Terrence Jenkins (born April 21, 1982), better known as Terrence J, is an American actor, model and entertainment reporter
best known as the host of BET
's popular music video countdown show ''106 & Park
'' from 2006 until 2012.
[MacCash, Doug. "Back in town: Rocsi Diaz comes home to tape her hit BET show '106 & Park'", ''The Times-Picayune'', 2007-07-06, p. 12.]
He was the co-anchor of ''E! News
'' from 2012 to 2015.
Jenkins was born in Queens, New York
, and grew up mostly in Raleigh
and Rocky Mount, North Carolina
[Decwikiel-Kane, Dawn. "A&T grad chases his dreams, is TV host", ''Greensboro News & Record'', 2006-10-20, p. D1.]
He attended Northern Nash High
in Rocky Mount. During this time, Jenkins worked at WRSV
Soul 92.1 as a DJ until he graduated from high school. He spent his college years at North Carolina A&T State University
[Coleman, Chrisena. "The Hottest 'Nerd' on TV: Star from Queens Seen by Millions Around the World", ''New York Daily News'', 2008-04-15.]
he also lived in Greensboro
. During his time at North Carolina A&T State University, he served as Student Government Association President and as a DJ for North Carolina A&T's radio station WNAA
. He also worked as a DJ at local radio station 102 Jamz
Jenkins is a member of Omega Psi Phi
fraternity where he later was initiated in spring 2004 to the Mu Psi chapter at North Carolina A&T State University
. After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University
in 2004 with a degree in mass communication
Jenkins worked in the diversity office of Nascar in Daytona Beach, Florida
Jenkins and Rocsi
became the hosts of BET
's hip hop and R&B music video program ''106 & Park
'' after winning the BET New Faces Contest on July 6, 2006.
Since its inception, it had been the network's number-one rated
show. After hosting the show for six years, Rocsi and Jenkins announced they would be leaving ''106 & Park'' in 2012. His last show was broadcast on September 28, 2012.
He also co-hosted BET’s nationally syndicated radio show ''106 & Park Weekend Countdown''.
He appeared in films ''The Heart Specialist
'' (2006) and ''Stomp the Yard: Homecoming
'' (2010). In 2008, he made a cameo appearance in Estelle
's music video for her single with Kanye West
called "American Boy
". In 2009, Jenkins appeared on E!
's reality television series ''Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami
'', a spin-off series of ''Keeping Up with the Kardashians
'' starring Kourtney
and Khloé Kardashian
. He co-hosted the radio show "Khloé After Dark" on Y100
. Jenkins portrayed DJ Dave in the musical film ''Burlesque
'' (2010) starring Christina Aguilera
. In 2011, he had a recurring role as Danté Young on the BET comedy-drama
television series ''The Game
''. On September 4, 2012, Jenkins was named the co-anchor of E! News
, replacing Ryan Seacrest
Jenkins starred as Michael Hanover in the romantic comedy film ''Think Like A Man
'' (2012), which grossed $96 million at the worldwide box office. He reprised his role as Michael Hanover in the film's sequel ''Think Like a Man Too
'' (2014), which opened at number one at the box office, grossing $29.2 million. The film earned $70.2 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $24 million. He also appeared in films ''Sparkle
'' (2012), ''Baggage Claim
'' (2013), ''Battle of the Year
'' (2013) and ''Entourage
'' (2015). Jenkins landed the lead role of Charlie "Mack" McIntyre in the romantic comedy film ''The Perfect Match
'' (2016) opposite Cassie Ventura
. The film centers around playboy Charlie, who is convinced that all his relationships are dead, but his best friends bet him that if he sticks to one woman for one month, he is bound to fall in love. Jenkins hosted ''Miss USA
'' beauty pageant
with Julianne Hough
in 2016 and 2017.
His first book titled "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom" was released by HarperCollins
on October 1, 2013. The book was inspired by the lessons his mother taught him and her extraordinary journey of raising Jenkins while she was still a teenager. "I know that many of the successful moments in my life, personally and professionally, have been in part because of the lessons that she taught me, and I am proud to share her words of wisdom to inspire others," he told ''E! News'' in 2013
In 2018, ''Forbes
'' called him "as one of the most respected on-air personalities in pop culture." In 2019, Jenkins hosted two episodes of MTV
's reality television series ''Are You the One?
'' and sixteen episodes of crime drama series ''Power
's official aftershow
, ''Power Confidential.'' In 2019, Jenkins played for the "Home" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
at the Bojangles' Coliseum
, North Carolina
. The roster was made up of celebrities with North Carolina roots.
He was involved in a hit-and-run incident in 2018, which lead to the break up of him and his girlfriend Jasmine Sanders.
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