Remembering Chris Lighty: Writer Danyel Smith Pens Obit to Hip-Hop Mogul
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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In a blog post on NPR, writer Danyel Smith penned an ode to hip-hop manager Chris Lighty, who reportedly committed suicide yesterday. In the post, Smith narrates the behind-the-scenes work of Lighty like scoring brand endorsements for LL Cool J and 50 Cent and integrating hip-hop into mainstream media.

Smith, the former editor of Vibe and Billboard magazines, recalled Lighty’s charm and audacity as a businessman–as well as his determination to never die broke. “Lighty, like so many black men, was not given the luxury of being understood as a multifaceted being,” she wrote. “He had a knack for getting money.

“He was a fixer, after all, a manager of people, a crisis negotiator. Catastrophically, the crisis Chris could not negotiate his way through was his own.”

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.