What are your favorite songs right now?
Anything by Beyoncé, I have a Beyoncé problem. Even if she wasn’t nice, I sort of wish she was a horrible, awful bitch because she would still be fabulous! My 10-year-old kid loves Rihanna to a problematic extent and likes singing her songs. We went to an MSNBC staff bonding karaoke night and my daughter sang a Rihanna song and my staff was like, ‘Is this okay?’ My husband plays Jill Scott’s “Blessed” a lot and I love Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Southern Girl.”
Do you ever say ‘Wow, I’m the first black woman with an MSNBC show about smart black people things and they pay me for it’?
No! But I was attacked by [Fox News pundit] Bill O’Reilly the other day, and thought, ‘Bill O’Reilly’s pissed, that’s hot!’ The rest of it feels like work. I don’t watch the show, I can’t stand the sound of my voice, but the idea that Bill O’Reilly was pissed felt great!