Analog Girl in a Digital World

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I grew up on Saved by the Bell and, as a kid, I had a hard time believing that I didn’t go to Bayside High with Zack and co. To this day, I have a habit of watching the same old reruns on T.V. They always trump the tired, alcohol-fueled debauchery that’s dominating the airwaves these days. The Cosby Show, A Different World and Living Single are just a few of the shows that I consider classics. I love art exhibits and outdoor concerts, but sadly, the only instrument I’ve picked up since grade school is the pen.


Despite being a proud Millenial, I can’t listen to the radio without making a sour face and morphing into a grandma: “Please turn that mess down.” I never have and never will believe that Lil’ Wayne is the best rapper alive and can’t stand that he’s collaborated with every artist from Drake to John Legend. C’mon folks … let’s do better!

When I’m Not in Front of the Tube

I’m the assistant editor and a writer for The Root with a constant hankering for culture-heavy content. Before joining The Root team last year, I lived briefly in Addis Ababa Ethiopia where I penned a column in a local newspaper entitled “Chronicles of a Diaspora Kid.” All things related to race, gender, art and pop culture interest me. A byproduct of my studies at the University Maryland — Baltimore County where I majored in English and minored in Africana Studies.

Would you rather watch “I Love New York” or “Flavor of Love”? Oh Lord … neither! 

“Girlfriends,” “Living Single” or “Sex and the City”? All three on a good day.

Who was your favorite character on “The Wire”? Why?  Bodie was my absolute favorite because he was a true soldier with heart, but then I heard he killed Wallace and it broke my heart.  

Which Housewife of Atlanta best describes you? Hmm … maybe Lisa Wu or Kandi Burruss. They both just nod, smile and let the crazy ensue.

What TV family best describes yours? My family is probably the condensed version of the Simmons family.


What’s your all-time favorite album? I can barely decide on an all-time favorite track.

If the title of any song could describe you, what would it be? "I Missed the Bus" by Kris Kross


Duke Ellington or John Coltrane? Not a jazz head, but probably The Duke.

What was the first CD you bought? Common’s Like Water for Chocolate

Favorite album of 2009? K’Naan’s Troubadour

Which artist could sing the soundtrack to your life? Cee-lo

Biggie or Tupac? Don’t really listen to either, but Tupac, if I have to choose.

Maxwell or D’Angelo? Maxwell

What’s your favorite Spike Lee Joint? School Daze

Favorite movie of 2009? Slumdog Millionaire

Favorite movie of all-time? So far … I Heart Huckabees

Denzel or Poitier? Denzel. Poitier’s amazing, but before my time.

Denzel in “Mo’ Better Blues” or Denzel in “Devil in a Blue Dress”? Haven’t seen either … don’t judge me.


Angela Bassett or Halle Berry? Usually, Angela

“Boyz n the Hood” or “The Wood”? Boyz in the Hood

Ossie and Ruby? Or Will and Jada? Will and Jada. I think they're brave for putting their open relationship out there. 


Harlem Renaissance or the Black Arts Movement? Harlem Renaissance. I would want to try and be buddy-buddy with Zora, Langston and their crew.

Favorite book? The Poisonwood Bible

What are you reading now? Black Frankenstein

Saaret Yoseph is a writer and Assistant Editor at She manages and blogs for \"Their Eyes Were Watching …\"