Angie Martinez’s name has become synonymous with the word New York by turning a misspent youth into being crowned “The Voice of New York.” This multi-hyphenated powerhouse proudly managed to represent her culture in every area of entertainment. She has worked as a radio DJ for three decades with her eponymous show that captured her a coveted NAB Marconi Radio Award and inducted her into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2020. She’s also worked as a performing artist who’s garnered a Grammy nomination and BET nomination for her powerful female anthems. She has even then stepped in front of the camera to star in cult classic, Brown Sugar. Her appetite was far from sated, so she penned her voice and became a New York Times best-selling author.
Storytelling is at the core of Angie’s DNA, which led her to produce and host the NAACP-nominated IRL Podcast. Upon her first anniversary of the IRL Podcast, she established In Real Life Productions. This is a self-funded production company and the amalgamation of the IRL Brand. In Real Life Productions was launched by executively producing ABC’s Hip Hop @ 50 Special and being a lead producer for 2023’s Essence Festival. This inimitable force is living her golden age by gilding her place in history with a Hollywood Star. Martinez will be cemented in the Class of 2024’s Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In her spare time, Angie took her voice to the streets and ran the 2014 New York Marathon and raised $250,000 for CC Sabathia’s PitCChIn Foundation, which improves the lives of inner-city youth. Continuing her advocacy for healthy living, she co-authored a cookbook with Bravo TV’s Top Chef Star Angelo Sosa called “Healthy Latin Eating,” which included recipes from fellow celebrity friends: Fat Joe, Celia Cruz, John Leguizamo, and many more.
From interning at age 15, cultivating the curiosity in her voice with legendary interviews in the early ’90s with Biggie and Tupac, to her growing empire, Martinez says, “She’s still figuring it out, In Real Life.”