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Meet the Cultural Innovators: Our new titans of film, music and television

Government name: Terrence Jenkins (known as Terrence J)

Code name: The Inquisitor

Listed as: Host, Actor, Producer

Résumé highlights: Name a person who has yet to hold court with multipotentialite Terrence J, and I’ll name a person who just isn’t hot yet. Such is life for the Queens, New York, native as he took a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host BET’s “106 & Park” and transformed it into a charmed existence as a master host, interviewer and actor. Some have characterized Terrence J as the Black Ryan Seacrest, but with his stunning continued trajectory, Seacrest will soon be known as the White Terrence J.

The mindset: “It has been an honor for me to be in the positions that I’ve been in, the rooms that I’ve been in, and to be able to rub shoulders with some truly incredible people. But those experiences have never gone to my head, and I find it all very humbling. I have so much more that I am going to accomplish, but being able to sit in a room with other phenomenal people like we are doing today lets me know that I am doing something right.”

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