Khadeen ..." />Devale & Khadeen Ellis On “Back To School” Shopping, Foot Locker, Future Plans, Hofstra & More – The Hype Magazine


Published on August 12th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Devale & Khadeen Ellis On “Back To School” Shopping, Foot Locker, Future Plans, Hofstra & More

Khadeen and Devale Ellis are the Webby Award-winning co-hosts of the Dead Ass With Khadeen & Devale podcast — which is set for a 4th season — and the creators, producers and stars of the viral social sitcom The Ellises, which documents their lives as young millennial parents. Devale Ellis is also notably a former NFL player turned actor who is currently a series regular on Tyler Perry’s Sistas, while also having a recurring role in the Netflix series, It’s Bruno. Meanwhile, Khadeen Ellis is also the producer and host of a new buzzed-about, woman-centric social show, Ok Kay Kay.

While Khadeen and Devale Ellis may be celebrities, they are no different from all the other parents out there juggling work responsibilities while helping prepare their kids for the upcoming school year. But one thing hasn’t changed, kids always get excited about: back to school shopping. Kids just want to show off their new purchases, whether in class or on-camera. But parents need to prepare their children for both of those settomgs, as well as for activities outside of their school.

Ultimately, the name of the game is organization and I had the pleasure of interviewing Khadeen and Devale Ellis by phone about back to school prep, Kids Foot Locker, their shared alma mater (and mine) of Hofstra University, podcasting and plenty more on August 11, 2020. That full conversation is embedded below, while more on the Ellis family can be found online by visiting and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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