“I want black women to know that they must still push through even when society dismisses them," - Pearl Thusi

Pearl Thusi
Pearl Thusi

On her 2018 vision board, Pearl wrote that she hoped to get cast for another international series — obviously not knowing that Netflix would make her dream a reality. Again, she reiterates how the universe listens when we dictate to it. “I dedicate Queen Sono to every young girl who never knew she could or doesn’t think she can. While fictional, she’s a hero that every black woman must find within herself,” she gushes. A subject she’s clearly passionate about, she continues: “I want black women, young and old, to know that they must still push through even when society dismisses them. The dismissal doesn’t count until you dismiss yourself.”

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Through presenting BET’s Behind The Story,Pearl enjoys travelling into her subject’s journeys and minds. Being open about her own personal life, she says, has helped position her as an endearing host. “I don’t take the process of getting my subjects to open up for granted, I also can’t expect my subjects to engage in something I’m not willing to do,” she says of the show where the likes of Unathi Nkayi, DJ Fresh and Gigi Lamayne have dropped bombs on aspects of their lives that were previously unknown to the public. “I don’t want people’s reputations to be in shambles when they leave my show! Twenty years from now, I want people to look back at their episodes of Behind The Story and be proud of choosing to lay their souls bare with me!”


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