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Anchor Diaries: Empire

Lucious finally reveals his secret to the family.

It’s one of those Mondays, a good Monday where everybody is up in the house including two of the stars of THE hottest show on tv right now, Empire. Tom and Jay Anthony Brown are in the building broadcasting. They spent the weekend in Miami after their live broadcast, Friday in the Improv at the  Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Jay leaves his studio to go check out Hakeem and Jamal on the Rickey Smiley show and he can’t believe Hakeem and Jamal know his work.

Brian, producer of the D.J.Laz morning show gives me the biggest laugh of the day. I escorted Casey and Timolyn Cole to the studio for their interview.  Brian is looking right past them, asking, okay, “where is Timbaland? Timolyn looks at Casey and says, oh, I can see where that would happen. Casey’s still in the dark – what’s happening… who is Timbaland?

As we walk away Casey’s still asking what, who is Timbaland?

Timolyn will explain it. I’ve gotta get back upstairs, do my 8:55 broadcast and get back to the 99 Jamz Studio for the photo op with Hakeem and Jamal.

The photo op with Hakeem and Jamal goes better than expected. I actually have a chance to talk with Jussie. I ask him if he’s ready for the sudden vortex of fame.  “Yes, I’ve been around this for a long time. I’m 31 years old. My feet are on the ground. When I was 16 to 19 I was my sister’s publicist. This is not my first time at the rodeo. This is just my first time being in the center of it. When I asked if he’s prepared though, for the glare of the spotlight, the relentless and repetitive nature of reporters’ and the insatiable thirst for information about his private life, (which we both agree has nothing at all to do with the craft of acting) he is so open and honest other people in the hallway stop in their tracks to hear us talking. “Why does anyone care where I put my penis”? Jamal is never asked if he likes dating older women, Dre is never asked if he’s bi-polar. I thought going on Ellen would help – so I could say it once and get it out there.

Alas, a rep tells us, I’m sorry but we have to go. I hate to break this up, I can tell you two are…. Jussie gives me his publicist name, tells me he’ll be glad to follow up.

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Traci is known for ‘keeping it real’ on and off the air. She’s described as an outgoing, brainy, extrovert with a wicked sense of humor. HOT 105 Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Jerry Rushin calls her “Sunshine”!Traci is HOT 105’s News Director and Anchor, heard during the Tom Joyner Morning Show – and on call 24/7 for major breaking news and hurricane coverage. She produces, writes, edits and delivers her on-air content.She has worked in television and radio news since 1990 including;CBS Miami, former Miami WNBA station, “Sol Vision” and Miami Dade TV.Traci is both a ‘personality’ and a journalist. She is a respected anchor, known for her approach to news, unique voice and ability to tell a good story.She has interviewed national media and political figures including Muhummad Ali, Denzel Washington, Rosie O’Donnel, Dr. Robert Atkins, Venus and Serena Williams, President Bill Clinton and then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama and then-future First Lady, Michelle Obama.She easily reads 2 or 3 books a week and regularly interviews a wide variety of authors. She was honored for her fundraising to help build the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale.Traci is a graduate of Spelman College and holds a Masters degree inEducation from Columbia University in New York City.She frequently emcees various South Florida events. She credits her late mother, Ann Cloyd, with helping her reach her goals. Traci is thrilled to be married to Mr. Harold L. Young, Jr. and is extremely grateful for his presence in her life, his love and extraordinary support. - See more at:

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