McCanners of New York | 53rd Edition
How long have you been at McCann and what do you do here?
I started at McCann last January so I’m coming up on a year here! I’m an Assistant Account Executive for Hum by Verizon. I would say on a daily basis my job ranges from client liaison to team cheerleader.
What would your DJ name be?
DJ High Yella
Last thing you Googled?
“What did Kanye say about Beyoncè?”
Who are your creative heroes?
Langston Hughes – Maya Angelou – Prince – Alice Walker – Beyoncè
Current song on repeat?
Cranes in the Sky – Solange
Really the whole album.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Two truths one lie?
I went to 4 different high schools.
I’m a closet Mariah Carey fan.
I am the second lead vocalist of Destiny’s Child.
What do you enjoy most when you’re not working?
I’m happiest when I’m making a difference in the world and doing something that impacts others in a positive way. I like to spend time volunteering within my community and mentoring college & high school students. There are too many issues in this world to only spend my free time focused on myself.
What was the weirdest prank call that you have made?
One time when I was in middle school my friend and I prank called a Papa Johns from her house phone. We used a Chris Crocker soundboard and literally the whole call was just, “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE”. We thought we were so funny until the manager *69’d and called us back and her Dad, (a Captain in the Air Force) picked up the phone. Needless to say, that was our last prank call.
What advice would you tell your high school self?
Stop worrying so much about if people like you and what they’re thinking about you. The only thing you can worry about is yourself and once you find that out – you’re golden friend. You don’t need anyone’s acceptance but your own.
If you could be any age for a week, what age would you be?
18. Young & fun.
Your most bizarre talent?
I can name every winner of America’s Next Top Model in order from Cycle 1 – Cycle 22.
What are you currently obsessed with?
Martha’s Country Bakery. Oh my goodness, my husband and I literally hit this place up twice a week and get like 3 things to share. It has EVERYTHING.
Name a character trait you’ve inherited from your parents.
Resilience. Work ethic. BS detection.
My parents are the hardest working people I’ve ever met. They worked their up from the bottom and they’ve always instilled that fire in me to strive for excellence.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Running shit with a dope view.
What would be your last meal?
Zuppa Toscano soup from OG with extra breadsticks + cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster. All the carbs.
Which living person do you most admire?
Honestly, this is going to seem like a super out of leftfield answer, but Rupaul. He has made his living by being his unapologetic self and encouraging others to do the same and live in their truth. I will forever respect him for that – it’s a model that I live my life on.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish that I could hit an 8-count as hard as Yoncé can
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Taking a huge chance by moving across country after graduation for an internship in NYC. It was the hardest year of my life and at times I didn’t think that it was going to pay off – but here I am. :)
Who are your heroes in real life?
In no particular order -
My parents. My sister. Barack Obama. Beyoncé.
What is your motto?
“Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.” – A wise woman
If you could live at any point in history what point would that be - and why?
I want to live in a time when people respect each other regardless of age, religion, culture, gender identity, or sexual orientation and equality is a given. Maybe that’s a dream world – maybe it’s the future.
What is a piece of information people would be surprised to hear about you?
I’m 23 years old and I’m married. Every time I tell people about my husband, they’re taken aback at first. What can I say, when you know – you know!
Your worst habit?
Losing things. I have the worst habit of setting objects down, (my phone, my coffee, my wallet) and leaving them. I’ve literally got my wallet back via Facebook over 3 times. There’s good in the world!
Best piece of advice someone has given you?
I’ve lived my life always remembering what my father told me from a young age.
You have to work twice as hard, to get half. Never forget that. – My father
Who is the most glamorous person you have ever met?
My mother. She swears she is the flossiest queen out here.
Pick two celebrities to be your parents.
Taraji P. Henson & Michelle Obama – just imagine how lit Christmas would be.
If you could have drinks with 3 people dead or alive, who would it be?
Let’s make this an evening to remember.
Name one song that would be on the soundtrack to your life?
Milkshake – Kelis
First celebrity crush?
The Rock – my parents never understood why I was so into wrestling…
Stephen Curry – before I grew my hair out, damn near every time I would go out at least one drunk guy would scream, “CURRY WITH THE SHOT!”
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