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June 16, 2024 17 mins

Two-time Emmy and Three-time NAACP Image Award-winning television Executive Producer Rushion McDonald, interviewed Loni Love.  Cohost of SiriusXM's Café Mocha, Loni Love hasn't taken the typical path to becoming America's favorite straight-talking girlfriend and comedian. She was not the child of Hollywood legends, and she never wore a size 00. Rather, she grew up in housing projects in Detroit, more worried about affording her next meal than going on a diet. When she moved to Hollywood after graduating college with an engineering degree, seeking to break out in the entertainment world, there was nothing that would convince her to eat the kale salads and quinoa bowls that her colleagues introduced her to, which looked to Love like "weeds my grandma used to pay me a dollar to pull from her yard."

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
If you're about to make a change in your life
and you feel uncomfortable, that's the best feeling you.

Speaker 2 (00:05):
Can have.

Speaker 1 (00:08):
Because for the first time in your life, you'll make
a new decision that's going to be best for you
and not what somebody told you to do. And that's
when all bets are off. Welcome to Money Making Conversation Masterclass.
I'm your host, Ushawn McDonald. Our theme is there's no
perfect time to start following your dreams. I recognize that
we all have different definitions of success. For you and

(00:29):
maybe decide to your HM, it's time to stop reading
other people's success stories to start living your own. Keep winning.
My next guest, Different is an Emmy Award winning and
two time NAACP Image Award winning multimedia personality that includes
series XM's Cafe Mocal radio show, talk show, co host

(00:52):
On the Real, comedian, entrepreneur, and actress. She's on the
show to talk about her very very funny memoir I
tried to change so you don't have to. Please. Welcome
to the Money Making Conversation, Honey.

Speaker 3 (01:02):
Love, Thank you for the time.

Speaker 1 (01:07):
Loney, I'm telling you something. Let me just read this
little from what I took from the book, because I
want to want to set the stage before we started
writing talking about this very funny book, and a very
funny book memoir. In reading this book just came from you.
In reading this book, you should remember that I am
a comedian. I am also a television host and an
actress and electrical engineer. This is my memoir and tells

(01:27):
you about my life. But it's a tale told from
a comedian perspective, a comic perspective, and I believe that
this entitles me to a good number of liberties. I
re ordered and combined events and people. I changed a
whole lot of names and identify how details. And I've
exaggerated and made some things up all together I hope
make you smile or even laugh. But I have not

(01:48):
changed the reality of my life, where I came from
and how I've got here today. Ladies and gentlemen, Loney
love that's beautiful.

Speaker 3 (02:00):
Called when the attorney talks.

Speaker 1 (02:05):
Loney. You know, you know you've been on the show before,
and I'm a big fan of yours, and uh you
know it always you know, like I always call you
a text you Uh just just I'll let you know
I love you and uh you're just a gifted young
lady and never be down on yourself. And I read
this book. It's a journey from Detroit to Houston, Texas
to El Segondo to Los Angeles. I guess it all

(02:31):
started in Detroit. Tell us about that the start, and
then I want to break down some of my favorite chapters,
like chapter eight when you were thrown in jail. That's
that has to be the funniest, the funniest. I know,
I read a lot of books. Now I'm just telling.
I'm just telling. If I'm talking to Lone of Love,
now this is her book. Now, this is number one
I tried to change, so you don't have to. I'm

(02:53):
telling you.

Speaker 3 (02:55):
I just think everybody should tell their journey, and especially people.
People don't understand how hard it is for us to
make it. That's why I want everybody to share their story,
you know. And so this is my story. I grew
up in Detroit and Brewster Projects and it just takes
you through that whole life thing, because you know, some
people only know me from real or from Chelsea lay

(03:17):
or you know the shows that Rashan will put me on.

Speaker 1 (03:23):
So but you.

Speaker 3 (03:25):
Know, it's a whole journey, and I just wanted the
people to understand, you know, my journey and why I
appreciate where I am, why I'm vulnerable at times, while
I'm sensitive at times, while I'm strong at times, because
the fact is that it hasn't been an easy road.
And I also wanted to inspire and get people some hope.
So that's that's what you're reading. And it's just a

(03:47):
love letter to my fans. That's what it is.

Speaker 1 (03:50):
It's an honest letter. And the thing about it is
that I've read a lot of memoirs during the show
money making conversations. But I love George because it was
just funny, but it's also trueful. It was also painful.
It was also I was like, you know, I had
a reason to cry. I had a reason to feel
sorry for you. I had a reader to root for you.
I had a reason to call you a fool. You

(04:11):
know that's stupid, why you do that. And but one
of the things that came out that stood out for
me was like, you know, you know, it was a
point in your life where you were surrounded by blackness.
That's why I called in your book, you mentioned it
yourself surrounded by blackness, protected you. The HBCU experienced a
privyer and m the Black sisters of your sorority, Delta

(04:32):
Sigma Theta. You you experienced that HBCU experienced and being
surrounded by the sisterhood who bailed you out of jail.
Uh second, yeah, thank you to my sro.

Speaker 3 (04:45):
They had you know, they had some credit cards. They
was able to do that and they you know, and
I had to lean way on the shield that that night,
almost hard. But it's just it's a wonderful st story
of how you know, at nineteen years old, even though
growing up in the project, I knew nothing about the

(05:06):
police because my mom always protected me from that. You know,
the police never came into projects unless you know, somebody
got shot. So I didn't. I didn't have this experience
till I was in college, and I didn't realize, you know,
I didn't have to talk. I didn't know nothing about
you know, racist cops, and you know, I've never I've
never experienced that. So when I experienced it, and the

(05:29):
story is so interesting. It goes through the whole process
of being arrested, you know, going to the booking center
because I was it was a felony for trespassing, walking
in the kitchen. I was put in a you know,
in a sale with you know, murderers and felons and
stuff like that, at nineteen years old with no experience.

Speaker 1 (05:49):
You know, the reason I liked the book is that
I kind of understand you a lot more, you know,
because you've really outspoken and you first of all, you're
coming from you know, when you talk about prison or
jail or wrong flair, incarcerated, or talk about being a
call out by your name, racial statements thrown your way.
And the thing about it in your book when I

(06:10):
would is the churches in the church plays a role
Miss Evil, jehovah witness, you know how she built those
Just talk about some of the ladies besides your mom,
who played an important, defining role in your personality. How
you looked at life, how you looked at love, how
you looked at relationships and all that stuff. Talk about
the other women that were important in your life in
this book.

Speaker 3 (06:29):
Well, the love that I developed a black women came
from my foundation. You know. I had a babysitter and her
name was Miss Brookes. She was Jehovah's witness who I
spent a lot of my time with That's where I
got my religious backing from. I had Miss Eva.

Speaker 1 (06:45):
Ice Cream Evil, Yeah, because she.

Speaker 3 (06:48):
Was the Bible Sudden Lady, you know. I had my
Girl Scout Truth Leader. And these were women that impacted
me so much that they cared for me and they
could care of me. And this was the foundation. And
I think that's important when they say a village, it
takes a village to raise a child, it really really does.
But then also is my relationship you know with men

(07:13):
in general was actually defined in that era as well.
And you know, the caring of black brothers and sisters,
you know, was also defined from that. So it's like
when I meet people like the fabulous Rashan McDonald, we're
able to connect because we're down home people, you know

(07:34):
what I mean. And so that's so all of this
you can, you know, read about it in the book
and you can really see and feel the foundation. But
I mean, the thing if anybody I want them to
take away from is that if you feel hopeless, if
you need some inspiration, understand that you are from a
strong stock of people. And we constantly prove it all

(07:57):
the time. And I'm just waiting on YELP book.

Speaker 2 (08:02):
Please don't go anywhere. We'll be right back with more
money Making Conversations Masterclass. Welcome back to the Money Making
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(08:23):
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Speaker 1 (08:27):
Well, thank you, well it's coming, Babba tell you I'm
in this book. I'm telling her Bons and Noble. You
can get online right now. The book is on sale
right now. Please go out and buy it. And the
thing that because it's some relatable things to me in there.
I'm a male, but it's very relatable because this book
is by motivation, is by the inspired, is overcoming odds.
And one of the things was when she came out
of high school, you know, Bright calling NERD. My degree

(08:50):
was in mathematics, so in Husky was mathematics. She got
a degree in electrical engineering and she just went to
work for you know, it was a GM jama for
one of the general motives went on the line, just
just putting carpet, blowing carpet down. When I graduated from
high school, I became a forklift driver. I thought that
was my level. I thought that that's it had it

(09:12):
had a nice pay hourly check tied to it. I
thought that was my level. But somebody saw more and
more in me, more in me than I saw on myself.
And that's really where mentoring comes in. That's why it's important.
I see the role that you play out there. I
see registering people to vote. I've seen how you realize
that look look in your book. And then it talks

(09:35):
about accepting who you are when you're trying to lose
all that weight, trying to be something that you're not.
And that's really and I want to let people know
that this book is so relatable because it talks about
issues and trusting yourself and not listening to other people
who say you should be doing this, trust to your
It's it's really an amazing story, very funny, but very

(09:59):
but very very telling us to what we need to
read today to be motivated to be successful. Great job
on this book, great, great job.

Speaker 3 (10:07):
Appreciate it. I appreciate everybody that's that's we're discovering it
and reading about it. It's great reviews. The Amazon has
been number one and Memoirs is number one in comedy
for new releases. So and again, I can't wait to
get your book. But we are just parallel, and you
know when it comes to being like that manual and

(10:29):
how somebody came to help us, it's just a it's
a great story and I'm just thankful that I'm able
to live to still tell it.

Speaker 1 (10:36):
And then we then we did something else. We were
musically inclined and we love classic music. See, I was
a B flat clarinet.

Speaker 3 (10:44):
That was me.

Speaker 1 (10:45):
So you you couldn't have let you went over to
the French Home. And I'm gonna tell you something. I'm
gonna tell anybody this about the French Home. That is
the most difficult instrument to play, because if you don't
put your hands in that right and more right right now,
the sounds because you could just keep blowing on that
thing forever. So for you to go, for for you
to walk past B flat clarinet and go over to

(11:06):
a French home, girl, hands down, you are bad, sister, okay.

Speaker 3 (11:13):
And you could use it as a weapon.

Speaker 1 (11:18):
It's just beautiful. It's just beautiful with the journey as
as we go through this book, you know it was
Let me just tell everybody about the book, and then
since how it breaks down. It talks about the early
years in the projects and then they talked that's part
of her life. That's important, that first eighteen years. Then
it talks specifically about her college life, her friends, how

(11:39):
she got to college, how that played an important role,
and each each one of those layers is defining for
her because you know, she didn't want to leave home
when she was asked to leave home, and then she
wasn't really ready to go to college, but she saw
an opportunity to go, she went. She learned how to pivot.
That's this book is about pivoting too, because in this book,
Lonnie is a great pivoter. She's said an opportunity, she's

(12:03):
going and it's going to give one hundred percent. A
lot of people pivot and they kind of ease over
that line, and you don't do that, do you?

Speaker 2 (12:11):
So?

Speaker 3 (12:12):
I know, I really like telling the story, telling the truth,
but bring in levity. At the end of every chapter
is a list of jokes. Yes, because some stories in
the books are dark, some stories are sad, some stories
are really happy. But I want people to know that
after every chapter there's levity, yes, And I think that

(12:33):
that's important because it shapes your frame of mind differently.
So to know that you can get out of anything,
even though it seems impossible, You could get out of anything.
And this is a story for men, women, young old. Yes,
if you're at a point in your life where you're
trying to read and you kind of like you need
some motivations, you read this book. You know, I mean

(12:56):
if you're trying to find love, you know I talk
about that. Oh, yes, you get to where you need to.
You know, you get in situations where you know things
ain't working out or you know, that's the part where
really Rashan, I have to say, we were the chapter
in Real Talks where I really mean doing Rashan to
give me advice and it really helped me to get

(13:18):
through the situation I was in my TV show. And
you know, understanding the studio system, all of that is
explained because you know, it's real easy for people to
see the front side of certain things of television shows
and things they don't understand behind the scenes. Even way back,
my first movie Peven, don't you know a lot of

(13:40):
people don't know that I was. My first movie was
Soul Playing and definitely we all thought it was gonna
make us all a start, Kevin Hart, Moonique, all of them.
You know, it tells the whole The whole story is explained.
But it's all. And I have so many more stories.
But you know, because I people diary and I tell

(14:01):
anybody you know, right now we're living in historic times.
People diary or a journal, and you know, so that
you can look back in five years and see where
you come from and what you were dealing with. So
these are like just a few stories that I put together,
and it kind of tells the stories, the beginning story,
and it's just something that I'm just I'm just amazed

(14:22):
that people and I'm grateful that people see it and
now they've got to they have a better understanding. But
more importantly, black people are different. We're not all the same.
We're not, but you know, and it's that's why it's
important to push our stories and get our stories out
so that they know that we're real, living and breathing people,
so that they will stop killing us, so that they

(14:44):
understand it. Wow, these people, you know, because they think
that they can't relate to us. But the whole point
is we're living and breathing people, and we have to
share our stories to show them the experiences that we've
come through. And that's what that's what we're doing.

Speaker 1 (14:58):
Wow, I'm talking to an winning She talks about that
in the book. Two time NAACP Image Award winning co
host of The Real She's a comedian, very funny entrepreneur,
great clothing line, an actress. You've seen her on TV,
Born Poorly. She has a very very funny memoir I
tried to change so you don't have to Amazon, number one,

(15:19):
Barnes and Noble. Go get it, Londey Love. Let me
tell you what I'm doing. You know, I'm gonna put
it on my social media. You know, don't you know
how I do with you? Okay, on Wednesday's going out
of my fan club, ninety thousand Wednesday morning at nine
o'clock is going out there. So I support you, my friend.
I just wanted to talk about that book. I know
you've got a lot of things going on. I'm short
on time, but I wanted to make sure I gave

(15:39):
the love for this memoir that people need to need
to hear. I read this book. It's funny. I've learned
some things about myself. I learned a lot of things
about Loney love. But more important, it's a love story,
and that's that's beautiful. It's a love story.

Speaker 4 (15:55):
About her life, the people who entered her life, how
they shape their life, and how she's happy being herself
when she looks in the mirror with the person who
likes what he sees in the mirror too.

Speaker 1 (16:06):
Thank you Linnie for calling my show.

Speaker 3 (16:09):
Thank you so much, Rashan for the time lessens brother.

Speaker 1 (16:11):
I appreciate you. Stay strong, Stay strong. If you want
to hear more money Making Conversations, please go to money
Making Conversation dot com. I'm Rushan McDonald, I'm your host.

Speaker 2 (16:23):
Thank you for joining us for this edition of money
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