MN: How did you come to work for Floyd Mayweather?
Robinson-White: In 1997 I left Atlanta and I moved to Las Vegas. I met Floyd at a party I was producing for the Billboard Music Awards and my deejay at the time knew him. A few months later we met out and about and he came to me and wanted to know how I knew all these celebrities. He said he wanted to do business with me. We had a cool conversation, and I was intrigued by him a little bit. He seemed like he really wanted to do something major in the entertainment industry and he knew I had the connections and eventually we began to work together. He brought me on to various projects as far as starting his label and I started to roll with the punches and stick with it because I began to know him as a person and I knew he wanted to be an entertainer and I had the connections to make that happen.
MN: As Mayweather’s right hand, what did you do in terms of nurturing his career?
Robinson-White: I always tell people that I attended Mayweather university and that my study was Floyd-ology. I came to know him as a person and while he wasn’t a star all of a sudden, we worked together to make that happen. Everything that came about in Floyd’s career outside of boxing – such as Dancing with the Stars, or WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) – that’s what I had my hands in and that is how Floyd became a household name. A lot of people studied what kind of money Floyd was making and how they could benefit off of him. But I studied him as a person, and I looked at his heart, I looked in his eyes and I saw what he wanted to do.
I became the founder and president of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation and the CEO of Mayweather Music. As far as media, radio and anything outside of boxing – I was the gatekeeper.
MN: There has been controversy surrounding Mayweather in the past. And as a boxer he is constantly being challenged on all fronts. How did you help him deal with that?
Robinson-White: Oftentimes behind closed doors, Floyd and I were at each others throats because I told him the truth whether he liked it or not. I had to be honest with him and based on my experience with lots of celebrities or people that are highly influenced, they don’t want to take your advice. So, you know, that was challenging because he would hear the truth from me and then turn around and do whatever and it would turn around and bite him. So, I don’t know if he would admit it, but I think he knew I was looking out for him.
MN: Why did you decide to write “Right Hand to the Champ”?
Robinson-White: Throughout the entire process, writing the book was difficult but in the end, the memoir became very dear to me. I wrote the truth, then I read the truth, and then I learned from the truth. I was really authentic about what has happened in my life working for Floyd and my dealings with my family and my career and how I balanced that. I also wrote about tough times when I had to re-evaluate and prioritize things in my life.
At one time while I was working with Floyd, it was intoxicating and I was literally drunk over the work I was doing and the lifestyle I was living. I was on private jets, getting expensive jewelry, cars, and living a certain lifestyle and it took over for a moment. I had to give myself a reality check. I wanted to make money, and put food on the table, but I was missing out on precious time with my daughter, my son, and with my husband that I couldn’t get back. I still care about Floyd Mayweather, however I have started to care about Tasha a little more.
MN: You moved on from the Mayweather camp in 2009. Where did you career take you after that?
Robinson-White: I actually started my own business called Tasha’s Treasures. I would raid my celebrity friends closets, take their gently used clothes, re-sell them and then donate the proceeds to charity. That actually started with Floyd because I would watch him throw away expensive clothes that he had only worn once or twice and it used to aggravate me. I realized I could start a business, and re-sell celebrity clothes in my boutique and then donate to charities like Standing Tall (Standing Tall Charitable Foundation), the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Shade Tree, which is a women’s shelter in Las Vegas. I have a passion for fashion and raiding celebrity closets was so fun and being able to contribute back made it a great thing to do.
MN: What can fans expect from you in the future?
Robinson-White: Well, along with the book I will also have book clubs that will meet across in different cities across the country where we can talk about lessons and learning about life. I also have a few other writing projects that are in film, and one musical. So writing is definitely in the cards. I am also still associated with charities like Women Standing Tall and Teens Off the Street, which is actually my charity.
MN: For others that want to have a career in entertainment, what is your advice to them?
Robinson-White: The best advice I can give is to know that your network is their net worth. Who you rub shoulders with, who you are around, and who you position yourself to do business with determines your value. I think at this point in my career I have built a lot of great relationships and they are not based on whether I have the money to pay them or not, they would still do business with me because of my worth ethic and because of how I treated them and how they have treated me in the past.
The business side of being a mogul is just as important as the creative side and how you get the message out. You have to have a real intention to do well and be a role model and go get it. And that comes from having a passion for this business. Through passion you always find your purpose.