You were raised in Detroit from a fairly large family.
I read that you have 6 sisters and one brother is that correct?
Redaric: Yeah that’s kind of gray, its weird. The family just keeps getting bigger and bigger. The immediate family that I grew up with from childhood. Growing up, I moved around a lot and stayed with different relatives when I was younger, but there are 5 of us.
I had one younger brother, a twin sister, an older sister and a younger sister. That’s 5 of us total. Now my father also had 5 children as well, the only one that shares the same mother as me is my twin sister. So I have 3 other sisters from my father’s side also. I have a lot of siblings (Laughs).
What was it like growing up as a child at home?
Redaric: I didn’t have really much of a childhood because I was the man of the house at a young age. It is funny cause my sisters would say “Remember when you was a little kid…” because I had like a responsibility kind of vibe. I remember when I was afraid of the dark, when I was maybe 5 years old.
My father wasn’t around much, but that’s another story. I was the man of the house and it bothered me that I was afraid of the dark. I remember thinking “I’m the man of the house, I can’t be afraid of the dark if something happens at night I got to get up and see what’s going on so I can’t be afraid of the dark.”
I literally made myself walk around and wait until everybody was asleep and literally turn off all the lights and walk around in pitch-black darkness until I wasn’t afraid any more. The anxiety went away touching along the walls.
I forced myself to grow up pretty fast, but on the lighter side, I had a lot of siblings. A twin sister, older sister, younger sister, younger brother and we all got along. We still get along. We are each other’s best friends.
Awwh that’s sweet. I like this story of you tip toeing in the dark through the house, it’s like you pushed yourself into being brave.
Redaric: Yeah, I was the man of the house. I couldn’t be afraid of the dark.
So more into your career and the stages in which it started. 1992 was the year you began acting on television at the age of 11. And I actually got a glimpse of the show you were on “Hands up, Hands On” on YouTube. I thought that was cute. (Laughs).
Redaric: Noooo!!!!Why would you do that? (Laughs) Why would you do that? That’s horrible. You know I don’t mind personally even though I got the little baby Afro going on back then. I could care less, but one of my sisters is mortified and does not like that clip at all. Ha! That’s funny.
You had a scholarship to University of North Texas. You had a football scholarship, but you left to pursue your acting career. Did that experience when you started acting at age 11 on “Hands up, Hands On” influence you to want to quit school and start acting?
Redaric: No not at all, that show was kind of like a good time at a friend’s house or going to a birthday party. That’s how I saw it, as a time to have fun. There was food, an arts and crafts table; you get the things they want you to say. It was like a little Barney type show. It was cool because we knew we were on TV and all that, but I didn’t look at that with any type of depth as a child except to have a good time. That was the kind of the things that my mother did, she tried to push us into every direction to give us a buffet of life. At a young age she wanted to give us a taste of everything, so that we would know what we liked. I didn’t just play sports, but I played every sport. My mother got me involved in the show, but I clicked with the sports thing. That’s what I really took serious. All the way up until college. It wasn’t until High School that I got the acting bug. I took a drama course because we had to take an elective and we use to joke around and improv. I don’t know I just began to take it really serious.
You moved to New York after leaving college and became the co-founder of a Social Media Company while training to be an actor.
How did that come about?
Redaric: That came about in a destined, but weird situation. I actually personally had an idea. More like a concept. I’ve always been business oriented to a certain extent. I had an idea for a Social Media type company. It was this crazy kind of cool concept. A friend of mine had a girl he was talking to and one night we were all out . She was talking about this good idea she had, but she wasn’t going to tell me what it was, then my friend came to me and said we should team up. He told me the idea which was close to what I was thinking of. And then strange enough another friends came to me with the same business pitch like “Hey I got this idea!” His was similar as well, so we kind of put our ideas together to come up with one concept and worked out our differences and added more people to the team. We had a programmer for a while, he was from Sweden somewhere, but we had different people on the team that would come and go. Right now to this day we are still in an unveiling stage. We are still doing new things, like with the mobile app side of it. So yeah it was kind of like a destine thing. We were just a bunch of different guys with similar concepts. Who had the same understanding and the same take of power in numbers. That it was better to unite, so we came together to start a company. We rented out a thinking tank kind of office base in lower Manhattan. We’re still on a roll and that is something that longevity wise, will become a really big surprise.
Well I do look forward to that. Also from 1992 up until now you’ve done several projects working internationally as an actor and model.
One of those projects was being the face for the Carling Black label. What was that like working in a different culture then what we live in?
Redaric: Carling Black is a South Africa beer company and surprisingly it was so similar to here. I think Americans have this pre-conceived notion of how other places in the world are like. One of those notions is that they are so different than we are. One of the biggest surprises to me was that it’s no different. Going to Africa was like you would go to the metropolitan areas of these cities and see sky scrapers everywhere. Its so modern. All the people have the same mentality and the business are operated the same way. It’s the same game all over the plant. With the industry it’s the same. They have agencies over there and castings are done the same way. So I think there is small differences culture wise, but obviously it’s different geographically. I think what amazed me the most is how things were the same as the United States.
Everyone knows you as Tyler Michaelson from Young & the Restless. So to dig into your background and to see where you actually came from was very interesting. And the struggles you went through.
Redaric: Yeah it wasn’t easy, Even though New York is a big place with a lot of opportunities I had to travel half way around the world. When you are in the entertainment Industry and there is a job opportunity, you just go with it. I wasn’t going to say no. I was like “Come on lets go”. I got called over to South Africa and did an independent film over there.
I was actually over there when I got the call for Y&R. I set up a video audition and then my manager sent me an email saying I needed to come back to the States, to go to L.A for a screening. So I flew from South Africa to New York then left New York and flew out here to L.A. I did the screening, then from there they signed me on to a contract.
Wow. I know you were excited, like “This is it. A contracted role!!”
Redaric: Not at first, no it was weird because initially the role felt confined. It was a contract role and I have to live in L.A. When you live in New York it’s a very transit town and transit area. So you come and go as you please. I had an apartment in New York, I was barely there but it was like my home base. I was going to Toronto, I was going to London. And coming here it was like “Oh this is a contracted job in a big studio”. It was a weekly thing and non-stop. It’s not like a project you finish it and its done and everybody packs up a tent then you leave. No. I almost had a feeling of resistance at first like “Do I really want do this?”. I like that nature of being able to move around. To come and go as I please, but I’m getting use to the structure of having to be in one spot and calling this place home.
And December 17th marks the Anniversary of your character also.
Redaric: Oh. Wow. I didn’t know that I’m going to have to celebrate (Laughs). Thank you for that.
Yes! Your character was debuted on December 17th 2012.
So your character has survived an entire year, which is very rare sometimes.
Redaric: There were some tough moments I’m not going to lie to you. The thing about filming soaps, one of the biggest misconceptions that you can have as an actor, is looking at a soap opera and thinking that you got it figured out.It is so different. We film differently then any acting that I’ve ever done whether it’s film, TV stuff, or theater stuff. It’s so different. It’s very interesting, we had the great director that filmed “The Godfather” Francis Coppola, on the set not to long ago, he was interested in the way that we filmed and wanted to see the multi-camera set up. We film so fast.We do everything in one take “boom that’s it!” on to the next scene. It’s so weird, it’s like kind of scary at first cause if you mess up a little bit then you keep on going and on to the next scene. You don’t have that grace to find yourself in the moment and get into character. You just have to get out there and do it. You crank out a lot of material. We film five days a week. It is kind of insane the way that they do shoot, but you get use to it.
Are you and your Character Tyler Michaelson similar in any way?
Redaric: Yes, we’re similar in the sense that we look alike, that’s it (Laughs). Tyler is very different then me.
For one, I’ve never been engaged and he was engaged on the show. I did have a long-term girlfriend and we live together for two years, but Tyler is a little bit more impulsive then I am. I’m a little bit more calculated and calm. I think things through. Tyler is a little more irrational; he kind of just does things and then thinks about it later. And I’m not like that at all.
What are the few things that you would like your fans to know about you, as a person and individual Redaric Williams and not your character Tyler Michaelson?
Redaric: As an Individual that would be that I’m an extremely down to earth blue collared guy. A lot of times people get a misconception, like “Oh. You got light colored eyes, you are a handsome guy so he must be like kind of a pretty kind of dude.” No. That’s not true. I’m the kind of guy that’s under the car trying to change the oil. I do tune-ups, brake pads you name it. I’m the greasy garage kind of guy, a roll my sleeves up kind of dude. And that’s just who I am. I’ve always been like that.
[one_third]What does God
have to say about it?
1 Corinthians 10:31-ESV:
So, whether you eat or drink,
or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NVI:
Do you not know that your bodies
are temples of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you, whom you have
received from God?
You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price.
Proverbs 25:27 ESV:
It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to see one’s own glory.
Yvonne Williams, RN, BSN,BHCM
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[one_half]Why we want to change?
I will start with, just because it tastes good, it is not always good for you. Our goal in life is to be able to give back to our Creator who has kept us this far. In order to do this, we have to put in time that is (Work and Serve GOD).
In order to work we must be energized, strong and healthy. Can you see the path and pattern I am building? Lastly, to do this you have to be ALIVE, Healthy and Strong. Now our job is to “Eat to LIVE.” To complete the pattern one must ask for Help to make a decision of a lifestyle change. I don’t like the words, ‘diet change’ it sounds to me like a “death sentence.” I know this is a little harsh but I prefer the words ‘lifestyle change’ – this is easier and more acceptable.
Where we most need help is?
First, recognize the “NEED” to make a lifestyle change – constant fatigue/tiredness, lack of energy, being overweight or frequent trips to the doctor because you just don’t feel good are a few symptoms that indicate you may need a lifestyle change.
Second, recognize the “BENEFITS” of a lifestyle change – feeling a more energized and vibrant self, no new prescriptions, less doctor visits and hopefully weight loss are some of the benefits.
Lastly, recognize the “REWARDS.” Sleeping better, more energy to be able to do exciting things you haven’t thought about for a long time, a clearer mind to name a few.
Psalms 121- 1-2
I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help?2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.
How to start the lifestyle change
Always check with your doctor before you start any changes in diet or exercise routines
It doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t need to buy new exercising equipment (which eventually becomes a clothes rack) or even invest in an expensive gym or club. Work with what you have.
Start with a notebook or tablet and a pen. Log your food intake daily and adjust your calories accordingly. Think! What do I drink during the day? If 6-8 eight glasses of water are not included, Add it. Do you eat breakfast? Many statistics show that those who include breakfast containing a protein, fruit and a small portion of carbohydrate, maintain or lose weight. How active are you during the day? Remember you don’t have to run a marathon. If you can walk 30 minutes per day, this will improve your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 160-lb. person burns 91.5 calories per 30 minutes of walking at 2 miles per hour. If that same person walks at 3.5 mph, they burn about 138.5 calories in 30 minutes. Once you become comfortable with walking began adding whatever is comfortable for you.
The last thing is what you eat – What is included in your lunch and dinner? Is it, alive (fruit, salads vegetable or is it dead (processed – chips, crackers, and breads, laden with fat, fries or [/one_half]
Dash of Pepper On The Tube
Let’s start playing some good old-fashioned games. Game shows have been on television for years, through these years not many of the shows have had an African-American host. The year is 2013 and there are several African-Americans hosting games shows today.
Wayne Brady is the host of “Let’s Make A Deal” a
show that began in 1963. Wayne also was host of the show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” Wayne has won several Emmy Awards for
his improv on the funny show
“Whose Line is it Anyway.”
He also starred in his own talk/variety show, “The Wayne Brady Show.” Wayne has guest starred in many television shows, my favorite being “How I Met Your Mother” as the character, Barney’s black brother. He brings his own unique style and charm to “Let’s Make A Deal” shown weekday mornings on CBS.
Say “Hello” to our home girl Sherri Shepherd. Now this sister is keeping very busy. Along with doing “The Newlywed Game,” Sherri is also a co-host on “The View.” Sherri is a multi-talented comedienne, author, and actress.
She has guest starred on “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “30 Rock.” She also had her own television sitcom on the Lifetime channel called. “Sherri.” Watch “The Newlywed Game” on GSN, Sundays 10/9c.
Our next game show host has been in our living rooms since he was a child, dancing his way into our hearts with the late Michael Jackson.
This “Catch 21” host is none other than Alfonso Ribeiro, who brings his much beloved personality to a great show. Alfonso has starred in such shows as
“In the House,”
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
We may only remember him as Carlton Banks on the Fresh Prince show doing the unforgettable dance. Alfonso is a multi-talented actor who has been behind the camera directing television shows and singing the national anthem.
Catch him on the GSN weekdays at 7:30/6:30c
The last, but not least, game show host is our funny man, Steve Harvey. Steve is one hard-working man who gave up doing stand-up comedy to do other ventures.
Along with hosting “Family Feud,” he has a day-time talk show, radio show and also his own Foundation. Watching families duke it out for a new car and cold hard cash, as Steve keeps them and the audience laughing is high entertainment. All I can say is:
“You’ve got it going on Mr. Steve Harvey.”
Check your local listings for air times.
Yvonne L. Lander
Hey Mr. DJBy, Yvonne L. Lander
Times have certainly changed for the better, when we turn on our radios we here people speaking our language. The music has a beat to it and your body is rocking along going down the road.
Let us give Doug Banks a hearty “What’s Up!” our man on the airwaves in the afternoon. Mr. Banks began his career early in life starting in high school on their radio station. Banks was offered a national syndicated show after much success in the mornings. “The Doug Banks Morning Show” took off and millions of listeners made it a top-rated show.
Along came 2008, Banks revamped his show and made it an afternoon radio show, Doug Banks was taken off the airwaves in a lot of different cities. “The Ride with Doug and DeDe” hit the airwaves keeping listeners entertained as they head home in the evenings. Two years later landing with Urban Radio Networks; “The Doug Banks Show was back in Chicago on WVAZ.
No matter how much talent the radio host has having someone to bounce off commentary with is always a winner. Joining Doug Banks is independent woman DeDe McGuire giving women a powerful voice on the radio.
Rounding out the crew is “The Stress Reliever” George Willborn. He brought his own brand of laughter to the afternoon drive. Willborn appeared on stage in 1987, since then he has ridden the comedy ladder. He also is a comedy writer for comedian ‘Monique.’
“The Doug Banks Show,” brings us each afternoon a wonderful way to drive home; interviews with stars from all works of the entertainment industry, De De’s five things, Adult Conversation and Dear Doug.
This is the first ‘DJ’ JO Magazine will be highlighting in upcoming issues, keep an eye out for your favorite ‘DJ”.
Information for this article was taken from
The Doug Banks Radio Show website