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Essence Magazine: Kofi Siriboe and Maxine Waters ‘Gave Us Life in 2017’

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*For the December/January issue of Essence, the publication enlisted two of Black Hollywood’s hottest for’s it end of the year feature on “everyone who gave us life in 2017”  Maxine Waters and Kofi Siriboe.

The list also includes Issa Rae, Kamala Harris and more.

“One of the things I discovered a long time ago was that I make people uncomfortable and that my advocacy goes beyond what politicians normally do,” Waters told Essence“I have a strong sense of what’s fair and what’s not fair, and for vulnerable people who are being taken advantage of, or who are being bullied or intimidated, I tend to want to be protective or to fight for them.”

Through her work as a wife, mother, grandmother, organizer, legislator, and activist, Waters says “I want to be remembered as a courageous fighter.”

Essence‘s December/January

Meanwhile, “Queen Sugar star Siriboe talks about his journey from manhood and self-actualization and coming to appreciate his name.

“In first grade I was asked ‘What’s your favorite food?’ I said, ‘Fufu,’ and everybody laughed,” he told Essence. “I also remember asking my teacher not to say my full name, Nana-Kofi [Nana means ‘son of kings’]. Last year I went to Kumasi, in Ghana, for the first time and met the king, whose real name is Nana. I didn’t always understand the roots that are woven into my name, but that realization is happening now.”

He says his “Queen Sugar character is constantly challenged to step up to something greater than he ever expected.

“When I read the description, Ralph Angel was in a hard place,” the Ghanaian-American actor said.

“He was with his son and about to rob a liquor store, but I didn’t see him as aggressive. I just thought he was broken. Even though I have not been incarcerated and don’t have a son, I remember a time when I felt broken. I also know what it’s like to try so hard and feel as if the world is against you.”

The Dec/Jan issue of Essence is on newsstands now.

 

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