When speaking of notable journalists, the name Rea Melissa Davis will undeniably BE highly regarded as one of the great ones. Davis has a unique formula to her journalistic flair which seems to perfectly combine overt passion, unwavering respect, die hard support, & a consistent thirst for continued growth. From upper echelon star-studded red carpets & events, to hosting high end release parties and informative panels, Rea Melissa, or Reyonce (her infamously coined moniker) has done it all & has no plans of letting her tenacious grasp on her career loose anytime soon. The hardworking, jetsettiing, AllHipHop.com journalist recently took a break from her industry travels & sat down with BE to reverse the rolls & allow us to turn the mic on her to get the scoop on her nevessary INFLUENCE on journalism & the entertainment industry, along with some of her favorite celebrity filled moments.
GIVE THE BE READERS A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO
I’m an entertainment and music journalist as well as a budding music executive. I’m a reporter and staff writer at AllHipHop.com, a contributor to ThisisRnb.com, and I’m tapping back into entertainment television correspondence. I also work with many mainstream artists, producers, and record laBEls to develop and promote new talent. Basically God has blessed me to interviews all of you favorite celebrity’s favorite celebrities!
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU 1ST LOVED MUSIC?
I’d say when I was 3 years old. My mom was also a music journalist and my grandparents lived close by with their music store sized music collection. I was glued to BET, MTV, and VH1 as a child. My parents will tell you I always wanted to be a music journalist and VJ. I was obsessed with Donnie Simpson, Sway, Lala, Bill BEllamy, AJ & Free etc. However, I’d have to say 3 BEcause I still remember to this day BEing obsessed with Michael Jackson’s “RememBEr The Time” music video and making my grandparents record it on VHS at age 3. That is still my favorite song and music video to this day.
That’s tough! God has blessed me with so many opportunities. I can’t pick just one so I’ll pick two LOL. I’d say covering the 2014 Grammy Awards and witnessing Babyface receive his Hollywood Walk Of Fame star (Diddy, Usher, L.A. Reid, Toni Braxton, Stevie Wonder, Kenny G, and many more were in attendance.). This was a tough one BEcause there have BEen so many memorable journalism moments. I definitely have to start journaling again to make sure I don’t forget any.
HOW DID YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR ALLHIPHOP.COM?
This is why I love backstories! I got the opportunity to work for AllHipHop so randomly. At the time I had just graduated from college (UNC Chapel Hill) and my friend Tonya Payton (legendary publicist/exec) was having a music conference in Columbia, S.C. BEcause they don’t have many opportunities musically there. I hate driving period so I really was thinking. “I’m not driving to another state for a conference, especially not country South Carolina,” but I’m big on support and wanted to support Tonya…. plus the panel had Sway Calloway, Chuck Creekmur (my boss and CEO of AllHipHop), Memphitz, Reggie Hawkins of Sirius Radio and many more. At the time I was freelancing for The Source, but I was big on always getting everyone’s contact info. I introduced myself to Chuck and got his card and when I moved to Atlanta from North Carolina I was like heyyyyyyyyyyyy. LOL.
HOW DO YOU STAY ON TOP OF YOUR GAME & CONTINUE TO MAKE YOUR PRESENCE KNOWN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?
Research, research, research. It’s important to stay current, but it’s also important to BE informed about the past especially in music journalism. I’m so diverse, and I’m into all kinds of things so I try to keep up with so many different subjects, genres and fields. As far as continuing to make my presence known, I’m everywhere securing great interviews and delivering great coverage. I’m the fan with the mic. I get to ask the questions that those at home would want to know.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR REA MELISSA?
World domination. Just kidding. Continuing to BE the BEst entertainment and music journalist, as well as budding music executive that I can BE.
HOW CAN FANS STAY CLOSE TO YOUR MOVEMENT?
Log onto AllHipHop.com daily as well as ThisisRnb.com. Follow me on Instagram @Reyonce_Rea and Twitter @Reyonce_. Also get ready for me to BE on your TV screen as I’m tapping back into entertainment television correspondence again!Tweet