Joy Bryant

Joy Bryant

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shorts. My writing partner and I … have our feature that we’re writing and our goal is to finish that. I also have a TV show, an unscripted TV show involving shopping that I’m pitching. I have a web series that is going to air on Youtube on the Conversation channel in September that I’m executive producer of and host of.

EBONY: A talk show?

JB: Kind of. It’s called Across the Board and … I mean, I love snowboarding. It’s me as a host with a guest, like a celebrity, athlete, people like that, and we are doing either surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding or stand-up paddle together and just kinda hanging out and talking. Comedy ensues, like me falling off a skateboard and pulling my hamstring. That happened.

EBONY: How’d you get into snowboarding? Not too many Black folks are doing that.

JB: I’m going to be 38 this year, so when I was growing up, I knew one person that skateboarded and that was the only person! But things are different now. You look down the street and you’ve got Black kids on skateboards. There are more and more kids of color that are on the mountain or even learning…or even surfing. It’s no longer, like, some white boy sh*t.

EBONY: Really?

JB: Yeah. My guests will be of all races and creeds and everything. It’s just this wonderful thing to see that just in my time on this planet, there’s been this cultural exchange and this cultural shift where it’s okay. Black people, we are not this monolithic group, you know? When I was in college—I didn’t get recruited for track but I was gonna be a walk-on -—and instead of running track, I decided to play ice hockey, because I played ice hockey in high school. And I remember the track coach from college being like, ‘Ice hockey? We don’t do that.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I do.’

EBONY: A model who acts, writes and plays ice hockey? It’s almost not fair.

JB: Hey man, you gotta dance to the beat of your own drum.

Kelley L. Carter is an Emmy-award-winning celebrity reporter. You can find her on twitter @kelleylcarter.