Leila Steinberg (born December 18, 1961) is an American manager,
business woman, educator, writer, poet, and founder of
501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk
youth find their voice using an emotional literacy curriculum and
writing workshops. She is best known as the artist mentor and first
manager for superstar rapper Tupac Shakur. They met when he was
a student in her writing workshop, The Microphone Sessions, in the
Oakland Bay area. Today Leila manages the rapper Earl Sweatshirt,
formerly of Odd Future.
In the 2017 Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, Leila was played by actress
Life and work
Steinberg was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was an
activist of Mexican-Turkish descent, and her father was a criminal
defense lawyer of Polish Jewish descent.
During the late 1980s, Steinberg performed as a backup dancer and
singer, touring with musicians O.J. Ekemode & The Nigerian
Allstars. She also shared the stage with Santana, Bo Diddley, The
Neville Brothers, The Spinners,
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