Jossie Thacker

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Jossie Thacker was born on January 1, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. As one of the most sought out dancers, touring the world with top artist such as; Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Guy and Heavy D, Jossie was invited to star as one of the acclaimed, “Fly Girls”, in Keenan Ivory Wayan’s, and FOX’s hit T.V show, “In Living Color”, alongside her girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Jamie Fox, and Damon Wayans.

Jossie became known as the world-renowned fly-girl who rocked the braids and ripped the dance floor. Jossie’s arrival in tinsel town on, In Living Color, set the stage for her flourishing acting career. Following, In Living Color, Jossie honed in on her natural acting talent landing starring roles in: NCIS, The West Wing, ER, Charmed & That’s So Raven, led to Jossie gracing the stage as “Desdemona” in Shakespeare’s, “Othello”, opposite acclaimed actor, Charles E. Dutton. Jossie’s stage credits also include the role of “Julia” in “Becoming Cuban”, written by Carlos LaCamara.

Cast in the lead role, “Margo”, alongside “Ugly Betty’s”, Tony Plana, in the LA production of Havana Bourgeois, then alongside “Cold Case”, lead actor, Danny Pino, in the Miami production, at the famous, Miracle Mile Theater. Jossie’s television credits include CBS’s, “NCIS”, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”, “Private Practice”, ABC Family’s, “Make it or Break it”, TNT’s, “The Closer”, Nickelodean’s “Gigantic”, and BC’s “The Event” and was recently seen on Bounce TV’s new hit series, “My Crazy Room mate”. Jossie can be seen this season in Fox’s, hit series, “EMPIRE”.

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Jossie’s lead performance in the NAACP nominated short, “Brooklyn’s bride to Jordan”, led to her award winning role, “Charlie”, in Chicago International Film Festival’s best film, “Mississippi Damned”, which earned Jossie “Best Supporting Actress” award. Jossie recently won the People’s Choice award for “Best Lead Actress”, at the Las Vegas Film Festival for her film work in, “No Weapon Formed Against Us”, and starred in award winning film, “Boppin’ at the Glue Factory”, as well as in, Sergio Arau’s film, “A Day without a Mexican”, “Who made the Potato Salad”, and, “The Halfway Diner”, written by, John Sayles, to name a few. Jossie was recently invited to become a Committee Board Member of the Chicago International Film Festival, Black Perspectives Program. Jossie’s producer credits, include acquiring projects under her production company “JoEJoS Productions”, and “BeFLYCreate, Inc.”, including the original screenplay, “Conversations with Damaged Men”, which stars Jossie in the challenging role of a bitter, paraplegic writer, “Joan’s Damn Studio”, a story of a struggling ex-dancer, single mom, fighting to keep her dance studio, as well as food on the table for both her son and displaced mother. And Jossie’s, real life passion project, “Just JOSSIE”, a web show on, YouTube, inspired by her 2 young boys. ”Just JOSSIE”, and her industry friends help navigate, teach and inspire dancers and all types of artist pursuing a career in the entertainment business. Jossie has been married for 18 years and is the proud mother of two boys. Jossie’s motto is: “Hard WORK + Immovable FAITH = Dreams ACTUALIZED”.

Danella Sealock(BET Hostess edition)

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Danella has always had a natural wit and instinctive timing that captivates. Her voice has been heard on airwaves in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami. While on television, she has hosted shows viewed both nationally and internationally all while never losing focus of the importance of giving back to her community.

After graduating from New York University, Danella started her career in radio spending the first few years honing her craft. While on air at Radio One, in Washington, D.C., she caught the eye of an executive at Viacom and launched her television career with BET Networks.

Danella began her TV career with a live-to-tape, spirited battle-of-the-sexes game show entitled, The Road Show, which aired daily. She later transitioned into entertainment news as the co-host of The Black Carpet, quickly becoming a popular fixture on the network. BET soon realized that she was a natural at bringing viewers the latest entertainment news and notable one-on-one celebrity interviews.  Her expertise in handling high profile events made her an ideal interviewer for red carpets ranging from the Grammys to blockbuster movie premiers.  Danella’s appeal, charm and professionalism made BET decide to utilize her talent on various shows on the network including BET International’s Welcome to America, which aired in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Africa and the Middle East.

In 2010, Danella was highly sought after to co-host The Big Tigger Morning Show on WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. This opportunity led her to return to radio. She had amazing chemistry with Big Tigger and they took mornings in the nation’s capitol by storm.  Danella began her affiliation with NBC4 soon after her WPGC arrival as a weekly entertainment news contributor. Danella Dishes the Dirt, gave viewers a taste of the latest celebrity news and gossip.

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Danella did double duty on both television and radio with ease, until she made the transition to news, full-time, as NBC4’s morning traffic reporter.  In addition to guiding the nation’s capitol through its infamous gridlock, she also covered community-focused segments and various news specials enabling her to further grow her talents as a writer and producer.   With her style and knowledge, she seamlessly moved through her various roles.  In a town known for their loyalty to their media personalities, almost as much as their political party affiliations, Danella quickly won her audience over and became a fan favorite.

In 2014, Danella launched her own media relations company enabling her to share her vast experience with other media talents and public figures.  Currently, she represents clients in both Washington D.C. and Nairobi, Kenya.

Throughout her career, Danella has always been passionate about her community involvement.  Utilizing both personal and professional affiliations, she strives to be the voice for children, women and those in underserved communities.  When Danella is not on-air or representing her clients, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband, Kyle and their one-year-old son, Kyle Jace.

Madelyne Woods(BET Hostess edition)

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Madelyne Woods was always a favorite of mine.  I loved watching her interview famous singers and rappers  on Video LP.

Madelyne Woods is a cable television personality who appeared on BET throughout the 1990s. She completed undergraduate at University of Maryland at College Park graduating in 1986. She completed her master’s degree in Human Communication, graduating in 1987.

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Not long after joining BET, she was anchoring the “BET Newsbriefs”, one-minute news updates that aired during program breaks. Over the span of her career at BET, she was assigned to various news / interview shows, including the opportunity to host Video LP as Sherry Carter transitioned into hosting Video Soul, the flagship prime-time entertainment program for the network.

 

Tiffany Withers(BET Hostess edition)

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Amidst television celebrities and new faces adorning the Silver Screen, one name has grown to be recognized and revered by teens and Internet fans nationwide: Tiffany. Tiffany Withers has spent the last five years as the face of BET hosting some of the network’s hottest shows.

Growing up in New York City, Tiffany’s magnetic personality and charm caught the attention of Ebony Magazine who put her in the magazines’ print ads; but, she had her sights set on television and movies.

Tiffany’s big break came at age 19 when she was cast as Jay-Z’s childhood sweetheart in his first film, The Streets Is Watching. She made such an impression that he cast her as a lead character in his next project, Paper Soldiers as comedian Kevin Hart’s girlfriend.

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When not hosting shows, Tiffany lends her distinctive voice to Westwood One Radio’s celebrity news updates. Tiffany is a sought-after product endorser, appearing in commercials for Scion and Snapple. Along with endorsements, Tiffany also has a world-class sense of style which has landed her on the pages of numerous magazines.

Tiffany Withers: a powerhouse of on-air charisma, a bankable spokeswoman and a radio host who gives spark and excitement to any project she is associated with. As her star continues to rise; the future looks bright for Tiffany’s Life.

Marie “Free” Wright(BET Hostess edition)

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Marie Antoinette Wright was born February 7,1975.  She is of African American descent. She is better known by her stage name “Free”. She began her journey in the arts as a child in Boston, MA. She attended the Roxbury Center for Performing Arts for 11 years and traveled and toured as part of a young dance troupe. Inspired by hometown group New Edition, she was part of a few groups in Boston performing and winning talent shows, while honing her singing and rap skills. One of her biggest breaks in her dancing career was performing in the 1991 rap music video “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

Free left Boston to immerse herself in her true passion: music. One of Free’s stepping-stones was an internship at a radio station in MA, where she began to make a name for herself. She then made career moves between LA and New York in an effort to build the structure of her calling. She appeared on “Patriots”, the second track on Can-I-Bus, the debut album from critically acclaimed rap artist Canibus. This appearance was her first major appearance and the album eventually went gold. Her appearance on the album was a direct result of her professional connection with Wyclef and his Refugee Camp crew.

“What influenced me to chase after my dreams was music itself; its power and creative medium.” Fate led her to a casting held by BET, where executives choose her to co-host their signature show based in NYC: “106 & Park Top 10 live”. During her 5 years at 106 & Park, Free interviewed notable people such as Michael Jackson, Denzel Washington, Aaliyah, Halle Berry, Maxwell, and Alicia Keys.

In 2003, Free began to record a full-lengthed debut studio album titled, Pressure Free, which was expected to be released in spring of 2008. Free went on to promote the album and release buzz singles via underground mixtapes from early 2003 to 2007. A buzz single, “Uh Huh”, featuring Busta Rhymes, leaked via the internet in hopes of regenerating buzz for the album. Contributors for the debut included Faith Evans, Bink, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Rah Digga, Timbaland and Missy Elliott. As of 2012, there is no confirmation if the album will be released.

On December 1, 2009, Clear Channel Radio New York’s Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM), R&B, Hip Hop and Back in the Day Joints, announced that Malikha Mallette will move to co-host “The Ed Lover Show,” 5:30-9:30am and DJ Envy is Power 105.1’s new afternoon personality, 2-6pm weekdays. The announcement was made by Cadillac Jack, Power 105.1’s Program Director. Free stated on her Twitter page “Ok that’s a Tuesday Morning for ya: As of now I will no longer be heard on Power105 in the am: NY thanks for the laughs..rock on!”

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In October 2010, Free returned to BET to produce and star in “106 & Park’s” two-episode anniversary show: “106 & Park: 10 Years & Counting” and “106 & Park: The Celebration, 10 Years Live!” Both shows earned the highest “106 & Park” ratings in BET history.

She can also be seen on BET again as a presenter at the inaugural Black Girls Rock! Awards on November 7, 2010.

On May 9, 2011, Free began co-hosting “The Big Tigger Morning Show” on Washington, DC area radio station WPGC 95.5 FM, alongside Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan, 6am-10am weekdays. In December 2011 when Big Tigger was fired, Free continued the radio show solo.

Leslie Segar (BET Hostess edition)

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Last year I did a “throwback series” on all the beautiful sistas from the 80’s and 90’s.  This series is somewhat similar.  I thought I would do a series on some of the black women that were hostesses on BET back in the day. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about BET.  I can’t stand much of the garbage videos they have on as of late.  And I don’t like the negative portrayal of black men and women most of the time.  But I will admit they did have some fine sistas on BET back in the day.  So I thought I would highlight some of them.  I thought I would start with Big Lez.  She was always one of my favorites.  Although her real name is Leslie Segar. She is a dancer/actress. Leslie was born in New York City, New York, USA. She is known for her work on An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), New Jersey Drive (1995) and Hav Plenty (1997). She was the co-host of BET’s Rap City in 1993. She was a graduate of Springfield College, degree in Sports Medicine and Physiology.

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Former R&B and rap video dancer and choreographer (over thirty appearances)
Featured dancer in opening credits of FOX’s “Living Single” (TV).