Ananda Lewis

TV host, Actor
An African-American TV host who got her start on the topical BET discussion series "Teen Summit" before moving to MTV and later to her own syndicated talk show, California native Ananda Lewis turned her desire to work ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is-A Family Affair 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

MTV Cribs 2000 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

America's Next Producer 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Host

The Chris Rock Show 1999 - 2000, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Color of the Cross 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

omg! Insider 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Mole Yucatan 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Method & Red 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Red Carpet: Oscars 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen Summit 1989 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ananda Lewis Show 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Pop Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

DFX Presents: Jay-Z's Roller Ball 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Destiny's Child Live 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Summer Uncensored 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss USA 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Line 2001 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 2001 Teen Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV 2 Large New Year's Eve Party 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

True Life: I Am Driving While Black 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Backstreet TV: Live in Orlando 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An African-American TV host who got her start on the topical BET discussion series "Teen Summit" before moving to MTV and later to her own syndicated talk show, California native Ananda Lewis turned her desire to work with children into stardom. This Howard University graduate made the most of her Washington, DC locale and auditioned at BET, winning a co-hosting job on "Teen Summit" in the mid-1990s. On this series, Lewis discussed with a panel of teens and experts issues pertinent to American youth and the black community. Striving to both interest its young viewers in important social and political issues and represent their views and concerns, the series was known as a venue for intelligent and provocative discourse. While hosting "Teen Summit", Lewis was given the opportunity to interview then First Lady Hillary Clinton, and was honored with an NAACP Image Award in 1997 for her efforts. Her work on BET led to a job at MTV, where she worked as a VJ and host for various specials and series.

Relationships

Damon Dash

Companion
no longer together

EDUCATION

School of Creative and Performing Arts

San Diego , California

Howard University

Washington , Washington D.C.

Milestones

2004

Co-hosted A&E's "America's Top Dog"

2001

Hosted the syndicated talk show "The Ananda Lewis Show"

1997

Moved from BET to MTV to host specials and series including the celebrity interview-driven "Hot Zone" (1999)

1996

As host of "Teen Summit", interviewed then First Lady Hillary Clinton; garnered a 1997 NAACP Image Award for her efforts

1994

Hosted the BET series "Teen Summit"

1981

Won a beauty pageant at age eight; began acting in commercials (date approximate)

1975

At age two, moved with mother and older sister to San Diego after her parents split (date approximate)

Appeared in local television and video productions while attending Howard

Appeared as one of the contestants on ABC's "Celebrity Mole: Yucatan"

Served as a Los Angeles-based correspondent on "The Insider"

Performed in a San Diego production of "For Colored Girls Who Attempt Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf"

Worked with youth in Washington, DC

Relocated to Washington, DC to attend Howard University

Bonus Trivia

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In Sanskrit, Ananda means bliss.

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Ananda is a registered member of the Muscogee Tribe of Creek Indians.

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Ananda Lewis tells People (September 10, 2001) about the difference between her MTV gig and hosting her own talk show: "Two years ago, when I was still shallow, I'd say, 'I can't leave the house today because I have a zit.' This show is about inspiring people and keeping it real."

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In 2000, Lewis was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People"

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