Can Black Women Just Be!
A Chat-up interview by Priscilla
Living Out Loud
Guest: La Chichi
So, lets talk about your Facebook live podcast about shitty Black men who consciously put and drag women down – due to whatever childhood experience that might have occurred; that they are obviously now responsible for as an adult.
After listening to your Facebook live broadcast titled ““Can Black Women Just Be” , it made me curious to your deepest thoughts to your narrative of what a woman is? or should i say can be and chose to be?
A woman to me is a human being, and like every human, she is deserving of the same rights and liberties which allow her to thrive and be the absolute best human being she can be.
What is your stand view about the Africa man?
I find this to be quite subjective, so my knowledge and opinion of the African man is that he is a man first, and an African second. He is socialized under a mostly patriarchal society and is often assigned the gender roles of the society he belongs to. The African is many things, most importantly, he is human.
How do you think women can make a collective narrative from the already condescending narrative out there about women and girl? Especially with regards to women who are winning and building their self into who they want to be?
How can women create a collective narrative from a condescending narrative? I’m not sure I understand this, but how do women and girls create a unique narrative from that which is assigned them? I’d say women would have to lead with whatever they consider works first in their best interest and in the interest of the larger collective, which would be the society around them ( men included of course). If women are the custodians of culture, the onus is on women then to create, foster and protect a culture that is sustainable and works in their interest.
What is your take on emotional intelligence regarding, and being political as self reliant woman?
Emotional intelligence to me is rooted in empathy. I reckon it is important to sense the energies around you, to understand the people you’re dealing with in every given situation, to try to remove one’s ego when assessing a given situation and choosing the most sensible, and empathetic path in resolving or dealing with it. Being politically correct is part of being emotionally intelligent, however, it is a choice to make only when it is necessary. As a self-reliant or independent woman, or man really, tapping into emotional intelligence in interpersonal relationships would make for a more humanist world.
What are your Boss moves for 2018? what are those projects you are presenting embarking on?
I don’t speak much on my projects until they materialize, but since one is already out of the bag, is consistency with my vlog content on “PopSaltnCulture”, and acquiring funding for another Africa based audio/visual project I’m working on.
What is the idea behind PSC, and what is your career background, aside from your obvious job as a YouTube influencer?
I do not consider myself an influencer yet, although I can understand if others have been influenced by me. Until I am picked and paid by brands to push their agenda to successfully push an agenda/product to a particular market, I don’t quite think I am there. My background is in media communications, and so digital content creation and storytelling are what drive me.
PSC was born as a by-product of one of a West Africa culture blogazine I ran from 2009 to 2015 called MediAfritiQ. I decided to focus on the video component and create a channel where I share my knowledge on the same West Africa culture content, sexuality, spirituality, beauty and wellness.
What are the obvious differences between your experiences in Accra, Lagos and New York?
I’d say while I have immense love for all three, Nigeria is the heartbeat of Africa, where the hustle is palpable and the vibrant energy of the city is unmatched. Life itself in Lagos has a scent, and it varies depending on where you are and who you meet. Ghana is much peaceful, it is unpretentious, and it offers a much simpler, highly structured joie de vivre. New York, is very similar to Lagos, this is where I found my tribe, and its hard to really leave because the quality of human energy here is exactly what I need to thrive. You can find good people anywhere I guess, but a person with my energy finds it difficult to find and connect with genuine people in Lagos, but it has been much easier to find my people in New York. I can write a lot about all three cities but I will leave it at this, but before I close this chapter, I have to be honest and say that Ghana wins the Jellof war against Nigeria, every day, all day.
What are your go-to fashion, beauty and food essentials?
An all-black ensemble, black jeans, light black body suit, and a sheer black kimono.
A dark-leaf, carb-reduced, vegan diet with plenty of water and citrus are my ideal clean food essentials
Beauty essentials would be lemon water, a toner, some retinol at night, a good coconut moisturizer and a bold dark lip stain.
I know, you’re big on beauty, so tell me, what are your beauty “must-haves” and morning routine?
I am bigger on skincare than makeup. My must-haves include a good toner, good moisturizer, clean food, and a consistent work out routine. I think all this could lead to exceptional skin, hence I try not to go without. As far as makeup is concerned, I like a fresh dewy look and a bold lip color.
You would most likely see a Sephora, mac or Stila lip color in my purse.
Here is a link to my shea moisture morning skincare routine:
What do you typically do with a weekend in your hands?
I work on a lot of projects, study and catch up with friends. Summer is fast on its way so I will be adding a lot of outdoor activities to my weekend routine.
it was nice talking with you … see you when you get back in Nigeria or better still; when i do visit you in Newyork…