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Donnie After Dark

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Donnie After Dark
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Genre Variety-talk show
Written by
  • Ayana Reece
  • Norm Vance, Jr.
  • Lee Harris
Directed by
  • Monte Johnson
  • Tony McCuin
Creative director(s) Bart Phillips
Presented by Donnie Simpson
Theme music composer
  • Buckhead Beats
  • Dennis Allen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s)
  • Bart Phillips
  • Donnie Simpson
  • Eric Tomosunas
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Donnie Simpson Productions
  • Sunseeker Media
  • Swirl Films
Original network TV One
Picture format
Original release February 5 (2016-02-05) – December 18, 2016 (2016-12-18)[1]
External links
official website

Donnie After Dark is an American television late-night talk show hosted by Donnie Simpson, which premiered on TV One on February 5, 2016,[2] and airs on Sunday's at 11:00 p.m. EST.

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>> From the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. [ Silence ] >> Larry R. Sarratt: Good afternoon, everyone! >> Good afternoon! >> Larry R. Sarratt: I'm Larry R. Sarratt, President of the Daniel A. P. Murray African American Cultural Association of the Library of Congress. I want to take -- [ Applause ] I want to take this opportunity to welcome each of you here today for our program, and we want to have a special welcome to our special guest, Donnie Simpson, for coming and sharing with us today. Again -- [ Applause ] We welcome each of you, and enjoy our program. At this time, Theresa Sims, Theresa Mims Davis will come and give us the introduction of our guest speaker. [ Silence ] [ Applause ] >> Theresa Mims Davis: Good afternoon, everyone! >> Good afternoon! >> Theresa Mims Davis: Donnie Simpson began his career at the age of 15 at the urban contemporary radio station, WJLB, in Detroit, Michigan, where he remained for eight years. In 1977, he relocated to Washington, D.C. In 1983, Simpson was recruited by Bob Johnson, Founder of BET, to host the network's primetime music video show, Video Soul. Simpson remained with the show until its cancellation in 1997. He hosted the Donnie Simpson Morning Show in Washington, D.C., on radio station WPGC-FM from March 1993 to January 2010. Currently he hosts the Donnie Simpson Show in D.C. on Majic 102.3. Simpson is the first urban formal radio personality to have an annual salary of over one million without, without being syndicated. [ Applause ] He was Billboard's 1998 Air Personality of the Year. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Donnie Simpson. [ Applause ] >> Donnie Simpson: Wow! Thank you! Thank you! Oh, my goodness. [ Laughter ] That million dollar number has been out there for so long. It's so funny to me. I just laugh every time I hear it because it's just, I don't know, I mean, it, it, what it are? You know? It, it is an honor, but that's not why we do it. [ Laughter ] But it's nice that they pay you for it. As a matter of fact, I was just telling the guys Thursday, during Thursday and Friday show, I said, I even said it on the air I think. I, it's just still amazing to me that they pay me for this. You know, because I have so much fun. You know, I just love what I do. You know, we sit there, man, shoot, especially Thursday and Friday. We got the TV on, we're watching the Master's. We got Teddy Pendergrass and Luther playing. You know, telling jokes and having fun. It's like, wow! And you get a check at the end of the day, you know, and I've been blessed to get away with that for all my life, you know. Since I was 15, I've worked four hours a day, five days a week, no weekends, all the fun I can stand. I mean, I, you know, it's like God is so good to me. [ Applause and Laughter ] He is. I'm telling you. Oh, so, well she kind of told you how it started, so you know, I guess I should give you some background. I started, I, Detroit boy. Born and raised in Detroit. Home of Motown. And growing up in Motown was such a special occasion for me. It was just, wow! You know, we used to watch every Cadillac that went by, just hoping that you'd see Diana Ross or Marvin Gaye or one of the Temptations or one of their cousins. That would have been just as cool! That's exciting too. Barber, anybody, anybody that knows them, you know. And so, wow! I'm skipped way ahead here because I want to say this. That it's just amazing to me that all these years later that these people are friends of mine. You know, that I just don't quite understand how that all happened. You know, it's just, well, here's a video that so many people have mentioned that it's on YouTube. It's with me and Aretha Franklin on Video Soul, and I don't remember how the conversation started, but somehow it went to Curtis Mayfield, and we were doing a two-hour special at Aretha's house, and so she start, I'm sitting there with her at her piano, and she just starts singing. Someone mentioned my favorite song is The Makings of You, and she, add a little sugar, honeysuckle and, and I just started crying. I just started crying because there was so much in that moment for me. You know, it was like how did I get here? How, how did this happen? You sitting on the queen's throne, one on one, greatest voice I've ever heard in my life, singing to me, one on one, in my ear. How did this, how did this happen? I'm not worthy, you know. Surely they're going to put me out of here in a minute, you know. But it's just, but you know what, I guess God puts you exactly where he wants you to be, and so, you know, I'm grateful for it. I, I still don't quite understand how it has all happened, you know, for this little boy from Detroit who admired these people so to grow up to become, you know, their friends and, you know, to, it's just, I don't know. It's overwhelming to me. It really is. To be here today, to see this kind of welcome is, it's just, it's overwhelming. When I came back to radio after five and half years' retirement, I mean all of the, the, the press and the attention and stuff, it was just, I, I, I don't know. I guess I never get used to it. It's just, when I retired, you know, and to see it on the front page of the Washington Post. You know, above the fold. I'll never forget. I got -- [ Laughter ] Seriously. You know, I picked up the paper that morning. I saw that. Immediately tears just came to my eyes and I just said, so it was like that? You know, because, you, you know, when, when you do what you do, you do what you do. You know, it's just, I, I'm rambling, but that's what I do. I'm sorry. But there is a, a line from Elton John song, Rocket Man, that I love so much where he says in all the science I don't understand. It's my job five days a week. You know, people look at, you know, he's a rocket man, you know, he's an astronaut. It's just what he does. You know, it's just what I do. And so you, I'm blessed that I have gotten to do it. You know, I took off five and a half years where I ran a shovel service, shoveling grandbabies back and forth -- [ Laughter ] -- to school. And -- [ Laughter ] -- and I was good at it too. Shoot! [ Laughter ] In the summer I was a pool boy. [ Laughter ] I was good at that. I'm still for hire, you know. We do the G-rated version, then I do the adult version in Speedos, but -- [ Laughter ] -- but, but, you know, it was, when they worked out the deal for me to come back, they, my, my best friend. I can't call him my agent or attorney because he's neither. He's just my boy, but he's done all my contracts. And he says well, you know what, there's, the only reason for you not to do this now is because you just don't want to do it. I mean is there a reason you can think of that, to not do this? I said yeah, well, I can't pick Norah up from school at three. [ Laughter ] He said well, you can shout her out on the radio. She'd probably like that better. [ Laughter ] So, you know, so, you know, I take them to school in the morning and, and I get to play music for them in the afternoon, which is pretty cool. I was asked to talk about some people here in D.C. that have impacted my life and so I guess one I'd like to lead with, he's not a local. He's a, he was transported here just like me, but that's President Obama, you know, whom I admire greatly. I have, until 2008, I would all, the answer to the question who was, what's the most important day of your life. Well, it was two. It was the birth, the days of the birth of both my children. Until that man was elected president. [ Laughter ] Then, yeah, for real. That's, yeah -- [ Applause ] That became the greatest day of my life, you know. It really was because that was so much more than about me and my family and my. And that was about us, you know, as a people and as a country. Not, and I mean not just black people but just this country moving forward. You know, it was just that important to me. And I got a chance to meet him on the golf course last year. He was, he came over to say hello to me. I was like, wow! Ok, cool! [ Laughter ] And it, and I got it tell you, it was so funny because we talked for like a couple of minutes, and then we was leaving, you know, you know out brother. We pretty physical, you know, so I was like alright man, cool! You know, hit him in the chest like that, you know. [ Laughter ] And, and I'm walking off, and I go, like, did you just hit the president? [ Laughter ] But you know, but then immediately it was like, you know, yeah, but, he was cool with that, you know, because he understood, you know, that you mean something to him. I mean he means something to you, right! [ Laughter ] I got, don't care to twist it. Yeah, but so, he, you know, he understood that, that, that you know. He understands his place in our history. There was no doubt in that moment for me. And, but, but what an honor. Wow! Another one would be Chuck Brown, you know. Yeah. Chuck's, Chuck, I still, I love that man. I just, you know, I share a wall with him and President Obama and Bill Cosby down at Ben's Chili Bowl, and, which is pretty cool to me. But Chuck was just such a cool brother. Listened to my show every morning, four hours every morning, every morning, was just the coolest guy. I still have not been able to bring myself to watch his Unsung. It's taped, but I haven't, they asked me to be a part of it and I just wouldn't do it. I just, I don't know. It was kind of emotional for me. And so, but, but I will watch it. But Chuck was just such a, just such a cool brother, and so about D.C. You know, and I, and I guess that takes me to the third person which is Mayor Marion Barry, who was totally about D.C. [ Applause ] You know, yeah. And, and people around the country sometimes don't understand it. They go you know how you support that guy, you know. It's like, shoot, man, please. It's a D.C. thing. You just, you know, he was about the people of D.C. long before he took over the mayor's position. You know, he was always about D.C., and I admired him greatly for that. You know, I remember, you know, I mean we all know what happened with, with the crack smoking thing, and I remember calling my dad in Detroit that night because I was so upset. You know, I just, I just get tired of seeing us get torn down, you know. And so that night I called my dad and I was crying. I was just, you know, telling him what happened. They had this thing on video tape, dad. Well, blah, blah, blah, went on and on. Finally my dad said, Mmmm. [ Laughter ] And that was it. [ Laughter ] So I'm, I'm in the process of writing a book now, and that's part of what I want to write about, and it's just called Mmm, that part, because, because when you live that long and seen that much, you know, you come, it's like [inaudible]. Mmm. [ Laughter ] I seen some stuff in my days. You know, so we should all live to Mmm. You know, I wish you all Mmm. [ Laughter ] But you know, I admire those guys so, and so many times I've heard people say to me, wow! Actually somebody asked me in an interview just recently, is it, you know, it's like three people that represent D.C. You, Chuck Brown, and Mayor Barry. And it, it's so what is that, what does that mean to you? I said that means I'm next. [ Laughter ] What's it mean to you? [ Laughter ] I'm next. I mean I hope it's a long time, but that's a fact. That's a fact. I'm next. [ Laughter ] Oh, man. But you know, it's, now see I just rambled, but you know, I, I have to say this, that death I do not fear. It's always been fascinating to me that the thing that we are all guaranteed we fear the most. And, but, you know, I used to be, but I remember. I was very young, I think at 22, 23, when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in Egypt. And I remember seeing an interview with him, and it was two days before he was assassinated, and you know, he knew it. You know, I mean pretty much like Dr. King the night, you know. The mountain top speaks, you know, where he just, you saw it in his eyes. I was like, you know, you, you just knew. And so they asked him about it because these reports were, you know, it seemed eminent, and he said, they asked was he afraid. He said absolutely not. There's no man who can take me before my time. That was so deep to me. I'm like you could, you could pull the trigger, but God sent you, he's bringing me home. That's, you know, and I don't mean to start preaching, but that's how I feel about that. You can pull the trigger, but, so with that I say, you know, I, I, I love, I love this journey so much that I'm on here. I love life, and with that said, I stand here ready to go right this minute because I don't fear that. You know, I don't fear that. I look forward to sitting with Dr. King one day and seeing my dad again and all that stuff, you know, so. Wow! I just went a long ways from -- [ Laughter ] -- from starting out at 15. I, I don't even know how I got here. [ Laughter ] But, but I've had a blessed career. You know, to start in radio at the age of 15, especially in a major market. Detroit was the fifth largest market in the country at the time, and that's where I got my start. I mean it was, now it's 48. People left there like crazy, you know. The, the automobile industry has just suffered so much through the years. But, you know, I always felt so blessed that, you know, I got to start so young. Most of the guys that I was competing with for jobs in radio, you know, most of them had done their stint in the Nam. You know, they're 22, 23 years old. You know, shoot, at 22, 23 I had eight years' experience, you know, in a major market in Detroit. I mean, I was a tough candidate, you know, when they called me to come here. Wow! It was to Disco 93, and I thought no way. I'm not doing that. A disco station? Because to me disco meant just stringing songs together, you know. No involvement from the DJ, whatever. But my oldest brother had always taught me to always listen. You know, you have to listen at least, so I decided to come here and talk with them. You'll love this. They fly me in. They pick me up at the airport and take me for the interview at Arlington Cemetery. [ Laughter ] Right. [ Laughter ] I'm like, man, this is Washington, boy! This is, this is so clandestine you know. What? [ Laughter ] Why here? And it was so weird. But they took, you know, I listened to the radio station and found out it was a little more than disco and decided to come. The station I was at, I felt like I had accomplished everything that I could there, that there was, you know, there, it was the biggest station in that chain, and this is owned by NBC, so I felt that there were a lot more opportunities there. I was making $13,000 a year in Detroit. I came here making $28,500. I thought I was rich. [ Laughter ] Oh! [ Laughter ] Making twice the money, but they didn't tell me the cost of living was three times as much. [ Laughter ] Yeah, oh man, surprise! I was broke. Oh my goodness. I struggled, man. I'm telling you. I struggled so hard that first couple years because, you know, I also lost my side hustle. People didn't know who I was, so, you know, you're not MC-ing shows and you know, no, no, ain't no side money coming in. So it was tight, man. I remember I had taken these pictures. I had these pictures developed. Everybody here remembers pictures developed. [ Laughter ] Yeah, you talk to some they wouldn't have any idea what you're talking about now. [ Laughter ] But they were the last pictures of my grandfather and I couldn't afford to get them out of the shop. It was $28. And I'll never forget that. And this went on for about three months. They kept calling me, and finally I got enough money together to go up there and get the pictures, and they had destroyed them. You know, it was gone. It was gone. But, but you know, it's stuff like that helps to keep you grounded, you know. It's, you know, it's like, well an old saying I heard that the best way to teach your kids about money is to not have any. [ Laughter ] They learn the value of it real fast then. And so, you know, I think we've all had those experiences and those struggles, and you know, it's, God turned things around very quickly for me after that. And I've been very blessed through the years to live a life that is, that is just unimaginable to me. You know, it's just, you know, I mean so many years I started living beyond what my dreams were that, I don't know, it's just, you know, it's just God's will. And I thank Him for the light that He's given me. And, and, and I should say not just, you know, financially. That's secondary to the wife He's given me, to the kids He's given me, to the grandkids that He's blessed me with. You know, I, He's just put such wonderful people in my life that, you know, I was thinking about this because last night. Well yesterday Bob Johnson invited me to a fundraiser that he had for Hillary Clinton, so I go there and here I'm sitting at a table next to Hillary Clinton. You know, it's just like, wow! This is cool. I never met her. I met her husband a few times. But, so then we went out to celebrate Bob's 70th birthday last night, and so I was thinking about this this morning. You know, Bob's historic figure. He's our first black billionaire, and, and, but then I was thinking about those things I just listed to you. My wife and my kids, and I said you know what, I don't, I can't say I'm richer than him, but I can tell you this, I'm just as rich as him. You know, that this is worth, you can't put a value on what I have. You know, a billion dollars. Give me a choice of those two things, I'm going to take this every time, you know, because in the end, we leave here with the exact same amount of money. [ Laughter ] That don't mean nothing. It really doesn't. It really doesn't. So you know, I'm just so blessed to have the love of my family, the love of my people, you know. I just, you know, you all fill me up today, you know, just having me here to be a part of this. Again, the reception I got coming in, it's just, it's, it's overwhelming. And I appreciate -- >> Man #1: We love you, Donnie! [ Laughter ] Thank you! [ Laughter ] >> Man #2: That was too perfect. >> Donnie Simpson: That was! That was perfect, man! [ Laughter ] They're going to think I set you up, brother. [ Laughter ] We're already up here dapping each other up and stuff. [ Laughter ] So yeah, he came with Donnie, man. That was a set-up. [ Laughter ] Yeah, but I, I was told to leave some time for questions and answers, so I'll do that, but, but thank you for having me. I really, really appreciate it. [ Applause ] Thank you! [ Applause ] [ Laughter ] So anybody got a question. Ok, go ahead, brother. >> Man #3: This is more than, than a question. This is to say thank you to this man. A lot of you know me as ebaby [phonetic], a poet. May 8 of 2004 there was a young lady, seven years old, Chelsea Cromartie was killed by a stray bullet. Donnie was at the funeral. The mayor was at the funeral. A lot of people at the funeral, and the father asked me to perform a poem called Da-ah's Angel. Donnie got in touch with people through the radio for me to come up to the station so he could play it that next morning so all of his fans can hear me. That boosted my career a lot. >> Donnie Simpson: Wow. >> Man #3: And I'm only here, and I made sure I was the first one here and I sat there. This is not a set-up. I know [inaudible] wasn't. [ Laughter ] Honestly, here to thank him, and as he named Chuck Brown and, and Marion Barry. I thank you, I thank you, and I say this, listening to you so long I want to say bro, I want to say thank you bro, and I hope you accept that. >> Donnie Simpson: Man, I do, brother. Thank you, brother! [ Applause ] >> Man #3: I appreciate that. >> Donnie Simpson: Thank you. [ Applause ] Wow! Thank you! Yes. >> Man #4: Yes, many years ago you did Video Soul -- >> Donnie Simpson: Yeah. >> Man #4: And I forgot the name of that group, but there was this guy, he always called you his brother. >> Donnie Simpson: J.T. Cool and the Gang. >> Man #4: [inaudible] [ Laughter ] >> Donnie Simpson: Yeah, J.T., the lead singer. >> Man #4: I just forgot the name of who, you know, what's his name and everything, but I just remember you all looked so much alike. >> Donnie Simpson: We do, man. I tell, we had picture, a picture taken that was so, so classic where even our mothers looked at them and just go -- [ Laughter ] Wow! My twin brother, and I have a real twin brother. We don't look anywhere near close like me and J.T. [ Laughter ] It's not 3:00. I'm not working yet. [ Laughter ] Yeah, that's my man, though. Cool brother, J.T. Yes, ma'am? >> Woman #1: Two, well, one question and one comment. The question is how have you seen the music industry change. >> Donnie Simpson: Sorry. >> Woman #1: Over the years, the opportunities to be paid and also how radio has gone from the regular radio to, you know, the, the one that we have in the stereo with all of that to the computer and streaming and all of that. >> Donnie Simpson: Yeah, yeah, yeah. >> Woman #1: So I'd like to hear your resposne to that. And also my favorite memory of you is Teena Marie singing to you by the piano. >> Donnie Simpson: Wow! Yeah. Yeah. >> Woman #1: That was very nice. Thank you [inaudible]. >> Donnie Simpson: Wow! Wow! You know, I'd actually forgotten about that, and then the morning after Teena died, somebody posted on, on Facebook and I saw it and went wow. I just, I forget about, you know, I, I don't know. I never think the go-to video that, well, you got video with all of these people. But yeah, that was really special. She was, Teena was really, really cool, something, something special. But you know, for me, well, you asked about the music industry and radio. You know, it's, it's funny, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and I have had this conversation about how our industries parallel each other. And, and I was struggling with what they have become. You know, that so much of the creativity has been taken out of it, out of, you know, you know, music. Especially when you talk about R&B music. You know, it's pretty sad state to me. And it, and it bothers me that, you know, we just, you know, used to be the top 30 songs in the country on the Billboard hot charts you'd see the O'Jay's and Teddy Pendergrass, and of course, Michael Jackson. But you know, you had real soul music that charted all the time, and it just doesn't happen anymore. You know, I mean if, if you want to call Rihanna soul, you know, it's just, you know, not for me. It's not R&B. It's not R&B. And so, you know, so, so I hate that, but you know, with radio, it's been stripped of its personality. You know, broadcast radio. And what happened was that they, there was a new rating service called PPM. Well, it was a new ratings system. For years it was done by diary where they would send you a diary. You would keep it for two weeks. You were supposed to write down what radio station you listened to and how long you listened. That didn't happen. What happened is you go, God, I forgot to send this thing in. Let, alright, well last Thursday I listened to WKYS for 14 hours. So it was imperfect. So I get, so they tried to come up with something that could correct that. They came up with these little boxes that you wear. It looked like a pager. And it picks up whatever it's hearing. Now, problem with it is that it may not be your choice of radio. If we're sitting in the Cheesecake Factory chilling, whatever they playing, this is getting all the credit even though I don't want to hear this. You know. We go to Old Navy shopping, same thing. You know. So that's imperfect also. But what happened was that, for black stations in particular across this country. I mean the impact was immediate. Stations that were perennial number ones for 25, 30 years, went from number one to 15, 16th place. Immediately. It was unbelievable. Never seen anything like it. And then radio stations that, we had the first book, we had a radio station here came up number one. What was it? Oh, WFRE. We're radio people sitting in this going who the hell are they? [ Laughter ] Number, never heard of them. And so a country and western station from Frederick, Maryland, was number one in D.C. I'm like, come on, man. You got -- [ Laughter ] Come on, man. I'm telling you. It was, it was that deep. I remember having this conversation with Stevie Wonder one night. And I'm not dropping names, but -- [ Laughter ] -- but really. We, we were talking. We were hanging out. We were talking about it, and I asked him how was his station. He owns a station, has since the mid 70's in California, in Los Angeles. And I said how is, I can't even think of the call letters. Kindness, love, joy, KJLH. Kindness, joy, love, and happiness. I said I, how, how are you doing with KJLH? He says man, we're getting killed. He said this, man this PPM thing is crazy, and anybody believes this is crazy. This is ridiculous. I said I know, man. I said, you know, this is like trying, take radio from black people. You know, and, and there were inquiries into that because it seemed so calculated. But, so anyway, in response to that, radio stations got to the point where they started trying to just program music because they wanted to get those hits. When you're in Old Navy and the Cheesecake Factory and they figure they got a better chance of doing that with music playing than with someone talking, ok. That's one of the problems. The other problem, and this is probably bigger than that, actually, is that all of the advertising dollars went to the internet. Ok? So, you know, that impacted us in terms of salaries and stuff. Jim Vance, to drop another name -- [ Laughter ] These's my boys. [ Laughter ] These's my boys. So yeah, me and Vance were talking about it one night and just about how, like, you know, in radio and television because of this, because those advertising dollars had gone to the internet that salaries were coming down. And the kind of numbers that I posted as a personality for local radio, you'll never see again. It'll never happen. Because the money is not there. It's just not there. It's gone to the internet. They found an alternative way to advertise. And Jim Vance and I were talking about the fact that we were lucky that, in our business, we were in radio and TV, we were just experiencing pay cuts. Print was closing their doors because of this same issue. So, so when you have less revenue to pay, you want to cut down a personality. If, if you can, if you can prove that it's just music, if I just play these three songs in this order every day, then you don't need to pay Donnie Simpson. Yeah. But, what they're finding out is that well, maybe we do. [ Laughter ] You know, because the, the only thing, you know, from, this is, this is not rocket science. From day one I learned that the only thing that makes you listen to me other than the guy next to me is me, is the way, the way it's presented. We all get the same records. You know, you can hear the same music anywhere. You know, and, and, and to me, when, for radio to try to make it so music intensive, to take, to take the personality out of it at a time when you can least afford to be music intensive. Man, I got all the music I can stand right here. In my iPhone, my iPad, Pandora, Spotify. Good luck out playing music to me. You know, I need somebody to present it to me, to do something different with it. So that's the state of radio. That's, sorry. Yes? >> Woman #2: I wondered since you started off in Detroit [inaudible] Detroit is in such bad shape -- >> Donnie Simpson: Yeah. >> Woman #2: -- have you done any humanitarian things to help [inaudible] back on its feet? >> Donnie Simpson: I just try to stay away. [ Laughter ] No. [ Laughter ] No, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. No, no. Well, you know what, I mean I, I, I am home a couple times a year. Part of a, this is not Detroit, but it's kind of Detroit, but have involved in a project to, to bring some clean water to Flint. I mean that's, you know, even the people of Detroit, as bad as things are in Detroit right now, that's been Detroit's focus is Flint. You know, trying to save, help save Flint. But you know, I mean I've been asked to come back home, make appearances in Detroit, which I do. You know, I've always supported Detroit. You know, I'm, people here always say how long you been here. I go, you know, 40 years now. Well you a D.C. boy. I say I could be here 140 years, I'm from Detroit. [ Laughter ] You know, that, that's, and when I'm done, send me back. Right. But you know, so yeah, I mean I've always been a part of Detroit and a part of things to try to help it. It's a bad situation there. I mean make no mistake about it, but you know. The former mayor was a very good friend of mine, Dave Bing. Dave, well a lot of people know him from basketball. He played in NBA. He's from D.C. D.C. boy. So Dave would have me back to be a part of things to try to help Detroit, you know, as, as much as we can. Yeah, but it's bad. I mean it's, you know, the population has gone from 2.6 million to 800,000 in 30 years in Detroit, you know. There are blocks, you go there where it's, you know, where there used to be 40 homes, now there's two. You know, I mean it's just, it's like a bomb dropped there. It, it's really, really sad. But, but you know what, I'll say this, too, though, that those two homes that you do see, look at the lawn. [ Laughter ] Proud. Proud. You know, it's a proud city, and, and yeah. So you know, it, it's tough but people haven't given up hope. You know, so, oh, is that it. [ Laughter ] Well, hey, thank you all again. God bless you! Thank you!



Season 1

The first Season of Donnie After Dark included two episodes which were taped at the Xen Lounge in Los Angeles, California. In addition to Donnie Simpson as the host, the regular cast included co-host DJ Traci Steele (of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta), along with the show's official house band—the all-girl Atlanta-based group "The GGs Band".[3]

The show's debut episode aired on February 5, 2016 on TV One with guest appearances by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Kirk Franklin, and Tasha Smith. The second episode aired on June 1, 2016 with guest appearances by Kenny Lattimore, Tisha Campbell, Duane Martin, Danielle Nicolet, and Brandon T. Jackson. Donnie Simpson and Majic 102.3 held a viewing party of the second episode on June 1, 2016 at the SoBe Restaurant & Lounge in Lanham, Maryland.[4]

Season 2

The second season of Donnie After Dark was taped in Atlanta, Georgia[5] with a live-studio audience in attendance, and included a total of 4 episodes. DJ Traci Steele returned as the co-host and social media expert, along with The GGs Band as the official house band.[6]

Season 2 premiered on November 24, 2016, and included guest appearances by Angela Robinson, Pooch Hall, DC Young Fly, and a musical performance by Ro James. The guest list for the remaining episodes included: David Banner, Jamilah Lemieux, V. Bozeman, Jermaine Dupri, LisaRaye McCoy, Erica Ash, R&B group 112, Deontay Wilder, Naturi Naughton, comedian Tony Roberts, and Musiq Soulchild.[7]


  1. ^ "DONNIE AFTER DARK (TV ONE)". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Staff Writer. "Donnie After Dark, 2016 TV Show: Overview". TV Guide. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Staff Writer. "Donnie After Dark: Episodes". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ Staff Writer (June 1, 2016). "Donnie After Dark: Viewing Party at SoBe Restaurant". Majic 102.3 FM. 
  5. ^ Franklin, Krystal (November 25, 2016). "Donnie After Dark Returns for Season 2, Reveals Most Memorable Interview Ever". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Rhymes, Shameika (December 9, 2016). "Donnie Simpson Is Hoping to Save R&B". JET magazine. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Donnie After Dark: Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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