Karlie Redd

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Karlie Redd
Karlie Lewis[1]

(1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 45)[2]
EducationThe Harlem School of the Arts
  • Television personality
  • hip-hop artist
  • actress
  • model
Years active1996–present
Musical career

Karlie Redd (née Lewis; April 15, 1974) is an American television personality, hip-hop artist, model and actress. She is best known for appearing as a main cast member of VH1's reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta since its premiere in June 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Karlie (sometimes reported as "Keisha")[1][3] Lewis was born in New York City to a Trinidadian mother and African–American father. Redd's birthday is April 15, though her age and year of her birth is debated, with reports from Redd and others suggesting her birth year is between 1978–1981.[4][5][6] Redd spent her childhood between Trinidad and New York until returning to New York permanently at age 12. For education, Redd attended The Harlem School of the Arts and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.[7][8] Redd is a college graduate.[9]

Age controversy[edit]

Redd's birthday is April 15, though her age is debated. Her year of birth is estimated to be between 1978–1981.[4][5][6] In 2012, Redd stated that she is "in her twenties" but would not reveal any exact details: "I tell my age."[10][11] Her age has been disputed by Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta co-star K. Michelle and Redd's ex-boyfriend and fellow co-star Benzino, Yung Joc, Scrapp DeLeon, Lyfe Jennings and Ceaser from Black Ink Crew, who have said she is older than she claims.[4][12] Redd has an adult daughter, Jasmine, who was in college in 2015 and has appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.[13]

In a 2015 Playboy Plus spread, Redd listed her age as 37, which would put her birth year at 1978.[4][6]

On May 20, 2019, in an interview with The Real, Redd stated her age to be 45.[2]


In 2001, Redd was cast in the movie Black Spring Break 2 where she was credited as Keisha "Karlie" Lewis.[1][14] In 2008, Redd was in the VH1 reality show Scream Queens. In 2012 she was cast in the spin-off VH1 reality show, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Redd has dated hip hop artists Benzino and Yung Joc on the show.[15] According to an analysis done by a language analytics company, Redd's appearances on the fifth season of the show garnered 16% of all emotional reactions about the show collected from social media data, with the largest share of them being negative.[16]

Redd's first role in a box office film was in the Chris Rock movie Top Five in 2014.[17] She currently plays a recurring role on the soap opera Saints and Sinners, which appears on Bounce TV.[18]

In July 2012, Redd released her debut single, "A Girl Has Needs," on iTunes. In October 2018, she announced an upcoming musical project called "Karlie Ferrari" which may be released as an EP.[19]

Business ventures[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Redd launched the Redd Remy Hairline.[20] She opened a women's clothing store called Merci Boutique in 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.[17]

Personal life[edit]

She has an adult daughter named Jasmine.[13]

Redd announced her engagement in October 2018.[19]



Year Title Role Notes Karlie Lewis
2001 Black Spring Break 2 [14] as Keisha Lewis[1]
2014 Top Five Rhonda as Karlie Lewis
2014 30 Days in Atlanta Kimberly as Karlie Lewis
2017 We Are Family Zantria as Karlie Lewis


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Scream Queens Herself Contestant, credited as Karlie Lewis
2012–present Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Herself Main Cast
2014 K. Michelle: My Life Herself Guest
2015 Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding Herself Guest
2016–present Saints & Sinners Paige Morris Recurring Cast Member
2017 Black Ink Crew Herself Guest


  1. ^ a b c d McCluskey, Audrey T. (1 January 2007). "Frame by Frame III: A Filmography of the African Diasporan Image, 1994-2004". Indiana University Press – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta's Karlie Redd Confesses to Her Real Age". YouTube. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Karlie Redd". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  4. ^ a b c d "How Old Is Karlie Redd From 'Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta'?". International Business Times. 2018-04-15. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  5. ^ a b "Karlie Redd's Real Age Is One Of The Great American Mysteries". VH1 News. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  6. ^ a b c "Karlie Redd On Her Nude 'Playboy' Shoot And Her Real Age, 37". The Inquisitr. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  7. ^ "Karlie Redd... Who? « The Heat Magazine". Theheatmag.com. 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  8. ^ "Karlie Redd | Love & Hip Hop Atlanta". VH1. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  9. ^ "Karlie Redd's Adult Daughter Jasmine Makes Debut on Love & Hip Hop". Wetpaint. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  10. ^ "Karlie Redd continues to claim she is in her twenties!". Allvoices.com. 2012-08-29. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  11. ^ Nsenduluka, Benge (2012-08-28). "'Love & Hip Hop' Reunion Show Recap (VIDEO)". Christian Post. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  12. ^ "Benzino Dishes On Fling With Karlie Redd, Her Age And If Stevie J Is Really A Pimp!". Theybf.com. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
  13. ^ a b Caruso, Bobby (2015-08-18). "Meet Karlie Redd's Adult Daughter Jasmine for the First Time". VH1. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  14. ^ a b "Black Spring Break 2: The Sequel". 27 August 2001 – via IMDb.
  15. ^ Ho, Rodney. "Benzino & Yung Joc talk 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,' returning May 5". www.ajc.com. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  16. ^ "See How Kunta Kinte, Howie Mandel, Karlie Redd Got TV Viewers All Worked Up". www.thewrap.com. The Wrap. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  17. ^ a b White, Omari. "The Source Exclusive Interview With Karlie Redd". www.thesource.com. The Source. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  18. ^ Moclassified. "Source Exclusive: Karlie Redd Talks Collaborating With Sean Garrett, New Music, and Her Career Goals". www.thesource.com. The Source. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  19. ^ a b "'Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta' star Karlie Redd opens about the haters who think she doesn't have what it takes to be a boss". www.thegrio.com. The Grio. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Love and Hip-Hop ATL's Karlie Redd Launches REDD Remy Hair Line". PRLog. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-09.

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