Fall is kicking into gear, and the Daytime Emmy-nominated talk show “The Real,” is pulling out all the stops. Throughout the month of October, the show will be co-hosted each week by a woman who has made her mark, building her own empire. From basketball wives to makeup enthusiasts and chefs, here’s what to expect.
Keyshia Ka’oir, Monday, Oct. 9
Ka’oir is a model, actress, stylist & entrepreneur extraordinaire. Originally a Miami-based celebrity stylist with Jamaican roots, known as “Keyshia Dior,” got Ka’oir her modeling start in late 2009 when Director Paul Coy Allen cast her in the Timbaland & Drake mini-movie/music video, “Say Something”. This led to modeling features in countless music videos, covers on several national magazines and culminated with winning nationwide recognition as the 2010 XXL Magazine Model of the Year. In 2011, the owner and CEO of Ka’oir Cosmetics formally changed her name to “Keyshia Ka’oir” to stand behind her brand and launch the vibrant new makeup company. As a model, fashionista, entrepreneur and CEO, Keyshia Ka’oir is an authentic, refreshing, bold personality in the cosmetics, fashion and entertainment industry.
Shaunie O’Neal, Tuesday, Oct. 10
The “Basketball Wives” alum is a mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist, creator and executive producer of VH1’s mega-hit Basketball Wives franchise and executive producer and star of the latest addition to her television lineup on VH1, “Shaunie’s Home Court.” From the beginning, O’Neal set out to leave her mark in the entertainment industry and this former entertainment reporter has done just that. Her vision of highlighting the complex lives of the wives and girlfriends of some of the NBA’s top athletes, both past and present, on camera, took a life of its own and became the Basketball Wives franchise. Her vision has launched spin-offs and the careers of other reality TV-stars. O’Neal is now involved in television production, publishing, fashion and film.
Tina Knowles-Lawson, Wednesday, Oct. 11
Knowles Lawson is best known as a fashion designer who has designed and styled for superstar group Destiny’s Child, her daughter Beyoncé’s various tours and television performances, as well as costumes for a number of hit movies. With Beyoncé she co-created three successful clothing lines; House of Deréon, Deréon, and the Miss Tina line. Knowles Lawson’s philanthropic endeavors include The Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth in Houston, Texas, the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments, and, in partnership with her daughter, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House. Tina and her husband, actor Richard Lawson, have recently established the WACO Theatre Center, a non-profit art and performance center in Los Angeles. She has also established Tina’s Angels, a mentoring program for young girls and continues to help with ongoing relief efforts for Houston following the devastation following Hurricane Harvey.
Debbie Allen, Thursday, Oct. 12
Allen is a pioneer in the entertainment business. Her multifaceted career includes producing (currently she is an executive producer and series regular on ABC’s longest running drama, “Grey’s Anatomy,” which just celebrated its 300th episode!), directing, choreographing, acting and running her own dance academy in Los Angeles, DADA. She is passionate about supporting young people in the arts and hiring minority directors.
Ayesha Curry, Friday, October 13
Curry is a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur who recently launched her meal kit company, Homemade, and her much anticipated eponymous line of cookware and bakeware. She is the host of ABC’s “The Great American Baking Show” and “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen” on Food Network. Curry was also recently announced as the newest face of COVERGIRL and has partnered with Michelin-star Chef Michael Mina to open International Smoke restaurants in Waikiki, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She lives in the Bay Area with her two daughters, Riley and Ryan, and her husband Stephen Curry.
In addition, “The Real” welcomes Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann on Monday, Oct. 9, Irv Gotti of BET’s Tales on Tuesday Oct. 10, and Elaine Welteroth, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Comedy Get Down’s George Lopez and Cedric the Entertainer drop by on Thursday, Oct. 12, and on Friday, Oct. 13, Andra Day and Common visit to discuss their title track, “Stand Up For Something” from the movie Marshall.