Rhode Island’s First Black Owned TV Show By Remi Jones
Remi Jones executive produces and hosts her talk show, Remi TV. The show’s production headquarters is rooted in Rhode Island. Remi TV’s objective is to carry through positive reflections of stimulating dialogues from celebrities and entrepreneurs alike.
Guests vary in diverse fields such as music, art, lifestyle, business, relationships, and inspiration. Her targeted guests are individuals who are making a difference in their communities. By showcasing minority voices while providing a platform to tell their stories free of discrimination; she aims to inspire the masses.
The self-titled television show, Remi TV became vastly popular and acquired syndication, debuting on TV-9 and the PEG network. Expanding in her notoriety Remi interviewed a plethora of celebrities throughout New York City ranging from Dame Dash, Joey Fatone, Wyclef Jean, Lil Mo, Remy Ma and DJ Kay Slay. The renowned talk show led her to solidify features in national outlets such as Forbes, Yahoo, Bossip, Sheen Magazine, Thrive Global, HipHop Weekly and on Hot 97.
We Empower Magazine obtained an exclusive interview with the media powerhouse.
How would you define your multimedia career so far and what keeps you motivated to stick with it?
Remi: I would describe it as fulfilling and one of the most difficult career journeys I have ever been on, but I can truly say that I love what I do. I wouldn’t change my experiences, the growth, the downfalls, etc for nothing in the world. What keeps me motivated is continuing to break family curses and making my mother proud. I always love to see the smile on her face when I tell her about a new accomplishment. Something else that keeps me motivated is when people in my hometown tell me that I am inspiring them with my work. I am all about spreading positivity and helping others so if my work inspires someone to move forward with accomplishing their goals I’m happy.
Describe one of your favorite interviews so far and the impact the experience made on you?
Remi: One of my favorite interviews so far was sitting down with Damon Dash. The reason why he was my favorite is because he kept it 100 with me. He gave me a run down on what I can expect in the industry, how people can be, and how to make the most out of it. He gave me advice that I still use until this day. One of my favorite things about Dame is that he doesn’t believe in hiding who the plug is.
What is a super fun fact about yourself that many people are not aware of?
Remi: A super fun fact about me is that I used to design my own clothes in highschool. I used to stay up all night sewing things together on my clothes so I could look cute. When I graduated high school I went to college for fashion merchandising and business. After a few semesters I grew out of it and didn’t enjoy it anymore.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Remi: The best advice I ever received was from DJ Kay Slay. Slay was like a brother to me and he gave me my first major radio interview. He used to always tell me to put myself out there and don’t be afraid. He told me that I should always invest in myself to level up. When I took his advice things started to go up hill for me. There were a lot of things that I had accomplished because of his advice and I will always be grateful to him. DJ Kay Slay was so generous and put a lot of people on. I truly miss my brother and his amazing advice may he rest in peace.
What is a quote that you live by?
Remi: Networking can get you in doors that a college education can get into.
What do you hope to see more of from women of color in the media industry?
Remi: I would love to see more collaborations and togetherness. In the short amount of time in the industry, I have experienced a lot of gatekeeping. I would love to see more people helping each other out more.
Any exclusive news you would like to share with us?
Remi: Yes, my show will finally be doing some food reviews. I am looking forward to seeing and eating at some amazing restaurants in Rhode Island. My goal is to interview all minority owners of restaurants I possibly can. I would love to give them their shine. I am also planning an award show. There are 21 amazing categories and I am hoping to have them at the end of September.
What does the rest of the year look like for Remi and Remi TV?
Remi: The rest of the year is looking amazing. I am planning my award show and hosting a number of events in my state. I feel really blessed and fortunate to be able to do something great for my community. In October I will be putting together a business expo for the small businesses in my state to come together and network with one another. The business expo will have some great speakers that specialize in grant writing, loans, business credit, and more. I am so excited for it.