Right Hand to the Champ: 13 Lessons That Changed My Life is Robinson-White’s first book, and with portions of it encapsulating her 12-year working relationship with her former boss, she had questions about how it would be received by her former boss, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather. But with his blessing and support, Robinson-White said it felt great to be able to “write the truth” about her life, and “learn and grow” through her experiences.
“Writing my story allowed me to learn a lot about myself. It was therapeutic and I was able to share my thoughts and show how I have evolved as a person,” Robinson-White said. “At the end of each chapter, I tell about the lesson I learned from each experience and everything that I went through in my life, from working with Floyd to maintaining my family, I have become the woman that I am today – and I’m proud of that.”
Prior to working for Mayweather, Robinson-White was quite established in her own right in Atlanta, assisting Ian Burke and Laface Records. Throughout the years, she was given much responsibility and helped nurture the careers of groups like TLC and Outkast, as well as singers like Usher and Toni Braxton. While the memoir covers two decades of Robinson-White’s career, the media mogul told Madame Noire that the underlying message of the book is to “just tell the truth.”
“This book is my most authentic truth about my experiences. I didn’t hold any punches, and I didn’t sugarcoat anything,” she said. “I was honest about my dealings with Floyd and I talk about when he made mistakes, when I made mistakes and when we made mistakes together. But this memoir also tells about how I learned from those mistake and I want people to learn to address their issues and grow from them.”
Pre-sales for Right Hand to the Champ begin this Friday, with print and digital versions set to be released in November.
MadameNoire: Where did you start your career in the entertainment industry?
Tasha Robinson-White: My career started in the 1990s in Atlanta. I always knew from a very young age that I wanted to work in the entertainment business and while I was attending Spelman I started assisting Ian Burke at Laface Records as an intern. At the time Laface was making major moves in the industry and I was rubbing shoulders with some of today’s most influential entertainment executives and they showed me how to be a boss in this industry. I was a hard worker, I took direction well, and I had a creative, and unique style. People trusted me and they actually gave me a chance to show creative ideas. I was also a people person, I wasn’t afraid to talk to anyone, or address anyone and I was approachable. That is really important in this industry.