Karen Civil | Srivideo
Born/Date of Birth: November 8, 1984
Place of Birth: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Brooklyn, New York
Education: Frank J. Cicarell Academy, Union County College Harvard University
Occupation: Digital marketing strategist, entrepreneur, author
Organization: KarenCivil.com, Live Civil & Always Civil enterprise
Home town: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Official Website: www.karencivil.com
Karen Civil (born November 8, 1984) is an American social media and digital media marketing strategist. She gained attention for helping to create and run Weezythanxyou.com, a website where the rapper Lil Wayne published letters to his fans while he was incarcerated at Rikers Island.
Civil grew up in a Haitian-American family in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She attended Elizabeth High School, then Union County College in New Jersey.
Civil began her media career in college, developing fan sites for actor J. D. Williams and The Backstreet Boys; the Backstreet Boys site came in third in a national competition and the Williams site put Civil in touch with the actor after Williams' lawyer sought her out. After graduating from high school, Civil entered community college but left to take an internship at radio station Hot 97 with DJ Funkmaster Flex in 2002, where she worked as a staff assistant; she also began working with Dipset to develop e-commerce for the group. Civil later moved to Asylum Records, then in 2008 founded her own website karencivil.com and a marketing agency, Always Civil Enterprise, focused on digital strategy in the hip-hop industry.
In 2010 worked with rapper Lil Wayne to develop Weezythanxyou.com, so that the rapper could publish letters to his fans while he was incarcerated at Rikers Island. From 2011 to 2015, she worked with Beats by Dre as digital marketing manager.
Civil has become a public speaker, hosting events at universities, media outlets like BET, and women empowerment conferences and panels.
In November 2015, Civil self-published a self-help book, Be You & Live Civil: Tools for Unlocking Your Potential & Living Your Purpose. Organized into four chapters called "Understanding Motivation," "Self Motivation," "Positive Attitude" and "Living Civil", Civil describes her approach to her career path.
In 2016, Civil became involved in music producing, co-producing a Wale song featuring Lil Wayne.
Civil served as an associate producer of the 2016 documentary film The Last Ride: A Philadelphia Story about Kyrell "Rell" Tyrel and bike culture.
Civil has spoken as a host for Hillary Clinton sponsored Democratic rallies. In 2016, BuzzFeed found tweets from 2009 by Civil that used anti-gay and anti-Jewish slurs. The Clinton campaign responded that they had no control over the speech of non-campaign staff.
In 2015 she partnered with non-profit Sow a Seed to begin building a playground in Haiti, and for Christmas in 2015 she worked with Lil Wayne and Andre Berto to donate clothes, toys and books to 500 students at her Live Civil School. In April 2017, Civil opened her Live Civil Computer Lab at the House Of Hope Orphanage in Haiti and donated 20 computers to the children. Civil collaborated with Nipsey Hussle, Samiel Asghedom, and Steve-O the "Marathon Clothing" smartstore. In August 2017, Civil worked with shoe company K-Swiss to produce a line of shoes. Civil had, as of December 2017, hosted an event called "Karen Civil Day" three times.
In May 2018, it was announced that Karen Civil would host the series Good Looking Out on Complex Networks. Its stated premise is to "give millennial entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive advice from experts in their respective fields." The series aired on May 9, 2018 and had six episodes in its first season.
Civil won a 2009 Black Web Award from Essence magazine. In 2010, the staff of MTV News thanked her for contributions she made to their urban journalism. In 2012, Civil was named to the Ebony Power 100 list. On September 15, 2015, Civil was a guest speaker at the White House "Champions of Change" event honoring young women and their contributions to their communities. She has been compared to Oprah Winfrey for her influence in the rap industry. Black Enterprise named Civil "social influencer of the year."[year missing] In 2014, Civil was honored at both the 2014 BET Awards and the Salute 2014 Dinner. LA Weekly writer Mara Shalhoup wrote an article discussing Civil's various accomplishments, particularly her work with campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and her social media work.
Civil has been outspoken about women's rights in the workplace and in hip hop. Appearing on the Scoop B Radio podcast in 2017, Civil told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that she's glad that the me-too movement was created, because it shows that women are not going to take it.
She has been featured on the radio show The Breakfast Club.
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