What inspired you to become a journalist?
I have always loved the beauty of storytelling. Words are so powerful and can open up new worlds and build community when used for good. I consider writing to be my superpower.
When I was in elementary school, I had a teacher who gave me a horrible grade on my first big writing assignment and it angered me so much that I vowed to get good at writing. That anger transformed into that I love to do and can feel proud of.
There are so many Black writers and journalists that have inspired me and that I still learn from. Being able to tell stories unique to the Black community inspires me most; it is a deep honor.
What makes for a good story?
A good story is made from honesty and being able to pull out a unique perspective. A good story is relatable and has the ability to teach or inform. Ultimately, a good story should make you feel something— motivation, rage, excitement… something!
Tell us about your most fascinating interview and why.
One of my most fascinating interviews was being able to speak with Pharrell Williams last year. A multifaceted icon who has contributed so much to the landscape of music, he shared so much valuable insight about life that I will carry with me.
How do you navigate the competitiveness in the industry?
I strive to stay in my lane and focus on the attributes that make me unique. I can only grow from my experiences and I can use that to propel me further. I seek to learn from others and find a new lesson everyday.
What does success look like for you?
When it comes to my writing, success is when the subject or the audience is able to see themselves reflected in a piece, pose questions or hold dialogue that will push a conversation forward in a way they did not expect.
Where would you like to see your career in the next five years?
I believe that I am destined to touch various career paths throughout my life. I would love to still be writing, honing my craft as a cultural commentator and continuing to impact the [Black] community through intentional conversations and stories.