Rebecca was Simply Jamilah’s March 2019 Hidden Gem. Here is the full interview with the questions in the order they were asked:
SJ: You were more than upset that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards. Why?
RE: First of all, I always like Disney stuff. That’s, like, my favorite. Also, there’s been such build up. Like, how long have we waited for this movie, like 12, 14 years? I think that needed to be rewarded. Let’s acknowledge the great strides we’ve made, even though we’ve waited forever for that.
What is a social or political issue you are very passionate about?
STEM Girls Run the World. I think it’s a big thing because, like, there have been so many movements between MeToo, Mute R.Kelly, and we’re attacking the things that make us different but not how to advance in the same field. The biggest break up would be to, if you can get enough people to penetrate the boys’ club, we wouldn’t call it a boys’ club.
What do you want right now?
At this very moment, I’m kind of tired. I want a nap.
What is one quote, off the top of your head, that motivates you?
Winnie the Pooh quote. “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
What show is worth binging in 2019?
If you haven’t hit the classics (Friends & Grey’s Anatomy), you gotta try them before you knock them. Something new would be Leah Remini’s Scientology show, which is her exposing Scientology and explaining why she left.
What’s your major, and why did you choose it?
I am a double major of marketing and statistics with a minor in leadership. I chose that because I would like to go into business analytics.
What are some characteristics of your ideal boyfriend/husband?
I don’t ever want to get married, at least at this point in time. I don’t even want to date. I’m just open with being me. I guess if I would think about it, it would be funny, adventurous, definitely smart to the point where I could be okay with your decisions ’cause there are a lot of times where I’m like “Why would you say something like that? Did you not think?”
Why do you think it’s hard for some girls to support others?
It’s a big thing of, like, we’re just now being allowed in a societal sense to be proud of one another because traditionally, you can have one person at the top. Now we can bring more than one person to a position of power. Why would we not help each other along? It’s not so much of we’re mad at each other; it’s we’ve not been physically allowed to do that, so how can we now be able to integrate that so seamlessly?
Out of curiosity, why do you think I wanted to interview you?
Just cause we’re close friends. I’ve loved getting to know you this year. I don’t know. Just to be featured in your life. I love it. I feel honored.
How do you handle fake friends who blatantly lie to your face?
You know that’s such a relatable topic. Honestly, I was talking about this with my mom recently because I feel like that’s an issue that’s always been with me. It’s like who should you put your energy into. If it’s not being reciprocated, what are those signs? How to say you’re not worth my energy? And to walk away. I don’t think I’ve got that yet; it’s hard for me to break that connection.