1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Wow, I think there a definitely a lot of things. I like to be very open on social media but there are definitely aspects of myself that only my close friends know. I was born in Italy and after a couple years there spent 15 years in the United States undocumented. My identity has been a continuous shift of what it means to be a Ghanaian-Italian woman, an African woman who has been Americanized, and someone who has always felt invisible in the United States. Everyone knows that I'm a hard-worker and try to succeed to my highest ability but that comes with incredible insecurities as well as a lot of overthinking. You would think that after 15 years of trying to survive in the States with barely any opportunities that I would build tough skin but instead I have the biggest and most sensitive heart. I'm pretty hard on myself and I'm still learning how to be gentle with my mistakes and flaws.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I love art, specifically, interactive visuals and activism. I have an obsession with music like no one else I've met (really haha). I'll hear a song and I'll be able to tell you the year it was released, the album, the producer and the sample(if there is one) and the meaning of the album cover. I believe that music is a wonderful way to push social issues and by it being interactive with its message, it equates to activism.
From working on The Vagina Monologues, creating powerful images about body positivity, and engaging in political spaces, interactive art is the future. In regards to hobbies, hmm, I believe in protecting the mind and the body so I work out 4x a week, eat minimally processed food and enjoy living in the moment at all times.
3. What are your goals for the future?
You're talking to someone who thinks about the future all the time! My future goal for me is to be my own boss. To create a space of diverse, incredible and passionate people whether that's my own company, digital space or whatever. For 15 years I didn't get to travel and so I yearn to learn about more cultures. The Earth is my home and there are so many different cultures, experiences, and people who I need to soak up and learn from. Right now, I live in New York City and it's been a great challenge learning about myself, surviving on my own and accepting the building blocks that the city gives me. I hope to buy my parents the house that they have always dreamed of, make positive change in the world and become the best version of myself. I have accepted that that is going to take time, but I am in no rush to take in life's obstacles as I go by.
4. What is your definition of success?
I don't think you ever reach success. Success is a state of mind. Please don't tell me I sound like Kanye haha. But honestly, I used to think graduating from UCSB as an undocumented student was successful, I thought being the commencement speaker was successful, and it WAS but then I said moving to New York City would be another success and now I keep searching for that next "success". I truly believe that if you are continuously challenging yourself, you will never be satisfied with your "success". There will always be another opportunity to learn, another opportunity to impact, another opportunity to conquer. Of course, never forget to celebrate those little victories and reflect on them as they create a tangible path to see your growth, but keep on reaching. My success is the opportunity to keep growing.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
Since all I do is talk about music, I've been working pretty diligently on my music blog. I try to incorporate everything from reviews of the albums to more concise and analytical pieces. I'd also love to start working on a podcast because I love to discuss topics engaging in life, beauty, racism, and identity politics. So my next moves are to continue working on my music blog and get those pieces picked up, start a podcast about music and the intersection of African/Caribbean/Black culture and work on more creative pieces. I get to work with Anisha Sisodia very frequently on portraits focusing the body through paint, beauty, and abstract contents and I'm looking to do more creative directing as well. As you can see, I love being a multi-faceted individual and soak up any interesting opportunity I get. It's all about pushing your boundaries and aspiring others to do the same.
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