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Ballerific Woman: Sylvia Rhône, Former President of Universal Records, Record Label Creator & Music Industry Mogul

– Blogged By @Climb_This_Hill

In a perfect world, men and women would receive equal pay. African American women would be presented the same opportunities as their white counterparts. Rejection would be based on qualifications rather than race.

Unfortunately, this world is far from perfect, however, there are people, more specifically women, who have dedicated their time, money and education to make a positive change. They’ve used their experiences and their encounters with injustices to fight and/or create more opportunities for their children and their children’s children, in an effort to make the world a better place.

They’ve put our pain and problems on their backs and created space for change, new opportunities for our brothers and sisters to excel and succeed in a world that is designed against us. This is #BlackExcellence. These are #BallerificWomen.

One of those special individuals is Ms. Sylvia Rhône.

Originally born in Philly, Sylvia spent her childhood growing up in the city of Harlem. At an early age, she attended shows at the Apollo Theater, which she credited to be her biggest inspiration to why she fell in love with music.


Soon after graduating college, she landed a job at Buddha Records. Over the next 6 years, she worked for various record companies, and eventually landed a job at Atlantic Records as Director of National Black Music Marketing. Not too long after, she earned the coveted position of Senior Vice President and General Manager at Atlantic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

She has been credited in jump-starting the successful empire of Atlantic’s black artists. She oversaw the careers of a number of artists including, En Vogue and Brandy, and eventually earned Atlantic Records the #1 Black Music Division by Billboard Magazine. Just two years later she was named the president and CEO of Atlantic’s EastWest Records.



A driving force in the music industry, Sylvia continued to build superstars and was named the president of Motown Records in 2004,  Executive Vice President of Universal Records, and President of Epic Records in 2014.

In 2013 she created her own label under Epic called Vested in Culture. All the while, Sylvia has earned herself nearly 40 awards for her contribution to the music industry and many other honors for both contributions in the music business and the community.



Along the way, she has helped manage the successful careers of Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Cash Money, Nelly, Kid Cudi, and many more.



She currently sits on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Sylvia Rhône has helped transform major music platforms and has always strived to provide valued resources for artists to pursue their dreams in music. A music executive icon to say the least, Ms. Sylvia Rhône is a force to be reckoned with, as she’s not only humble and generous, but influential and powerful.

About MsJennyb

Jen is a Writer and Content Curator for Baller Alert, who writes under the alias “MsJennyb.” In this role, Jen develops and contributes relevant special-themed content to attract readers. Before joining the Entertainment Industry via Baller Alert, Jen spent one year as a Freelance Writer and two years as a Human Resources assistant in a corporate office. Jen has a degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University with a concentration in Africana Studies. To contact Jen please email [email protected]

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