Interview with King Sharif

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PLEASE EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT IT IS YOU DO OR ARE KNOWN FOR?
I am known as a Celebrity Host & Journalist, doing celebrity interviews. I use to go by the name “King Celeb”. I had a popular website called thekingceleb.com which catered to celebrity News, entertainment and lifestyle. I changed my name to “King Sharif” being that my format as a journalist has changed up a bit. As of Now I am currently a Journalist for Courtside Jones on Fox Sports, and KillerHiphop.com. I am a radio host on a show called Encore Radio, which just got picked up by iTunes Radio recently. I am also a TV Correspondent for NervEight Music App and ibotvonline.com. I also just launched my celebrity news brief/ celebrity interview Series Called “A Kool Story” which seems to be picking up and becoming popular via the internet. I am also the Official host for the HBCU Follow Train International Mix tape Series and tour which travels different Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

SO WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND YOUR WHOLE MOVEMENT?
The motivation of my movement is to create a real lifestyle feeling with in music journalism. Each and every time I do an interview I want the fans supporters and even people who dislike the person I am interviewing to say they can grasp exactly who the person is. Whether its Radio, Television or Print I want people to say that “ it was a great segment and interview”. I want people to take in the good stuff and know that there is much more to journalism than to talking about negative stuff that goes on in the entertainment and celebrity news. I am working to be the next big TV and Radio Personality coming out of New York City. I want to be the best, which is why I work on my craft so much. If I could be the male Oprah I would love that.

WHO ARE SOME PEOPLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH?
I would like to work with just kool people that are interesting in re-building the culture. There isn’t any specific person that I want to work with, there are tons of talented artists actors directors etc. making their way to the forefront of entertainment. I just want design “A Kool Story” for myself. I will say that I would love to work with Fuse TV, and even Revolt TV because they are creating doors for people like me who love what they do and are interested in watching the culture grow.

HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING WHAT YOU DO?
The Internet is changing. I look at it is as a helping hand. The Blog world has become some important. The Internet has taught people to have their own voice and to push people to use their words efficiently. On the other hand it has created madness because everyone wants to blog, no one wants to be a journalist. Everyone wants to write a few words and put up a video but what has happened to creative aspect of writing. If you want to do radio and Television as a host you must know how to write its very important. I think people don’t fully understand what a journalist is. If you want to have longevity in media you have to grasp the whole concept of radio, television and print.

ARE YOU DOWN WITH THE WHOLE SOCIAL MEDIA THING?
Social media is a Great thing. Social media creates opportunities and it’s the way of the future. Social media will be important from now on. Social media has helped me build and develop my brand. It’s a great marketing tool and a phenomenal way to engage with others and furthermore network with the right people to get to the next level in your career. I do think some people use social media for the wrong things but I don’t judge that’s just my opinion. For King Sharif social media has treated me great lol.

DO YOU FEEL LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS IMPORTANT?
I feel that I am doing something very valuable to the entertainment community. I am not sure if people understand as of yet what I have created but it’s definitely important in many ways. I am not just a celebrity host and journalist, but I am a curator. I am bringing the “Kool” and creative aspect of journalism back and having my own format and style of interviewing which I would like to call “Blueprint / Lifestyle “. Blue Print / Lifestyle interviews give you not just an outlook on their work but it also includes their life their thoughts and the will to do more. It showcases what it actually on the minds during project and what’s on their mind during the interview. Mastering my craft and building this format has helped me tremendously. I have a lot had people recognize me on the train like hey your “king Sharif” your last “A Kool Story” Interview was bomb. Which means more to me then people know. I jut want to bring “Kool” back to life in terms of personality. Which is why I am launching #KoolInterviews which is a new celebrity interview series with all your favorite celebrities. And it stems from “A Kool Story”. I am really stoked about that.

HOW DO YOU SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM OTHERS?
I don’t go out my way to separate myself from others. I just like to be me. I am Kool, and Sarcastic, Kreative and Stylish, which is what the “KS” in my name stands for. I love to have fun. I bring those elements into any of projects because that’s me. I am very straight to the point and I don’t like talking about what every other host or journalist talks about. That’s what makes me different. I am not interesting in bashing artists etc. I want to paint a picture through words.

WHO WERE SOME PEOPLE YOU INTERACTED WITH THIS YEAR?
I have interacted with Dyme-A-Duzin, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Fred The Godson, Mack Wilds, The Future street ball legend, Funk Flex, Audubon from Washington Heights, Po Johnson, Jae-O Draft pick, Mike Classic, Luke James, Winter Gordon, Tamar Braxton, Director X, DJ S. Whit and the list goes on.

ANY LONG-TERM GOALS YOU HAVE IN MIND?
My long-term goal is to land an on air radio position at a big hip hop station and become syndicated. Not only do I want to do radio full time but I would like to do TV as an on air personality as well. I really would like to work with Fuse TV or Revolt TV, however I just love showcasing my personality and being a host. I am looking to also take Journalism to a whole new level with making “A Kool Story” a magazine column as well. My long Term Goal is to be the Best TV & Radio Personality in New York and or L.A. All my options are open. I am currently taking on new projects. I have some new TV stuff that I am working on as a Host. I am also looking to jump into Voice Acting and Acting also. So I got my hands in a few things and I just want to be the best. The future looks really bright for me. In the next 2 years I am looking to really make some noise in entertainment game.

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