaking on the aftermath of an abusive relationship

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