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Entertainment Host and Reporter
"It Takes a Village"
Cultivating Common Ground through Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility
August 23, 2013
Wright State University Nutter Center
Rocsi Diaz was born in Honduras. Having moved to New Orleans with her family when she was young, the bilingual television host claims the Bayou State as home. Immersed in the eclectic culture, Diaz became well versed in many genres of music, but hip-hop was always her main ingredient. “Hip-hop is in my blood; it’s programmed into my DNA,” she says. After graduating from college, she deejayed her way into the tough Texas and Boston radio markets before making her home at Chicago’s Power 92 FM.
During her successful run in Chicago, she auditioned for Black Entertainment Television (BET)’s New Faces search and was selected as an on-air host, beating out more than 5,000 other competitors in the process.
From 2006 to 2012, Rocsi co-anchored (along with Terrence J), 106 & Park, BET’s flagship show. Seen in 85 million households across the globe including Japan and Africa; the show is one of television’s most influential programs with the ability to open a film or make an album reach #1.
In 2012, Rocsi joined Entertainment Tonight as an on-site reporter.