Who You Callin' a Bitch?

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I first got excited about journalism in high school, when the Patriot Press of Pilgrim Day School named me “student of the year.” Almost eight years later I scored a $5.15/hour internship at O, the Oprah Magazine and developed a fondness for ramen noodles. Since then my work has appeared in the The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and on The Root. In between waxing poetic on pop culture I live vicariously through “So You Think You Can Dance?” and every horrendous dance movie ever made, including but not limited to the “Step Up” franchise.

When I’m Not in Front of the Tube

I'm a semi-professional online window shopper, an amateur movie critic and a purveyor of all things cool.

Would you rather watch “I Love New York” or “Flavor of Love”? I'd rather gauge my eyes out.

“Girlfriends,” “Living Single” or “Sex and the City”? SATC

Who was your favorite character on “The Wire”? Why? McNulty because he's black Irish.

Which Housewife of Atlanta best describes you? Whichever one they've been keeping locked up in the basement.

What TV family best describes yours? The Simpsons, if Homer disappeared, Marge was a lesbian and Lisa was a only child

What’s your all-time favorite album? New Kids on the Block: Greatest Hits

If the title of any song could describe you, what would it be? "Young, Gifted and Black"

Duke Ellington or John Coltrane? The Love Supreme is the only jazz cd I own.

What was the first CD you bought? The first tape I bought was Mariah Carey's Mariah Carey

Favorite album of 2009?

Which artist could sing the soundtrack to your life? MIA

Biggie or Tupac? Tupac

Maxwell or D’Angelo? D'Angelo

What’s your favorite Spike Lee Joint? School Daze

Favorite movie of 2009?

Favorite movie of all-time? The Color Purple

Denzel or Poitier? Poitier

Denzel in “Mo’ Better Blues” or Denzel in “Devil in a Blue Dress”? Devil in a Blue Dress

Angela Bassett or Halle Berry? Angela Bassett

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

Ossie and Ruby? Or Will and Jada? Ossie and Ruby

Harlem Renaissance or the Black Arts Movement? Harlem Renaissance

Favorite book? White Teeth

What are you reading now? My book, Bitch is the New Black (HarperCollins, 2010)

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.