Celebrity Education Ambassadors

Yvettenicolebrown_thumb

YVETTE NICOLE BROWN

Actor

How about a wake up call from funny woman Yvette Nicole Brown! Sign up now!

One word best describes the unfolding of Yvette Nicole Brown's career, and it is: serendipity

Rocsi_hero

Rocsi Diaz

Co-host, Daily Correspondent, Radio Personality

Rocsi Diaz joined CBS show Entertainment Tonight as the weekend co-host and daily correspondent in 2013. Entertainment Tonight is the #1 entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Rocsi Diaz co-hosts the weekend show with co-anchor Rob Marciano.

 

Entertainment Tonight gives a fresh take on breaking celebrity news events, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes first looks, and Hollywood's hottest stories from the worlds of film, television, fashion, literature and interactive media.

Prior to joining Entertainment Tonight, Rocsi was the co-host of BET’s ultra-popular mega music show, 106 & Park.
 
Born in Honduras, Rocsi was raised in New Orleans where she developed a love for pop culture at a very young age.  Rocsi made her debut as a radio host in Dallas at 97.9 The Beat, a popular FM radio station. Rocsi’s signature style caught the attention of Boston’s Hot 97.7, who quickly moved her east.  From there, she moved to Chicago where she became known as “The Midday Mami” on the market’s top urban station, Power 92. While in Chicago interviewing the hottest artists in the music industry, Rocsi entered BET’s “New Faces” contest on a whim. She was ecstatic to receive the call telling her she had won the national competition, having stood out and triumphed over several thousands other hopeful entries. 
 
From 2006-2012, Rocsi co-anchored 106 & Park, BET’s flagship show.  Seen in 85 million households across the globe in countries including Japan and Africa, the show is one of television’s most influential programs with the ability to open a film or make an album reach #1. Over the past seven years, Rocsi has interviewed  a wide range of stars including Lady Gaga and Eminem.
 
Additionally, Rocsi has also engaged the millions of fans who tune into the program, as well as the celebrities she interviews, in open dialogue on Twitter, garnering well over 900,000 followers and counting. Rocsi is a multi-platofrom broadcast personality who has her own popular radio program Rocsi on the Radio, which is heard in over 20 major FM markets in the US.  
 
In addition to her hosting duties, Rocsi is a tireless supporter of numerous charities including her own RocStar Foundation, which raises money to build and refurbish schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina in her native New Orleans. 
 

Maryjblige

Mary J. Blige

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Philanthropist

"I know who I am and what I can do. With each album, it’s just me continuing to grow."  Pure, unadulterated and empowering. That has been Mary J. Blige’s calling card ever since her 1992 multi-platinum debut album, What’s the 411? 

 
And in the ensuing years, the singer/songwriter’s musical strong suit has attracted an intensely loyal fan base—responsible for propelling worldwide sales of more than 50 million albums.
 
With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 29 nominations) and four American Music Awards, Blige is only getting started. The singer returns just as fierce and compelling on her 10th studio album, the aptly titled “My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1).” Released via Blige’s Geffen/Interscope-distributed Matriarch label, the new project doubles as the sequel to Blige’s 1994 classic My Life.
 
“The original My Life started a movement,” reflects Blige. “And every album since then, from Share My World and No More Drama to The Breakthrough and Stronger With Each Tear, has marked a point of growth and evolution for me and my fans. What’s consistent is the fact that we all remain challenged in life to get to that next level. That’s one of the reasons for this sequel. And given the climate right now—the recession, war and other issues—I remembered there was so much healing with the first My Life. So that was another perspective behind my recording the album.”
 
Blige once again fashions a moving testimony about love, devotion and inner strength. Providing the album’s cornerstone is the track “Living Proof.” Also the closing song for the hit movie “The Help,” the spare yet powerful “Living Proof” speaks volumes about life’s hard-won rewards. It also resonates with Blige’s own growth as a woman and a singer/songwriter whose innate connection with her fans is unshakable. Bearing witness is the song’s second verse: “So glad the worst is over \ Cuz it almost took me out \ I can start living now \ I feel like I can do anything \ Finally I’m not afraid to breathe.”
 
“My fans and I are living examples that you can turn a negative situation into something positive,” declares Blige. “Conceptually, people have heard me like this. But artistically, with just a guitar, I don’t think they’ve ever heard me like that before.”
 
And Blige’s artistic growth doesn’t stop there. She goes toe to toe with Drake on her current uptempo chart-climber “Mr. Wrong,” then displays equal doses of fervor and naked honesty, respectively, on “25/8” (sampling the late Heavy D gem “Now That We Found Love”) and “No Condition.” She taps her rap alter ego Brook Lynn for the romance-sparked “Midnight Drive.” And as she did in 1993 with the 1975 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan hit “Sweet Thing,” Blige stamps new meaning onto a dance-floor revamp of the group’s 1983 classic “Ain’t Nobody.” Rounding out Blige’s life sequel are guest turns from Nas, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross and a first-time pairing with Beyoncé on the diva-licious “Love a Woman.”
 
“A lot of women are misunderstood and a lot of men think they know what to do. But they don’t,” says Blige with a laugh. “This overall topic is very important right now.”
 
To help map our her Life journey, Blige collaborated with such intuitive producers as Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, Danja, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tricky Stewart and the Underdogs. “Whoever has the right track that grabs my spirit, moves me and goes with the topics I’m coming up with … those are the producers I go for,” says Blige about her creative process.
 
Born in the Bronx, New York, Blige began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Andre Harrell’s Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist. Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two No. R&B No. 1s: “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.”
 
Earning the nickname the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” Blige began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. Co-writing a major portion of the album this time around, Blige reaped such hits and signature songs as “Be Happy” and a cover of Rose Royce’s 1976 hit “I’m Goin’ Down.” At the time she was dealing with several serious issues in her life, including drug addiction, alcoholism and an abusive relationship.
 
Notes Blige, “When I went first went into the studio to work on My Life II, it occurred to me how strong I’ve become since then. And that what has made me strong is not just the joy and great things happening in my life but the trials and difficulties that cause you to want to move out of that uncomfortable place to get to the next stage. With the first My Life album, I didn’t have that understanding. I just did not know why I was suffering so bad, why I was hurting.”
 
And thus began the Blige movement: connecting legions of fans who identify with and have accompanied her throughout her personal travails and growth—all fearlessly related through her music. Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007) and Stronger with Each Tear (2009). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including “Not Gon’ Cry,” “Love Is All We Need,” Seven Days,” “All That I Can Say,” “Family Affair” and “Just Fine.”
 
Music isn’t the only thing keeping Blige busy. She is the co-founder of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), whose mission is to empower women from all walks of life to reach their full individual potential. Flexing her talents as an entrepreneur, Blige launched her Melody line of sunglasses in 2009. In 2010, her “My Life” perfume became the first to sell more than 60,000 bottles in one day on the Home Shopping Network—with $1 from each purchase donated to FFAWN. A second perfume, “My Life Blossom,” was introduced in summer 2011.
 
Blige, who co-penned “I Can See in Color” for 2009’s “Precious” soundtrack, is also ramping up her acting career.  Now she's taking it to the next level by portraying Betty Shabazz (Malcolm X's wife) in the new biopic, Betty and Coretta. The film co-stars Angela Bassett and explores the relationship between the wives of two great civil rights leaders.
 
As she continues her multi-faceted journey, however, one constant remains for Blige: her fans. “Being connected with their lives is what keeps me going,” she says. “They’re the reason why I am where I am: confident in knowing who I am and what I can do. With each album, it’s just me continuing to grow. And that’s the takeaway I want for my fans with My Life II … to please look at what we’ve survived and how strong we are now.”

Neyo

Ne-Yo

Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actor

Want Ne-Yo to wake you up for school? Sign up for his wake up call! Grammy-Award winner Ne-Yo has impressed audiences with his talents since his 2006 with his multi-platinum, chart topping debut, In My Own Words.

Chrisbrown_hero

Chris Brown

Performer, Philanthropist, Actor

Team Breezy is in full force at Get Schooled! Recently nominated for both a Grammy and a People’s Choice Award, Chris Brown just wrapped his sold-out European tour “Carpe Diem” and is at the top of his game. 

 

With over eight million albums and 30 million tracks sold worldwide, one billion views on VEVO, and success as an entertainer and philanthropist, Brown has both proven staying power and inspiring resolve.  His fifth studio album, Fortune, debuted atop the Billboard 200 and R&B Albums Chart on July 3rd, 2012, and 2013 looks to be even bigger.  

Back in the studio, Brown is planning to release his next album in addition to his many other projects, including his next major feature film BATTLE OF THE YEAR: THE DREAM TEAM, which will be released by Screen Gems on September 13th, 2013.  Set in the international world of B-boying, the urban dance more commonly known as "break dancing," Brown stars in this dance film from PLANET B-BOY director Benson Lee, along with Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Josh Peck (RED DAWN, “Drake & Josh”). In 2007, he made his on-screen feature film debut in STOMP THE YARD, and appeared as a guest on the television series “The O.C.” Other films Brown has starred in include THINK LIKE A MAN (2012), TAKERS (2010), and THIS CHRISTMAS (2007).  Throughout his career, Brown has won numerous awards, including two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards and nine BET Awards. 
 
Following his entrepreneurial instinct, Brown founded the record label CBE (Chris Brown Entertainment) in 2007, and has since signed Kevin McCall, rock diva Sabrina Antoinette, former RichGirl member Sevyn, rock group U.G.L.Y., and singer Joelle James. Brown has also released his past albums under the label.
 
In addition to his success in music and film, Brown continues to support long-term partnerships with charities including Best Buddies International, Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.  He also recently got involved with the Get Schooled program that uses the power of celebrity to get kids’ attention through ‘wake up calls’ and reminds them the importance of getting to school every day (school attendance is the greatest predictor of high school graduation rates).  Brown recently took his philanthropy a step further, launching his Symphonic Love Foundation to inspire his fans and to give back to communities in the two focus areas of “art” and “love.”
 
The 23-year old finds a sense of self in an art form that is reflective of the moment. Brown, already a widely accomplished multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning artist, builds upon his creativity through his art. “Graffiti exemplifies the many types and colors of art, music and fashion that I love and how I express myself,” he explains. “It’s my art... my graffiti.” Brown donates a portion of every painting to his Symphonic Love Foundation. Symphonic Love believes in the capacity of love and art to change the world.  Brown recently showed his painting entitled ¨Chompuzz¨ at Art Basel, in Miami, to rave reviews. 
 
Brown takes another step in expression through fashion with his already highly successful international clothing line Black Pyramid, often collaborating with others such as Brooklyn Projects and BAPE.  Black Pyramid, and all-things interesting to Brown, can be found at his website www.mechanicaldummy.com.  
 
In 2005, show business natural 16-year old Brown emerged from small town Tappahannock, Virginia. His star rose swiftly, as his promising skills drew comparisons to his idols Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. His self-titled debut album, which was certified double-platinum, featured the #1 Scott Storch-produced smash hit “Run It!” (featuring Juelz Santana) and the Top 10 pop singles “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Gimme That.”
 

Nicki_final

Nicki Minaj

Rapper, Singer, Entrepreneur

 

Let Nicki Minaj wake you up for school! Sign up now!

It has been a great year for entertainer Nicki Minaj and she has much more in store!

 

 

She's a new judge on the hit show American Idol, has her own reality show coming out with E Network and she'll be kicking off a European tour with celebrity ambassador, Tyga. As if that wasn't enough, she has a new album coming out, too!

Influenced by the unpredictable rhymes of Missy Elliot along with attitudes of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown, Queens native Nicki Minaj was discovered thanks to her MySpace page.