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Humor Writer of the Month: Loni Love

Loni Love is an Emmy and two-time NAACP Image Award-winning co-host of FOX’s The Real Daytime Talk Show and co-host of the only Gracie award-winning nationally syndicated radio show for women of color, Café Mocha.

Her inspiring, newly published memoir, I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To, is about learning to resist the pressures of conformity, loving yourself for who you are, embracing your flaws and unlocking your true potential. She’s also the author of Love Him Or Leave Him But Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab.

A popular stand-up touring comedienne, Loni was tapped as recurring guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, guest host on Fashion Police, correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, E! and the new voice of We tv’s Bridezillas. She’s appeared in numerous movies, including Adopt-A-Highway, Mother’s Day, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2Soul Plane and the Bad Ass action-comedy films. In addition, she’s the subject of the documentary Being Loni Love, which traces her life story from her early days as a latchkey daughter growing up in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglas housing projects to an electrical engineer to a celebrity. Last year, Love made history as the first-ever female to host the Essence Festival in New Orleans. She stays true to inspiring others to spread love and take control of their own destiny.

Loni is currently serving as one of four finalist judges for Nickie’s Prize for Humor Writing, a new writing competition sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop that seeks funny, original essays about sisters through Aug. 1.

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