About Lionel B
Lionel B's real name is Lionel Barnes. While he was attending IADT Tampa, Lionel B started his own music production company and record label, Tight Grip Media. On it, he produced tracks for hip hop artist such as Slip-n-Slide Records. He also produced a complete album for Saved by the Bell Actress Lark Voorhies. He developed and designed an urban clothing brand that did really well with fans, and celebrities. He later expanded to the urban entertainment industry, posting light-hearted and satirical videos on YouTube. His YouTube channel started to gain significant popularity in 2018 due partly to his coverage of the murder of Nipsey Hussle in Crenshaw, and keeping the pulse of other newsworthy stories.
In 2018, he released a viral video regarding Jay Z, Beyoncé and Offset having a dispute that quickly reached 6 million views on Youtube in 2 months. He went on to gain hundreds of thousands of subscribers, putting him on top of the popular Youtube celebrity bloggers, and the fastest growing urban celebrity news channel in history. He gained over 300,000 subscribers in one year. He investigated the facts behind rapper Jay-z’s first daughter La’Teasha Macer from Cambridge, Maryland and broke the story on YouTube in interview with Jay-Z longtime former best friend Dehaven Irby director of Marcy Made. As of July 2020, his main YouTube channel boasts over 329k subscribers and he has over 82 million views on the platform. He also owns an Instagram page that has over 190k followers.
Lionel B has released several mobile apps. The first one he released in 2020, is the critically acclaimed app The Adventures Of Lionel B, and his new app in development is titled Lionel B On The Run.
In 2019, Lionel B went to the Lionel B Show to bring light to the non-working cameras during Nipsey Hussle tragic murder. He also called out the rappers friend and employee Cowboy for acting very strangely when being interviewed at the Marathon Store after Nipsey Hussle’s murder occurred. Lionel B also has three shows on the live-streaming Fox Broadcasting Company sponsored network app Caffeine entitled For The Love Of The Culture, Lyrical Expose, and the Most Valuable Game. Where he interviews celebrities on the popular live fun music shows. He’s worked with Crime Mob’s Diamond ATL, Turk from the Hot Boys, Marc John Jefferies from (Losing Isaiah, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Notorious, Haunted Mansion) and more. On the Most Valuable Gameshow he teams up with co-host Jeremy Mincey former Dallas Cowboys captain.
Lionel B was born in Panama City, Florida. His father was a principal who holds a doctorate in education and his mother was a registered nurse for over 40 years. He moved to Naples,Italy in 1993, during his high school years. He spent many of his teenage years in Italy and Germany. After graduating Bloomingdale High School in Tampa, Florida, he went to the Air force. After a brief stint in the military, he also developed a passion for music production, which eventually turned him into an up and coming music producer. He attended the IADT Tampa, where he learned music engineering, camera operation, video editing, and professional light, and graphic design.
Single with 4 kids. Kyana Barnes 21, Lionel Barnes Jr. 16, Lathan Barnes 9, Lyric Barnes 7. Loss mother Barbara Benniefield to COVID-19 in July 2020 she was 67 years old.