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.
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This past weekend was the BET 2013 Black Girls Rock! event in Newark, NJ. A bunch of celebs showed up to represent and looked their best. Check out some of the fashions below! To see the full gallery - click here for more images.
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Above Left: Kelly Rowland; Center: Michelle Williams, Right: Jennifer Hudson
Left: Marsha Ambrosius; Center: Ledisi; Right: Queen Latifah
Left: Nia Long; Center: Amber Riley; Right: Tracee Ellis Ross
Who looked the best?
What do you think of Jennifer Hudson's short hair?
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Whose hair do you like best? Which would you rock?
In Amber Rose's case - she isn't actually whipping any hair with this sexy close crop that showcases her pretty face. Photos: Getty Images.
Whether it's dyed a rich auburn or just pretty brown, Christina Milian loves to rock the long wavy look. Photos: Getty Images.
Jada Pinkett-Smith likes to try different looks - long and wavy, shaved on the sides (center), retro side-ponytail (right). Photos: Left and Right - Getty Images. Center - Splash News.
We love Janelle Monae's dedication to the perfect bouffant updo! It completes her look, and fits perfectly with her musical style. Photos: Getty Images.
Kerry Washington looks great with simple and classic looks. Photos: Getty Images.
Keyshia Cole likes to mix it up with big chunky curls (left), slicked back (center) and pink and curly! (right). Photos: Left + Center - Getty Images. Right: Splash News.
Kim Kardashian lightened up her color after becoming a mom (left). Right - her classic brunette look. Photos: Getty Images.
K. Michelle is known for her amazing wig collection! At left, on the cover of Be Entertained Magazine - she looks great in blue. At center, she is wearing red/black ombre hair (Photo: Getty Images), and at right she goes for the Blonde Bombshell look (Photo: Stephen Eckert/WUSL).
Actress Tika Sumpter has long, luxurious hair that looks great down and straight and in an updo. Photos: Getty Images.
Willow Smith is only a child but she loves to wear new hairstyles! She even wore her hair in the funky heart-shaped braid for a video! Photos: Left + Center - Getty Images. Right: Whip My Hair video
Tell us your fave in the comments!
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