The Pop Culture That’s Keeping Simone Amelia Jordan Busy

Amelia Jordan

The hip-hop journalist from Sydney has just written a memoir, Tell Her She’s Dreamin’. Here, she shares the pop culture that keeps her occupied.

My favourite books are…

Maya Angelou’s autobiographical series. I fell in love with them when I was 13 and devoured all seven volumes, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. But my most unforgettable read is Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. I champion anyone who has been counted out.

The last movie I watched was...

They Cloned Tyrone on Netflix. It’s a science-fiction must-see, full of important social messages cloaked in a modern comedy about a massive conspiracy theory. The script by Tony Rettenmaier and Juel Taylor has perfect chaotic energy and the on-screen chemistry between Jamie Foxx (Ray), Teyonah Parris (The Marvels) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is electric. The soundtrack is also brilliant.

The last TV series I binged was…

Secrets & Sisterhood: The Sozahdahs. It’s a refreshing throwback to early reality TV, even though it only aired this year. It’s about 10 Muslim-American sisters living in Los Angeles with their mother, who had to leave Afghanistan for the United States. Their cultural confusion is relatable and compelling.

The app I use the most is…

Instagram. My favourite social media personality by far is comedian Mahmoud Ismail. He’s a natural-born entertainer with his pulse on Sydney’s multicultural enclaves. He does vox pops out the front of shop openings and new gym refurbishments, and tries out restaurants.

The last podcast I listened to was…

I’m a huge fan of American radio personality and former rapper Angie Martinez. She’s my career idol. Her In Real Life [IRL] series on YouTube covers unfiltered conversations about mental health and wellbeing with famous faces such as actor Taraji P. Henson and singer Kelly Clarkson.

My favourite music is…

Hip-hop. I moved with my grandmother, mum and sister from Sydney’s multicultural Inner West to the Central Coast in 1989 when I was eight years old and I felt like an outcast for years. Music from Queen Latifah, Public Enemy and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was my lifeline. The rappers inspired me to embrace my Lebanese-Cypriot identity.

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