The first graduation speech from the Emmy & 2x NAACP Image Award Winning Talk Show Host
(Detroit, MI) May 14, 2020 – Cass Technical High School, known as one of Detroit’s most prestigious and highest-performing schools, has confirmed Emmy & 2x NAACP Image Award winning talk show host and alumna Loni Love as the 2020 Virtual Commencement Speaker.
At the opening of The REAL‘s Wednesday show from home, Loni Love could be seen proudly wearing a green and white Cass Tech shirt. Immediately, many alumni showed school pride by posting screenshots of their fellow alumna across social media. The day before, Cass Alumni page tweeted…
— Cass Tech Alumni Association (@casstechalumni) May 13, 2020
Love opened up Girl Chat discuss with a story about John Krasinski, creator of Some Goods News, who partnered with Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Jon Stewart to offer advice to some lucky 2020 graduates who wouldn’t have commencement ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“First of all, I have to make an announcement,” paused Love.
“I will be giving a virtual commencement to my alma mater, for my high school, Cass Tech in June. It will be my first commencement speech.”
Loni Love announce that she will deliver Cass Technical High School’s 2020 Virtual Commencement Address
Cass Tech’s principal, Ms. Phillips, expressed that she was so overjoyed to view such great news shared nationally. “Watching the announcement on the tv, really made my quarantine,” said Ms. Phillips.
As a proud CT graduate, the talk show host is really looking forward to sharing her journey with the technicians [student graduates]. In her upcoming memoir, I Tried To Change So You Don’t Have To, the alumna opens up about her life growing up in the Brewster Douglas Housing Projects of Detroit during the crack era. The Brewster Projects was home to living legend, Diana Ross, who is also a graduate of Cass Technical High School. On The REAL, Love shows a photo of Diana Ross and The Supremes walking down street by the projects.
Loni Love Talks About Upcoming Book and Growing Up in Same Projects as Diana Ross.
The memoir chronicles Love’s journey of homelessness, graduating from Prairie View A&M University, working at General Motors, becoming a stand-up comedienne, talk show host and Emmy Award Winner. The life lessons throughout the book highlights learning to resist the pressures of conformity, loving yourself for who you are, embracing your flaws, and unlocking your true potential.
For many of the students, Love’s story in some way will hit very close to home for them. The native Detroiter has a passion to encourage youth to be who they are and strive for excellence.
Cass Technical High School Virtual Commencement is scheduled mid-June 2020.
Loni’s Girlfriend Check-In with special guests Tami Roman, B. Simone and Robbi Rogers is scheduled to air May 23, 2020 on The Oprah Winfrey Network.
The Emmy winning talk show host is excited about her highly anticipated, “I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To” book. An inspiring, hilarious memoir about learning to resist the pressures of conformity, love yourself for who you are, embrace your flaws, and unlock your true potential is set to release June 23, 2020 (pre-order today).
Loni Love is currently a co-host of The Real, the one-hour daily talk show on Fox stations. Most recently, The Real has received a 2019 Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Talk show as well as Loni and her co-hosts receiving the nomination for Best Talk Show Hosts. The nationally syndicated show (with a rebroadcast in primetime on cable network BET) was touted by the New York Post as “fun, funny, involved in life, outrageous by nature, warm and, most of all, real.” The show was nominated for four EMMY Awards, including Outstanding Talk Show, and won the EMMY for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts. The Real also won a 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series.
Loni has found her niche on The Real (“It’s like a younger, intoxicated version of The View” said Jezebel), as well as the recurring guest DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Loni also currently co-hosts the GRACIE Award-winning radio show Café Mocha with rapper YoYo. They’ve interviewed President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama as well as superstars like Fantasia Barrino Taylor, Patti LaBelle, Tyler Perry among many others. Café Mocha is the only nationally syndicated show of its kind that was created exclusively BY and FOR women of color. You can catch the show on over 40 stations including SiriusXM Channel 141. Additionally, Loni has guest hosted on Fashion Police and has been a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and E! Along with her work on television, Loni has appeared in myriad movies including Mother’s Day, the successful Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 opposite Kevin James, Soul Plane with Kevin Hart and the Bad Ass franchise with Danny Glover and Danny Trejo. In addition, Loni is the subject of the documentary “Being Loni Love”, which traces Loni’s life story from her early days as a latchkey daughter growing up in Detroit’s Brewster- Douglas housing projects to national stand up comedienne, tv and movie star.
Author (“Love Him or Leave Him but Don’t Get Stuck with the Tab” came out in 2013), popular stand up comedienne, theatre actor, film star, television host, roving reporter and part time aunt – Loni Love has no plans to slow down. This past summer she hosted the 25th Essence Festival in New Orleans, LA.