ANGIE ANGE UNPLUGGED
Words and Interview by L.D.Williams Jr
As one half of the Q and A Invasion, the charismatic Angie Ange can
be heard Monday through Saturday from 6pm- 10 pm on WKYS FM in
In an incredibly short time Angie Ange has managed to rise from
college student to intern to a major component to one half of one of
the hottest urban radio shows in the country.
Appropriately referred to as “Your Royal Hypeness,” Angie Ange is
indeed radio royalty. In this exclusive interview Angie Ange talks
about how she started in the radio business, her goals, her grind,
and why college is cool.
CRED: First and foremost thank you for taking time out to talk to us
at CRED Magazine.
AA: Thank you for the opportunity.
CRED: What influenced you to pursue a radio career?
AA: It’s a love of mine. It has always been a love of mine since I
was a kid. It is something that I always wanted to do. I was always
making radio shows even my homework assignments book reports radio
shows. I was really into it. I grew up listening to Steph Lova,
P-Stew, Poochman aka The Live Squad. I grew up listening to Tigger,
Donnie Simpson, Russ Parr and Olivia Fox those were my major
influences that made me love radio. I love the art and the craft
just a huge fan of radio but back then you only had your walkman,
BET, MTV, The Box and VH1. I was a big music lover but I couldn’t
rap, I couldn’t sing…
CRED: That’s good that you recognized that.
AA: (laughs) Right! It is good to know what your talent is. I was
always very good at talking, I was very social and it was only a
matter of time before it crossed my path for me to do radio. I
always had this voice which was pretty rough as a young person.
Being a young girl and you sound like an adolescent boy, so I had a
different voice and a different style and I had this love for radio
and was very social so at some point somebody told me “you should do
radio.” When I was young I never knew it was a career. When you are
young you think lawyer, you think doctor but one day someone told me
study journalism and become a radio personality.
I was like hmm that sounds interesting and I did such. Howard
University was one of my top choices I looked at all the top
journalism programs from Syracuse, to Miami, to Temple to Howard
University. Then I went on the campus and it felt great. When you
are from here you understand the Howard tradition from homecomings
to the legacy of greatness. My mother is a Howard alum,
my aunts are Howard alum.
CRED: So you all went to Howard…
AA: It’s a legacy.
CRED: Howard people are so proud (laughs) .
AA: Yes it is a great blessing. It is a great legacy there. I was
able to hone my craft and get on that grind and learn. You meet so
many people from different
places and you learn so many different cultures and you realize that
all black people are not the same.
I never knew go-go was local. Never!
AA: You could not tell me go-go music was not something that you
heard worldwide because it was on the radio. Then I went to Howard
and I’m playing it and they are like What the hell? Turn that off!
I’m like you don’t know about Backyard Band? So that was something
that I learned. I was like wow.
I went to Howard and I learned the craft and got involved with the
student radio station.
CRED: What were the call letters?
AA: WHBC like Historically Black Colleges, and that is where I got
to practice being a radio personality, it was like pretending to be
a real radio personality. I created shows and developed the art and
learned the boards. Then somebody told me to host a party, so I
started hosting parties my freshman year and that is what I became
known for. Which is rare because you don’t have girls that host
parties; a man would, so that helped me get my name out there.
CRED: How did you get the party started?
AA: That is a natural ability.
AA: I didn’t learn that that is a natural ability. We would go to
parties and they would be boring and I would make the party hype by
myself. Then somebody gave me a mic one day and I was on it. I
really got my starting point at Up Against the Wall on Georgia
Avenue. His name was Al Nice, the Manager. He is still there, but I
walked in and Al asked did I rap. I was like no but I’m a great
talker. He was like I am about to start this Freestyle Friday thing
you can host it. He said come back on Friday and we will audition
I came back on Friday and he was like, “well what’s your name?” I
said “I don’t have one.” I was 17 about to turn 18 and he’s like oh
no we got to get you a name. So he said what is your nickname? I
said, I don’t have one…some people call me Ange some people call me
Angie I don’t have a nickname most people just call me Angela.
And then in some kind of way we put the two together and we came up
with Angie Ange which I have hated. I have always hated the name but
it just kind of stuck on campus. That was what everybody called me.
I would do that Freestyle Friday every Friday. When I first started
I sucked. I was nervous. You’re talking about standing on the corner
of Georgia Avenue on a Friday where there is the most traffic and
CRED: I know people are like move out of the way.
AA: Yeah I am in the middle with a microphone and some speakers and
I am supposed to be getting people to rap it was so scary!It
toughened me up and made me great. You are learning on the street
almost. I learned from dudes. Dudes used to take my mic all the time
and just do whatever and start hosting my thing. I remember the
security dude Dustin; we’re still tight. Dustin used to take the mic
like ‘give me her mic back’ and he used to say “don’t let nobody
take your mic.” Those things were lessons that I learned to hang
with the boys it all prepared me for what I am doing today. Radio is
male dominated you have got to know how to hang with the boys you
can’t let the boys think that
you are weak because they will take over and run the whole thing. I
was never a weak person I was 17, going on 18 so eventually I got
tough with it. Eventually, no one touched my mic. You wouldn’t want
to because I was that good, but it took some time.
From there branding myself at Howard really helped me get on the
radio because when I went and interned at the stations who didn’t
know who Angie Ange was, if a Howard University student walked in
they knew me more than they knew anyone else at the station. The
station took notice of that and was like “ok! she’s a little
CRED: How did you transition into doing the street thing and
branding yourself at Howard into the radio station you talked about
AA: Yeah I interned but I really had to humble myself. When I was on
campus I was the s**t but when I went into the radio station with
Adimu, Donnie Simpson Flexx and Rane, it was like you are nobody.
Not like they would treat me as such because everybody in there was
very respectful, but it humbled you because it was like starting
over. I didn’t mind I was like “Ok, if I am going to get where I
want to be this is what I have to do.” I always feel like you have
to start from the bottom and work your way up. I would have came in
as a janitor and still ended up being on the radio…because I knew
what I wanted. As long as you know what you want it doesn’t matter
where you start, you are going to get there. I just learned; I
studied them. I studied their professionalism, I studied how they
handled the bosses, I studied how they handled each other, etc. They
liked who I was as a person, they saw that I was hungry, started
teaching me stuff, and grooming and molding me to be a better
personality and that really helped me out a lot.
CRED: So you started your career at WPGC?
AA: Um Hmm, I was an intern there and I was trying to get on KISS
(WKYS 93.9). I was trying to be their intern. All of the parties I
hosted were downtown. PGC was never downtown in the clubs so they
knew nothing about me. At least at
KYS 2 Face knew about me, P-Stew knew about me, so I thought KYS
would be the best option to intern at but PGC was quicker to get
back to me. I was Adimu’s intern he was on the air from 2pm to 6pm.
He helped put me on with Flexx and Flexx taught me everything from
the business to the technical stuff. Eventually, I was doing
overnights from 2am to 6am. My grind was, from 6pm to 10pm I came in
and did Flexx and Rane’s show, from ten to two I was in the club and
from 2am to 6am I was on the air.
AA: That was my grind. It was cool at that point, I had just
graduated. A lot of people graduate and have no job. A lot of people
graduate and don’t know what they are going to do. I graduated and I
was an intern and they had hired me part time which was good! I’ll
take it! I am making seven bucks an hour but I was doing what I
wanted to do and I was headed in the right direction. I knew I
wasn’t going to be making seven dollars an hour forever. I stayed on
that grind with the hope that the opportunity to be a full time on
air personality would come and within a year it came.
CRED: It came at WKYS?
AA: Yes WKYS. Rane had just given birth when I graduated and when
she went out on maternity leave she gave me her blessing to fill in
for her. She was out for like two months and in those two months I
got so much exposure via radio and that is when people got to hear
Angie Ange. I started stuff up on the radio and KISS had heard me,
got in contact with me and offered me a job, a contract, and my own
show. I said Peace PGC, thank you for the opportunity, and I’m out.
I’m so blessed for that opportunity. You got to think, I graduated
May 06 and had a full-time radio job in August 07. It took me a year
and some change to go from intern, college student, to full time on
air in the number eight market in DC it doesn’t happen at all.
CRED: Just in conversation I can tell you developed a mental
toughness; how did you develop this?
AA: I respect the grind. Everybody says it ‘I’m grindin’ but you
don’t have any idea what it is to go from bottom up. Most people
can’t humble themselves like that because they think they are so
great and so high on themselves. I could have easily walked in PGC
like “I’m it!” because I was “It,” but I was “It” in my little
environment which was Howard University. If I had carried that same
mentality at PGC they wouldn’t have received me the same way.
Your ability to humble yourself is so important because nobody
messes with an a**-hole. People don’t like A**holes. There is
nothing wrong with being confident. There is nothing wrong with
knowing who you are as a person, I did that, but I never had a
problem filling out listener sheets for Adimu or if he asked me to
get some papers from around the corner that’s what I did. I never
felt like…’I’m Angie Ange!’
The same thing with Flexx and Rane. I never felt bigger or above
them because that was not my place. Did I ever feel more talented
than what I was doing from time to time? Sure, of course I was
better than filling out a winner sheet but it wasn’t time for me to
get to that point yet.
Mental toughness wise, it’s a couple of things that helped me.
Number one, that is naturally me. Maybe God blessed me with that
because he knew what I was about to be doing. Two, I have always
been a leader by nature. Third, hosting at Up Against the Wall and
having Dustin my security guy there to stick up for me when I
couldn’t, and being 17 or 18 dealing with guys that are 30 years
old, dealing with those egos at such a young age that helped me out
a lot too.
Flexx taught me that in this business you must have leather skin
because people are going to say all type of things to tear you down.
Flexx taught me to have leather skin and to let it roll off you
because people can say hurtful things and most times its intentional
and some times its not. People are always going to say things about
you, so what? I guess I’ve got a man mentality in a girl body.
CRED: What is it like being a female in a male dominated industry?
Also, how does it feel to be respected?
AA: It’s good and bad. The perks of it is that I get to learn a lot
about men. Which is good because it helps me in my choice of men,
you also become a little sister. I have all these big brothers they
are not going to take advantage of me and they are not going to let
some random come in and take advantage of me. You also stand out
that much more. There are already not that many girls, but there are
not that many good girls,... really talented women.
CRED: I am glad you said it because I did not want to say it.
AA: Yeah I mean there are a million women that think they can rap or
model but not many really have that lyrical ability or the body or
build to be a top model. I am in an elite society of women that are
on the radio especially for nights. Night shows there has only been
Rane, Steph Lova and now me so you are talking about three totally
different generations. I can name plenty of men that have done night
CRED: Do you feel pressure?
AA: No I don’t feel pressure because I’m great! If I wasn’t good
then I would feel pressure but I am great. This is what I am
supposed to do so I have never felt pressure. This is my best
opportunity to reach out to so many young girls. When I grew up I
had a balance you had your mother and if you are anything like me
who watched TV and listened to the radio all day you had Lauryn
Hill, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Eve, Lil Kim to Foxy Brown that’s
seven women off of the top of my head that I just named.
All of those women are different you turn on the TV now or turn on
the radio now there are no women. If there are women they are sluts,
they are h**s, they are b*****s.
CRED: How do you feel about the overall media portrayal of women in
the media? Are we at the point where the general consensus of how
women shown needs to change? Do you think you represent where the
change needs to go?
AA: I think there is a need for change and that there is a need for
balance. Like hip hop and our culture, it is always evolving my hope
is that it doesn’t get worse. I feel bad for younger girls because
that is all they get to see. All you see is Flavor of Love girls,
Karrine Steffans, and Lil Kim. Even with the actresses I saw
everybody from Jada Pinkett to Nia Long you saw this variation of
beautiful black women on television that is gone. Now it’s Kim
Kardashian and Kimorra Lee living the fabulous life and that’s all
they see. So now it’s like, “let me find a rich man, make babies,
and we are rich.”
The best example of a renaissance woman that I see, that I love,
although I make fun of her a lot is Tyra Banks. She is a self-made
woman. No one made her rich except for herself. In cases like
Kimorra Lee, she wouldn’t be rich if it wasn’t for Russell Simmons
but she used it and pimped it. Although I respect her grind, that
shouldn’t be the only grind that we see. Kim Kardashian…the only
reason we know who she is, is because she had sex with Ray J on
tape. If that tape did not come out would we know Kim Kardashian?
Hell No! She is not the first white girl with a big butt either but
that is all you see. I hope to within my little area of DC, Maryland
and Virgina be that balance and bring that change.
When I go to these schools I show them a woman who is smart, who is
successful, who is not half ugly who can sit and talk to them.
CRED: Yes she is cute for those who don’t know.
AA: Right, I don’t have a total radio face. They look at me and they
don’t have to find a rich man to get money. I don’t have to slut
myself out I am cool. If I can bring about that change it’s cool,
over time I think that it will happen. Souljaboy is not going to
last forever. He is an era but that era will change I do not know
when but it wont last forever.
CRED: Talk about the schools and the community initiatives in which
you are involved.
AA: There are so many. As you can see I got my College is Cool
T-Shirt. (Writers Note: She is wearing a Black and Green T Shirt
with College Is Cool emblazoned on the front) I have a non profit
organization called College is Cool Inc. My whole initiative is to
get kids motivated to want to go to college. I always think back to
when I was their age. I had The Cosby Show, A Different World,
Martin, In Living Color, Living Single, etc. If you remember back in
our era, the popular thing was the hoodies with the colleges on it.
You had Grambling State and Howard you saw those on TV so much, it
was easy, “I am going there!” What I am noticing now is there is not
as much exposure to college so it is not that important for them to
go. Now it’s like I want to be a rapper I am going to be this or
that so they do not see the college experience well enough to say I
want to go there.
I want to expose young people so they can say this is what I want to
do; let me get the grades let me do what I have to do so I can get
there. That is my personal initiative. We are in the schools just
about everyday. It can be getting them ready for a big test, it can
be going to speak and motivate career days we do all of that it is
almost like your responsibility. I use radio to do service to the
community. That’s why I do it, it is a passion it gives me a chance
to give a voice to someone who doesn’t have a voice.
When Angie Ange walks into a school your kids listen. I can sit and
talk to them about Howard. I can influence young people and it is a
blessing to be able to do that. We do health initiatives as well
with HIV/AIDS testing as you know we have this terrible epidemic
right now we want to do a campaign on that. You name it we are
usually there. We understand that people listen to us everyday they
want to see us, they want to touch us they want to hear what we have
to say off the mic as well.
CRED: Where do you see College is Cool evolving into?
AA: Well I really want College is Cool to become the cool thing. I
need my artists to get on it and have them rocking a T-Shirt at a
concert or something. I need this message that college is cool to
get out because right now it is not cool.
CRED: What can people do to get involved?
AA: Stay with me we just got incorporated. We are in our grassroots.
We just got the 501c3 which is your non profit status that you have
to have from the government. The next thing that I am working on is
our website I will be blasting that on the radio. We are looking for
people that have a passion for young people that can sit and talk to
them as young people. Not like “I am an adult..you are the child!” I
may be a superstar to those kids but any adult is a superstar to
those kids. If I bring a guy from the Howard University basketball
team he may not be anybody major, but the young boys will look up to
him. It is about getting as many people from the college community
involved. If I could get the football and basketball team from
University of Maryland involved it would really help because we are
targeting seventh graders, eighth graders and ninth graders. It is
my hope that we can get them focused early. We just did the DMV
battle of the high school marching bands in December. We had schools
competing for some money I had schools from Southeast, Montgomery
County and Prince George’s County. We had all these people from
different areas and we did not have a problem.
I did that because I love the band at Howard University. If you go
to a black school it is a big part of the college experience. It’s
letting kids know hey guys you can have this type of fun in school.
We are trying to do as many of these events as possible. We want to
get kids out of their environment and on to a college campus. Do you
know how many kids live in DC and have never been to Howard and they
live right down the street?
CRED: I bet driving past it and going to the McDonalds…
AA: I know driving past it but they have never been on campus, never
been in a classroom and never sat and saw a class being conducted.
I’m like y’all live down the street. The same goes for University of
Maryland, American this area has more schools than you can imagine.
CRED: Will College is Cool become a national initiative?
AA: Definitely that is my whole goal for College Is Cool. It is
about creating a college going movement and culture among the young
people. I need to make it the thing people talk about especially
with the teens.
CRED: What is it like working with Quicksilva?
AA: He is a bum! (laughing) Nah, Well being that He is from
Baltimore and where I am from everyone from Baltimore is bammas that
was part one of our problem. Nah, just joking…
It seems like fate how we came together we are a great team. He is a
great teammate I call him the wide receiver and I am the quarterback
of the Q&A Invasion. We both have our own personal goals that we
want to accomplish and we help each other get there in any way
possible then we work together to become the force that is the Q&A
We are very powerful together. We are powerful apart. He has his
whole DJing thing. He is an entity in himself. I am an entity by
myself. I don’t feel like we are stuck at the hip you know it’s not
like we survive off of each other. We work together. He is like the
best teammate that I could ever ask for. He is fun. He is very
short. All of the girls love him he comes from the same thing a
grind he understands the work you have to do to be successful. He is
always willing to help people. He is like a big brother. He wants me
to make it as a young woman..... so he does whatever he can to help
me with that. He is a great guy and someone who has been doing it a
lot longer than I have.
CRED: Would you ever branch out into other forms of media? If so
AA: That is a great question! A lot of people ask when am I going to
do TV and some people ask why I didn’t do television. I wanted to at
first in 2002 when I went to Howard I wanted to be Annanda Lewis TRL
but when I studied television I realized it was all image driven. If
you watch 106 and Park I cannot remember anything Rosci has ever
said I can’t remember anything Free has ever said that is worth
repeating. I can remember the days when Free’s hair looked a mess or
when Rosci wore some bamma stuff. I can remember those but I cant
remember what they said.
TV sometimes misses the point of who you are and what you are about
versus what you look like. In radio it forces you to listen. I can
be ugly but if I sound beautiful you will listen. That is what I
love about radio I create a little world in your head or I bring you
into my world with TV you are just looking at me. I definitely want
to do television. I did a segment with BET called ‘Bring that Week
Back” I was a commentator on the top five things of that week it
came on Sundays. I really want to move into the television direction
but not for the purposes of leaving radio. The only reason I’d want
to do television is to help my radio career because it gives you
national exposure. Then when I go back to radio I can get that
CRED: So the plan is to go national?
AA: Yes syndication is the number one goal. I want to be syndicated
here. So I am doing the show here but you hear it in Cali, you hear
it in Detroit, you hear it in Texas, you hear it in Florida that is
my goal. I know I will get there but in the meantime I am trying to
make myself as big as possible in the DC, Maryland and Virginia
area. I would really like to do television I do not know when it
will happen or what form it will come in. I would also like to put
out a party record. You do not have to be an artist to make a hit
that is what I have learned.
AA: DJ Unk and DJ Khaled you do not have to be a rapper you know the
possibilities are endless.
CRED: Let’s talk about music since you brought it up. If I stole
your Ipod what would I find?
AA: You would find R&B and old stuff. As much as I love hip hop I am
very partial to 90s R&B you will find a lot of R.Kelly, 702, SWV. On
the hip hop side I love Jay-Z old T.I., an Ok Jeezy fan I am a big
fan of Lil Wayne. I am rocking The Dream and Ryan Leslie. I mean I
am a Jay-Z head I love the model of Jay-Z. One of my favorite lines
from him is: “When you first come in the game they try to play you,
then you drop a couple of hits look how they wave to you. (taken
from “Encore”, The Black Album 2003). It is true when you first come
into any part of this industry they are going to play you. People
are going to be like who are you?
Then you do something and they are going to wave to you. I love that
line because it is reflective of my struggle. When I started Angie
Ange was nothing now they wave and Angie is called to do everything.
CRED: How does it feel to get waved to?
AA: Well I get waved to and flicked off as well. You are going to
have people that love you and people that hate you. The funny thing
about radio is people think they know me. People think that because
we are Facebook friends that we are best friends or that because we
are MySpace friends that they know me people think that because they
are following me on twitter that they know my life when they don’t
have a clue. People think that if I don’t respond to them that I
have an ego or that I am too big. People think I am a diva and they
have never met me.
CRED: How do you deal with the hate?
AA: I deal with the hate with a whole lot of love. If you want to
hate go ahead and hate in your hate bubble. I get so much love that
the hate doesn’t effect me. Hate is there I acknowledge it but I
choose to deal with it with love so if you come at me with
negativity you will probably hear me say much love to you.
CRED: On the music side there are no female MCs
AA: Tell me about it.
CRED: Do you think that it will ever come around and if so is that
person in the DC area?
AA: I have no idea but I hope so. It hurts me as a woman who loves
hip hop not see any hip hop women doing their thing anymore. The
Grammys don’t even give away best female hip hop album anymore…who
are you going to nominate? lil momma? What are you going to do? Are
they going to be from the DMV? I don’t care I just need them to be a
great credible rapper and have some type of purpose and not be a
s**t. If you are going to b the s**t make sure there is a Lauryn
Hill that comes up with you so that there is a balance. Hip Hop is
forever evolving what we are going to evolve into? I can’t tell you.
If it is true that history repeats itself then we will go back to
more conscious hip hop if history repeats itself we will go back to
Public Enemy days Whatever movements that come in I hope there is a
safe sex movement that comes in. Remember SWV, TLC and even LL there
was a movement to wear condoms. I don’t know what the AIDS rate was
then but clearly it’s worse now. Hopefully artists will go back to
having a political stance I mean its great for Souljaboy and all
that but it would be great for him to make a song saying “I wear a
condom” just keep saying it over and over again. (laughing)
CRED: What is your stance on DMV music?
AA: In the DMV we have great singers, great spoken word artists on
the rap scene there is a lot of talent and a lot more BS. The BS
outweighs the talent; the BS seems to be the loudest. I think it
hurts the talented people in a certain way but it helps the talented
people rise above perfect example Wale. I remember Wale when I was
an intern me and him are about the same age. I remember him coming
up to the studio faithfully. I remember him learning the business
and how to manipulate it.
This business has good, bad and ugly to it. You can’t just learn
what is good for you. Just like I had to learn the business and
politics of radio you have to learn the politics and business of the
hip hop game and the radio game and learn how to play it. Wale did
that and look at his success. I literally watch him go to every
club. I watched him go to music meetings I watched him go on a grind
that I have not seen to this day with the exception of Tabi Bonet. I
have not seen any artist do this type of legwork and look where he
ended up. Maybe I am not in the right places either but as far as
local talent I just think there is too much BS and not enough valid
talent that is being seen just in my opinion.
We do a segment every Tuesday called Record Deal or no Deal. We go
through our email and we randomly pick a song and we check to make
sure there are no curse words and it is the right quality. Maybe one
in every fifteen get a record deal seal of approval 90 percent if it
gets trashed. Then other local artists call in mad and hate on each
other so much because they think they are better than somebody.
CRED: What does that DMV have to do to get national attention?
AA: I am no A&R so I don’t know. I think what would be cool in DC
but it requires unity is DC has to create our own hip hop culture.
We have always had our own culture, our own music if we could create
our own culture we might be able to push out. For example if Tabi,
Wale and Oye Boys, which they are trying to do, if they all stuck
together all the other artists would follow it instead of tear it
down because it is not them. You think of Texas there was a movement
of Chopped and Screwed. It wasn’t just Slim Thug. It was Paul Wall
it was Mike Jones they had a movement. It was a group that was from
one town. We could unite and create a DC movement and say these are
the people we are putting to the front Wale, Tabi and the Oye Boys
could do it.
Do you know how many artists give me stuff and it sounds like a fake
Jeezy and a fake Lil Wayne? We have to create our own movement first
and it starts with not tearing each other down.
That is on the DMV. If you want to make it happen make it happen or
you can sit in your yard and complain it is on you.
CRED: Short middle and long range goals for Angie Ange.
AA: Short term is keeping a job and staying afloat in a recession.
Mid to long term is syndication, a syndicated show of my own. In
five years I will be almost 30 so I am hoping to have a family of
some sort. I can barely take care of myself because I can’t cook.
almost 30 so I am hoping to have a family of some sort. I can barely
take care of myself because I can’t cook.
AA: I am living the life of an extreme bachelorette and I am having
a blast. Hopefully I have settled myself enough to where I am
successful in my career I can have a family and continue in my
career. I want my career to smooth down a little bit right now I am
still on the grind even though you hear me on the radio from six to
ten that is just the starting point to where I want to be. I don’t
know where God is going to take me next I am just riding. I am going
to do the best I can at it and I am going to pray that lives are
effected in a positive way because of it. To every hater out there I
am going to give them as many hugs as possible.
CRED: If you could do anything over what would you do?
AA: Nothing. Actually, no, I’m lying. If I could do it over again I
would enjoy the moment more. My mentality is you got that now what’s
next? Even right now I am thinking what’s next instead of enjoying
the moment. You know, enjoying the fact that I am 24 with a Magnum
running around that has my face on it with a bunch of people who
listen to me every night with a bunch of young people writing me
everyday asking me questions. I apologize because I can’t answer
everybody. I do read them though. I have influence and power in the
community that I was raised in. I don’t live in that moment at all.
I am still thinking about what I have to do to get to that next
level because I’m on that grind.
I wish I sat back more and said ‘Damn I am chilling with Donnie
Simpson” after my shift and I get to watch him come in and talk to
him or ‘Damn I am chilling with Russ Parr and Olivia Fox’.. My mind
was learn from them and let’s go. Now I’m really trying to enjoy my
success more. When I walk through the Boulevard and kids want to run
up and take pictures or call their mother on the phone, I appreciate
The time will come when no one will know who Angie Ange is. While
they do I should enjoy it more than I do because right now I still
feel like an intern, and I sometimes forget that I really am good at
what I do! Even Stew has to remind me that I am good at what I
do…while I could be better I am not half bad either. I am working on
it now. (smiles)
CRED: Any advice you want to give anybody?
AA: Get like Nike and just do it. Figure what you want and do it.
Speak things into existence. Sometimes when I am by myself
CRED: When is that?
AA: I don’t know(laughs) but when I am alone I interview myself like
the billionaire I will become. Even when I was younger I would
interview myself or I would act like I was a radio personality and I
was in the fifth grade. If you tell yourself something, your mind
subconsciously will be that and the universe will start working. I
know I’m getting real Erikah Badu right now, but the stars will
align for you. It isn’t your heart that makes you do stuff it is
your mind. The heart makes you want it but it is your mind that
tells your body what to do.
When I look back at what I did at PGC, I don’t know how I did it . I
don’t know how for a year I came to the station from 5pm to 6am the
next day, but I did it. My mind was thinking ‘we are going to get on
air, we are going to have our own show but this is what I have to do
to get there’. Strengthen the mind and speak it to existence because
it is yours if wasn’t, you wouldn’t have said it.
CRED: Is there anything else you want to say to everybody?
AA: No I don’t like people and they don’t like me. (Laughs) Thank
you to everyone who has supported me from Elementary school. There
are people that have known me since Buck Lodge Middle, there are
people that have known me since High Point High School, Elizabeth
Seton High School, Howard University, and so on. To anybody who has
been on any step of my life I just want to say thank you and I
appreciate the support from anybody good and bad whatever you feel.
My lovers help me and my haters help me just in different ways so
thank you. If you can, please continue to listen to 93.9 WKYS with
Quick Silva and Angie Ange because we are the best. We are working
toward being better than the best that is all that I could say