There are very few disc jockeys whose extraordinary style is matched by their great musical ear and an amazing list of celebrity interviews.
Barely out of high school, Mimi's radio career started in Philadelphia at a recording studio where she was discovered by the legendary East Coast disc jockey, Dr. Perri Johnson. Under his guidance, Mimi started out at a Philly hard rock station playing music from Led Zeppelin to Jimi Hendrix. Very quickly her musical talent attracted the attention of Bob Klein, the General Manager and Vice President of the pioneering top-rated radio station, WDAS-FM. There the R & B and highly funkified format combined with Mimi's musicality capturing the seventh largest market in the nation for over 20 years. Her smooth and sultry delivery, musical knowledge and interviews brought her the attention of listeners not only nationwide but around the world.
Mimi has worked every shift on radio from afternoons to morning and evening drive-time. Stacks of fan letters from Teddy Pendergrass to members of the armed services all mention Mimi's captivating voice. It is compelling in its ability to grip your attention while softly dangling you in suspense wondering what she will say next.
Mimi was also the first female Assistant Program Director in the history of WDAS-FM. Grammy award winning producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff selected her to narrate the Teddy Pendergrass album Live Coast to Coast which sold millions of albums worldwide. Her Friday night rap show was the launching pad for the careers of famed movie and recording star Will Smith who served as her guest co-host, along with his musical colleague, DJ Jazzy Jeff. Luther Vandross brought her flowers and sang live for the first time on any radio station for her birthday. Patti Labelle also celebrated Mimi's birthday, co-hosting, sharing the latest Hollywood gossip and singing live on the air. The phenomenally gifted writer/performer, Prince, gave one of his first East Coast performances at a party Mimi threw at the Emerald City in New Jersey. Queen Latifah hit the stage for the first time when Mimi brought her in to perform live at Club After Midnight in Philadelphia.
When it comes to interviews, nobody does it better. Mimi gets the most controversial questions answered while making it comfortable for the artist to open up. Such was the case during her interview with Vanessa Williams just after losing her Miss America crown while building a singing and film career. Here is just a partial list of the other superstars whom Mimi has interviewed: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Boys II Men, Babyface, Isaac Hayes, Gerald Levert, The O'Jays, Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge, Jody Watley, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Ice T, Biz Markey, KRS 1, Heatwave, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warrick, Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole and Mary J. Blige.
In the often blustering, bragging world of radio, many say they are great, but very few can back it up like Mimi.
Question? What makes you Dance? Photo by Mimi Brown
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MIND: Stress is around us all the time. How we deal it is up to us. The mind is able to handle it, but here are a few tips to get you through a difficult time. Check out how you react to stress in your life. Take note of what you do when in traffic, miss a bus, lose your keys, when you have an appointment ...etc. Relax and take the time to get the mind balanced by sitting down for prayer or meditation. Focus on being quiet and allow the brain to center itself.
BODY: This a great time for walking whenever you can. Make lunch at home and bring it to work so you can take a brisk walk for 15-30 minutes before sitting down to eat. in 5 days you may have walked over 2 hours. It clears your mind, calms you down and allows you to see the beauty that lives in you.
Soul: Count your blessings. Let me know what you come up with.
What did your mother give to you? Photo of Mural by Mimi Brown
Name your Fav Artist for "The Hip Hop House Party"?
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MIND: A memory lapse could be a learning curve. Have you ever lost your train of thought? Don't despair, be calm and patient to allow the brain to retrive the information. All thoughts are connected to prior events and experiences. The brain does not just lose them. Approach each day fresh and new. Exercise the brain by remembering a great time you had or your a grocery list instead of writing them down.
BODY: Did you ever exercise and reach a place where nothing happened at all? Did you did not lose weight or you did not see a change? That will happen to some of us and it does not mean that your body is not changing. Change may be happening on the inside as the muscles get stronger. If you get on a scale you may even see you gained weight because of muscle tone. I do not get on the scale. I trust that what I do or don't do will have a result. I consult an old pair of jeans to keep check on my progress.
SOUL: See your life with nothing lacking and watch the world open up to you.
Photo by Mimi Brown