Interview: Marisa Mendez x Karen Civil For Inked Magazine


Inked Mag gave me the opportunity to get some new ink, and talk to my girl Karen Civil about her new book. Below is an excerpt, with a link to the full interview at the end.

Karen Civil is a Jane of All Trades. While helping grow the digital footprints of artists among the likes of Lil Wayne and Jeezy, the New Jersey native has simultaneously built a personal brand so reputable that Hillary Clinton employed her services at a recent campaign rally in Atlanta. Funkmaster Flex’s former intern went from answering phones and ordering his dinner to having 15 employees of her own and owning multiple companies, creating a story great enough to turn into a book. So she did.

Just days before Be You & Live Civil became available, Karen and I met up at Inked‘s headquarters to add to our respective tattoo collections. The book’s release landed on Karen’s birthday, so while it was certainly a great gift to herself as far as personal endeavors go, it’s also quite the gift to others.

“It’s really just about helping people become well-rounded individuals,” she explains as Leathernecks Tattoo’s Kenny K-Bar works on her new ink. “It’s about self-motivation, finding your happiness, your inner peace. It’s not really music industry-related, but rather about you unlocking your potential and finding your purpose.”

After the successful launch of her hip-hop entertainment website in 2008,, Karen would later go on to create, a portal catered toward positive affirmations and tips for a better living. Suffice to say, Be You & Live Civil is right on brand with that. And while she’d scored a deal through rap mogul Birdman’s publishing partnership with Simon & Schuster, she’s putting this one out on her own. However, that one’s still coming.

Read the full interview HERE.

Marisa Mendez

Marisa is a media personality, while also working on the digital side of things for some of hip-hop's biggest names. She has done work with French Montana, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T and many more.

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