Stephanie Mills Mistreated at the Nokia Theatre Live – LA

stephanie-millsStephanie Mills Mistreated at the Nokia Theatre Live – LA


On 14 March 2009 Stephanie Mills headlining along side the Whispers at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles California was rudely harassed by the management at this venue.  They threatened not to pay her according to the contract agreement requiring them to pay her in full prior to performing and threatened to search her property without any reason whatsoever.  It was an attempted act of extortion.  A shakedown and an attempted bamboozle.


But Stephanie stood up to them and was not only not searched but explained her situation to the Whispers who refused to perform until her situation was resolved, I call this old fashion sticking together.  Ultimately she was paid in full and the show went on but not as scheduled as a standoff took place for a couple of hours, but the fans got what they paid for.


She said a lot of women especially black women are mistreated in the industry while touring and she felt betrayed by her former agent whom she fired after the disrespectful position taken by her former agent.  A similar situation was Janet under the management of Jermaine Dupri during the Rock Witchu Tour as there is speculation as to did Janet Jackson receive her just due pay while touring.


This is a common practice that is a taboo when it comes to talking about it in fear of being blackballed from industry touring.  You can believe that many artist go without getting their full agreed upon concert performance deal.  Some are simply not paid others are forced to make ridicules contract riders that the venue basically takes back some of the money agreed upon in the deal made to perform.  People think artist are crazy because of some of the riders they have when on tour, but the reality be told they afraid to not agree to these forms of extortion.  This makes me wonder about Michael Jackson reported rider including over 1,200 bottle of $36 water.  In Janet’s case if she did not get paid it is her fault because I offered my services as a money collector.   It is a taboo!  By the way Prince performs at the Nokia- Live on Saturday 28 March 2009.  Will they pay Prince in full?  I wonder what is in his rider. 


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  1. Interesting post. I found out about this incident this morning as Stephanie was on one of the radio programs I listen. Anyway, glad I found your site, because the inference was “she was not allowed to perform” but according to your info – she in fact did perform.

    Anyway, antics such as the one described (unjustified searches, etc.)is ridiculous and the word needs to spread if Venues such as Nokia feel this is the appropriate way to operate.

    Just my 2 cents

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