First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first African American female to serve as the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization): these are just the first of many firsts. Lyricist, inspirational speaker, dj, pioneer, icon, veteran and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. She has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. A current member of the Board of Trustees of Dillard University and reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music making skills, but over the course of her extensive career, MC Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is.
A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. MC Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single, the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy and in 2006, MC Lyte became the FIRST solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s HIP HOP HONORS.
MC Lyte has graced network television as well as the big screen and she has been the voice behind the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and national campaigns for Wherehouse Music, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Nike. She is the hot of Morning Cup on Centric and recently unveiled her lyrical talent, once again, to the world with the release of her latest album, LEGEND.
A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, MC Lyte never compromises who she is and consistently displays that a woman can turn heads fully clothed! Whenever possible, MC Lyte enjoys traveling across the nation to use her expertise and story of success to motivate others to take ownership of the world around them while striving to be the best they can possibly be. Author of “UNSTOPPABLE: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential,” MC Lyte provides keynote addresses at educational institutions, community centers and corporations around the globe and has also been active in many social projects, including anti-violence campaigns, HIV / AIDs prevention, and Rock the Vote. MC Lyte is also the author of “Living in the Lyte: Lessons in Life, Love and Truth” and “Fusion: Bridging the Gap between the Civil Rights Movement and Hip Hop,” a book she co-authored with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
MC Lyte resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, John. She reigns as the CEO of Sunni Gyrl, Inc. and the Chair of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which has presented over $750,000 in college scholarships (www.hiphopsisters.org/news). She is a past President, Trustee and Governor of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy organization), a member of the Board of Trustees at Dillard University, and is a proud honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Always staying current and with the times, MC Lyte has expanded her empire with her very own mobile app (www.mclyte.biz). This new venture will provide MC Lyte fans with a more unique and personal look into her music endeavors and upcoming events. The app is FREE to download and available to both Apple and Android users. Download today, search for MC LYTE APP (www.mclyte.biz).
DR. LYNN RICHARDSON
Dr. Lynn Richardson is an author, financial expert and entertainment executive who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others achieve personal, professional, and spiritual harmony.
Named by Urban Influence Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Influencers in America, Dr. Lynn Richardson is an author, entertainment executive and celebrity financial coach who uses her quick wit and humorous presentation style to help others face their money issues and achieve personal, professional and spiritual harmony. With more than two decades of leading roles in the banking and real estate sales industries, Dr. Lynn vision is best portrayed in her books, most notably Living Check to Monday: The Real Deal About Money, Credit and Financial Security, which achieved Best Seller status at the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Conference Book Pavilion.
Dr. Lynn is featured regularly on the BET & Centric Networks and has appeared in Essence, Jet, Upscale, on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and in countless media outlets nationwide. She has served as Chief of Operations for Russell Simmons’ & Dr. Benjamin Chavis' Hip Hop Summit Action Network and is currently the President and CEO of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, and President and COO of MC Lyte's Sunni Gyrl entertainment and celebrity management firm -- where she oversees empowerment programs that impact the globe.
In 2012, Richardson was appointed President of MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, where she was responsible for assisting in the launch of various significant programs and she was later appointed COO of MC Lyte's business enterprise, Sunni Gyrl, Inc, which specializes in artist support, development, business strategies, and wealth creation for various celebrities.
In 2016, Richardson partnered with MC Lyte, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Erica Campbell, and Nicci Gilbert to launch The W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience, a three-day new year retreat she created for celebrities, entertainment and corporate executives, and women from all walks of life: www.wealthexperience.info.
CHEF FELICIA GUIMONT
Chef Felicia Guimont is the owner and founder of Southern Best Catering and OMG Cakes. She touts these as two companies with one mission – “quality service”. She started her catering company in 1997, while she was a team lead at Texas Instruments. Now, as a full-time chef, Felicia has a staff of 12 and finds peace in the kitchen, as it’s her safe haven.
Felicia finds comfort in giving to others and she does so freely. Over the last few years, she has sponsored several organizations and events in the DFW area. She has a fondness for giving back to non-profits, organizations that assist the homeless, children organizations and those suffering from domestic violence.
While many call her a Celebrity Chef, she turns the description around. She says that all her clients are celebrities and she vows to treat them as such by giving them the Southern BEST experience.
A born and raised New Yorker with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communications. Maurice Johnson is an author, motivator, red-carpet correspondent, tv enthusiast and many more.
Maurice serves as Executive Producer of his own "Moments with Maurice" Show and also serves on the YESLORDRADIO board of advisory out of Nashville, TN as a Red-Carpet correspondent, and Lead Ambassador over Middle TN region. Furthermore, He travels across the world hosting various Red Carpets and social events such as Celebration of Gospel, The Doves, The BET Awards, Grammys, Bravo Tv (Thicker than Water), Soul Train Awards just to name a few. Also, to mention Maurice was a guest on the number one hit reality show on WeTv Mary Mary season 5.
Nevertheless, with his innovative skills Maurice has graced the carpet with and also interviewed such awesome people in the music and acting industry such as: Kirk Franklin, Debra Lee (Former CEO of BET Networks), Tasha Cobb Leonard, Toni Braxton, David and Tamela Mann, Fonzworth Bentley, Kenny Lattimore, Taraji P. Henson, Erica and Tina Campbell, Fat Joe, Jonathan McReynolds as well as many others.
A portion of Asante’s story of abuse debuted recently in the ground-breaking Lifetime Television documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly”. She like the other women in the documentary emerged from the shadows and told her story of survival.
Asante is touring the country telling her story of triumph to women, young girls and their families. Most notably, she has been a sought-after speaker during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to tell her compelling story of overcoming abuse, how she learned to love herself, and how she navigated the pitfalls of life.
K.C. Fox is a 20-year-veteran of the American Broadcast Industry; an American Media Professional, a maven and a subject matter expert in the industry. When it comes to broadcast television, she has literally done in all. KC is most known for her Lady General Franchise in addition to her keynote speaking, leadership courses, breakout sessions, and advocacy work in domestic violence and young female leader’s initiatives.
K.C. has been featured in a number of publications notably for her leadership and barrier breaker accomplishments and has received several awards nationally and locally. Most recently, KC received 2016. 3rd edition inclusion into “Who’s Who in Black Dallas”. In 2014 she was named “One of Dallas Most Influential Women” by the Steed Society and Rolling out Magazine. In 2015, she was awarded the Woman of Excellence Award by Women of Distinction national publication. In 2016 she was named “The Best of the Best in Television Media” by The Examiner.com
She currently works for Tribune Media, where she holds the title VP of Broadcasting Technology and On- Air Operations. Tribune is one of the country’s largest media outlets owning 42 television stations to include the WGN superstation. K.C. has been noted as the only female as well as one the youngest to hold this title making it even more notable owning it in the fifth largest market in the country.
A strong and empowered woman, KC served 9 years in the United States Air Force, where she honorably completed a tour to Northern Iraq in support of
Operation Iraq and Enduring Freedom. She served as the primary training combat communications Sergeant for the 506 Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, worked as the primary Assistant to the Battle Captain in combat operations and served as the Base Defense Operating Center Air Force/ Army Liaison to the Joint Tactical Operation Center for the entry control point sector. KC worked as a Primary Security Forces instructor at Ft Wolters Regional Training Center where she was named "Top Instructor" several times and was adored by her students and superiors.