Jackson State University student Kris Campbell recently co-host with Bow Wow on BET’s 106 & Park. The Buzz had the opportunity to interview him.
Robert: What’s going on man? How did this opportunity happen with 106?
Kris: I am honored to interview with HBCU Buzz. You all are the dopest media outlet entity to stay connected with other HBCU life. But your guess is just as good as mine. After auditioning for a couple BET gigs and and internships with BET, I guess my name was just in an email list and a previous personality video of mine was remember. All I know is that, I woke up to an email for BET NYC Casting, which I have saved in my email as a contact, stating that they were undergoing a new segment with 106 & Park called 106 Nation Fan Cohost, where a die hard 106 fan got to cohost the show along with one of the personalities. They apologized for other roles that I did not land but they believed that this opportunity would be perfect for me and then they listed time slots and asked my availability. I immediately responded and the rest was history. It really happened.
To share the same screen with him was a dream come true. It was inspiring to hear and see him handle the business of the show and nothing more than humbling to realize that I am blessed to have this experience.
Robert: What was it like hosting with Bow Wow?
Kris: Terrance J and Bow Wow are two of my role models. I have always looked up to all the male 106 hosts but these two stuck out to me. They both remind me of what I want myself to come close to being one day. I have followed Shad (Bow Wow) his entire career. From his rap game to his acting gigs to his clothing line to the rebranding of his person from Bow Wow to Shad Moss creating a more mature persona to accompany his growing career, I have looked up to him for some time now. To share the same screen with him was a dream come true. It was inspiring to hear and see him handle the business of the show and nothing more than humbling to realize that I am blessed to have this experience. He cracked a few jokes on me here and there but it was all good vibes from start to finish. At that moment, while we shared that mutual space and objective, I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was nothing but fuel to my fire.
Robert: What’s after JSU?
Kris: After JSU, I plan to move to NYC to attend the graduate marketing program at either NYU or Columbia. I need something to compliment my mass communication skills. Being a student entrepreneur, I know there are many things I need to learn to grow my businesses and be the stereotype shattering African American mogul that I know I am destined to be. While in New York, I plan to intern at a radio station, being my 5th internship, while pursuing an on air personality gig. I also want to grow my T-shirt line Konnor Brooklyn, as well.
Robert: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Kris: In 10 years from now, I see myself at the pinnacle of my career. Multiple businesses, movies, appearances, and more, I see it in my near future. I want to leave a mark…a legacy on Earth that will inspire people to chase their dreams. In 10 years, I see myself doing everything I said I was going to do since I could remember. I see financial stability. I see me traveling the world with my family. I see me owning night clubs in the hottest cities. I see me giving back to the community. I see a lot of things for me on down the road. lol The list goes on and on.
I’m social, intelligent, attractive, and so much more…Kappa just fit me.
Robert: Man, it hurt me to see that you’re a Kappa. I thought I almost had a friend. Why Kappa and not Sigma? Sigma is the best fraternity in all the land.
Kris: Sigma? What’s that? Any who, the reason I pledged kappa was simple. I grew up in a small town called Livingston, Al. One day our trailer got shot up while I was in it and the next day my mom split the family and moved my younger sister and I to Mobile, Al. My older brothers and dad stayed back. In Mobile, I joined The Elite Chapter of the Mobile Kappa League. Long story short, after exposing me to things I knew I would have never been exposed to if we had stayed back in Livingston, The Mobile KL changed my life. It is responsible, along with a few life lessons here and there, for the person you’re interviewing today. So I knew that if I had pledged anything, It would be Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, because that’s all I knew. I owe myself to the bond because the men that advised the Mobile Kappa League, took a small town boy and created a man. I could never see myself straying away from their lessons. And besides, I’m one smooth brother and those other colors just don’t sit well with me. I’m social, intelligent, attractive, and so much more…Kappa just fit me.