Our favorite radio personalities keep us informed and entertained with juicy banter on today’s current events and the top celebrity news. The beautiful Jasmine Sanders is one such media maven who, along with Kings of Comedy alumni D.L. Hughley, hosts the nationally syndicated “The D.L. Hughley Show”. The on-air beauty recently chatted with Hype Hair about her career in radio, working with D.L., her passion for mentoring, and her hair and beauty essentials!
HH: What is a typical day like for you as a co-host of the “The D.L. Hughley Show”, and how do you usually prepare for your day?
Jasmine Sanders: I get up around 4:30 a.m. each day to start researching. I read everything—on news sites, blogs, social media, sports and entertainment sites—just to make sure I’ve covered all the bases. I like to have a good idea of what’s happening and also be on the lookout for topics to discuss. D.L. is a voracious reader, and he tends to stay abreast of just about everything—so I try to stay three steps ahead of him.
After about three hours, I take a break to work out for about an hour and a half, come home get dressed, glance over trending news/topics and head to the studio. D.L. and I spend about an hour before the show comparing notes to see what we’re most passionate about, or sometimes he’ll see what makes us argue [laughs]—and that will usually be the topic of the day on the show.
HH: Outside of your work on the “D.L. Hughley Show”, you’ve also branched out as a correspondent on HLN’s The Daily Share and even cohosted Centric’s Culture List. How do you balance all the different projects you’re involved in?
Jasmine: I just take things minute by minute and breathe. I don’t try to tackle it all at once, because it can be overwhelming. And I have a great assistant who keeps me on time and on point [laughs]. But I also remind myself that this is what I’ve dreamed of doing my entire life. And when I consider the alternative—doing nothing—I always find the energy to push through.
HH: What advice can you share with readers who also aspire to a career in radio?
Jasmine: Work hard on your craft and take care of your voice! Perfect who you are as a personality, not who you or others think you should be. Finally, know your value and never allow someone to cheapen it—but make sure that value is based on hard work and not ego.
HH: One of your mottos is “From those to whom much is given, much is required,” and one of the ways this sentiment is manifested in your own life is through your mentoring initiative, Jasmine Cares. Can you tell our readers why mentoring is such a big passion of yours?
Jasmine: I decided a long time ago that I would be a bridge over water for as many people as I can. When God gives you the means to cross the waters in your life, I believe it comes with a price. The way you repay the universe is by becoming the very thing you needed: a bridge. Mentoring is one of the greatest gifts you can give to another person. We have all needed the guidance of someone, so we know what it feels like to want something so bad but have no idea where or how to begin. That’s where mentoring comes in. Besides, I think any- one who walks through life simply taking all the time and never giving back is a selfish individual.
HH: We understand you are also working on a book. Can you tell us a little bit about the project?
Jasmine: Yes, I’m working on a book that will serve as a how-to guide for young girls growing up in the foster-care system. Using my personal experiences in a storied way, I hope to instill hope and humor in young women facing adversity. I’m hoping for a summer 2018 release.