She was nominated for this award by Dr. Yohuru Williams: “In New York, she is a tireless ambassador of US History, serving as a writer and reviewer. Through her national profile as a writer, she finds ways to make history accessible to a wider audience. As a sought-after contributor to video series for students, she demonstrates her passion and facility with teaching that has inspired countless students and made her a sought-after curriculum specialist. What I admire most about Sari is her boundless energy and desire to share history in any form. While she could easily be teaching at a university or dedicating her energies full time to public history, she is deeply committed to K-12 Education and has exhibited not only a deep concern but sincere joy in helping to shape curriculum.”
Let’s talk about your new single “Floetry,” the star of the hour here. In the song you mention a teacher, Miss Rosenberg, as being the only person who believed you could amount to something. What “G-Shit” was she on? Any words of wisdom that stuck with you?
She was just super chill. I know she was hyped for this when I shouted her up. She came to the Dua Lipa concert! Even beyond that, when I was in high school, I would be going to the studio from 8 p.m. till 6 a.m. [I was] coming straight to class from the studio, and then I would have her class [in the morning]. I'm not gonna say she leaned off me. She definitely had an understanding that this dude's trying to do something and I know there are rules here that he needs to abide by, but I’m going to cut him some slack because I can tell that he's working super hard. That it will be worth it. We didn't have to say much to each other about it at the time. We always had an understanding. Now that I'm a grown-ass man, we're super cool. She supports everything I do.
That's the best. It’s wonderful to have an educator like that who gets it.
She's awesome. She's rare, too. I want to give Miss Rosenberg all the props and clout that I can give her. She's not just a teacher, she used to, like, do online media. She would do the fan clubs and radio websites for *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys and shit. All that boy band stuff. I'm pretty sure, like the labels, like make content for Christina Aguilera. I hope I'm not getting any of this wrong. She's a writer now—she writes for Lifetime. You might have to interview her.