In less than two years, Jeff lewis became a star blogger producing original content and celebrity interviews for Radio One/Interactive One’s TheUrbanDaily.com/
Jeff not only took over the blogosphere but also the digital radio airwaves. He became the co-host for “Mics and Models” radio on BlogTalkRadio.com with VH1’s “Real Chance At Love” winner, Doll. The two interviewed some of VH1’s hottest reality stars. He later created “GOIN-IN” Radio with Mz Berry, winner of VH1’s “For The Love Of Ray J 2.” as his co-host. One of the biggest highlights of the many guest interviews Jeff conducted was the Raz B of popular Boy band B2K allegations speaking on B2K being molested by Chris Stoke and Marques Houston.
Jeff was also a content manager for RayJ.com & Twista.com from 2009-2011 and was a helpful force for Interactive One’s The Urban Daily and Hello Beautiful social media campaign. He spent time helping the company gain a large following and a strong online presence. In 2012, he became Social Media Manager For DuBose Entertainment/Music Group launching R&B Singer Tweet’s social media campaign. Jeff was also the man behind the successful #TweetTuesdays, releasing a new song from Tweet every Tuesday during the month of June. Tweet obtained over 82K listens and over 50K downloads on her Sound cloud alone. The releases appeared on the hottest blog sites and Tweet’s social media following doubled.
Today, Jeff has become a movement all on his own, creating Celebrity News site, itsOnlyEntertainment.net,
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Jeff.
Tammy Reese: How did It’s Only Entertainment come about?
Jeff Lewis: IOE was originally supposed to be a Celeb Mag-style TV show produced by James DuBose of DuBose Entertainment. However, things didn’t go as planned so I just kept it as a celebrity news website. I originally had two other partners but they turned their backs on me for the opportunity. Here I am 9 years later and the platform is successful.
Tammy Reese: What do you enjoy most about being in the media industry?
Jeff Lewis: I enjoy being able to be independent and having my freedom. It feels good to be making your own money and being on your own schedule.
Tammy Reese: What are some memorable moments in your career so far?
Jeff Lewis: It’s been several moments that were memorable for me. Like the time Pusha T cussed me out on his Twitter page but it was really Karen Civil’s cousin who was managing him at the time. Or the time my podcast shows went viral and made People magazine.
Tammy Reese: When you first got into your industry what impact did you intend to make?
Jeff Lewis: The impact that I wanted to make was to be fearless and do what makes you feel comfortable. I feel like the media industry can be used as a platform to express yourself and get your point across. You have to use your voice and platform for a good purpose. If not then you are just taking up space for no reason.
Tammy Reese: What are you currently working on?
Jeff Lewis: Currently I’m working on getting the IOE studio space in Atlanta, GA together. That has been my focus this past year. It feels good to finally have a home where I can produce original content daily.
Tammy Reese: What do you think is the future for black media outlets?
Jeff Lewis: Honestly, I don’t see much of a future for black media because we are constantly treated and paid unfairly. This is why it’s more beneficial to have your own platform so you can get all of the money instead of being paid $25-$100 for one article when the white publications are getting paid 10x that for one article.
Tammy Reese: What do you want your legacy to be?
Jeff Lewis: I hope to leave behind a legacy that people can look at and say it did things his way. Jeff Lewis made a lane for himself and didn’t take no for an answer. I want people to remember that I never let any obstacle hold me back. I jumped over each hurdle as they came at me and never looked back.
Tammy Reese: What advice would you have for aspiring Black media professionals?
Jeff Lewis: Don’t think that you can’t do it alone. Take that leap of faith and don’t look back.
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.