As one of the few Asian women working in hip hop journalism, Minya Oh—also known as Miss Info—never set out to be a pioneer. But when passion and perseverance combine, amazing things can happen.

In this humble and from-the-heart talk, Minya talks about her journey into hip hop and how her passion for the music, community, and artists fueled her grit and her work. Passion, resilience, and doing things for the sake of pure love and not fame, are what enabled her to make an impact.

About the speaker

Minya Oh, better known as Miss Info, is a well-known journalist and on-air radio personality in the hip hop journalism world. She was formerly an on-air radio personality at the New York hip hop and R&B station Hot 97 and has worked as a writer and editor for MTV News, Glamour, Vibe Magazine, Rolling Stone, XXL, and more. She founded one of the most influential and long-running hip hop website, MissInfo.TV.

Miss Info is currently the host of the video series “Food Grails” on Complex, has started the podcast “In Real Life” with co-host Angie Martinez, and is the Style Director at Stadium Goods.

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If your passion can protect you, and if it can also shield you from judgment, then I would say use it by really exploring all of the different aspects of whatever your passion entails because then you're more worthy of that protection and you will contribute better to that creative community. — Minya Oh

Nobody could deny that I loved what I did, even the little tiny menial parts of it, and I knew my shit backwards and forwards. I think that was the ultimate thing, that passion, and the work behind it is what broke people down. That's how passion protects you. — Minya Oh

Being a pioneer sounds like such a romantic term, it sounds like a great achievement, but I think it only exists in hindsight because when you start out pave a way, that's not what you intend to do. You're just running into the dark, solo, no flashlight, no plan. — Minya Oh

I don't know when exactly I stopped being "that Asian girl" and became Miss Info. But I wouldn't have lasted long enough to find out if I was checking my retweet counts or my Instagram comments. — Minya Oh

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