Platinum recording artist and CEO, Obie Trice is scheduled to meet with Michigan State Senator Virgil Smith Friday, April 22nd. The two will converge to discuss ways the emcee & politician can collaborate to bring more entertainment projects to the Motor City, and how Obie’s company, Black Market Ent, can be a conduit to recognize, develop and offer opportunities to Detroit’s vast talent pool.
Beyond exploring an agenda to publicize the tax breaks & incentives available to production companies willing to work in Detroit, Obie plans to present several concepts that will allow Black Market Ent to bridge the gap between the music industry and the local community. Ideas being introduced include obtaining government grants to subsidize funding for an arts based enrichment program allowing the youth of Detroit to explore their interests in art, film and music. Through the program, he hopes to open a recording studio and soundstage offering youth exposure to the often overlooked, lucrative careers behind the scenes of the entertainment industry.
It’s Obie’s desire to equip the youth in neighborhoods like Schoolcraft, where he grew up, and throughout Metro Detroit with the knowledge and opportunity to succeed. “Detroit has a solid history in the arts, rooted in excellence and trailblazing. With our youth the city has endless potential, it’s our responsibility to identify and cultivate it.”
Always representing for Detroit, Obie recently shot the visuals for his song “Keep Me /Love Me” at the legendary Russell Bazaar to rave reviews from fans and media alike. The emcee is currently preparing for the release of his LP “Bottoms Up” on his label Black Market Ent.