Kharisma McIlwaine, a Philadelphia native, is a Multimedia personality, Writer, Community Ambassador, Singer and Film Maker. Kharisma began her work in television with CBS3/The CW Network as an On-Air Host. Some career highlights include interviews with: Tyler Perry, Ava DuVernay, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Adam McKay, Omari Hardwick, Wayne Brady, Nick Cannon, Marlon Wayans, Megan Good, Michael Ealy, and Malcolm D. Lee.
Kharisma, the adopted niece of the legendary Rick James, can also add to her list of accomplishments singing background for Mariah Carey, Kenny Loggins, and being the opening act for Eric Roberson, Kenny Lattimore, and Deborah Cox. Kharisma has worked with a number of Grammy nominated producers and continues to be active in the music community in Philadelphia as a singer and songwriter.
Kharisma eventually began expanding her interest in media to the role of producer. Her first national production project was for BET’s live coverage of “The Home Going of Whitney Houston”. Kharisma recently made her directorial and screenwriting debut with short film “From the Concrete” earning a finalist spot for the PHS 2015 Flower Show “What is Beauty?” film competition. You can currently see Kharisma covering press junkets for upcoming films, volunteering for a variety of charity organizations, and serving as a board member for Big Picture Alliance, an organization that works with underserved youth through media arts and educational programming.