In today’s technology-driven world, it’s easy to get to know someone by just visiting Facebook, Twitter or doing a quick Google search. Another bit of insight can come from that all-important voice mail message. If a man’s voice mail is any indication of the type of man he is, well then former host of MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) Quddus certainly rocks! Not only does he wish those calling an amazing day, but he also suggests that if you’re not already having an amazing day, all you need to do is just breathe and relax.
Quddus is charm at its finest and most pure state. He hosted TRL for six years and also most recently helmed ABC’s singing competition, Duets. But Quddus sees his fame as so much more than just being on television. Growing up, he witnessed his mother’s frustrations as an educator. Kids were always way more more interested in celebrities than in what teachers had to say. For Quddus, he saw this as an opportunity to impact an audience and a generation. His mission in life is to change the world for the better and believes his fame is a vehicle to make that change happen. Even after working alongside some of entertainment’s biggest names, including Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, and Usher, this guy has managed to maintain his humility and radiant personality.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?
Positive, authentic, and passionate.
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
My friend Desert. She’s such a free spirit, but she’s still so productive and giving in her community.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
Well, I have a lot of those and since most people have attention span issues online, I’ll just say I want to continue to build The Q Side to give people an alternative to the status quo in entertainment.
What are you most proud of?
The fact that I’ve maintained my integrity and identity. I’ve seen a lot of folks let conformity and rationalization get the best of them, so I don’t take that for granted.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
A girl with a purpose and the nerve to live out loud about it!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself happily married. The Q Side will be a well-established TV show by then. I’ll be able to put more attention on my nonprofit endeavors in Haiti, the clean water crisis, and the life coaching curriculum I’m developing now.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Sail around the world with the woman of my dreams.
Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?
Arthur Ashe. Ever since I read his memoir, Days of Grace, I’ve been in awe of how he lived his life. He was so committed to excellence; not just in tennis but as a leader for civil rights and awareness about the AIDS epidemic, too.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
Leaving MTV the way I did was a risk. I left without any concrete opportunities lined up. I basically went against every bit of common sense. After six years at MTV, I just felt like it was time for a change. I definitely learned an important lesson that it’s better to leverage where you are into where you want to be while you’re still there.
What is one stereotype about men that isn’t really true?
I think one lame stereotype is that men just want sex from women. Some of us genuinely want to be with someone who can inspire us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, too.
Second image courtesy of Inspiremykids.com
*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew*