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Marie Antoinette Wright (born February 7, 1968), better known by her stage name, Free, is an American media personality, television producer, choreographer and philanthropist. She rose to fame as the first host of BET's 106 & Park. She was later a disc jockey at KKBT 100.3 The Beat in Los Angeles, morning drive co-host at WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C., and is the former co-host of the Ed Lover Morning Show on Power 105.1 in New York City. She currently lives a private life.

Free Marie
Free in April 2005
Free in April 2005
Background information
Birth nameMarie Antoinette Wright
Also known asFree (2000–present)
Marie Antoinette (1996–2000)
Born (1968-02-07) February 7, 1968 (age 53)[1]
OriginDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, rapper, music producer, television personality, choreographer, radio personality
Years active1991–present


Born Marie Antoinette Wright, she is of African American descent. She became involved in the arts as a child in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended the Roxbury Center for Performing Arts for 11 years and traveled and toured as part of a young dance troupe. Inspired by hometown group New Edition, she was part of a few groups in Boston performing and winning talent shows, while honing her singing and rap skills. One of her biggest breaks in her dancing career was performing in the 1991 rap music video Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.[2]

Free left Boston to immerse herself in her true passion: music. One of Free's stepping-stones was an internship at a radio station in Massachusetts, where she began to make a name for herself. She then made career moves between Los Angeles and New York City in an effort to build the structure of her calling. She appeared on Patriots, the second track on Can-I-Bus, the debut album from critically acclaimed rap artist Canibus. This appearance was her first major appearance and the album eventually went gold. Her appearance on the album was a direct result of her professional connection with Wyclef and his Refugee Camp crew.

“What influenced me to chase after my dreams was music itself; its power and creative medium." Fate led her to a casting held by BET, where executives chose her to co-host their signature show based in NYC: 106 & Park Top 10 live. During her 5 years at 106 & Park, Free interviewed notable people such as Michael Jackson, Denzel Washington, Aaliyah, Halle Berry, Maxwell, and Alicia Keys.

In 2003, Free began to record a full-lengthed debut studio album titled, Pressure Free, which was expected to be released in spring of 2008. Free went on to promote the album and release buzz singles via underground mixtapes from early 2003 to 2007. A buzz single, Uh Huh, featuring Busta Rhymes, leaked via the internet in hopes of regenerating buzz for the album. Contributors for the debut included Faith Evans, Bink, Scott Storch, Rockwilder, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Rah Digga, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott. As of 2012, there is no confirmation if the album will be released.

On December 1, 2009, Clear Channel Radio New York's Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM), R&B, hip hop, and old school songs, announced that Malikha Mallette will move to co-host The Ed Lover Show, 5:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. and DJ Envy is Power 105.1's new afternoon personality, 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. weekdays. The announcement was made by Cadillac Jack, Power 105.1's program director. Free stated on her Twitter page, "Ok that's a Tuesday morning for ya: As of now I will no longer be heard on Power 105 in the A.M.: NY thanks for the laughs..rock on."

In October 2010, Free returned to BET to produce and star in 106 & Park’s two-episode anniversary show: 106 & Park: 10 Years & Counting and 106 & Park: The Celebration, 10 Years Live![3] Both shows earned the highest 106 & Park ratings in BET history.

She can also be seen on BET again as a presenter at the inaugural Black Girls Rock! on November 7, 2010.

On May 9, 2011, Free began co-hosting The Big Tigger Morning Show on Washington, D.C. area radio station WPGC-FM (95.5 FM), alongside Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, 6 A.M. – 10 A.M. weekdays. In December 2011 when Big Tigger was fired, Free continued the radio show solo.


In 2002, Free founded the Free4Life Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young people in disadvantaged neighborhoods through programs that encourage literacy, financial education and creative arts. The Free4Life Foundation has created opportunities that inspire, support, encourage and strengthen the healthy development of young people in Boston's underserved communities. Initially focused on eradicating domestic violence and improving financial literacy, Free is currently in the process of expanding the depth and breadth of the foundation's scope. Through the foundation, Free also launched the successful fundraising event, Break! Break!.[4]

Free is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness. In October 2010, she participated in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer charity walk in honor of her late mother Selina "Tina" Wright. She later formed team "Walk 4 Tina," as she and her family walked 5.7 miles to help raise donations and awareness.[5]


  • 2004: Free's World (mixtape)
  • 2007: Pressure Free (shelved)
Album appearances


  1. ^ "Free".
  2. ^ "Free – Biography". American Program Bureau. Archived from the original on June 8, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015.
  3. ^ " – is for sale (Frees World)". Retrieved May 29, 2019. Cite uses generic title (help)
  4. ^ Free | Speaker Profile Archived June 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ " – is for sale (Frees World)". Retrieved May 29, 2019. Cite uses generic title (help)

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