I know I've been promising this interview for awhile, and now I'm making good on it! Due to scheduling conflicts, you've noticed that I haven't been able to re-cap this season's installment of College Hill:Interns. However, I have caught the show here and there, and I must say that it is one of the better BET reality shows. A good mix of positivity as well as a hint of scandalousness (now, you know it's not a reality show if it doesn't step to the bad side a lil' bit!)
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to chat with the show's so-called "diva", Tationna "Hollywood" Bosier. And honestly, I'd have to say that nothing to me reads "Hollywood"-ish about her. Yeah, she's fashionable and stuff, but she reminds me of myself, a young Black sister on her grind, trying to get big things poppin'-- and lil' sh*t stoppin'. That's an NYC girl for ya (Sorry!).
Click below to read PART ONE of the interview...
PART ONE OF TATIONNA BOSIER INTERVIEW:
Breezy: First of all, youâ€™re from The Bronx-
Tationna B: Yes I am!
Breezy: And youâ€™re a fellow CCNY Beaver, and your major is advertising, right?
Tationna B: Iâ€™m a double major, Iâ€™m an Advertising/Public Relations major and theatre major at City College of New York.
Breezy: Ok, youâ€™re a double major. Okay. How did you get involved with College Hill?
Tationna B: Well, I was interning at Bad Boy Records and I like the music industry, but I wanted to try something different. So I was talking to my friend about how I wanted to do something in T.V. production, so he sent me over something that said â€œCollege Hill interns.â€ So, Iâ€™m thinking, okay, Iâ€™ve heard of College Hill, I watch the show here and there so Iâ€™m gonna apply to be an intern on the show, to learn about film and production. I thought it was behind the scenes, so I went down to Manhattan where I thought there was going to be like an interview, and it turned out to be a casting.
Tationna B: And thatâ€™s how I found out about the show, and since I was there, I was like, let me finish. Now weâ€™re here, and now Iâ€™m doing this interview.
Breezy: [Laughs] Okay. So youâ€™d seen College Hill before, what did you think about the other seasons, because I know some people Iâ€™ve talked to before [about the show], theyâ€™ve been like, â€œoh, that showâ€™s kinda ghettoâ€, and you know...
Tationna B: Mmm-hmm... I watched, but I really didnâ€™t start watching it until about Season 3. The end of Season 3 and a lot of Season 4 is when I started to watch it because the first two seasons wasnâ€™t, the production wasnâ€™t as good as Seasons 3 and 4. I could say that, I guess what makes us different from the other seasons is that itâ€™s just not showing college kids in the house, or showing college kids going to class, itâ€™s us being in the workforce and being on our grind, especially as young, Black students working incorporate companies, I feel thatâ€™s really a good look, us getting away from that ghetto image.
Breezy: Right. And you guysâ€™ mentor was Dr. Ian--
Tationna B: Yeah, Dr. Ian, he was our mentor, so that was really cool. Heâ€™s a really intelligent man and heâ€™s really down to Earth. They make him seem a little uptight on t.v., but heâ€™s really cool.
Breezy: How did you adjust, was it easy to uproot yourself from the Bronx to Chicago?
Tationna B: Well, I think with most New Yorkers we feel that New York is just the best place on Earthâ€"
Tationna B: And when you go anywhere else, itâ€™s like, â€œOh my God, Iâ€™m the country! Why does everybody move so slow!â€ But Chicago was real cool. It reminded me a lot of New York, but it was different in some ways, too. I really enjoyed my stay there, and I love the fact that everywhere you go it smells like a chocolate bar because of the Hershey factory.
Breezy: I saw a little bit for the first initial meeting, when you guys first met in the boardroom. Was that pretty much, was that edited a certain way, or was that pretty much true to form? Because I know the way they showed it, you were looking at LeTia like, â€œwhy is she wearing a tanktop,â€ you know? Iâ€™m not saying it looked like it was something bad, it just seemed like you were like, â€œwow.â€ Was that pretty much the way it went, or was it heavily edited?
Tationna B: I would say like, in a way it wasnâ€™t really edited, but I guess you can say the way they sent people in the room and the order that they had people coming in to meet each other, everything I guess was done for a reason. But I can say that when we went inside, that was our first initial meeting. Just like you guys are seeing it, that was our first time actually seeing each other. I was asked that question, â€œwhat did I think of when she came in" and I responded naturally what I really thought about when she came in, you know, that was just my answer. [The producers] pick & choose what they show and what they donâ€™t.
Breezy: What do you think was your roomatesâ€™ first impression of you
when they first met you? I mean,... since youâ€™re from New York, and you know we get a bad rap for always talking about weâ€™re overly confident, weâ€™re cocky... do you think that was a label that they automatically slapped on you?
Tationna B: Yeah I think so, especially when I ...[laughs] well the press release reads that Iâ€™m the â€œdivaâ€ of the show. I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s just me or itâ€™s just a New York thing, but I guess when you have a certain confidence about yourself it can be mistaken as being cocky, or arrogant, but Iâ€™m just, Iâ€™m really proud of where I come from, I feel Iâ€™ve worked really hard to get where I am and where Iâ€™m going, so, I donâ€™t feel that I should sort of hold back or I should feel like I shouldnâ€™t be as confident as I am, so [they] mightâ€™ve had that impression because they nicknamed me by the middle of the season, â€œHollywoodâ€.
Breezy: Yeah, I saw that they nicknamed you â€œHollywoodâ€! Were you okay with that?
Tationna B: [Laughs] I thought it was funny, everybody has their own nicknames. I used to tell them, â€œwhy yâ€™all always call me â€˜Hollywoodâ€™, call me â€˜Miss Bronxâ€™â€. You know, something like that. Donâ€™t call me â€œHollywoodâ€. But I guess there are worst things to be labeled so I guess I was cool with it.
Ok y'all, I know that was a long one... but we've only hit the tip of the glacier! Later installments will include info about Tationna dealing with a certain male housemate, her secret crush as well as their actual internship experiences. I will definitely give you a heads up as to when those will air but until then, to get more info on "Hollywood", check out her page at myspace.com/tationnab. Let me know what you all think of the interview so far!
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