Afrobella, Interviewed

Today yours truly was on NPR’s News and Notes for like, five minutes. Click here to listen — I come in towards the end of the exchange. I was super nervous and very excited, can you tell?? I wish circumstances allowed me to be on for the entire roundtable, I had a LOT to contribute to the earlier discussion of Nas’ alleged album title, which his record label denies. Perhaps there will be another time. Fingers crossed. Much thanks and respect to Afrobella of the Month Farai Chideya for the opportunity!
I was also featured in an interview on Geoffrey Philp’s Blog Spot. Geoffrey is a well respected Jamaican writer who has won numerous writing awards and nominations for his work. He lives in Miami, and his blog really captures the pulse of the local literary scene.

I was extremely honored to be featured in both of these interviews, and I’m proud to share them with you!

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Comments

  1. it was awesome to hear your voice!

    you were great. you had the least amount of time, which was annoying to me. but i think you presented the glamour situation clearly and your tone was consistent with your blog, especially on the hair issue: serious, clear.

    you cover such a range of topics though – culture, music, politics and your posts are sometimes playful and sweet, so i wish that the introduction of you and the blog had included that.

    but it was a good discussion and you were great!

  2. I, too, wish you had had more time!! It was wonderful to hear your voice. If you were nervous, it didn’t show. You gave a very concise explanation of the Glamour situation and your feelings about it and the general feelings of most posters to your blog. I think perhaps one or the other topic should have been covered — there is no way 15 minutes would be near enough time for both, and it wasn’t. I had to fast forward past some of that crazy mess about how the fact that some folks use the “N” word is what led to the Jena 6 situation. That’s like saying — “she asked for it” IMO. I’m glad it ended with you, even though your time was much too short, because it brought the tone back to a higher plane. Good job.

  3. I read your interview. Thanks for posting these links.

    The Glamour editor posted on my blog in response to my link to your first posting. They must wish this story would just go away. Too late, people need to think before they speak.

  4. Hey ladies! There was confusion with the phone number to reach me, and unfortunately, that’s how the cookie crumbled. But I felt pretty solid about my five minutes of glory, LOL. I too didn’t listen fully to the whole “n word” Jena 6 part — I heard that one part of the statement and I was like, whaaa? So much more to unpack there, as an old professor of mine used to say. Even though it was short and sweet, I am so grateful for the opportunity. The best is yet to come!

  5. I think you did great! Your nervousness didn’t show at all. I look forward to you being added as a regular contributor to this show and possibly Tell Me More.
    Congrats!

  6. Hey, you did a great job on News & Notes. You definitely were the most articulate of the three guests. The best apart about the News & Note roundtable is that great sites like this, that I would not otherwise know about, get exposure.

  7. Nice!
    I listen to NPR & BBC everyday during work. All of a sudden I heard Afrobella during the Glamour discussion. Pleasant surprise-so I logged in to say Good job Bella! ( On the glamour issue: it’s pretty sad that people are so ignorant and stupid in this day and age and even worse to be ignorant of their own ignorance)

  8. Hi Bella,
    your interview was great and I mean that….I so wish I had a talk show, you would be the first person I would want to interview….keep up the good work. I know bigger and brighter things are headed your way!

  9. Afrobella, you were great on NPR!

    It was also lots of fun to interview you. I hope we can do this again.

    Blessings,
    Geoffrey

  10. You go, just heard it!

    Bygbaby

  11. Just listened to the podcast on npr. Congrats!

  12. Afrobella, Afrobella I am HEARTBROKEN, do you hear me?!?!!? Absolutely devastated that I missed you on News & Notes yesterday! I listen this show every.single.day at work but due to a project I was immersed in I missed you. Keep doing what you are doing I ~adore~ your writings (afrobella.com is my #1 go to blog). Your style is so fresh that I KNOW we will be hearing and seeing ;-> more of you in the future.

  13. muslimahlocs says:

    congratulations bella! the converstion seemed to end abruptly with not enough time for you to check the brother at the end who seemed to assert that in reality how we choose to wear our hair in corporate america is not that big of a deal. hopefullly, i misunderstood him b/c my toddler was vying for my attention.

  14. wannabdcgirl says:

    I always look forward to the Black Blogger round table and I was more than excited this week when I heard that Miss Afrobells herself was going to be featured. You did a great job!

  15. congratulations. i am listening to the progam now. keep shining. keep sharing. keep being you. peace and love and creativity, ananda

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