January 28th, 2008 18:02 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Crystal Myrick, Entertainment Journalist
Crystal Myrick was first introduced to both music and the art of storytelling at a young age. Her earliest memories consisted of listening to Motown oldies on a 45 and watching Showtime at the Apollo. Throughout her 24 years of life, she has owned well over 200 cassettes and CDs, ranging from Michael Jackson to Ciara.
Her interest in music grew when she joined the choir in her church and at school for a combined eight years. Wanting a more hands-on approach in music, she begged her parents to buy her a piano and proceeded to take lessons.
Myrick`s first piece was published when she was in the third grade and her second story the following year. It wasn`t until she was a mere ten years old when she started the first ever newspaper circulation at her school and held the title of Editor.
She furthered pursued her dreams to become a journalist throughout her school years and honed her skills on yearbook and newspaper staffs. She later took her studies to the next level when she decided to pursue a degree in Mass Communications at Saint Augustine`s College. Then her dreams came true when she received an offer to write for a local newspaper. Since then, Myrick has written numerous articles about pop culture, beauty, health and of course, music.
Her work can be found at Associated Content.com, Suite101.com, CRUNK Magazine and the upcoming digital magazine, Black Hollywood News.
She has interviewed the following individuals: former NC State Auditor Ralph Campbell; NC Insurance Commissioner Jim Long; actor Dorien Wilson; wrestler Orlando Jordan; reality star Lee "Mr. Boston" Marks of VH1`s I Love New York; singer Tre Williams; reality star Schatar "Hottie" Taylor of VH1`s Flavor of Love and Charm School; rapper Spangoolie; rapper Lakithia Jones; author of With Style & Amazing Grace Aleysha Proctor; reality star Tiffany "New York" Pollard of VH1`s Flavor of Love and I Love New York, singer Adina Howard, reality star Saaphyri Windsor, actress Tichina Arnold, soul singer Raheem Devaughn, comedian Monique Hicks and actor Roger Cross.
She was recently interviewed by Chase Von for the Student Operated Press.
In February 2008, she will launch The Black Spotlight, an African American Entertainment & Lifestyle website.
When she is not writing, Crystal enjoys watching movies, catching up on celebrity gossip and spending time with family and close friends.
Crystal M. Myrick
Freelance Entertainment Writer