Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sony Hack Reveals the Insufferable Whiteness of Hollywood Sony Hack Reveals the Insufferable Whiteness of Hollywood '106 & PARK' Says Goodbye Today, Dec 19 at 6pm, w/ Live, 2-hour, Star-Studded Finale! '106 & PARK' Says Goodbye Today, Dec 19 at 6pm, w/ Live, 2-hour, Star-Studded Finale! First Image of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Upcoming HBO Biopic First Image of Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in Upcoming HBO Biopic Review: Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Took Me Places I Wouldn't Expect a Chris Rock Film to Go Review: Chris Rock's 'Top Five' Took Me Places I Wouldn't Expect a Chris Rock Film to Go The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Samuel L. Jackson Has His Own Challenge for Other Celebrites in Reaction to "Racist Police" (Watch) Samuel L. Jackson Has His Own Challenge for Other Celebrites in Reaction to "Racist Police" (Watch) Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

My Interview With Sapphire

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act August 8, 2011 at 9:37AM

Before I get to the subject a few words. I can't really recall now how many interviews I've done in the past 6 years or so since I stumbled into doing it. Quite a few I can tell you. I've talked to them all: actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, opera singers and a few odds and ends here and there.
7

Before I get to the subject a few words. I can't really recall now how many interviews I've done in the past 6 years or so since I stumbled into doing it. Quite a few I can tell you. I've talked to them all: actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters, opera singers and a few odds and ends here and there.

And with the exception of one well known B (more like B minus) actress who was a real nightmare (which wasn't a surprise to me since I always suspected she was and I was right) they all have gone very well.

But rarely do I have get apprehensive before an interview. I can count the number of times on one hand that I was a little nervous before interviewing soneone:

Chris Rock because I knew I had to be sharp, witty and on my game or else I would be fodder for his next stand up comic show. Thank God I didn't.

Halle Berry because it was Halle Berry and it turned out to be one my best and more interesting interviews,

Kerry Washington because it was Kerry Washington and that also turned out to be one of best interviews ever,

Pam Grier because it was Pam Grier and that turned out to be a pretty interesting one too. At first she was giving me pre-packaged rehearsed answers to my questions and to get her to "come out" I started intentionally to challenge her on some things she said and she started to get pretty feisty and tuning into the Pam we all know and love and it turned out great and she knew it too.

I say all this because I was also somewhat apprehensive when I interviewed the author Sapphire week before last, because just judging from what I know about her, I figured she would be a passionate, intense person who doesn't suffer fools gladly. And since I'm the biggest fool out there I thought I might have my work cut out for me.

As it turned out she was definitely passionate and intense, but a really nice person and as you will see has a lot to say. In fact our conversation after our official interview was over was just as intense and fascinating.

So here's my interview with Sapphire which came out today on Ebony.com HERE Tell us what you think


Shadow & ActNewsletter