Inside The Writers Room w/ Lena Waithe

In 2017, Lena Waithe made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing. Now Waithe is leading Showtime’s The Chi, which she created and executive produces. The Chi explores the ripple effects of a deadly shooting in a South Side Chicago community a lot like the one Waithe grew up in. I had …

Jay Pharoah and the Power of Persistence

This is an informal interview, but informal interviews are my favorite because people are candid and themselves. This is a conversation I had with comedian and voice actor, Jay Pharoah, someone who has no trouble being himself, on and off camera, even if he takes on different personas, daily. Beyond the impersonations, he had really …

Advice from Orlando Bloom

By his attentive stare, you could tell he had something he really wanted to address: he’s been in your shoes. As a young person who admires people living their dream, actor Orlando Bloom knows how hard it is to want something so bad and have no idea how you’re going to get there. He talked …

Big Sean on Dreams and Fear

It was recording artist Big Sean’s birthday and he was performing at WeDay, an event to honor the good work young people are doing in their communities and around the world and I had a chance to catch up with him and hear more about the work he’s doing. Before performing, Big Sean talked to …

Uncle Joey’s Life Lesson

There is no secret to success. Growing up secretly watching Oprah from behind the couch, I instilled the belief in me that the most successful people in the world did nothing but follow their intuition by doing what felt right to them. As I’ve grown up, I have held onto this idea and have discovered …