A chit chat with the relationship expert that’s been getting girls’ minds right since 2005.
Tionna Smalls has a no-nonsense/common sense perception of love and relationships and because of that, she’s acquired an enviable career complete with relationship advice columns galore, a book and a TV show; but Tionna’s not done. She’s well on her way to following in Oprah’s footsteps, but with an urban twist.
When I spotted Tionna Smalls at an industry party, I just knew I had to chat with her. I made my way across the room, digi recorder in hand and shook Tionna’s with the other. Even though she was out for the night, enjoying the premiere of another show on the same channel her show, What Chili Wants is on, Tionna obliged my request for an impromptu interview.
We chatted like homegirls catching up on old times because Tionna just has this incredibly relatable warm personality that she wraps all the way around you during conversation. Tionna talked love, her career and why it doesn’t matter that she’s not a size two.
Danielle: What’s your career like before you were involved with Chili’s show?
Tionna: I quit my job and decided to be a writer. I wanted to be a writer and be on TV, all of those things. I started out writing on Gawker and I wrote an independent book called, Girl Get Your Mind Right, which is the same title as the updated version that’s out now. As I was doing the gawker column, a lot of people from Vh1 knew me and my column.
They called me one day and said they had a show they thought I’d be great for. What I do is help women with love, self-esteem, relationships and dating. I’m not a matchmaker, but I could turn into one for the right pay. [laughs]
Danielle: What do you feel like it is that makes you a relationship expert?
Tionna: People call me a relationship expert. I know what I’m talking about when it comes to love and relationships. I’m coming from another kind of place. Most people are phony when they give advice or they use their **read the rest of the interview here**