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!