At the mention of the name Deb Antney, usually the words “manager,” “mogul” and “entertainment maven” are not far behind.

Through her entertainment label Mizay Music Group, Antney has been instrumental in promoting and managing major acts like Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj and her son Waka Flocka Flame.

She’s also established brands such as BE100 Radio and DTLR, and serves as an executive producer on WeTv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta.”

However, following a breakout recurring role on VH-1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” franchise, Antney is now spending a bit more time in the spotlight, especially for causes she has a passion for.

One of her most important priorities now, she said, is her No Reckless Internet Posting (R.I.P.) Foundation.

Antney said she founded the R.I.P. Foundation after the death of her youngest son, Caodes “KayO” Scott.

As a result of the negativity he experienced from internet bullies on social media, the 22-year-old took his own life in December 2013.

Through her foundation, Antney’s goal is to stop hurtful online postings similar to the comments, gossip and online attacks that led her son to take his life.

Recently, Antney’s R.I.P. Foundation hosted an “Eat, Drink and BE Charitable” event at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Atlanta. Special guests included Cisco Rosado (Love & Hip Hop New York), Masika Kalysha (Love & Hip Hop Hollywood) as well as R&B group Final Draft.

The event courted a bevy of supporters to raise money and school supplies. In particular, proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s efforts at James H. Brown Elementary in Jonesboro.

During the event, 1-800-HURT-911 owner Bryan Veal presented Antney and the R.I.P. Foundation with a check for $10,000.

“When I met (Antney) and she explained this program to me at Brown Elementary, I was just empowered,” he said. “I felt like I needed to do something.”

Veal and his company have been hands-on with the foundation ever since, Antney said.

Antney said she instantly became emotionally attached with Brown Elementary after hearing about the school and interacting with its faculty and students.

“When I started learning about the kids that were in the school, you normally hear about a lot of single mothers. But in this school, there were a lot of single fathers,” Antney explained about her choice to support Brown. “There were grandparents and there was a lot of foster care. So, I knew that I was hitting a school that was struggling with poverty.”

Through the R.I.P. Foundation, Antney’s helped to improve the lives of students at Brown Elementary by providing the school with a pantry stocked full of household supplies and a program that teaches the students life lessons and responsibility.

Antney’s support for Brown all started with a “store,” the pantry and program where the supplies she’s donated are stored.

“I said to Mrs. Reaves (Brown’s principal), ‘Would you mind if I put a store in here?’

Reaves replied, ‘A store? Oh yeah, cool,’” Antney shared. “The store (Reaves) had in mind had…books, pens, and pencils.

“The next day, I pulled up with three cars (full of) pots, pans, comforters, pillows,” she continued. “Everything new, no hand-me-down nothing: deodorant, soap powder, toilet paper, dishwashing liquid.

“Everything that you could think about that you need in your household. It’s not just for them, it’s for them to take care of the household period.”

Since Antney opened the store, it has evolved into an entire program that simulates actual processes that adults encounter every day.

The program empowers the students to make financial decisions, receive consequences for breaking laws and earn a living, Antney explained.

“Everyday that they go to school, the school is now their jobs. They have a job,” she said. “They get a salary, they get a paycheck. We have state workers, federal, county, we have all levels. “We got the president, and her guards are on the side of her,” she added. “We have a vice president. Everything is educational, and they are learning.”

Ultimately, Antney said she is passionate about providing a community that actually helps to take care of kids and families.

“When I grew up, there was a village that raised us and that’s what I want to place into these schools.”

Additional goals for her and the foundation are to increase financial literacy and create awareness for mental health, especially in elementary-aged kids.

Entertainment mogul Deb Antney, inspired by the loss of her son Caodes to suicide from online bullying in December 2013, created the No Reckless Internet Posting (RIP) Foundation. (Photo: Deb Antney)

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