BESLA is excited to share Bruce Jackson’s memoir, “Never Far From Home: My Journey from Brooklyn to Hip-Hop, Microsoft and the Law. A stirring true story of grit and perseverance NEVER FAR FROM HOME follows Bruce Jackson’s rise from childhood poverty to a career at the top of the technology and music industries.
Born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Bruce moved to the infamous NYCHA projects -- Amsterdam Houses -- in Manhattan, as a teenager, where he was harassed by street cops and seduced by drug dealers. He found a way out, graduated from Hofstra University then Georgetown Law School, and cut his teeth working in entertainment law.
As an entertainment attorney Bruce represented hip hop royalty including LL Cool J, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Heavy D, Busta Rhymes, M.C. Lyte, SWV, Changing Faces, Jazzy Jeff, Big L, Junior Mafia, and Little Kim.
Jackson transitioned from entertainment into a wildly successful corporate law career. Currently serving as Associate General Counsel and Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships for the office of the President at Microsoft, Bruce remains a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.
I’m committed to creating a pipeline and providing access to marginalized groups. My entire journey, not just my professional career, feeds into that. -Bruce Jackson