Ananda Lewis
American television personality and activist
Ananda Lewis
Ananda Lewis is an American television personality and social activist. She was an MTV veejay from the late 1990s until 2001, when she left the network to host her own talk show, The Ananda Lewis Show.
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Teenage murderer dying of breast cancer
CBS News - about 3 years
Kristina Fetters, Iowa's youngest murderer, was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 14. A Supreme Court ruling recently declared her sentence unconstitutional, and with Fetters now dying of breast cancer, a parole hearing has been scheduled to possibly allow her to die on the outside. Amanda Lewis from KCCI-TV reports.
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Man bites dog to save wife
CNN Bussiness Blogs - almost 4 years
A Iowa couple is recovering after a violent dog attack. KCCI's Amanda Lewis reports.
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Video: Pizza delivery man urinates on doorstep
CBS News - over 4 years
A Des Moines, Iowa, pizza delivery man was caught on tape urinating on a customer's doorstep after not receiving a tip. KCCI-TV's Amanda Lewis reports.
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Bertolone guilty verdict announced
KCCI 8 Des Moines - almost 5 years
KCCI's Amanda Lewis reports
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Is Heemstra Lyon case finally over?
KCCI 8 Des Moines - almost 5 years
KCCI's Amanda Lewis reports.
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The Best MTV VJs Of All Time! (PHOTOS) - Global Grind
Google News - over 5 years
MTV has had so many great VJs, so we decided to round up the best of the best. From Ananda Lewis flashing her guests on the beach, to Carmen Electra shaking her booty on TRL, MTV's VJs make the music network super entertaining
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PENINSULA WOMAN: With a guiding hand - Peninsula Daily
Google News - over 5 years
At Ananda, Lewis has spaces for up to 22 students and works with them one on one or in small groups of three to six. She offers flexible scheduling and encourages each pupil's exploration of the type of massage he or she is interested in, from prenatal
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Mia Amber Davis Dead at 31 - LALATE
Google News - almost 6 years
She appeared on talk shows like The View, the Ananda Lewis Show and the Tyra banks Show. Other television projects included Mo'Nique's FAT Chance and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. Her music video credits included Mr. E's Beautiful Blues
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Photos: What Really Happened to Adrianna Lewis?
ABC News - about 6 years
Would seven-year-old A.J. Hutto's confusing testimony put his mother, Amanda Lewis, in jail for killing his sister, Adrianna?
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; 'Yahoo Buzz' Leaps From Internet to TV
NYTimes - about 8 years
Yahoo, the Internet portal, is looking to extend its brand to television by developing a half-hour newsmagazine with Twentieth Television, a unit of News Corporation. The program, called ''Yahoo Buzz'' and inspired by the Web site of the same name, will be syndicated to television stations as early as this fall. Just as users of Yahoo are able to
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Singer's Family Revisits Its Reality-Show History
NYTimes - almost 9 years
In its two short seasons on BET, ''Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is'' has stood atop the celebreality genre. The triumphs and travails of Ms. Cole; her sister, Neffe; and their mother, Frankie, have felt less scripted, and consequently more interesting, than anything offered up by Gene Simmons or Scott Baio or Flavor Flav. The show's second season,
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BOLDFACE NAMES
NYTimes - about 15 years
Suit Against N.Y.U. Goes On An appellate panel has cleared the way for a $2 million lawsuit against New York University to go to trial. The suit was filed by MARK ADAMS TAYLOR, the chairman of Community Board 6 in Manhattan, who says he was illegally fired from New York University Medical Center in 1997. Mr. Taylor said his problems began with
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Need a Ratings Boost? Bring on the Makeovers
NYTimes - about 15 years
SHEATHED in a form-fitting sweater, a pencil skirt and dagger-heeled Jimmy Choo boots, Suze Yalof Schwartz looks like an unlikely fairy godmother. But to the women transformed by a wave of her metaphoric wand, Mrs. Schwartz is that and more. Ask 40-ish Debbie Kellett. During a three-hankie segment of ''Live With Regis and Kelly'' one morning last
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NOTICED; A World Divided Into Two-Way-Pager Camps
NYTimes - about 16 years
STAR JONES was camped out in her usual seat in celebrity row, courtside at a New York Knicks game in Madison Square Garden. Even as the contest between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks went into nail-biting overtime, Ms. Jones, a host of ''The View'' on ABC, was busily multitasking, flipping open the silver Motorola Timeport two-way pager in her
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The Extra 'V' in Very V.I.P.
NYTimes - over 17 years
I'M not a V.J. tonight -- I'm the D.J.,'' Ananda Lewis said one recent night at Joe's Pub. Ms. Lewis, who spends her workdays introducing videos as the host of ''Hot Zone,'' a weekday MTV show, stood bopping behind the microphone in cuffed jeans, a halter top and a feathered headband. She sipped a glass of merlot, selecting an eclectic mix of CD's
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NOTICED; A Hip-Hop Battle of the Sexes
NYTimes - almost 18 years
AT the Vibe magazine style awards, held recently at the Toy Center in the Flatiron district, a battle of the sexes erupted on the celebrity-studded dance floor. As guests like the fashion models Tyson Beckford and Beverly Peele, hip-hop honcho Russell Simmons and MTV veejay Ananda Lewis mingled in their finery before the awards ceremony, the
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A NIGHT OUT WITH: TOMMY HILFIGER; Musical Guy Does a Riff For Fall '99
NYTimes - about 18 years
AT a dress rehearsal on Thursday for Tommy Hilfiger's fall collection at Roseland, on West 52d Street, Mr. Hilfiger watched models test-walk the runway while the pop band Sugar Ray played him a love song. ''Throw your arms around me, Tommy,'' Mark McGrath, the band's lead singer, crooned. Riffing on the lyrics for the band's 1997 hit, ''Fly,'' he
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Can We Talk? Television Hosts Turn to the Comfy Couch
NYTimes - over 19 years
TELEVISION talk shows are on the couch these days -- literally. Producers seem to have decided that the way to get guests to talk earnestly is by making the sets homey, be it with sculptural sofas or gigantic armchairs; even a futon. This may be the dawn of the less-businesslike talk show. Television guest chairs -- customarily prim and as comfy as
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ananda Lewis
    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 37
    In 2011, Lewis gave birth to a boy, her first child.
    More Details Hide Details She currently resides in the San Fernando Valley.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    In the spring of 2005, she has interviewed Paris Hilton, Dylan Ryder, Don Cheadle and Ryan Phillippe (two of the stars of Paul Haggis's ensemble film Crash), and actress Dyan Cannon.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis herself has made guest appearances on several sitcoms.
  • 2004
    Age 30
    In 2004 Ms. Lewis also appeared on the ABC network's reality show called Celebrity Mole: Yucat√°n.
    More Details Hide Details This reality series won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Enhanced Television. An avid animal lover, Lewis has served as co-host of the A&E television-network show America's Top Dog and as a spokesperson for the Humane Society. She has been known to frequently introduce her two pet chihuahuas to interviewers. She has also been a spokesperson for Reading Is Fundamental, a nonprofit literacy group.
    In 2004 Lewis became the chief correspondent on celebrity subjects for the nationally syndicated, nightly entertainment program The Insider, a spin-off of the popular Entertainment Tonight.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 27
    The Ananda Lewis Show debuted on September 10, 2001, after much advance press in which Lewis was compared to Oprah Winfrey, the wildly popular talk-show host long considered to be one of the most powerful women of African American descent in television.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis continued to do special presentations for MTV after her show had begun. Lewis's series, which was syndicated by King World Productions, targeted women between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four by addressing such issues as domestic violence and breast cancer; it was billed as an alternative to the sensationalism and provocative offerings of Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake, whose talk shows were then dominating daytime ratings. Lewis's show aired on some WB and NBC stations before being canceled after one season. Her show's producers stated: "We started on a Monday and then there was the World Trade Center bombing the next day, and everything has become a mess since then," Roger King, the chairman and CEO of King World Productions and CBS Enterprises. Lewis then worked briefly for BET.
    In 2001, Lewis decided to leave MTV in order to start her own talk show.
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    In 2001 Lewis earned another NAACP Image Award, for her hosting of the MTV special True Life: I Am Driving While Black.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Lewis made headlines while at MTV when she announced, that she intended to remain abstinent for at least six months. She states: "I made the decision for selfish reasons, but I'm going public here because I realized I might be able to help other girls, too. I know the kind of drama that being sexually active brings to your life. I felt that if it was good for me to take a break, it might be good for other young girls, too. You see, I think I would be a whole different person if I hadn't had sex so early. Everybody was saying, 'Do it!' but nobody ever said, 'You don't have to do it'. I think hearing that would have made a huge difference in my life." Also during that period Lewis became a familiar presence at celebrity-attended events in and around New York City. "If you don't recognize the name Ananda Lewis, it may be because you're older than 23, or not a hip-hop star, or not a regular supplicant in the land of the velvet ropes," Century wrote at the height of Lewis's fame. "In the last year, Ms. Lewis has emerged as the hip-hop generation's reigning 'It Girl,' meaning she is not just an MTV personality but a woman whose looks and attitudes have made her perpetually in demand."
    MTV also called upon Lewis to host other, topical programs, including two MTV forums on violence in schools, which aired after the Columbine High School massacre and several memorial tributes for the singer Aaliyah, who perished in a plane crash in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 25
    In a reference to Lewis's broadcasting savvy, Bob Kusbit, MTV's senior vice president for production, told Douglas Century for the New York Times on November 21, 1999, "In the past our talent was sometimes just pretty people who could read cue cards.
    More Details Hide Details But when we brought Ananda to MTV, we decided we were going to do a lot more live television."
  • 1996
    Age 22
    Her executives knew that this kind of gumption was the right stuff for a live show host," In 1996, on an installment of the show entitled "It Takes a Village," Lewis interviewed then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, whose book with that title had been published earlier in the year.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 1996 Teen Summit was nominated for a CableACE Award, and the next year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented Lewis with an Image Award for her work on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Soon afterward the cable network MTV offered Lewis a position as a program host and video jockey. The thought of leaving Teen Summit was painful for her; indeed, several sources quoted her as recalling that she "cried for three weeks" while pondering her choices. In opting to move to MTV, the deciding factor was the possibility of greatly increasing the size of her viewing audience and, therefore, her potential for influencing America's youth. Lewis's style as recognized at BET is responsible for bringing celebrity interviewing to a new level on a pair of regularly aired MTV shows: Total Request Live, a daily Top 10 video-countdown show, and The Hot Zone, which offered both music videos and Lewis's interviews of musicians and others. On one notable installment of The Hot Zone, she berated the rapper Q-Tip about the number of scantily clad dancers in one of his videos.
  • 1995
    Age 21
    She majored in history at Howard University, in Washington, D.C., from which she graduated, cum laude, in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis has credited her mother, grandmother, and sister for providing her with a positive, supportive environment. By her own account, as she grew older she felt increasingly upset by her parents' divorce. In adulthood, Lewis has healed her rifts with both parents. Lewis was a good friend of singer and actress Aaliyah before her accidental death. She has six godchildren.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 7
    In 1981 Lewis entered herself in the Little Miss San Diego Contest, a beauty pageant, and won.
    More Details Hide Details During the talent portion of the competition, Lewis performed a dance routine, which she had choreographed herself, to Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney's ballad "Ebony and Ivory." After her win, Lewis attracted the attention of a talent agent and began working in local theater productions and on television. In fourth grade she enrolled at the San Diego School of Creative and Performance Arts (SCPA), a public magnet school, where she remained for nine years. At the age of thirteen, Lewis began volunteering as a tutor and counselor at a Head Start facility. Lewis was inspired by the work and decided to become a teacher or a psychologist, with the goal of helping young people. However, Lewis's family urged her to follow a more lucrative career path specifically law.
  • 1973
    Born
    Lewis was born on March 21, 1973, in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details She is of African American and Native American descent, specifically of the Creek and Blackfoot tribes. Her name means "bliss" in Sanskrit. Lewis's mother worked as an account manager for Pacific Bell, and her father as a computer-animation specialist. Her sister, Lakshmi, is a physician. Lewis's parents divorced when Ananda was two years old, and her mother moved with her daughters to San Diego, California, to be near her own mother. Her mother took an extended trip to Europe to escape the pain of her failed marriage, leaving Ananda and Lakshmi with their grandmother. During her absence, which lasted less than a year, Lewis felt abandoned. She states: "It was like she nurtured me and carried me in her womb and then completely left." Lewis often fought with her mother while growing up and rarely saw her father, who had remarried. Lewis and her grandmother also frequently "locked horns" while she was growing up.
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