Maanami Naomi Phillips is a Junior Broadcast Journalism major hailing from the windy city of Chicago. She is 19 years old and enjoys photo/videography, djing, modeling, and blogging. You can check her out every Friday from 10pm-1 am on FAMU’s Flava Station!
Tierra: What inspires you?
Maanami:…outside forces, the world inspires me to be a better person all the things that I see outside it just makes me want to be great. I just want to be GREAT!
Tierra: What do you eventually want to do?
Maanami: Well, right now I’m not sure exactly what I want to do…
I definitely want to have a couple of sources of income, like I’m really just trying to find the things that I am really passionate about. I just want to do everything to be honest. I want to do everything I can get my hands on.
Tierra: Who do you look up to?
Maanami: I look up to a couple of people for different reasons. Like I look up to my dad, you know what I’m saying? because I want to be comfortable. He showed me what it’s like to be comfortable and I look up to him. I look up to my sister because she did everything the right way… She was the only one that actually finished school and went to college and got her degrees, and then got married, and then had a child. So, I look up to her just to be a better woman. And I look up to my mom because she’s just such a free spirit and I want to be more like her you know what I’m saying? Not giving a f*** about what nobody has to say, you know? just being her.
Tierra: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Maanami: Right now, I’m most proud of being on the radio because I worked really hard to get on the radio. And I was in a messed up situation because when the process started we had to take a test. Like it was a standardized test and you had to get an 80 or above. I got a 78. So, I didn’t make it to the next round or whatever. But, I didn’t let that stop me. I emailed the guy, I went to his office and I’m just like I don’t think 2 points should hold me back from being on the radio. I kept coming and I kept getting on his nerves. And that just really shows you that hard work and dedication really pays off. Because if I would’ve just let him be like “oh you didn’t make it to the next spot”, I wouldn’t even be on the radio right now.
Tierra: What lessons in life did you learn the hard way?
Maanami: Listen to my mama. Listen to my mama, that’s definitely a lesson that I had to learn the hard way. Because she would always like warn me in the beginning and I’d think like ” ohhh I’m gonna just see for myself” and then it’s like f*** I should’ve listened to my mama.
I definitely learned just protect yourself in any type of way. Whether it’s mentally, sexually, emotionally you always gotta protect yourself because everything flows from the heart.
Tierra: What are you passionate about?
Maanami: I don’t know what I am passionate about to be honest. I do like a lot of things and I’m interested in a lot of things, but I don’t know if I really found what I’m really passionate about. Like what really makes me go crazy. It is a good feeling, because I was supposed to be on the radio this Friday and I did miss it because I am out of town and I miss being on the radio, you know? I do get good feelings about that stuff, but I don’t know what’s really truly for me. I’m still figuring it out.
Tierra: Say a student in high school, came to you and asked how do they find out what they’re passionate about what would you say?
Maanami: I would tell that student to just try everything. Give yourself a chance, don’t blow it off. because you don’t feel comfortable. because on the other side of fear is opportunity.
Tierra: If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of young people, what would your message be?
Maanami: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t they gone sit around and talk about you anyway. So do what you gone do anyway. Because people gone talk whether you doing good or bad.
Tierra: What song do you listen to that gets you going?
Maanami: Gets me going as far as what?
Tierra: *burst into laughs* Motivates you basically.
Maanami: I really like the Drake song “Light Up”. I like that song because it just makes me feel like I’m in Miami or something, candy paint switching colors in the light.
Tierra: How do you think the media portrays the lives, struggles, joys of young African-American people?
Maanami: I think it’s destroying us. It’s destroying us because some stuff people feel like it’s a competition. Like “oh, well because I saw this girl post this on instagram my life is not at that point where I can do that” you know what I’m saying? It’s just not motivational enough. Everybody wanna talk s*** and everybody wanna be mean, like be kind always. Black people are not going to be able to do anything until we start helping each other. If we don’t work together as a community then we don’t have anything. White people be right behind each other and us black people be one man for themselves.Read more "MAANAMI NAOMI"