In a society built on the limitations set with age that can often characterize a person’s success, Antonio Brown has redefined these limits. He was born by way of the Woman’s Hospital in Spanish Harlem, New York, only to leave his birth place at the age of 3 to be raised in Houston, TX. “My mom wanted me to have an opportunity to play in grass and not the rough streets of Harlem,” says Antonio. This would give insight on his southern hospitality and charm that embraces you at first meet. He was born the third of 9 children from a strong & domineering African-American mother and Puerto Rican father. To say he had a normal childhood would be an understatement, from family success to failure; his life can easily be defined as one needing to be written.
Antonio was driven and determined to find his own success, at the age of 16 he was capable of landing a deal with The Inc. Records handling the promotions for multi-platinum artists Ashanti and JaRule in the Houston market. He had become a staple that promoters twice his age were aspiring to follow. “I would often get questions from promoters that had been established in the music industry for years asking how at my age was I capable of attaining such a position.” He would go on to lead the way for young entrepreneurs proving that his age had no bearing on his success. Continuing to break boundaries, he relocated to Washington, DC in order to take a step towards his future ambitions and become the youngest executive with one of the country’s largest global media and entertainment companies. After deciding at the age of 25 that his goals and aspirations lied elsewhere he made a decision to return to the broken concrete of where it all started, New York, in order to follow his dreams. This decision would open many doors of opportunity to his career.
His accomplishments include a celebrity benefit for HIV/AID’s awareness which featured the star of America’s Next Top Model and The Ultimate Merger Toccara, and multi-platinum R&B recording artist Mario. He has also assisted in the career of Dawn Richard of Diddy’s Dirty Money. In the summer of 2010, Antonio produced the Going Green Concert in Miami, FL which featured multi-platinum R&B artist Trey Songz and Hip Hop star Fabolous. Having taken a break from the entertainment world to complete a very personal and introspective memoir about his childhood, Antonio is set to return with the release of his book Muted. Dreams in early 2012. The memoir has been slated as a must read and considered to be reviewed as the male version of the book Push. In addition to his story and understanding the lack of attention given to child abuse coupled with his own experiences, Antonio decided to launch a nonprofit foundation called Protect-A-Child, Inc. The mission of this organization is to provide an opportunity for abused young adult men to reinvest in their lives through programs focusing on empowerment, self-reliance and education.
“The road to success is never an easy one, for if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth having,” says Antonio. We can look forward to many amazing things to come from this young aspiring entrepreneur.You can visit www.antonio-brown.com or www.protect-a-child.org for more information on his story or nonprofit ventures.