Angela Yee has taken free speech to new heights on her Sirius XM show “The Morning After with Angela Yee.” Born to an African American mother and a Chinese father, Angela has always been known to talk a lot. Growing up, her friends called her “The News.” If you ever needed to know anything, Ms.Yee was the person to ask. Now don’t get me wrong, Angela is not your typical gossip queen, this woman has majored in English at Wesleyan University and had goals of becoming a writer. But, in life you never know where you’re truly going to end up. On her ladder to success, Angela has worked for TVT, MTV, Wu-Tang management, clothing lines, and event planning. I believe that all of these personality driven occupations are a part of the reason why we now have this fearless, bold, but honest voice. I call her “The Pretty Truth.”
Mashonda: How did you get your start on satellite radio? How old were you?
Angela: I started 6 years ago, as Cipha Sounds co-host. It was really a test since I had never done radio before, and I can admit that I was pretty bad when I first started. I called Paul Rosenberg about an opening in the marketing department at Sirius, and he told me they were hiring a female for the morning show. He suggested I give it a shot. I really got thrown onto the show with no direction, but sometimes that’s good because you can create your own path, which I feel like I did. I was pretty raw and untrained, which works on satellite.
For people that have never tuned into Lip Service – what can they expect to hear?
Just imagine a group of women, whether they are video vixens, models, porn stars, artists, etc who get to discuss anything we want to talk about. Our listeners get to eavesdrop on the conversations that women have, and then when we have male guests on the show we grill them about the intimate details of their life— first love, favorite positions, and anything else with no holds barred.
Do you find that guys are a little scared to ask you out in fear of you embarrassing them?
Definitely, I’ve had several guys who are nervous to even be friends with me because they feel like my job means I’m going to put their business out there. Like, if you ask me out I’m going to talk about it on my show and we’ll all laugh at you. Part of my job is to make sure that people are comfortable and trust me, and I don’t ever want to embarrass anyone. On another note, guys are often also distracted by all the beautiful women I know and would often rather use me as a friend to get to them.
How do your parents feel about what you do, do they condone it?
It was definitely weird for my parents at first because my transition into radio was so sudden. My mom said that when my dad used to listen to Lip Service and he’d call her in disgust about things I said. But either he’s used to it now or he doesn’t listen because he hasn’t said anything in a while. I guess your parents don’t need to know everything about you. You can’t think about other people’s opinions if you want to be great.
Have you ever been threatened by an artist for an interview gone wrong?
I’ve never been threatened, but before I interviewed Kat Stacks I was sent word that if I gave her a platform then certain artists would boycott my show. She wasn’t that well known yet, and I guess they felt she would just disappear if we all ignored her. But she was doing a bunch of radio shows. I doubt they would have said that to a male radio personality, but as you can see I did the interview.
What’s been your all time favorite interview? How many celebrities have you interviewed in your entire career?
Angela I wouldn’t say that I have an all-time favorite but I have a lot that stand out to me. Gucci Mane was great, TI is always fun, Maino, Jim Jones, so many people I would hate to forget anyone. But it always feels great when people open up and have a good time. I’m sure by now I’ve interviewed at least a thousand people. 50 Cent, Eminem, Chris Rock, Samuel Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, the whole gamut.
When you interview on the the air, face-to-face, can you immediately tell if the celebrity is going to be real or fake with you?
I would say about 95% of entertainers are fake. That’s their job, and to do it well you have to pretend to be interested and interesting. You have to politic with the right people to advance, even you don’t necessarily like them. And you sometimes say yeah to things that you have no intention of doing. The difference is if you’re intentionally fake, where you talk a lot of shit behind people’s backs or fake where you’re just trying to be nice.
Angela’s “razor tongue” can be controversial at times, Needless to say she is upholding the 1st amendment in style – Before I finished our interview – I thought it would be fun to get her opinion on some of the Hot Topics of the Summer…
People say that Tiny is a “Ride or Die chick”… Do you think that she would take the rap for drug charges since TI is on probation?
I think that depends on what the consequences are. If she won’t get jail time and just probation, or very little jail time, then yes. But they may try to scare her with a ridiculous sentence, or actually take it to trial. If that happens, then TI seems like enough of a stand up guy to not allow her to take responsibility. And who’s to say it really isn’t hers, in which case she better own it! But remember, there were 2 other people in the car so it could have been theirs too.
Montana Fishburne made a lot of noise this summer when she went into the adult film industry to explore her fantasies. What advice would you give her now?�
This is crazy, but I’ve met so many porn stars at work that it doesn’t really phase me that she wants to do porn. The only big deal is that her dad is famous, and she is getting a lot of flack for having spots on her booty. I would advise her to get rid of those marks, and if porn is what you want to do then work at being the best at it so you can flip it like other people have done. I mean, it’s too late to turn back now…
How do you feel about women getting butt implants and how do you think a fake booty will look in 40 years?
I think butt implants are extremely dangerous. That’s a part of your body you have to put pressure on all the time so I would imagine years down the line it would be a hot mess. I’ve also heard guys say that touching a fake ass feels like a brick wall, and that it looks discolored and lumpy. Maybe booty pops are the real wave of the future, like a push up bra for your butt.
Kat Stacks is becoming more popular everyday for outing her celeb- rity sex partners. Do you think she will be in a reality show soon?
I don’t think so, but if she did I would check it out. It seems like it might be too risky because she’s too inconsistent with her management. She keeps be- ing cool with people and then not being cool with them anymore. It’s too hard to work with someone who is always switching up, she would be too unreliable. And advertising-wise, I doubt many people would want to be associated with it. She might have to prove herself by doing a web series first.�
When I googled the word gossip I found that it means; idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others. I, myself, never have much time to gossip about others (I have quite a few of my own problems to solve), but I ﬁgured, if I wanted to get the latest and greatest stories of the sum- mer, I’d contact The Mistress of the Morning. Thanks for joining myself and Angela Yee as she teaches us how to gossip responsibly…