Rodney Rikai is a TV Personality, Actor, Entrepreneur and Event Planner who currently resides dually in Washington, DC and New York, NY. He attended North Carolina A&T State University.
The son of a group member of the legendary Shirelles, Rodney Rikai was introduced at an early age to timeless music. It was out of that exposure to classic R&B and Soul that in 2009 he founded a company called The heART Gallery – Things We Love, LLC. Through this company Rodney has curated and hosted 3 years worth of events featuring Grammy nominated artists Lyfe Jennings and Bilal. As well as other phenomenal artists such as Jesse Boykins iii, Sonyae Elise, Moruf, Emily King, Ari Lennox, Joya Bravo, Iman Omari, Melo-X, Bridget Kelly and countless others.
In 2012 Rodney Rikai was selected as a finalist to be the host of BET’s flagship show 106 & Park. While ultimately not chosen, he has maintained a working relationship with the network hosting their BET Music Matters showcase series in New York and Los Angeles, during BET Awards Weekend.
Rodney has spun the opportunity at 106 & Park into a quickly ascending career in entertainment. Starting with becoming co-host to legendary Host/DJ Big Tigger on the Emmy winning CW network show “Direct Access with Big Tigger”. He is also an on air host for Music Choice Network. Additionally he was tabbed as the Washington Wizards in-arena host, twice being selected by the NBA as the co-host to Terrence J for the Sprint Pre-Game Concert during NBA All Star weekend.
In addition to his on air work, Rodney has covered and hosted countless festivals as well, being sought out by major brands such as Verizon to conduct interviews with a slew of stars ranging from Jill Scott to LL Cool J and Yolanda Adams at Essence Fest. He is the host for Broccoli City Fest, a major urban Earth Day celebration in Washington, DC. In 2014 he also became a member of the Nike Entertainment roster, consistently hosting their events and activations with signature athletes such as Richard Sherman, Dasean Jackson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
In the span of 2 years Rodney Rikai has gone from selling light bulbs and generators for maintenance, repairs & operations conglomerate Grainger to conducting on camera interviews with the likes of Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordod-Levitt, Kelly Rowland, Jessie Ware, Arsenio, John Wall and countless others on behalf of multiple outlets.
He is a regular feature writer on the Webby award winning blog ‘The Stashed’, and has been featured in Black Enterprise magazine. He studied acting under the tutelage of Tracey Moore-Marable.
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