Impact Network, the largest, fastest-growing independent 100% African American founded & operated inspirational television network, run by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson and Royal Jackson, announced today the premiere date for rapper/actor Fredro Starr’s new talk show entitled Behind the Grind.
Premiering October 29, 2022, at 3 pm EST in over 80 million homes, Behind The Grind, is a limited inspirational talk series with musician, rapper, and actor Fredro Starr (CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, and The Wire) that explores what it truly means to be successful. Luminary guests include such people as Sticky Fingaz, Peter Gunz, and Benzino.
In Behind the Grind, Fredro—taking the reigns as talk show host—brings the viewers beyond the material tropes of success and goes behind the veil with his guests to explore individual roadmaps of accomplished people and what lessons we can learn from their lives. The series is executive produced and directed by Royal Jackson, and producer, Steve Marcano.
“Making ‘Behind the Grind’ was a passion project for me,” says Fredro Starr. “I can finally check off talk show host from my bucket list with this incredible new show. Get excited as the best new talk show is on its way to Impact on October 29th,” he continued.
Starr formed the hip-hop group Onyx with Sticky Fingaz, Sauvé, and the late Big DS in the early 1990s. They were discovered by Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay, who would later sign them to his label JMJ Records.
Onyx’s debut album, 1993’s Bacdafucup, was named Soul Train‘s 1994 Best Rap Album of the Year, and they were nominated as Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop New Artist at the 1994 American Music Awards. The trio released three albums and like many of Starr’s rap star peers, Hollywood came calling.
In 1993, he made his acting debut in the HBO drama Strapped. Starr would appear in more than 55 film and television shows, including Spike Lee’s Clockers, Sunset Park, Moesha, Ride, CSI: Miami, The Wire, Law & Order, Save the Last Dance, and many more. While he continues adding to his acting career, Starr has started another chapter as a host. He co-hosted Dance 360, a daily half-hour urban dance competition show on Paramount Television.
Check out the trailer for Fredro Starr’s new talk show Behind The Grind below: