What’s your name?
Where are you from?
Brooklyn, New York
What do you do for a living?
I am an actress, singer, dancer and most recently, a filmmaker.
How did we rope you into be a part of Black Folk Don’t?
One my good friends told me you were having a difficult time finding people who would talk about eating disorders, knew I created a film about that very subject, and asked if I would like to participate.
What are some things that Black Folk Do that surprise most people?
We eat hummus. My brother’s allergic to watermelon. We are not ALL Christian. We don’t ALL go to church. We don’t ALL sing/know how to dance. We don’t ALL watch BET or listen to gangsta rap.
After you left the interview, was there anything you wish you had said? Not said?
Honestly, I can’t remember as the interview was a while ago.
The moment you realized you were Black.
I remember my parents telling me that when I was a little girl and learned my colors I kept repeating, “I’m not black, I’m brown.” However, I think I learned what it meant to be “Black” in this country on a family vacation to Florida when I was about 7yrs. old. We drove from NY, stopped for gas in GA, and I had to use the bathroom. The attendant said there was a bathroom inside. When my dad and I tried to go inside, we were greeted at the door by an old white woman and her shotgun saying, “Oh, the bathroom…? It’s outta wada.”
One stereotype about Black people that frustrates you.
That we are all looking to steal when we walk into a store. Can we shop in peace PUH-LEEEEEEZE?!?!
Here’s your chance to blatantly promote yourself or something you care about.
Visit www.thoughimnotperfect.com to learn about my award-winning documentary short, Though I’m Not Perfect, which exposes the physical and psychological dangers of the ballet world to young girls by explaining how teachers impact dreams by promoting certain body types.