The Urban Daily’s Editorial Director Jermaine Spradley boarded an Amtrak train from Chicago to D.C. to spend the day with media personality Rodney Rikai and accompany him on a trip to an interview at one of our affiliate radio stations, 93.9 WKYS.

The two then took the scenic route back to New York City, where Rikai would film a segment for our series, #NoFilter,  a look at the news with a comedic twist and as much realness as you can handle.

On our trip back we learned that Rikai wants to be a truly multifaceted entertainer and is willing to work hard to get there. He speaks on his journey and the path he hopes to forge for himself. Over drinks and dessert on the train with the fast approaching city lights in the background, Rikai speaks on the four people who’ve inspired him: Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, Nick Cannon and Terrence J.

Though they’re all on different levels of entertainment, they all own their spaces with both grit and flair. Rikai hopes to emulate their journeys, while still creating his own.We ended the night with a few rounds of billiards in the heart of the city. He’s still going places.

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