TUNE IN ALERT: TV ONE will air Final Interview with the late Iconic Rapper DMX on UNCENSORED on Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET/7C

TV One’s URBAN ONE HONORS Will Premiere at 9 p.m. ET/8C Immediately Following the UNCENSORED: DMX Special.

Urban One Founder and Chairwoman Cathy Hughes announced TV One will air a special episode of its hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED featuring the late rapper DMX.  Hughes made the exclusive announcement on the URBAN ONE HONORS: Virtual Press Conference on Wednesday, April 28. The special is slated to air on Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m.ET/7C, immediately followed by the annual URBAN ONE HONORS hosted by Erica Campbell and Roland Martin at 9 p.m. ET/8C.  

It will feature an interview with DMX just three weeks before his passing and is confirmed to be his final and most transparent to date.  “DMX sat down with our team and was completely UNCENSORED,” said Cathy Hughes. “We have one hour with the late rapper in his own words. For DMX to be with us just three weeks before God called him home, I believe it’s truly divine intervention. I thank Nikki from SWIRL films for staying the course because he kept telling her ‘no’, but thankfully we were able to make it happen. His family, fan club, friends, and supporters will be happy with the way he told his story for the last time. The two-part special will air directly before the annual Urban One Honors. I’m particularly excited because I feel like this will be the biggest night in TV One History.” 

The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of popular personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. This episode will highlight the rapper in his own words as he discusses his more than 30-year career and legacy in hip hop. Raised in Yonkers, New York, by his mother, DMX was considered a “problem” as early as kindergarten. A tumultuous relationship with his mother caused him to bounce between boys’ homes and eventually detention centers. However, battle rapping solidified his love for the art, and his first break was a feature in The Source Magazine’s Unsigned Hype column in 1991. In 1992, he was signed to Ruffhouse Records. His debut album, It’s Dark, and Hell is Hot, didn’t arrive until 1998, but it peaked at No.1 on the Billboard 200. He quickly followed up with his second album, Flesh of My FleshBlood of My Blood, making him the first living artist to release two chart-topping albums in the same year. He eventually released six more studio albums, with three more reaching No. 1 and one reaching No. 2. His success in music primed him for acting. He starred in Hype Williams’ hip hop classic Belly and followed that success with roles in Romeo Must Die and Exit WoundsUNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Keith Neal, James Seppelfrick and Paul Hall (Executive Producers), Jay Allen (Co-Executive Producer), and Nikki Byles (Producer) of Swirl Films. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive in Charge of Production; Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting; and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. 

The Annual Urban One Honors

URBAN ONE HONORS is an annual tribute show that heralds the exemplary accomplishments of African Americans. The theme of this year’s awards show is Women Leading the Change and will pay homage to dynamic ladies whose extraordinary contributions in business, media, health, and politics have had a profound impact across the country and the world.  URBAN ONE HONORS will premiere on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 9 p.m. ET/8C on TV One.  It will be simulcast for the first time on its sister network CLEO-TV. Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist, author, and syndicated radio personality Erica Campbell and award-winning journalist and author Roland Martin will host the event.  URBAN ONE HONORS was created to acknowledge and celebrate individuals and organizations whose work significantly impact society and culture. URBAN ONE HONORS is executive produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas, Robert Boyd of Swirl Films, and Jazz Smollett. Susan Henry serves as Executive Producer in Charge of Production for TV One. Kashon Powell, Vice President of Programming for Radio One, and Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent and Casting. Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production. For more information, visit www.UrbanOneHonors.com and visit TV One’s Youtube Channel to check out exclusive behind-the-scenes content for Urban One Honors and UNCENSORED.

TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram , and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtag #URBANONEHONORS. Be sure to follow UNCENSORED on Facebook and Instagram(@UncensoredTVOne) using the hashtag #UncensoredTVOne.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION with Nadia François

CEO, Nadia Francois is no stranger to business opportunities that open a path for herself and other members of the community to excel.  The Louisiana native began her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 19 and has used her experiences and knowledge to help other business owners start and grow their ventures. Last year this trailblazer stepped out on faith and became the channel owner of What’s Your Super Power Tv (WYSP), which also houses her talk-show by the same title on Exposure TV Network.

The season is graced with some fantastic female overcomers, including guests  Asante’ McGee of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, body positivity model and plus-size influencer Chenese Lewis, public relations specialist and philanthropist Dr. Catrina Pullum,  Keishawn “Keedy Black” Harrison, author and recording artist and many more phenomenal women.

WYSP TV recently launched a brand new season of fresh, inspirational content. The channel is available for streaming on Exposure TV Network which is available on Apple TV and all iOS devices, Android TV, Roku, and Firestick.

We had the opportunity to chat with Nadia and pick her brain on all things entrepreneurship.

WYSP TV (What’s Your Super Power) launched a few weeks ago on Exposure TV Network. I love the name! Tell our readers what they can expect to see on this channel?

Thank you so much!! Viewers can expect content from minority creatives in a variety of genres including cooking, talk shows, spiritual wellness, and entrepreneurship. 

How did you come up with the name?

The name is actually a spin-off of my anthology with the same title which encourages women to utilize their God-given super powers to overcome adversity and push through to purpose.

You also have a Talk Show. What’s the name of it and what topics do you cover?

The Talk show bears the same name What’s Your Super Power Television and it features me as the host interviewing female entrepreneurs and pioneers that are walking in their purpose.  We also spotlight minority businesses and community leaders.

There is a purpose behind everything that you’re involved in from the day to day running of the station to the talk show. What is your definition of success? How has your success impacted others?

My definition of success is doing what you love and getting paid for it as it applies to business.  I think my success has impacted others through inspiration, connections, and mentorship.  I am constantly empowering female entrepreneurs by telling my story and encouraging them to push forward no matter what.  I have not reach my final destination but my path has been cleared by utilizing my faith and letting God guide my steps in business.

What does a “normal” day look like in your world as a CEO?

OMG!! Busy!! However, since COVID I have actually sat still a lot and learned to work from home some days. A typical day starts with prayer and devotion and coffee, then I scan social media to see what’s going on and make sure my scheduled posts are still in trend, then I check and return emails to my team members, complete tasks that I may have missed the previous day and that’s my morning.  The afternoons are for interviews, calls with my clients and producers, and show uploads.  So a lot of time on the computer and phone but it is so fulfilling at the end of the day.  And yes I have office hours because I still have 4 kids.

How would potential clients who want to be on the show access that information? 

Potential clients can find show information at http://www.wysptvchannel.com/hello

Lastly, where can we watch WYSP Tv? 

WYSP TV is accessible in both app stores and on all smart devices such as Roku, Firestick, Apple TV, Android TV by simply downloading the Exposure TV Network App and clicking on the channel.

Support Nadia by Downloading the Exposure TV Network App and watching WYSP TV

Wedding Industry Professional – Laura Fote

Meet Laura Fote a full-time healthcare professional, and Co-Owner (along with her husband) of the award-winning and Best of 2021 Wedding Vendors, L and B Concepts, a luxury event rental company based in Maryland. L and B Concepts is the creative brainchild for Fote — providing luxury, high quality party rental services to all of its customers. Under her strategic guidance, L&B helps ensure parties are a success by working hand-in-hand with event planners, computer-generated event planners and on-site evaluations with its extensive selection of high-quality rental equipment sourced from all over the globe. As it was for Fote, L&B Concepts can help turn any dream event concept, into a blossoming reality. 

  • Who inspired you to start L & B Concepts and why?
  • My husband inspired me to start L&B Concepts because he discovered that I was an innovative and creative person, and wanted to help me in pursuing my endeavors. I’m so proud of the business that we have created. L&B Concepts is a luxury event rental company that services a host of clients, and we were recently recognized by The Knot as one of their Best Wedding Vendors for 2021 and recently awarded the Couples Choice Award by Wedding Wire as well.
  1. What does success look like to you?
  2. Success to me equals financial stability, plus creative freedom and lifestyle design.
  1. What kind of impact do you want your story to leave on those who read or see your story?
  2. The impact I want from people who read my story is to get inspired, to find their voice and to re-affirm their values. So many people are afraid to go after their dreams or to jump start their passion, and I want to be the example to let them know that it’s okay — start today.
  1. What would you say is your most driving motivation to keep doing what you to do?
  2. In my opinion, motivation is the most significant predictor of success. The customer satisfaction and appreciation of our items at L&B is a great motivation which drives me to come up with even more creative ideas and items for our customers. They are the heartbeat and soul of my business.
  1. What are you most excited or passionate about? (In both business and life or both)
  2. I am passionate about helping others especially Orphans . Helping others makes the world a better place . Altruism is contagious .
  1. What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your business? What are the goals that you hold personally?The goals I want to accomplish in our business and personally is to: improve personal skills like communication, networking, teamwork, leadership and develop good relationships with our clients. In this day and time, it is extremely important to take leadership to the next level by mastering the art of communication, and to also continue to nurture and build trust between past, present and future clients.
  1. Did you have any key mentors or people who deeply influenced who you are, what you believe in and what you’re committed to in your work and life? Tell me about them.
  2. The mentors who deeply influenced who I am, what I believe and  what I am committed to in both at work and life are my beloved parents who are of late, and my husband. My parents critically guided me through my life decisions and provoked endless learning from their life experiences and wisdom. They taught me to never give up on my dreams, to identify distractions and distractors and to walk away from it/them, to always remain a humble person, and to be a go-getter. My husband has been a phenomenal mentor in their absence. I tell him that every day and count myself lucky and blessed to have him alongside me in this journey of life. He is my biggest fan and compliments me a lot. He supports my every move but will never hesitate to redirect me when I take a wrong path. He is a master of insightful inquiry and has taught me how to fish by not providing the fish, but allowing me to seek after it.
  1. Did you have any life-changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to be doing what you’re doing today? Tell me about them.
  2. The life changing experiences that put me on the path that led me to be doing what I am doing today are losing both of my parents unexpectedly, reaffirming my faith in the Lord and by doing that, following the commands God puts in my heart, as well as marrying a man who compliments me. My parents were both extremely hardworking and successful people. They worked tirelessly for the government and really never did what they loved or took time for themselves. Like most people, they had planned on doing that at retirement. Unfortunately at the prime time of their lives, at the time to enjoy the fruits of their labor, they both transitioned to be with the Lord. I then redesigned my outlook at life and learned to take a risk that takes me somewhere new. In life, do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.
  1. What’s next for you in your business/brand? What can readers look forward to from you?
  2. What is next for our business is to come up with personalized,  top-quality products, that will wow our customers and brighten their events. In-person weddings are coming back stronger than ever for 2021 and we’re ready to take charge!

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