A graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Morris W. O’Kelly (Mo’Kelly) is a long-time music industry professional, specializing in every genre from classical to hip hop music. Over the years he’s traversed the wide expanse of entertainment companies from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, NARAS (the Grammys), to numerous record labels along the way including; Capitol, Virgin, Warner Bros. and Interscope.
In addition, in 1996 he began branching out into entertainment journalism, scribing for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. After a number of critically acclaimed Op/Ed pieces in the Los Angeles Times, he decided to combine his love of writing and media production.
Among his awards for his contributions on and off the page, O’Kelly was recognized by Ebony magazine as a “Superbachelor” in 1999 and a 2003 recipient of the Guy Hanks Marvin Miller (Bill Cosby) screenwriting fellowship. Yale University has honored O’Kelly twice for his work, which has appeared in The New York Times, on CNN, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, Good Morning America, The Jim Rome Show, American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest and dozens of other national outlets.
Presently, O’Kelly is the host of the syndicated radio program, The Mo’Kelly Show, broadcast on KFI AM640 and SiriusXM, Mo’Kelly in the Morning on KTLK AM1150 and a weekly political commentator for the BBC Radio Network regarding the American political system. If that weren’t enough, he pens the syndicated column, The Mo’Kelly Report which runs on The Huffington Post and other print and online destinations worldwide.
On a personal level, word on the street is that he sings in the shower and at various Karaoke bars. Brotha can warble.
For some reason, he still gets calls weekly asking if it was him stepping with the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on Moesha. (Evidently, the episode gets shown somewhere around the world seemingly weekly.) The answer is YES, that’s Mo’Kelly! (Shuttle to 8:50)
In all 3 minutes of his free time, he practices and instructs the Korean martial art of Hapkido, where he is a 4th degree black belt.