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Jocelyn Cooper
Most Creative People 2015

Jocelyn Cooper

Partner, Afropunk

For maximizing a movement
Most Creative People

Jocelyn Cooper is an entrepreneur, innovator, history maker, and nurturer of the creative process. A 25-year veteran of the music business, she is a partner in Afropunk LLC, a media, marketing, and events company that produces annual festivals in Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Paris, and hosts the number-one digital destination for alternative black culture. As former head of A&R at Universal Records and senior vice president/special assistant to the chairman of the Universal Music Group, Cooper was the chief architect of Universal Records' musical identity, and brought Cash Money, Nelly, and Three Doors Down to the company. Prior to her stint at Universal, Cooper spent four years building Midnight Songs, making her the first and only African-American woman to run a major music publishing company. There, she signed singer-songwriters D’Angelo, Angie Stone, Brian McKnight, and Raphael Saadiq. The Brooklyn native previously served as a creative executive at Warner/Chappell Music, and ran Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s Hitco Music Publishing. Cooper is actively involved in various organizations, including the Prospect Park Alliance, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and Women in Music, and is committed to giving the public the best music the world has to offer.

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