“Rest in Peace”: Magic Johnson Consoles Family of Former Employee, Who Bravely Fought Deadly Disease for 7 Years

Published 01/24/2024, 12:33 PM EST

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Inga Dyer’s career was built on Black-owned companies and she used to do legal work for Magic Johnson Enterprises. She was a success story when it came to “black college, black law school, and black business” producing an executive. Magic Johnson was heartbroken upon her passing from breast cancer and penned a heartfelt message after her demise.

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“Rest in peace to former Magic Johnson Enterprises employee Inga Dyer. Inga was a highly intelligent woman who did incredible work during her time with MJE. Cookie and I send our prayers to her daughter Lauryn, her son Isley, and the entire Dyer family during this difficult time. She will truly be missed!” Johnson wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

In 2017, Dyer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Undeterred, she went through various treatments and procedures and also continued serving her clients. She was a highly respected entertainment lawyer based in Los Angeles, California. Dyer was a Howard University alumna who went on to become a very sought-after lawyer in her line of work. She believed she didn’t need to be in front of the camera to be successful in the entertainment industry.

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She became the Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Revolt TV & Media in 2013. Before this, she served as a senior counsel for BET Networks. With decades of experience in business and legal affairs, Dyer also worked with Warner Chappell Music and Spike TV. She took immense pride in climbing the black corporate ladder.

Dyer received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. She was also a member of the California Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association.

As per her confession on ‘Essence’ in 2020, she was someone who looked forward to Mondays instead of Fridays. Apart from Magic Johnson, her schoolmate shed light on who she was as a person and how she helped him in college.

Inga Dyer once helped Director Dallas Jackson get housing on campus

Hollywood director Dallas Jackson is known for ‘Thriller’ (2018), ‘Welcome to Sudden Death’ (2020), and ‘Rebel’ (2017). He is also the director of ‘The System’ on Hulu. When Jackson was a freshman at Howard, Inga Dyer helped him get housing on campus. “I didn’t expect to goto college and leave with a big sister but that’s what exactly @ingadyeresq became to me. From day 1 when I was a new freshman at Howard, my Campus Pals Inga and Kali Jones made sure I got housing on campus (I didn’t have any)… they got me in the freshman dorm Drew Hall and that changed the course of my college experience forever,” he wrote on Instagram.

This experience pushed him to be a Campus Pal; a decision that Dyer supported. “We became family over those next three years at Howard, putting on variety shows, being of service to incoming freshmen, and serving the campus.” However, Jackson quickly learned that Dyer was more than just a ray of light and all smiles.

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She was to the point and all about business when needed. Years passed before they found each other in the entertainment industry in LA. “We went to our kids birthday parties and she was the model for the BOMB MOM. She loved her babies and did it ALL for them… that makes this loss unfair.”

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Further, in the fall of 2022, when Howard’s Bison Honors wanted to recognize Jackson’s work and asked if he had any alumni who could introduce him on stage, Dyer had his back. “The whole time she talked on-stage about me I felt like I should be giving HER an award. I’ll miss you big sis.”

 

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Dyer never let her commitment to her work waver. “Be fearless while being fierce,” was her mantra to success. But she wasn’t just all work. She loved karaoke. She called herself “the karaoke queen” in her old interview with ‘Essence’. Her go-to songs were ‘Car Wash’ and ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. In fact, she would join her close friends for karaoke every Thursday night for almost 15 years. ‘Golden’ by Jill Scott was her all-time favorite song.

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