What’s your name?
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in NY, the product of a large and close-knit Guyanese-American family. I’ve spent the last 15 years blissfully living in Los Angeles.
What do you do for a living?
I work in digital media, usually on the content (editorial) side.
How did we rope you into be a part of Black Folk Don’t?
A friend sent me the info, and I was intrigued.
What are some things that Black Folk Do that surprise most people?
Black folks go to the ballet/opera/symphony; love foreign and classic films (and occasionally have crushes on silver foxes like Robert Osborne); can be addicted to NPR; listen to Howard Stern; do triathlons.
After you left the interview, was there anything you wish you had said? Not said?
I left the interview hoping I’d elevated the conversation but fearing I was just all quirks and exaggerated mannerisms.
The moment you realized you were Black.
Seventh grade. I went from 99% minority elementary and middle schools and an enrichment program for students of color (the fantastic Prep for Prep) to being the only black girl in my entire grade (and the only one ever in that class) at a private school for girls in NYC. Seventh grade — the year we read To Kill a Mockingbird and learned about apartheid. Ouch.
One stereotype about Black people that frustrates you.
In general, I’m frustrated whenever I hear definitive “black people do/don’t…” statements from people who have one or two token black “friends,” or better yet, people who feel their indirect dealings with African-Americans — be it chatting up the local barista, working with a guy two cubicles over, two seasons of watching Chappelle’s Show or having downloaded the latest Jay-Z track on their iTunes — make them experts on “the blacks.” We are a complicated lot; we are not a monolith.
Here’s your chance to blatantly promote yourself or something you care about.
Tweet me @graceofgroove, and stay tuned for my novel!