Meet Former MTV VJ Haitian Canadian Ben Quddus Phillipe
I’m sure I’m not the only one who had no idea this gorgeous man was Haitian.
“Quddus” was a host of MTV’s “Total Request Live” and most recently, the host of the reality singing competition, “Duets.” The Haitian-Canadian fella is the son of a Dutch mother and a Haitian-born father, and the two met while his mother was in Haiti doing charity work, trying to start a rural school project.
TV personality Quddus is best known from his days as the host of MTV‘s Total Request Live and ABC’s singing competition show Duets. Quddus’ professional career in broadcasting began in 2000 as a host and co-writer of VOX, a groundbreaking youth culture show on TV Ontario which went on to win a Gemini Award (Canada’s version of the Emmy®). This led to his big break – hosting Total Request Live on MTV. As host of MTV’s biggest show, Quddus conducted daily interviews with stars such as Will Smith, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Jake Gyllenhaal, Alicia Keys, Ben Affleck and Denzel Washington, and his work on Total Request Live led to both Usher and Britney Spears requesting him to host their Showtime concert specials.
Quddus won a 2003 Favorite TV Personality nomination at the Teen Choice Awards. In 2005, TV Guide named him one of TV’s Hottest New Stars, USA Today featured him as a “young hunk worth watching,” and Teen People named him one of the “50 Sexiest Men Ever.” In 2008, the New York Times called him “the Ryan Seacrest of the Hip-Hop generation,” while The Associated Press declared him “the coolest guy on television.”
Since leaving MTV, Quddus has hosted TV One Access and Nickelodeon’s Dance on Sunset. He was also a correspondent for Access Hollywood and has appeared on CSI: Miami, the CW’s Half & Half, Girlfriends, as well as the indie film Life is Hot in Cracktown.
On the music front, Quddus made his impact felt as an A&R consultant for MySpace Records, where he discovered and signed R&B sensation Mateo. He has gone on to direct music videos for Mateo and rising star Erin Christine. He’s also taken on the Internet in a major way by hosting The MySpace Music Feed, AOL and the Jonas Brothers’ joint venture, Cambio Connect, and creating his own website and video series, TheQside.com.
Quddus also lends his time to the non-profit organization Generosity Water, volunteers at “A Place Called Home” in South Los Angeles, and recently went to Haiti on an aid mission. – source