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Talent Spotlight: “Sista Chat” with Sydney & Ame is LIVE on Instagram
Sydney and Ame, the two teenage sisters taking over Instagram with their daily talk show “Sista Chat,” are aspiring actors and media personalities. Smart, driven, and curious, the young women use their platform to cover a whole range of topics, starting from personal inquires about the entertainment industry to discussing social issues that are impacting society today. Since launching their platform, the duo has had the pleasure of interviewing Godfrey, Tiffany Haddish, Cocoa Brown, Angela E. Gibbs, and Ada Luz Pla, with more guests expected to appear on their Instagram page as well as their upcoming extended talk show that is currently in the works.
ARTpublika Magazine had the rare opportunity to speak to the rising influencers about their goals, interests, and heroes.
What are your 3 favorite books and why?
Sydney: My three favorite books are I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou, More Myself (2020) by Alicia Keys, and The Hate U Give (2017) by Angie Thomas. I chose these books because I think it is so important to learn about our history and about ourselves.
Ame: My three favorite books are The Summer I Turned Pretty (2009) by Jenny Han, Turtles All The Way Down (2017) by John Green, and What It Takes To Be #1 by Vince Lombardi Jr.. I like to read a lot. So, I kind of just picked some that I am reading right now! The Summer I Turned Pretty moves me because we always talk about society’s narrow definition of beauty and sometimes I wonder where I fit in, especially because my sister is so beautiful and sometimes I feel like I live in her shadow.
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever gotten and why?
Sydney: The best piece of advice that I’ve ever gotten is: Love yourself unconditionally. My mother tells me to love myself unconditionally and to be kind to myself all of the time. In a world that can throw us many curve balls, we have to be armed with love for ourselves and for one another.
Ame: The best advice that I’ve ever gotten is: Get enough sleep, and be kind. I know that it’s harder to be kind when I don’t get enough sleep. So, I follow my bedtime and then it’s a lot easier!
What is your dream job? What would you like to be doing 10 years from now?
Sydney: My dream job is exactly what I am already doing — working as an actress in the entertainment industry, and hosting my very own talk show with my little sister! My dreams are coming true, and I hope that they will continue getting bigger and better! In fact, I am going to put it into the universe: Ten years from now, I will be a thriving actress working in Hollywood!
Ame: My dream job, like Sydney said, is what we are already doing — acting and hosting our talk show! I would also love to be a singer and a basketball player! And a mother — that’s the best job! But, in 10 years, I will only be 23, so how about I add motherhood to the list of dream jobs 20 years from now?
If you could travel back in time and talk to a historical figure who’s no longer with us, who would it be?
Sydney: If I could travel back in time and talk to a historical figure, it would be Martin Luther King, Jr. I would like to know what solution(s) he would offer for healing our country.
Ame: If I could travel back in time and talk to a historical figure, it would be Marie Antoinette, because I love France, and because I want to know what life was like back then. I’d also like to know how long it took for girls to get dressed. I like wearing shorts and t-shirts.
Why did you start your chat show? What do you hope people get out of it? What do you get out of it?
Sydney and Ame: We started our talk show because we are actresses and we wanted to learn more about the entertainment industry, and because we love talking to and getting to know people. Hosting a talk show has always been our dream! We hope that people feel something when they watch our show. We hope that they laugh, think, feel inspired, and feel connected to us! We get so much from hosting "Sista Chat!" Oh, gosh! We have grown closer as sisters, because of all the work that it takes behind the scenes to prepare for just one episode! We have learned so much, because we research each guest extensively. And we have learned so much about ourselves and have a better understanding of who we are as humans!
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