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A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cherita Brent (also known as “Rita B.”) is a professional drummer, radio host and standup comedienne. She began her professional drumming career before the age of 21 and has performed with the likes of D’ Mar and the Nu Funk Society, Grady Champion, KD Brosia, and more. Cherita graduated from Murrah High School in 2005, and in 2006, joined the Army National Guard Band. After graduating from Basic Combat Training in South Carolina, she graduated from the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia in 2006. She became a Sergeant in the 41st Army Band and recently ended her service in December 2014. While at Jackson State University from 2006-2009, she worked as an on-air personality at WJSU 88.5 FM for three years before joining Mississippi Public Broadcasting where she currently serves as a weekday local radio show host and producer.
In addition to her dedication to music and radio, Cherita has begun a career in a field she’s always secretly been interested in – stand-up comedy. She finally overcame her fear of being onstage alone, performed her first-ever set in front of a small Jackson crowd in 2013, and has now taken this formerly secret interest to new heights.