Angela Yee has spent her 17-year radio career perfecting the art of the interview with celebrities like Eminem, Erykah Badu, and Lizzo. Her newest project brings that expertise to the topic of money, which remains very sensitive territory even at a time when people are willing to be pretty open about everything else.
“It is really hard for people to be completely honest about financial situations, but I do find that when you come out on the other end, it’s easy to talk about where you were,” says Yee.
Yee has partnered with the finance app Acorns on “The Come Up with Angela Yee,” a new web series that hopes to help viewers get real about money.
In Season 1, Yee sits down with rapper Remy Ma, multi-hyphenate performer Nick Cannon, and Roc Nation’s Lenny S., using her signature style to dive into money conversations that not only entertain but also educate.
“I think people will listen to Angie,” Noah Kerner, CEO of Acorns told Grow. “She can translate some of these complex topics to everyone.”
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Grow chatted with Yee about financial literacy and empowerment and the mission behind “The Come Up.” The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
‘I don’t want people to be embarrassed or ashamed to talk about money’
Rudine Manning, Grow editor: Can you tell me a little bit more about why you think financial literacy is so important, especially in communities of color, and how a show like “The Come Up” will help?
Angela Yee: I think a lot of us have a mistrust of investing our money and I want us to get out of that mindset. And I know it was something that I grew up with and that my parents did.
So, for me, financial empowerment is so important for our future and for future generations to be able to, you know, level out the playing field. That’s why something like this is important. I’ve been talking about financial literacy now for I don’t even know how long, but this is a new journey.
I don’t want people to be…
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