When it comes to making things happen, Henry “Blaq” Butler is a pro. The founder/co-founder of numerous ventures, including Connect Global LLC, 1 One Ninety 5, LDB Casting, and his family-owned business HLB 95, the parent company of all his entities, Butler is a Los Angeles native that is no stranger to working hard and seeing things through.
During the 1990s, he became a regular in the entertainment industry. Starting his music career in the late 1980s, his notoriety as a savvy businessman became the foundation of a reputation that precedes him to this day. Butler is a co-founder of How Can I Be Down Music Conference and an executive at Loud Records where he’s worked with the biggest artists in hip-hop, like Wu-Tang Clan, Xzibit, Big Pun, Skeelo, and Teddy Riley. But his skills and talents go far beyond the borders of music. A visionary that knows how to motivate people, he parlayed his business savoir-faire into marketing and has worked on campaigns for PlayStation, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Mecca, and Enyce clothing companies, and Red Bull. He also lent his expertise to Fox Network’s hit drama, Empire, the most-watched show on television.
Butler’s commendable run in Hollywood has given him the opportunity to use his influence to be more than a “man with a plan” that garners results. Through his love for people and his desire to help others, he is a vital supporter of countless charitable endeavors. In fact, his constant involvement with non-profits led him, along with his wife, renowned casting director Leah Daniels-Butler, and their five successful children, to start Help, Give, Care Foundation; a 5013c that focuses on equipping community-based organizations with the tools and resources they need to help homeless populations in their local cities all across America. He regularly makes contributions to worthy causes like activist Susan Burton’s, A New Way of Life Foundation and works tirelessly with local youth football leagues, which, among other things, prepare young men in urban areas for careers in the NFL including his son, a professional football player and a prime example of Butler’s work with such programs. When it comes down to it, he is more than a business mogul. He’s a giving person that has taught his family the importance of giving back to the less fortunate.
Through personal experiences, including incarceration and working with a son who suffers from schizophrenia, drug abuse, and at one time, homelessness, Butler’s reflective attitude drives him to be a better person and teaches him to focus on the positive forces in the community. From tutoring and supporting internship programs to mentoring and feeding the homeless, his passion for life and seeing people make the most of theirs fuels his philanthropic efforts.
Henry Butler is a man on a mission. And with all that he has accomplished and does on a daily basis, the best is still yet to come.