Maiysha Kai is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter whose critically-acclaimed debut album, This Much Is True: earned her a 2009 nomination in the Best Urban Alternative Performance category —an unexpected feat for an independent artist. Concurrently, she established a long-running career as successful model, commercial actress and voiceover artist represented by some of the top agencies in the world (Ford, Next, Wilhelmina, JAG, Innovative Artists).
Constantly seeking new creative stimuli, in recent years, the Brooklyn-based musician and “single black bombshell” has come full circle, turning her attention back to writing and musical theatre—her majors as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently penning both historically-based musicals and personal essays chronicling her attempts at dating—and adulting—on her increasingly popular blog, www.40onFleek.com.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
I’ve always had a deep and profound respect for the past, and throughout my careers as both a writer and musician, I’ve often referenced our history for inspiration. This has been especially true lately, as I’ve been specifically inspired to create new content based on our cultural history. So, for me, Black History Month is simply an amplification of that; it’s an opportunity to collectively celebrate and share black culture in ways that we may neglect to year-round (because…life). But in my life and home, Blackness is an almost constant source of pride and influence upon my creativity.
What Is On Trend Right Now?
I think authenticity is always on trend. For me, that translates to surrounding myself with elements that are equal parts personal and polished. I like my living space to reflect my personality, which means creating a home that is playful, sexy and stylish, but is also reverential. Throughout my home, I’ve created galleries of black-and-white imagery of American-American life, including family and icons alike. It’s my personal tribute to my culture, and a constant reminder of my legacy and responsibility.