By Taroue Brooks
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
What inspired me to become an entrepreneur was really on whim. I had just gotten fired from a job that allowed to do so much at a young age from going on talk shows, interviewing celebs on red carpets, and helping manage one of the biggest urban blogs in the country. I knew no other place would allow me to do so much so quick without working up the ladder like everyone else, so I decided to take a leap and do my own thing.
Tell us about your company and services.
The Neighborhood Talk is an urban blog that focuses on everything that’s going on within the African American community. We cover everything from salacious celebs news, all the way down to politics. It’s literally an online neighborhood. It is a favorite among celebrities and receives over 32 million impressions per week. The Neighborhood Talk has been featured on several shows from The Real on Fox, Wendy Williams, E! News, and we even had our own segment on Good Morning Atlanta on Fox.
To date, what is your most meaningful accomplishment and why?
I would say that to date my most meaningful accomplishment would have to be interviewing Nicki Minaj because she’s a legend in the industry and she was my very FIRST interview ever on The Neighborhood Talk so they kind of set the bar and helped get our name out there.
What has been your biggest lesson learned in the entertainment industry?
My biggest lesson learned in the entertainment industry is that these celebrities are not your friends. I have let my guard down and become friends with some, only to be cussed out or let down in the end. These celebrities just don’t want the blogs to write bad press on them so they try and befriend them to get on their good side and once they don’t need you anymore they move on to the next.
What advice would you give someone who seeks to become an entrepreneur?
Some advice that I would give to someone who seeks to become an entrepreneur is be prepared to give up your personal life for a while because so much of your time will be pushing your brand. Everybody’s situation will not be the same, but for some it won’t be easy in the beginning and you just have to constantly remind yourself why you embarked on this journey and remember that if it was easy everyone would be doing it so hang in there.
Where would you like to see your career in the next five years?
In the next five years I would like to see my career be aligned in a more broadcast aspect. I want to have my own talk show like Oprah but with a twist. I want to talk about issues that the black community sweeps under the rug.
Instagram Business: TheNeighborhoodTalk
Instagram Personal: Kyle.Anfernee
Kyle Anfernee is a young entrepreneur from Upper Marlboro, Maryland who is making his way in the entertainment industry.
He graduated from Pepperdine University in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. While at Pepperdine he began interning for the now popular blog, “The Shade Room,” back in 2015 and ended up being brought on to the team shortly after. Kyle was the Senior Editor & red carpet correspondent up until his departure in December 2018. He has interviewed pretty much everyone from Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nicki Minaj & many more!
He has provided his expertise multiple times on several shows such as E!’s Daily POP, Sister Circle and Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio Show on Beats 1. He appeared on The Real in 2017 for 10 episodes with his own 5 minute segment called ‘Cup Of Shade.’ He was also a frequent contributor on Good Morning Atlanta on Fox.
He has since launched his own blog called The Neighborhood Talk. It is a favorite among celebrities and receives over 32 million impressions per week.