This was a short round up looking back at the year in Entertainment (TV & Film) for Curva Magazine's December 2016 issue. It seemed to me that 2016 was all about Nostalgia in a big way. Netflix-ing had reached such a peak that the beloved channel, was leading the was in revivals, while on the big screen it was all about remakes and revisiting cult films with modern sequels. Revisiting beloved tales is a long standing tradition in the movie business, but last year felt different as the trend crossed into new genres and even addressed quite modern films.
When I told a good friend of mine I would be interviewing Brandy, I think she was finally impressed with me. "I WAS Moesha. Moesha was ME. I love her." She said.
I laughed. But then there was a lump in my throat. Nerves.
I was Moesha too. A young black girl with big dreams, determination, and maybe a little more lip than my mum would have liked. We all were, us young black females raised on a steady diet of Sister Sister and Moesha. When I think of the excitement I feel seeing Kerry Washington killing it as Olivia Pope or Viola Davis slaying as Annalise Keating, seeing a black woman like me who is dynamic, flawed but powerful, successful. And Moesha, my first taste of a young black woman taking the lead was some 20 years ago. Brandy did that for me. For a generation of young black women, when she herself was just a young teen.
Working for Pride, a magazine for women of colour, I've had the opportunity to interview a few of my icons. Women whose body of work I have felt some personal connection with. But Brandy, I've watched her on TV, then and more recently in The Game, grown up with her music and generally watched her grow.
So what is it like interviewing someone you're in awe of? Terrifying. Humbling. I had to shake a heavy bout of impostor syndrome by going overdrive on preparation. I watched so many videos, read reviews and write ups that I thought I would almost be able to predict her every answer. The solution of course was to get inventive and maybe a little bit personal with my questioning.
I expected Brandy would be lovely, but I didn't expect her to be so peaceful, open, and fun! Thank you to the BET PR team who arranged the interview in support of Brandy reprising the lead role of a TV show in BET's new 'Zoe Ever After'.
Check out everything Brandy said in my May 2016 PRIDE Magazine Cover Interview with the superstar. We spoke motherhood, depression, loving yourself, and of course, Moesha!
Niyonu interviews Fleur East for Pride Magazine's February 2016 issue
This was the second time I interviewed Fleur East for Pride, but this time, more thn a year after her time on XFactor, with her single 'Sax' at the top of the charts she made for a perfect cover star.
Fleur was really bubbly and outgoing, it was easy to have a real rapport with her. As it was our february issue we eneded up talking about everything from fashion, to love- topics which are linked for the big haired beauty who's boyfriend is a french fashion designer.
The interview was even picked up by the Daily Mail, with them highlighting some of the more personal details I managed to get out of her.
Niyonu Agana-Burke interviews soulstress Jill Scott for Pride Magazine's March 2015 cover.
This was my second cover interview for Pride magazine, and one of the most memorable interviews I've ever done. Jill Scott has this sweet soft voice and she speaks with such clarity and intention. By the end of the interview I thought 'I want to be her when I grow up'! What I most admired about Jill is that she was so spiritual and so connected to her purpose in this world. She also seemed truly content, which is a rare quality to percieve in anothe person.
Niyonu interviews Ciara for Pride Magazine's July cover.
With the brand behind this advert now partnering with Khloe Kardashian and plastering giant posters with the question 'Can you keep up with a Kardashian?' all over London tubes, this feature feels rather pertinent once again. In this feature I explore how Protein World and countless brands not only cash in on but also create female insecurity. From brands defining what it means to be 'beach body ready' to flat out defining femininity, advertising is one area in which we still have a very long way to go!