First female to perform hip hop in the White House and first African American female to serve as the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy Organization): these are just the first of many firsts. Lyricist, inspirational speaker, dj, pioneer, icon, veteran and entrepreneur describe one of the most prolific and well-respected female Hip Hop artists of all time: MC Lyte. She has consistently found ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. A current member of the Board of Trustees of Dillard University and reared in Brooklyn, New York, MC Lyte always has her finger on Hip Hop’s pulse. Many are familiar with her stellar music making skills, but over the course of her extensive career, MC Lyte has ventured out to other avenues that have allowed her to show the world just how talented she truly is.
A pioneer in the industry, she opened the door for future female Hip Hop artists by daring to do what had never been done while doing something she loved. MC Lyte is the FIRST rap artist ever to perform at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall, the FIRST female rapper to ever receive a gold single, the FIRST female solo rapper ever nominated for a Grammy and in 2006, MC Lyte became the FIRST solo female rapper to be honored/inducted on VH-1’s HIP HOP HONORS.
MC Lyte has graced network television as well as the big screen and she has been the voice behind the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and national campaigns for Wherehouse Music, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Nike. She was the host of Morning Cup on Centric and she unveiled her lyrical talent, once again, to the world with the release of her latest album, LEGEND.
MC Lyte has had recurring roles in Half & Half, For Your Love, SWAT and Queen of the South and in 2019 she landed a role as detective in the reboot of New York Undercover. MC Lyte appeared in the blockbuster film Girls Trip and since resurging her theatrical career in 2017, she also highlights her acting prowess in Power and Tales and in the films Patti Cakes, Loved to Death, Bad Hair and Sylvie. Most recently, she seized a coveted role as a series regular in the reboot of New York Undercover and played alongside Malinda Williams in the TV One movie Loved to Death.
A role model to women and respected by men everywhere, MC Lyte never compromises who she is and consistently displays that a woman can turn heads fully clothed! Whenever possible, MC Lyte enjoys traveling across the nation to use her expertise and story of success to motivate others to take ownership of the world around them while striving to be the best they can possibly be. Author of “UNSTOPPABLE: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential,” MC Lyte provides keynote addresses at educational institutions, community centers and corporations around the globe and has also been active in many social projects, including anti-violence campaigns, HIV / AIDs prevention, and Rock the Vote. MC Lyte is also the author of “Living in the Lyte: Lessons in Life, Love and Truth” and “Fusion: Bridging the Gap between the Civil Rights Movement and Hip Hop,” a book she co-authored with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
MC Lyte resides in Los Angeles, California, and reigns as the CEO of Sunni Gyrl, Inc. and the Chair of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which has presented over $750,000 in college scholarships (www.hiphopsisters.org/news). She is a past President, Trustee and Governor of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Academy (Grammy organization), a member of the Board of Trustees at Dillard University, and is a proud honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Always staying current and with the times, MC Lyte has expanded her empire with her very own mobile app (www.mclyte.biz). This new venture will provide MC Lyte fans with a more unique and personal look into her music endeavors and upcoming events. The app is FREE to download and available to both Apple and Android users. Download today, search for MC LYTE APP (www.mclyte.biz).
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• Commencement / Graduation Inspiration for Youth, Teens, and College Graduates
• Live with Love or Die with Hatred: A Perspective on Lives That Matter
• Hip Hop History: What We Wanted Then, Now and for the Future
• Hip Hop Pedagogy: MC Lyte’s Perspective on Hip Hop in the Classroom
• Men, Women, Boys and Girls: Redefining Hip Hop Culture with Respect and Dignity
• Redefining the Essence of Women and Girls through Hip Hop, Empowerment, and Unity
• Self Esteem, Self Respect, and Self Love
• Unstoppable: Achieving Your Greatest Potential
• Unstoppable: Making Your Legacy Last in the Entertainment Industry
• Women in Hip Hop: Female Influence Then and Now
• Women, Wealth & Relationships (panel with other celebrities and foundation board members)
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