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Daily Inspiration: Meet Rea Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rea Davis.

Hi Rea, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up wanting to be a music journalist and a VJ. I really wanted to be a journalist in general, but music has always been my passion as well. I grew up trying to emulate everyone from Oprah to Larry King to AJ & Free, Donnie Simpson, Lala, Sway, and Bill Bellamy just to name a few. My mother was also a journalist, and she’s worked in both broadcast and print. She’s also mentored many youths that want to go into media. I didn’t realize until I was older how cool my mom was. I was too busy trying to be like the people I was watching on TV. Looking back, it was really cool how she got me backstage press passes to so much when I was in high school and middle school.

My elementary school, middle school, high school and university (The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill all had news programs that I was a part of. During my junior year in college, I started interning for radio stations in neighboring cities by doing their videography for concerts and station events. After graduation, I moved to Atlanta, GA and this is where my career took off. I began shooting interviews for a few media outlets before landing an amazing opportunity to work with AllHipHop in 2011. I later transitioned to interviewing on-camera as that’s what I always really wanted to do. I’ve been with AllHipHop ever since. I’ve also done guest journalism work and commentary for a few other outlets since 2011 as well.

God has truly blessed me to interview nearly everyone and cover nearly everything in the music and entertainment realms.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There can be a lot of stressful days, but there are also a lot of rewarding ones. There most likely will be challenges in your life, but I always say it’s how you respond to these challenges and how you push past them and overcome them. Also, when motivation is lacking, discipline must take over.

I’ve experienced some challenges along the way, but I kept going, and I kept reminding myself of my greatness and why I started.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a music and entertainment journalist who is head-over-heels in love with both music and journalism. I’m known for highlighting and celebrating those in music and entertainment and telling/sharing their stories. I’ve been blessed to interview nearly everyone from our current artists to our legends and veterans. I believe my conversational nature, charisma, humor, and music knowledge set me apart from others. I’m definitely a music historian also, so that truly helps with my interviews. We are also fans with the mic, so we get to ask the questions that those at home want to know, and I love that. I also double as a music and entertainment publicist. With this side, I truly love amplifying other’s stories and brands to the masses.

What were you like growing up?
I’ve been pretty consistent! LOL. I’ve always been a wild, funny, intelligent, outgoing, outspoken, fun people person. I’ve always been extremely friendly and popular. I was one of the individuals to give a speech at my 5th grade graduation. Was on the school news in elementary school as well as a member of a few other clubs. In middle school, I was on the school news, and I was in every club and extracurricular activity. I gave a speech and performance with the dance club at graduation. In high school, I was on the school news, and once again in every school club, on student council, had great grades, was on homecoming court three years in a row. In college, I was in every school organization and on my university’s homecoming court. I was even a party promoter. Oh, and I’ve always loved all things MUSIC. Music has had my heart since I was a little girl. I was definitely the BET, MTV, VH1, every poster, every CD, radio kid.

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