Ananda Lewis OR

Ananda Lewis OR

Ananda Lewis


Ananda Lewis, CEO of Storify, founder of EyeHerd, and former CEO of MTV Networks Digital, shares her perspective on designing your content strategy with empathy and authenticity. In this interview she discusses a career built on educating, inspiring, and capturing data in her work as a social and digital storyteller.


Also during that period Lewis became a familiar presence at celebrity-attended events in and around New York City. "If you don't recognize the name Ananda Lewis, it may be because you're older than 23, or not a hip-hop star, or not a regular supplicant in the land of the velvet ropes," Century wrote at the height of Lewis's fame. "In the last year, Ms. Lewis has emerged as the hip-hop generation's reigning 'It Girl,' meaning she is not just an MTV personality but a woman whose looks and attitudes have made her perpetually in demand."

Ananda Lewis: I've attacked it from many different levels: energetically, spiritually, nutritionally, emotionally a direct attack on the cancer cells. For me, that looked like hyperbaric and high dose vitamin C IVs. I now have a team of people who have helped me figure out even more of the things that I was doing and how to do them better and how to do them differently. I'm not a doctor; I'm just a woman who's going through it and finding things that work for me. The things that have worked the best have been supplement based. If you look up breast cancer and alternatives, you'll find a list of things, and I've almost checked off that entire list. I'm checking it off with medical supervision and help. (Source: www.bet.com)


In 1996, on an installment of the show entitled "It Takes a Village," Lewis interviewed then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, whose book with that title had been published earlier in the year. Also in 1996 Teen Summit was nominated for a CableACE Award, and the next year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presented Lewis with an Image Award for her work on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Soon afterward the cable network MTV offered Lewis a position as a program host and video jockey. The thought of leaving Teen Summit was painful for her; indeed, several sources quoted her as recalling that she "cried for three weeks" while pondering her choices.

In her video, the former MTV veejay explained that she had been hesitant to get mammogram tests, which can be used to detect early signs of breast cancer, after seeing her mother get them. Lewis’ mother, she said, got mammograms regularly for 30 years, only to finally be diagnosed with the cancer. (Source: www.revolt.tv)




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