Black Music Executive and History Maker, Dina R. Andrewsappears in the new Netflix documentary “The Black Godfather” to talk about the legendary Hollywood rainmaker Clarence Avant. Andrews was one of a select few African American Women to appear in the documentary film that tells the epic story of one of America’s most influential black leaders across music, film, politics and entertainment.
Though Andrews began her career at 19 years old and a protégé of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey in A&R, production, and publishing; at 22 years old her career took new heights as one of very few young entrepreneurial Black women in the music industry that could spot hit talent. She became a recognizable connector and dealmaker when she began representing Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis under her company Dina Andrews Management, and connected them with The Black Godfather, Clarence Avant.
While still signed to Prince/Paisley Park, and performing with The Time, Andrews set-up Jam and Lewis’s company Flyte Tyme Productions as a business entity and began introducing them to who’s who in Hollywood and New York and securing major deals for them. Andrews subsequently introduced the duo to The Black Godfather, Clarence Avant/Tabu Records, and they went on to produce several masters for him inclusive of the SOS Band, Cherrelle, and Alexander O’Neal.
While at Solar, Andrews assisted in laying the foundational work for the careers of The Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside, Dynasty, Carrie Lucas, Midnight Star, The Deele (LA Reid & Babyface), Klymaxx, The Sylvers and many others.
Due to her tenacious work ethic, ear for talent, and refusal to take no for an answer, she became respected as the go-to girl for getting artists paid and helping them advance their career in Black Hollywood in the late 70s through mid-90’s, representing numerous artists and projects.
Her accomplishments are far and vast, touching the lives and careers of many, as an unsung Black Woman in Entertainment. In 1992, Andrews accepted the role as General Manager for Pebbles/PT Entertainment which managed the group TLC, and moved to Atlanta to be part of the “Black Music Mecca”. She represented several top gospel artists, and songwriter/producers.
Andrews is President and CEO of Dina Andrews Management (DAM), Inc., a writer, speaker and works for Los Angeles City Council where she connects her world of entertainment to the Council while serving the Baldwin Hills and Park Mesa Heights constituency. For more information, visit www.DinaRuthAndrews.com.