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Rising Stars: Meet Sidnee Michelle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sidnee Michelle.

Reporter, journalist, producer, editor, media wiz & pop culture guru Sidnee Michelle has been working in the entertainment industry for a little under a decade.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY by way of New Jersey she started her career interning at The Source Magazine where she was quickly promoted to an on camera personality. From there, she moved to Forbes Magazine where she became the FIRST BLACK WOMAN/ woman of color there to report on camera EVER. Truly broke barriers as she integrated Forbes Magazine producing editorials and content focused on the achievements of people of color that Forbes did not produce at the time.

After over a year and a half at Forbes she was offered a lead anchoring position at Complex Media where she started as the lead anchor for Complex’s new pop culture and business channel; to become only the second Black on air anchor for Complex.

Currently, Sidnee now living in LA as the Deputy Editor of Blavity’s top travel outlet Travel Noire. She also works for herself as a freelance celebrity journalist. Most recently she’s interviewed some of today’s most noted figures in entertainment sports and politics including Eddie Murphy, Salma Hyek, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tracy Ellis Ross, Nick Jonas, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Obama, Ice Cube, Erykah Badu, Tyra Banks, Taraji P. Henson, Ava Duvernay Cardi B & more!

She continues her passion of mentorship & giving back, most recently being named one of the youngest Howard University’s Entertainment Group’s Industry Mentors, an initiative backed & funded by Amazon Studios.

Needless to say, Sidnee Michelle has been breaking barriers and pushing the culture forward her entire life; not only producing content & integrating world-renowned media outlets – but also pushing for POC inclusivity wherever she lands.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Of course, there were struggles! There were times in between career positions when you felt like the world was moving along without you. There’s been times even in the best “career positions” where I faced racism, sexism & workplace burnout. You really have to put your mental health first!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
As a woman who’s worked in media for over a decade, I wear a few hats. Reporter, journalist, producer, editor, media wiz & pop culture guru would be a few examples. I specialize in celebrity, travel and lifestyle journalism & I’m most known for my celebrity interviews and breaking barriers at Forbes. I’m most proud of exactly that, breaking barriers at Forbes as their first Black woman/ WOC on staff to report on camera. I’ve been told what sets me apart is the mix of professional & real that many can relate to no matter who you are…

How do you define success?
Success defined to me is when I can provide anything and everything for those I love. Secondly, success career-wise, is when I’ve worked with media corporations and outlets I grew up watching. After I’ve checked a few off the list, there’s just a few more I want to work with including CNN, Vanity Fair, BBC & more.

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