The Ask Dr. Renee Show with Shanti Das

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Shanti majored in Television, Radio & Film in the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She did overnights at the campus station Z-89 plus the Saturday night hip-hop show & Asst. Promotions Director. A summer internship at Capitol Records in Atlanta changed her life and she knew she wanted to work in the music industry!  After graduation, she moved back to Atlanta & interned at Sony before landing her first full time job as Promotions Director at LaFace Records! While at LaFace, she did promotion & then marketing for groups like OutKast, Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton, & more. When LaFace was sold, she moved to NYC  to work with L.A. Reid at Arista Records.  She’s been VP & Sr VP at Columbia with Donnie Ienner & Exec VP at Universal Motown with Sylvia Rhone.  While in NY, she co-founded R&B Live NY (2007), which was one of the premiere music industry events for 2 years. In 2009, due to personal reasons, she walked away from her EVP post at Universal Motown & moved home to Atlanta. She started doing independent marketing for artists, produced ATL Live on the Park for 10 years & wrote her first book called The Hip-Hop Professional, A Woman’s Guide to Climbing the Ladder of Success in the Entertainment Business. That lead her to speaking at colleges, music conferences & more. She founded The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation (HHPF) that focused on homelessness & youth empowerment. She began to question her life, all of the recent pressures & why she hadn’t dealt with her father’s suicide. In 2015, she went through a depression (high-functioning) & contemplated suicide.  She got help & started a powerful movement called Silence the Shame. Many celebrities & musicians have supported her efforts over the past 3 years. May 5th is now National Silence the Shame Day & our hashtag is one of the most commonly used hashtags in the US for communities of color. I also rebranded the foundation as Silence the Shame, Inc. where she is the Executive Director & a paid public speaker sharing her journey of emotional health & wellness. To support her 501c3 organization, visit to donate or text the word SILENCE to 707070 or to book me to speak to your company, organization or panel, email