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My Super Sweet 16 Presents: EXILED

August 18, 2008


It’s a Smackdown of Super Sweet Proportions When MTV Invites Viewers to Witness the Reality Check of a Lifetime in “My Super Sweet 16 Presents: EXILED!” Premiering On Monday, August 25th at 10:30 pm ET/PT


Tune in on Saturday, August 23rd at 1pm – 7pm ET/PT for the Exiled Launch Special and marathon where we take a look back at all of the

Sweet 16ers you love to hate


Viewers Can Visit to get a behind the scenes look at what the Super Sweet 16 divas learned while filming “EXILED” and find more information about the countries, indigenous people and social issues explored in each episode.


New York, NY – MTV is taking viewers back into the luxurious lives of some of the most infamous divas from “My Super Sweet 16” but this time it’s not for birthday cake — it’s to watch them receive the ultimate reality check.  It’s been more than two years since the glitz and glamour of these teens’ super sweet soirees and they’re still living life with no limitations.  But these spoiled Sweet 16ers have maxed out their parents’ credit cards for the last time.  In “My Super Sweet 16 Presents: EXILED!”, premiering on Monday, August 25 at 10:30 pm ET/PT, their fed up parents will finally lay down the law and send their ungrateful kids to live with indigenous tribes in far flung countries to teach them the lesson of a lifetime.  It’s a dose of tough love these teens aren’t ready for!


The series will feature some of the most memorable party throwers ever featured in “My Super Sweet 16” as they hand over their iPhones and Gucci bags and travel halfway around the world to far-off places like the Pacific island of Vanuatu, the Amazon rain forest, the Moroccan desert and the jungles of Thailand.  Once there, the Sweet 16ers will have to live the way their host family does, which means participating in chores like building a hut out of cow dung in Kenya or herding reindeer in the frozen tundra of the Arctic Circle.  Will these spoiled teens come back with a new perspective on life or will they simply crack under the pressure of the experience?  You won’t want to miss a minute of “My Super Sweet 16 Presents: EXILED!”.


To complement the series, MTV’s Think Community  will provide viewers with information about the country and the indigenous groups of people visited in each episode. Think will also provide more information on the issues explored in the series as well including water and sanitation, malaria, environmental conservation and access to education. In addition to learning more about these issues viewers will be able to take action, as Think will connect viewers to both local and international organizations, such as the United Nations Foundation, working in the countries featured on each episode.  Viewers will be able to discuss the show with each other as well as with the show’s producer through the producer’s Think blog on 


And before the Sweet 16ers everyone loves to hate get EXILED, MTV will remind viewers of all the reasons why they’re so unforgettable.  On Saturday, August 23 at 1pm – 7pm, a four-hour marathon of past episodes will feature the cast’s fabulous parties, expensive gifts and terrible tantrums as we highlight each teen’s most Exileable moments.  The marathon will be followed by The Road to Exile, where we catch up with the eight former Sweet 16ers and show all the reasons why their parents have finally had enough of their outrageous behavior.  This is a trip that you don’t want to miss!!


Viewers can get more connected with the “My Super Sweet 16 Presents Exiled” cast on where they will find cast photos, exclusive video, deleted scenes, episode recaps and updates on the cast members after the Exile. will be the go to place for fans where they can get personal with the cast, view blog entries from the sweet 16ers journals during their trips and video Q&A on the Exiled experience.



Below are detailed descriptions of the shows that are scheduled to air:


August 25th — Amanda

It’s been three years since her Super Sweet 16 and Amanda is still living the life of a pampered princess. But her parents have finally had enough of her laziness and decide to EXILE her to Kenya, Africa. Can Amanda learn to grow up or will she wilt in the African heat?


September 1st — Ava

This Sweet 16er is one everyone will always remember- Ava shopped for a dress in Paris, threw a tantrum when she didn’t get a Range Rover on her birthday and ran away from home forcing her mother to cancel her credit card. And three years later, she’s still living the high life.  She’s a global studies major in college but this Beverly Hills girl knows nothing about the real world.  Her parents decide it’s time for a lesson she can’t learn from books and EXILE her to the jungles of Thailand.  


September 8th — Chelsi

Not much has changed in the two years since her Roman-themed Sweet 16.  Chelsi still demands to be treated like a princess and refuses to even lift a finger at home.  But when she is EXILED to the frozen tundra of Norway, will learning the ways of the Saami people teach her what a work ethic is or will being a reindeer herder push this diva over the edge? 


September 15th — Bjorn

Three years ago, Bjorn proclaimed himself a DIVO while planning his over-the-top Sweet 16. And these days he still goes by the title and prides himself on his passion for fashion and maxing out Daddy’s credit card.  But Bjorn’s parents have decided it’s time for him to learn how to earn his keep so they EXILE him to the deserts of Morocco where he’ll have to trade his Chanel duds for a turban and try to learn that the best things in life are free.


September 22nd — Marissa

Ditzy Marissa may not seem to know how to do a lot for herself but she has one skill mastered – getting what she wants. But this spoiled Daddy’s girl won’t get her way when her parents EXILE her to the hills of Kerala, Idia to live with the Ugali people.  In this tribe, it’s each woman for herself and Marissa won’t have anyone to do the work for her.  Can she learn to take care of herself or will she be calling begging her parents to let her come home?


September 29th — Meleny

Ever since throwing an 18th birthday party fit for Egyptian royalty, Meleny has been a royal pain.  She’s 20 years old, still living with her parents and still spending their money.  In fact, she’s never even spent a night away from them!  So Meleny’s family EXILEs her to Peru where herding llamas and dealing with altitude sickness make this experience a not-so-sweet reality check.


October 6th — Sierra

Growing up the daughter of famous hip-hop star Cee-Lo has taught Sierra how to be diva-licious as she showed at her legendary Sweet 15 birthday party.  But three years later, Sierra is more of a diva than ever before.  Her parents want to teach her that everything won’t be handed to her on a silver platter and EXILE her to the Vocanic island of Vanuatu where she’ll learn that it’s not “who you know” that will earn you respect in this jungle.


October 13th — Alex

 Two years after her Sweet 16, Alex is still the Paris Hilton-wannabe she always has been.  But her father, a self-made man, wants to pull the plug on Alex’s lavish lifestyle and decides to EXILE her to the Amazon jungles of Brazil.  This pampered princess will soon learn that leaving her plush palace for a hut in the woods is not so “juicy”.



Exiled is executive produced by Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman for Left/Right and Jenna Arnold and Ryan Golembeske for Press Play Productions.   Danielle Medina, Amy Bailey and Dave Sirulnick serve as executive producers for MTV. is a dynamic, multimedia-driven Community and enables youth to easily learn more about the issues that matter to them most, share their opinions – via uploaded online videos, podcasts and blogs – and connect with others to make a difference.  The site is one of the only to reward members for positive actions taken online or off, serving up chances to hang out with socially conscious celebs, access to exclusive MTV events, exposure on MTV and other national media outlets, as well as grants, scholarships and more. was founded in partnership with The Case Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Goldhirsh Foundation and The MCJ Amelior Foundation.  For more information or to build a profile and become involved, visit  


About MTV

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture.  For over 26 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries — giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen.  On-air, MTV has been the number one rated 24 hour ad-supported cable network P12-24 for 16 straight years.  Online, scored double-digit growth in 2007 and MTV launched ten dynamic online communities and six new virtual worlds.  On the go, MTV Mobile is the #1 music brand in the wireless space – delivering 90% more streams than in 2006.  And MTV’s successful sibling networks MTV2, mtvU and MTV Tr3s each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving music fans, college students and young American Latinos like no one else.   MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more?  Come on in…


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MTV’s Making The Band 4 premieres Tomorrow

August 18, 2008




 “Making The Band’s Greatest Hits” Hosted by Aubrey from Danity Kane, Donnie Klang and Robert from Day26 and on Tuesday, August 12th at 9pm ET/PT


New York, New York – Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the greatest show on earth.  Diddy returns to MTV with his three musical sensations Danity Kane, Donnie Klang and Day26 armed and ready for another exciting new season of MTV’s “Making The Band 4” premiering on its brand new night and time on Tuesday, August 19 at 9pm ET/PT.  Fans can get ready for the season on Tuesday, August 12 at 9pm ET/PT with “Making The Band’s Greatest Hits” hosted by Aubrey from Danity Kane, solo artist Donnie Klang and Robert from Day26.  During this special they will take viewers through some of the greatest moments from past seasons of “Making the Band,” including a sneak peek at some of the excitement and drama that’s ahead in the new season. 


Coming off of one of the series’ highest rated seasons, which reached over 55.1 million viewers, this brand new season continues to chronicle the journey of platinum artists Danity Kane, solo artist Donnie Klang and rising stars Day26.  The MTV cameras were right there to capture Que, Robert, Brian, Mike and Willie from Day26 and solo artist Donnie Klang as they set off on their first promo tour this summer with label mates Dawn, Aubrey, Shannon, Aundrea and D. Woods from Danity Kane.  Fans will continue to see the relationships with the guys and girls develop while on the road and watch them work and live together and ultimately compete for the top spot in the music business.  Of course Diddy will be there to further challenge, guide and teach them everything they need to know to be successful artists.  This new season will be loaded with many surprises, amazing new music and much more of what “Making The Band” fans enjoy…intensity and lots of drama! 


Full episodes of “Making The Band 4” will be available on’s premium player the day after premiere and on MTV Mobile through all of its wireless carrier distribution partners. will be the exclusive go to place for fans to view rehearsal and backstage footage of Danity Kane, Day26 and Donnie Klang from their recent “Making The Band” concert tour.   Fans can get more connected with the cast at with exclusive trailers, concert photos and cast bios.  They can go to MTV Mobile’s WAP site at to get photos, ringtones, weekly polls, cast bios, episode guides and detailed information on show airings.  Viewers can also get personal with the cast through “Making The Band” embedded widgets where they will be able to countdown to the newest episodes, view the latest photos and videos and access cast blogs.


Since their very early start on the series, Danity Kane’s success has only grown as their sophomore album Welcome To The Dollhouse debuted at #1 on SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart and is now certified gold.  This marks the group’s second consecutive #1 chart entry – following their 2006 self-titled debut – which gives them the distinction of being the first female group in Billboard chart history to have both their debut and sophomore albums enter the main album chart at #1.  And their platinum selling first single “Damaged” continuing to be one of this year’s summer anthems, Danity Kane has proven that they have what it takes to stay on top.  Label mates Day26 also proved that they deserve to be in the game with the success of their self-titled first album which also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in its first week.  Solo artist Donnie Klang is poised for success with his eagerly anticipated first album Just A Rolling Stone set to be released on September 2nd. 


Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ted Iredell and Perry Dance serve as executive producers.  Jacquelyn French is the MTV executive overseeing ‘The Making The Band’ franchise. Francesca Spero is Producer for Bad Boy Entertainment.



SEAN COMBS, the CEO and founder of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group is a multifaceted entertainment powerhouse. Sean “Diddy” Combs was recently declared “One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World” by Time Magazine and CNN. Combs, 38 oversees one of the world’s preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel and restaurants.


About MTV

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture.  For over 26 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries — giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen.  On-air, MTV has been the number one rated 24 hour ad-supported cable network P12-24 for 16 straight years.  Online, scored double-digit growth in 2007 and MTV launched ten dynamic online communities and six new virtual worlds.  On the go, MTV Mobile is the #1 music brand in the wireless space – delivering 90% more streams than in 2006.  And MTV’s successful sibling networks MTV2, mtvU and MTV Tr3s each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving music fans, college students and young American Latinos like no one else.   MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Wanna know more?  Come on in…

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Dollar Campaign Press Release

August 18, 2008
The Lorenzo Jackson Foundation, Inc. H.E.A.T. and Quizno’s of Harlem Announce The Launch of The LJF $1 Campaign Asking 1 Million People for $1

New York, NYThe Lorenzo Jackson Foundation along with partnering sponsors H.E.A.T. (Health and Educational Alternatives for Teens)and Quizno’s of Harlem launchtheir $1 campaign asking one million people for $1. The proceeds raised will go to pay the full tuition, books, supplies,as well as room and board for the scholarship recipients.

LJF is an organization that is dedicated to offering college scholarships and mentoring programs to graduating high school seniors going to college that have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Our goal is to continue the inspiring mission of real-life education Lorenzo Jackson (1962-1995), who dedicated his career to encouraging young people to pursue greater knowledge and – after being diagnosed with AIDS – also devoted his life to educating them about the disease.

“These students need you to help them be the change we want to see in the world.” says Alexander Everett, founder and president of the Lorenzo Jackson Foundation Inc.

The culmination of the $1 campaign will be:
The Black Tie Gala at the Rubin Museum of Art
September 29, 2008 7pm – 12am – hosted by Jasmine Sanders from 107.5 WBLS
Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

NYC youth living with HIV/AIDS is the single largest HIV- positive demographic in the nation. The Lorenzo Jackson Foundation Inc. ( needs your help so this is no longer a reality but rather a past obstacle we overcame together.

A Radio Show You Don’t Want To Miss – Tune In Tonight

August 11, 2008



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August 11, 2008

Hey folks, what’s up.  Just stopping by for a minute to give my take on what’s going on in the entertainment world and beyond.  And remember, it’s MY take, everyone has an opinion.



I have not updated JoJo’s Journal over the last couple of weeks and it will be down for the next month while I upgrade.  But I had to take this moment to talk about the passing of comedian/actor Bernie Mac and singer, composer, musician, producer and actor Isaac Hayes. 


How strange is it that the two actors, who just made a movie together, “Soul Men”, would die a day apart?  But life is full of oddities and things that can never be explained. 


I loved Bernie Mac!  He was one of the funniest comedians in the world and he was a very good actor who seemed to be getting better all the time.  I found his sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show” to be a good wholesome show that you could watch with your children or grandparents, which is rare these days in television.  I also loved Bernie in Ocean’s Eleven, Guess Who, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Bad Santa.  He was a family man who was married to his wife for 32 years.  Now that says a lot about the type of man he was.  My heart goes out to his wife, daughter and granddaughter.  As far as I’m concerned, at 50 he was too young to die, but when our Father calls us home – we must go.  I will miss you funny man!  RIP.


Growing up in the 70’s, the music of Isaac Hayes played a big part in my life.  Nothing, I mean nothing, will ever be as interesting as his Oscar winning composition, The Theme From Shaft.  Isaac Hayes was a musical genius for sure and a very big part of the 70’s black power movement.  He brought black music to another level; made it more “classic”.  Check back with JoJo’s Journal later this week and read my take on the great Isaac Hayes. 


My advice to everyone who reads JoJo’s Journal is to show love to your family and friends NOW.  Tell them you love them.  Tomorrow is not promised to anyone whether rich or poor, young or old, black or white.  Live for today!  Live now!  Follow your dreams now because you may not have tomorrow. 


Peace and love,



7 Random Thoughts with Michelle Larks

August 4, 2008

Michelle Larks is the author of Keeping Misery Company and the recently released novel The Legacies.

7 Random Thoughts with Michelle Larks
By Shelia M. Goss

What’s one thing (besides writing) that you enjoy doing?
I enjoy dressing up and going dancing (steppin) with my husband.
What’s your favorite quote?
Nothing beats failure but a try.
What television show best describes your life and why?
Good Times. My family was far from rich, but there was a lot of love and good times during my childhood.
What is your most valued possession?
My SUV, it’s a Mercedes Benz ML320. One of those milestone birthday present’s to my myself.
What would your best friend say about you?
She says, that I have  a focused, anal personality. And that she knows that I have her back.
What does love mean to you?
Love means having to say you’re sorry, and compromising sometimes.
What is your favorite outfit to wear and why?
My favorite outfit is anything off-white in color. I have pantsuits, dresses, tops, and sweaters in off-white. It’s my favorite color.

To learn more about Michelle Larks and her books, visit or

Lloyd is back with Lessons In Love

August 4, 2008

Lessons In Love – August 5, 2008
The Inc / Universal Motown 

Lloyd ft Lil Wayne – Girls Around The World (video)
1. Sex Education
2. Girls Around The World feat. Lil’ Wayne
3. Treat U Good
4. Year of the Lover
5. I Can Change Your Life
6. Lose Your Love
7. Have My Baby
8. Love Making 101
9. Party All Over Your Body
10. A Day In The Life
11. Touched By An Angel
12. I’m Wit It
13. Heart Attack


Watch Lloyd take you on a tour of his hometown of Atlanta: