Meet Serina!

What’s your name?

Serina Phoenix

Where are you from?

New Orleans, Louisiana

What do you do for a living?

I am the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Board of a bank.  In my spare time I’m a marketer and event planner.

How did we rope you into be a part of Black Folk Don’t?

One my best friends was featured in the first season and asked if I would like to participate.

What are some things that Black Folk Do that surprise most people?

We are familiar with and are fans of music outside of r&b and rap (example: I went to Coachella this year with 5 other black people.) We live in the suburbs. We attend predominantly caucasian colleges and universities.  Most people are surprised that I’m 27 and don’t have children.

After you left the interview, was there anything you wish you had said? Not said?

Honestly, I can’t remember.  I don’t think so.  But I’m sure the discussions could have continued on forever.

The moment you realized you were Black.

Oh geez. I grew up in a relatively diverse environment, so I was aware of race and color early on. I think the moment I really realized I was black is when I transferred to a predominantly African American elementary school in 3rd grade.  Most people would probably think it would be the other way around.  I’m pretty sure I’ve always known I was black.  But, for some reason, this new school just made it blatantly obvious.

One stereotype about Black people that frustrates you.

Just one? One that has always frustrated me is the theory that if we speak proper english and are mild mannered then we’re uppity.

Here’s your chance to blatantly promote yourself or something you care about.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of such a great project.  Follow me on twitter @serinaphx to check out everything (a lot) I’m involved in and care about.