is an established media personality and event host with 17 years of experience connecting to artists, musicians, and their patrons. She has worked in programming, promotions or as on-air talent for Washington, DC and Baltimore area radio and television stations WPGC FM 95.5, Heaven 1580AM, WIAV-TV Channel 58, and WXYV-FM (Baltimore’s former V103). As a freelance writer, she shares her talents through entertainment journalism and by writing public relations pieces for numerous organizations and artists.
Take Me Out to the Go-Go Magazine has featured 99 as a staff writer, radio show co-host, and video host since 1998. Known beyond the DC entertainment scene as the author Tahira Chloe Mahdi, she has seen success with bestsellers God Laughs, Too: Incidents in the Life of a Black Chick (fiction, 2001 & 2003) and How to Be Queen of the Universe (self-help, 2005). Through her organization and publishing company Tuff Crowd Conglomerate, she has toured nationally as an inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator for women’s groups.
Arts, media, community empowerment, and academics have always intersected in 99’s mission. From 2005-2007, she taught multimedia writing and production courses at the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. In 2007, she returned to university life to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and in 2014, earned a Master of Arts in Human Services Psychology. She is now a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Community and Applied Social Psychology.
Recently, 99 starred in the internationally acclaimed video for “Black Love Superstars”, an underground hip hop favoriteby DC hip hop legend Head-Roc. She also had the honor of performing the intro on “DC Symphony 3 (APocket Full of Dymes)” by the Crank Brothers, a rap/go-go record featuring ladies of the go-go stage. Currently, 99 cohosts “99 & Kato“ with the legendary Godfather of Go-Go Media Kato Hammond, every Friday from 1-3pm on TMOTTRadio.com.
Education: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland; Morgan State University; Oxon Hill High School; Oxon Hill Middle School
Kevin “Kato” Hammond
is an American musician and journalist. He is the owner and creator of TMOTTGoGo Magazine (Take Me Out To The Go-Go) and TMOTTRadio, and web and graphics designer at TMOTTWebDesign.com. Take Me Out to the Go-Go Magazine gains attention from outside media outlets for its designation as ‘the official gateway to a Washington, DC music culture.’ Such magazines as Vibe have made Kevin Hammond and Take Me Out to the GoGo Magazine a significant source of information about the go-go music culture. His history as a musician includes performing and recording with the go-go bands Pure Elegance, Little Benny and the Masters, and Proper Utensils. He has also served as Chairperson of Historic in the Go-Go Coalition.
Born in Washington, DC, Kevin “Kato” Hammond grew up in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC and Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he performed as a child in DC area organizations such as CUE (Childrens Urban Arts Ensemble), Bren-Carr Dancers and The T-N-T Poppers. Hammond is also an award-winning playwright. At the age of 17, he wrote a play entitled “Buddies” that listed in the finalist division of the Jospeh Papp New York Young Playwrights Festival. This play was performed Off-Broadway and starred Denzel Washington, Anna Maria Horsford, Michael Wright, Jeffrey Joseph, and Kim Weston-Moran, all of whom were lessor known actors at the time.
Hammond started the online magazine Take Me Out To The Go-Go in 1996. In addition to the magazine being a source of information on go-go shows, it serves as a community forum in which go-go fans routinely submit their own articles on issues unique to the genre. Kato has also written and published a book, entitled Take Me Out To The Go-Go: The Autobiography of Kato Hammond.