Dopecausewesaid interviewed Zangba for a Q&A feature on their website. They discussed Zangba’s experience settling in Queens after leaving Liberia, why it’s important to convey a positive message in his music, and how his Award-nominated screenplay “Three Black Boys” came about.

Dopecausewesaid Dopecausewesaid interviews Zangba Thomson

At what age did you leave Liberia to come to the United States? And from what you remember, what were your first thoughts when settling in the Queens section of Jamaica?

Zangba Thomson: I left Bong Mines when I was 9-years-old. The plane ride was very long. When my sister and I arrived at JFK Airport in Queens, it was in the middle of February. And let me tell you, coming from a tropical climate, I was astonished when I got introduced to winter in America. To tell you the truth, I felt like a popsicle in a freezer. After that chillin’ experience, I felt relieved when we got to our warm studio apartment. The next day, my cousin Donna bought me my first slice of pizza, and I’ve been eating that ever since.

It took me a little while to get used to the slang, dress code, and the Jamaica-Queens’ way of life. But I had an advantage. Liberians and African-Americans are one in the same. So, I adapted well. And it helped that we lived across the street from the Coliseum Mall. I picked up fashion, and an urban-street mentality, from my brothers (Mike, Rob, and Shawn) in apartment 3D. A few years after that, I entered the underbelly of Southside Jamaica, Queens, a place where I was introduced to memorable characters who helped to shaped who I am today.


To read the full interview, please visit Dopecausewesaid.com.

About The Author

Zangba Thomson is an award-winning author (Three Black Boys, Single Man Married Man), a celebrity blogger, conscious emcee, and biopic screenwriter. Also, he's the Editor-in-Chief and online publisher at Bong Mines Entertainment, LLC and creator of Ma Benson's 100% All-Natural Shea Body Butter. His creative works have been seen on or talked about in major media outlets such as FOX 5, NBC, Today, Fox & Friends, Kathy Lee & Hoda, ABC, and Essence Magazine to name a few. Not too long ago, he received a "Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition" from Congressman Charles B. Rangel for his literary achievements, commitment to strengthening our Nation, and making a difference through volunteering service in urban communities.

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