29 years old // Owner of the digital media company Mac 'n Cheese Productions; inner-city school film instructor; dinner party hostess // Raised in Evanston; lives in Roscoe Village
I wasn't named for the first year of my life because my mom wanted to get to know me. Everyone just called me Baby. // Growing up, everything about me was abnormal: single mom; one-bedroom apartment; half black, half white; and I've been six feet tall since I was four.* // I think I have Irish ancestors nobody's told me about. I love Celtic music, Celtic names. My New Year's resolution was to be more British. // I was introducing my film** at a screening last year, and I jokingly said something about how I like setting people up. You should have seen the line of guys and girls who came up to me afterward. // My dinner parties came out of that. I've always thrown dinners for my friends, so I thought, Why can't I throw them for random people, too? I have a waiting list of about 200 right now.
* Saya, who attended Boston College, even received an academic scholarship from Tall Clubs International. ** Dating Rubik's Cube, on dating in Chicago; named Best Short Documentary at the 2006 Illinois International Film Fest
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