I AM Peter Bailey

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Real Estate Mogul Don Peebles talks the election, Trump, Jay Z & 'Empire'

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, April 04, 2016 10:34 AM MDT

Peter Bailey takes his critically-acclaimed series to New York City where mega-developer Don Peebles invited him to discuss the Presidential election, hip hop and the show Empire's effect on urban youth. With a net worth of more than 700 million, Peebles heads the largest black-owned real estate empire in America. In this discussion he decries the nation's widening wealth gab particularly that of minorities.

Peter Bailey takes NiteCap Live to the U.S. Virgin Islands feat. Bresha Webb

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, February 23, 2016 11:15 AM MST

Author Peter Bailey takes his critically-acclaimed NiteCap series home to his native U.S. Virgin Islands where he invites actress Bresha Webb to discuss achieving and maintaining success with several hundred public high school students from Charlotte Amalie Senior and his Bailey's alma mater Ivanna Eudora Kean.

NiteCap LIVE with Ice Berg

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, September 09, 2015 09:54 AM MDT

In a special live taping of NiteCap, acclaimed journalist Peter Bailey calls a town-hall meeting to discuss with Miami hip hop star Ice Berg the problems destroying Miami's inner-city and that of the rest of urban America.

Prodigy on the Illuminati in Pop Culture, "They Know the Kids are Watching"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, July 14, 2015 06:08 PM MDT

They Know the Kids are Watching

Lil Duval Talks Social Media, Gimmicks in Hip Hop & Reverse Racism

Posted by: Peterbailey | Fri, April 24, 2015 11:35 AM MDT

Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed NiteCap series meeting up with comedian Lil Duval who delves into an introspective conversation on social media's influence, Ferguson and the gimmicks defining urban relevance.


Lil Scrappy Talks Armed Robbery, Heartbreak & Finding Love in Bambi

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, March 30, 2015 06:17 PM MDT

Actor Omar Dorsey Talks Selma & Mr. Rose is introduced at NiteCap Live

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, March 18, 2015 02:10 PM MDT

NiteCap Live: An Experience in Truth

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, February 11, 2015 09:29 AM MST

Get Ready for NiteCap Live on Feb. 26 featuring Selma star Omar Dorsey!

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, February 11, 2015 11:17 AM MST
NiteCap Live -- Feb. 26

Raekwon Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls Hip-Hop a Uniter & Discusses Rap Authenticity

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, February 03, 2015 08:42 AM MST

I'm always thankful to have one of the architects of the culture on NiteCap. On this episode Rae invites me over on his birthday for some soul to soul convo. Enjoy.


Introducing Woody: "I try to live a fearless life"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, January 20, 2015 02:44 PM MST

I begin this new NiteCap season with Woody who I met at a fundraiser for people with disabilities and his story inspired me. I'm sure you will be too.

Q Talks Worldstar's Rise, Agrees with Boosie's Race Comments & Calls for more Black Entrepreneurship

Posted by: Blogadmin | Mon, December 15, 2014 04:17 PM MST

As one of the architects of this new media landscape I found this controversial sit-down with the founder of Worldstar to be very insightful...

NiteCapDebut: Introducing Loks

Posted by: Blogadmin | Mon, December 15, 2014 04:13 PM MST

As an independent media franchise I've always wanted to create a space for independent voices with something of value to say to be heard. Enter NiteCap Debut where everyone gets there chance to speak.

Peter Bailey introduces NiteCap Debut

Posted by: Blogadmin | Mon, December 15, 2014 04:15 PM MST

Peter Bailey introduces a brand new segment called NiteCap Debut where independent up & coming and talent can have their voices heard and be discovered. For submission to be possibly featured on Debut contact info@iampeterbailey.com

Trina Talks Finding Sext on her Ex's Phone, but says she still Believes in Love

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, October 28, 2014 10:12 AM MDT

In my latest NiteCap, Trina gives me insight on the opposite sex and I discover just how opposite we really are.

Ab-Soul Talks God's existence, Social Media Programming & Quotes Meek Mill

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, October 15, 2014 10:56 AM MDT
After my controversial sit-down with Lil Boosie I met up with TDE artist Ab-Soul and shared an equally enlightening discussion on the search for the Creator in pop culture.

Lil Boosie Talks Black on Black Crime, Gimmicks in Hip Hop & Monogamy

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, September 30, 2014 10:52 AM MDT

In one of my most riveting and soul searching conversations I speak to Louisiana rap legend about his return home from prison, the messages being sent via hip hop and it's effect on our youth.

Brianna Perry Explains "B.I.T.C.H", Oxygen show Sisterhood of Hip Hop & Girl Power

Posted by: Peterbailey | Thu, September 18, 2014 10:59 AM MDT

Our viewers have asked to feature more women on NiteCap and I happily obliged by discussing the image of women in pop culture with Brianna Perry, the star of Oxygen's new reality show, "Sisterhood of Hip Hop".

Mike Tyson: "What People Think About Me is None of My Business; Love is Non-Judgmental"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Fri, September 12, 2014 12:41 PM MDT

I sat down with the champ to discuss his take on violence in Chicago & unconditional love.

SD Talks Leaving Chief Keef, says, "Chicago Needs A Leader"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Fri, September 05, 2014 08:14 AM MDT

On this episode I share a NiteCap with my youngest guest to date as Chief Keef affiliate gives me a first hand account of the violence plaguing his native Chicago.

Racism vs Economics in Ferguson

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, August 26, 2014 09:50 AM MDT

As America watches the fire in Ferguson rage on I've chosen to focus on the real enemy to blacks and any other disenfranchised community which isn't racism:

Rich Homie Quan Interview on NiteCap with Peter Bailey

Posted by: Peterbailey | Sun, August 17, 2014 03:58 PM MDT

Your Heart Is the Only Validation

Posted by: Peterbailey | Sun, August 03, 2014 11:45 AM MDT

I enjoy talking to you the viewers, sharing my core beliefs. The ideology that keeps my head above water, so embrace this truth.

Kid Ink: "I don't want to be the stereotypical Hip-Hop Show"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, July 30, 2014 10:06 AM MDT

I enjoyed meeting up with Kid Ink on the Miami leg of his In My Own Lane Tour. The different approach this artist has taken in choosing to make "feel good" music as opposed to the cliche gritty sound is refreshing. Check out our conversation.

The Peter Bailey Show to debut on 99 Jamz!

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, July 23, 2014 01:04 PM MDT

I'd like to thank my supporters for pushing us onto the airwaves!

Nico & Vinz Talk Living Their 'Truth', Monogamy & Hit Song "Am I Wrong"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, July 21, 2014 11:41 PM MDT

I really enjoyed this very inspirational conversation with these two very promising young rising stars. The path to self-discovery is often the road less traveled, but leads to the most fulfilling destination.

Just Ivy Talks DJ Khaled, Akon & Explains "Bad Girl Takeover"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, July 16, 2014 11:15 AM MDT

I had a great time meeting up with Just Ivy on Star Island at her video shoot for "Light Me Up" featuring DJ Khaled. It was great to discuss the image of women in pop.

NiteCap Upfront: "Pain For Profit"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, July 14, 2014 12:27 PM MDT

In my latest NiteCap Upfront, I sound off on viewer feedback to the violence in Chicago as well as the music industry's role in the culture's current affinity towards gang life.

Sebastian Mikael Talks Troubled Past, Being Biracial, Racism in Sweden & R & B's 'Lack of Love'

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, July 07, 2014 09:50 AM MDT

NiteCap Upfront: "America is one big Reality TV Show"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Fri, July 04, 2014 01:54 PM MDT

In this very special episode I address viewer feedback to my monogamy debates with Chad Johnson by discussing a very personal letter from one Canadian viewer who argues that unconditional love is impossible in America.

Stephen Marley Talks New Album 'Fruit of Life', Working with Wale, The Roots & other Hip Hop Acts

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, June 23, 2014 07:14 AM MDT

J. Peguero Talks Coming in Miami's Hip Hop Scene, says 'It's a Fusion' of Everything

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, June 09, 2014 09:39 AM MDT

Michael Blackson Talks Kevin Hart, Meek Mill, Chief Keef & New Movie 'Kony Montana'

Posted by: Peterbailey | Sun, June 01, 2014 09:58 PM MDT

Jay Sean Celebrates First Child, Talks Cash Money & Returning to R & B

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, May 12, 2014 10:24 PM MDT

Pt. 2: Chad Johnson Explains why he says, "Men, Even MLK will never be Faithful"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, May 05, 2014 11:29 AM MDT

Pt. 3: Chad Johnson Slams "Scandal", says the show depicts Women's Opportunistic Nature

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, May 05, 2014 11:38 AM MDT

Chad Johnson justifies cheating, says 'MLK was hoeing'

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, April 30, 2014 10:28 AM MDT

SchoolBoy Q Recalls Daughter Seeing Strippers, Explains Why He Doesn't Film Videos in His Neighborhood

Posted by: Peterbailey | Mon, April 28, 2014 09:54 AM MDT


A year ago, a publisher suggested I pen a memoir of my time spent with Trick Daddy, co-authoring his autobiography, "Magic City: Trials of a Native Son."

I turned it down.

I told him I won't be a part of what I call the marketing of gangsterism, profiting from the pain of people in the inner-city whose despair now seems to inspire headlines in America's media houses.

It's also the reason why Schoolboy Q told me during our NiteCap interview he doesn't make music videos in his neighborhood.

"I didn't wanna put that image out there, because my homies are still in the streets. They're still gang banging. An enemy gang banger can identify can see my video and identify them, " says the Compton emcee. "I'm in Miami right now. They gotta live with that."

Schoolboy says the only time he put his Crip crew in a video was in "Break the Bank", a decision he says he regrets to this day.

Most recently, I saw news outlets run a headline of Trick Daddy's now infamous mug shot.

Ironically, while promoting Trick's very positive memoir, most of these news outlets were contacted.

No response.

Now a rapper who established media considers irrelevant is fodder for news headlines?

When my Ivy-league educated media peers, had all but forgotten about me, Trick and his fellow ex-con cohorts gave me the rights to their story.

I didn't know it then, but they freely gave me the authentic gangsta story now capturing the imagination of pop culture.

But back then, I found myself in Trick's studio, contemplating how in the hell did I arrive here, sometimes indulging in the vices they used to quiet the demons who haunt a criminal past ; mines from betrayal at the hands of corporate America.

After all, Peter Bailey was the epitome of the American dream.

I was the prodigious journalist with a distinct Caribbean accent who sky-rocketing from the Village Voice after college to landing at Newsweek then Time magazine and finally the Miami Herald.

Ironically, during that time I had dubbed myself an urban Houdini for miraculously escaping my St. Thomas upbringing to a Time magazine office, expense account and all.

By twenty-three I had published articles in both Time and Newsweek, breaking to lunch on Sushi, fumbling with chop sticks to impress society friends as fraudulent as me.

My Harlem Senegalese hole in the wall off 116th is where I could really lick my chops.

However, in the summer of 08' I was the fading star in the NABJ galaxy, an organization more pre-occupied with playing politics with white media recruiters than actually fostering the careers of young journalists of color.

I had recently got into an argument with a Miami Herald security guard. Somehow, he chose to continuously harass me for my Employee ID even though that year I won best education coverage in Florida.

Accompanied by white colleagues whom he didn't stop; I yelled something to the effect of, "I don't see you stopping these white women!"

He complained to management and me, the award-winning writer was scolded for appearing threatening.

The jig was up. That inner thug reflecting the friends I grew up with cabs to the surface or was I just tired of the dog and pony show that's come to characterize current media?

Trick and my cousin Lion, understanding my journalism career was on the rocks gave me the story that has come to define my career thus far.

They didn't do me that favor to network or advance on the career ladder.

Lion - now incarcerated once again for transgressions from the gangsta lifestyle he calls hell, described heavenly by hipster writers and blogs in flowery prose - followed the street code.

When your homie needs help, you come through no questions asked.

Trick and Lion never asked me to sign a confidentially agreement, because I didn't earn their trust by trying to be down like so many entertainment journalists.

And I'll take to the grave those experiences shared between homies, before exploiting their pain for profit.

The only favor they asked of me was that; "I give the kids the truth so they don't make the mistakese we did."

Now that's G, as in Generous.

Mayor Oliver Gilbert Talks Miami Gardens' Future, Trayvon Martin & Black Apathy

Posted by: Peterbailey | Thu, April 17, 2014 10:38 AM MDT

LL Cool J Talks Monogamy, Authenticity & Faith

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, April 09, 2014 08:16 AM MDT

Anthony Hamilton Talks Infidelity, Reconciliation & Soul Inspiration

Posted by: Peterbailey | Wed, April 09, 2014 08:14 AM MDT

Chad Johnson Calls Monogamy "Impossible", Talks NFL "Box" & Liberty City

Posted by: Peterbailey | Tue, April 01, 2014 11:11 AM MDT

Brad Meltzer Talks Jay Z, Kanye West & the Illuminati

Posted by: Peterbailey | Thu, March 13, 2014 09:51 AM MDT

Yo Gotti: "The streets are like a brand now"

Posted by: Peterbailey | Thu, February 27, 2014 02:12 PM MST


I'm Peter Bailey and this space is an extension of me. By now you've shared a NiteCap with me on NBC and read the autobiography I penned with Trick Daddy, "Magic City: Trials of a Native Son", praised by the New York Times as one of the pop music gems of 2010. If not, maybe you've read my articles in Time and Newsweek back when I perused the Big Apple, before my father's battle with Alzheimer's drove me south to Miami, closer to my native St. Thomas...and even closer to the defiant genius in the urban struggle whose voice I love amplifying.
Meet Peter Bailey

MAGIC CITY: Trials of a Native Son

"A thug is someone who stands on his own. He lives by the decisions he makes and accepts the consequences. A thug is comfortable in his own skin. I wear mine like a glove." - TDD

Trick Daddy was born a thug—just a stone’s throw from downtown Miami, yet a world away from its dazzling beauty and sparkling wealth. Where grinding poverty, deadly crime, and devastating racial tension taught kids to live by the ’hood rules. Remarkably, Trick came from nothing and made it big just when his chances had run out.
More on my book, Magic City: Trials of a Native Son


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Peter Bailey



"Peter, he never makes the urban communities look like it's terrible. He always tell a story about how far we've come."-Trick Daddy


Article by: culture designers

In the decade and change since Peter Bailey unleashed a set of eye-opening drive-bys for Newsweek and Time, he delivered an acclaimed three-part series for The Miami Herald “On the Margins” and helped turn Trick Daddy’s tall tale into a MTV/Gallery Books memoir (Magic City: Trials of a Native Son). But it was with 2010’s launch of NBC Miami where Bailey truly found his place in the media landscape.


Mayor Oliver Gilbert Talks Miami Gardens' Future, Trayvon Martin & Black Apathy

On the heels of asking voters to agree to invest $60 million into Miami Gardens, Mayor Oliver Gilbert is the latest guest on Peter Bailey's critically-acclaimed NiteCap series. The Mayor talks exclusively about Trayvon Martin, black apathy and his hopes to make Miami Gardens a blueprint of successful black governance.

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Anthony Hamilton Talks Infidelity, Heartbreak & being the current King of Soul

In this very thought-provoking sit-down, Peter Bailey meets up with soul superstar Anthony Hamilton inside at Jazz in the Gardens where Hamilton opens up about getting past cheating on his wife, reconciling and the heartbreak that inspired his legendary sound

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LL Cool J Talks Monogamy, Authenticity & His Faith

Award-winning author Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed docu-series meeting up with LL Cool J at Jazz in the Gardens where the two discuss the pop icon's legendary career, his faith that sustains it and unfaithful women in the ever-growing monogamy debate.

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Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson Calls Monogamy "Impossible", Talks NFL "Box" & Liberty City

Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed series by sharing a NiteCap inside David's Cafe on South Beach with former NFL star & reality TV personality Chad Johnson. Chad opens up exclusively to Peter about past with Evelyn Lozada, monogamy, embattled NFL career and Liberty City childhood.

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Author Brad Meltzer Talks Jay Z, Kanye West & The Iluminati

Peter Bailey continues his riveting NiteCap series, meeting up with author and the History Channel's Decoded host Brad Meltzer at Books and Books in Coral Gables where he discusses the Iluminati in hip-hop and the rap superstar who asked him to investigate it's role.

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Yo Gotti: "The streets are like a brand now"

Peter Bailey continues his critically-acclaimed NiteCap series meeting up with Yo Gotti inside his South Beach residence where the Memphis emcee opens up about his drug-dealing past, the exploitation of street life and his hopes to bring jobs to Memphis.

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