We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlo Jaye and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marlo, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel as if taking risks are a necessity in life. You start by taking risks as a child when learning to walk. You take the chance to balance your baby body on these new Bambi legs and take steps. No one told you that you had to walk, you just naturally begin to try. Which is what you should do in life over and over again. Take the risk, jump out the window and try to fly. No Risk, no reward. I take all the risks when I share my opinion, because I never know if I will offend or inadvertently defend others, but I like a little eff it!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from most is my ability to see the great in everyone. Which is also what makes me most proud. Being able to see the great in everyone no matter how controversial.

My road to now was, like many others, curvy, rocky and filled with ditches and valleys. I found my purpose later in life through the suggestion of a mentee that told me I needed a talk show. That weekend I started to record That Girl Said (my podcast).

No matter what, I will always be honest, true and entertaining. It’s all about how many people are privy to my genius. Just kidding… kinda.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Every time someone comes into town (Los Angeles), I always try to take them to the real and the fake, so that they have a more inclusive experience. So on the “City of Angels” side, I would take them to Hollywood and Highland to see the Hollywood Stars, footprints and restaurants, Then maybe on the Bronson trail hike to the Hollywood sign followed by dinner at one of the super pretentious restaurants that everyone likes to take pictures at and maybe a nightclub.

Then on the “Real” side, I’d take them to Leimert Park, the Watts Towers, my old neighborhood in Compton and Slauson Swapmeet.

Lastly, if they’re interested in going to the water, I’d take them up the coast to Newport Beach.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Whew! That’s complicated. I have an enormous tribe and credit all of them in my development. With that said, the organization that I would recognize is the incomparable Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. Community Coalition and its founder Congresswoman Karen Bass, was influential in bringing activism and the fight for social justice into my life. To Keanna “KJ Rose” Henson, my sister, my cheerleader and DJ Smoooth Dee, for keeping me sane, focused and on track.

Website: MarloJaye.com

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Twitter: @MarloJaye

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Youtube: That Girl Said

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