Recently I became a broadcaster on LiveMe. It’s quite interesting how timely it was. Right at the beginning of the pandemic, I found a community that meets online to have fun, support each other, become friends (often for life), and, well, to compete.

If you know me, you are probably aware of my love for hosting events and talk shows. I started with one I created last year, offline – RICH: Real Impact Chat. The goal was to inspire the digital community, so people can develop their skills, grow professionally, be successful, and thrive. 

Later on, I’ve started a Badass Show online on Instagram Live. It was a part of the Badass Empire, the project I co-founded with one of the greatest entrepreneurs and journalists – Stewart Rogers. Well, guess what my nickname on the app is? Of course, I stay badass, so it’s Queen Badass (ID: 257798298). 

After a while, I decided to move the Badass Show from Instagram to LiveMe, as many more people can join the Show in real-time. Besides, it is a form of gratitude to my supporters on the platform. Badass Show is inspiring and allows both my and my interviewees’ fans to know us better as humans and LiveMe members. I especially enjoy these conversations because of how different people I meet on the app are: from various countries, cultures with multiple backgrounds and interests. It excites me to know and expose their stories and to share mine.

My first guest on Badass Show was A&R Phil from Michigan (LiveMe ID: 149019417). Phil is one of my biggest supporters for a couple of months by now, and I appreciate all the love. I was thrilled to have him in the first episode of the Show. We had a vivacious conversation on the current situation in the world, LiveMe community, American guns-n-laws, his life and childhood, and much more. Dive right in!

Queen:

  • Hello everybody! Welcome, to my very first episode of the Badass Show here on LiveMe with, well, this badass female right here (me lol). So every week from now on, I’m going to interview my Top-1 weekly. And my Top-1 weekly last week was A&R Phil. So, Phil, how do you feel about it?

Phil:

  • I feel good, you know. It’s our day, you know, give it to the boys in the hood (haha). I said I want to go on top, you know? Going to the top of the mountain!

Queen:

  • That’s right! So I want to tell our fans and our viewers about what all this is about. Queen Badass is my name, and letting motherfuckers down is my game (lol). So be polite in the comments and be kind, stay lit, and stay badass. And, of course, you can support us during the interview. It is going to be a minimum of half an hour, and then who knows, we’ll see how it goes.

I’m starting this project to interview the best people here on LiveMe streets. And I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while. I was doing a Badass Show on Instagram Live. But Instagram Live sucks much more than LiveMe because it’s tough to manage live content. 

It is my form of gratitude to people that support me. I’m a digital entrepreneur, journalist, event organizer, and host. And I love what I do. I’m passionate about interviewing people because every person is a story. So I appreciate your support.

Also, I’m a co-creator of the Badass Empire. Go check it out at www.badassempire.com and join the community. We have a free-to-attend virtual Badass Summit on marketing, business, and lifestyle and Badass School with a low-cost monthly subscription where you can get inspired with more articles, video workshops, interviews, and other cool content.  

Phil, we’d like to know more about you. Please, tell us where are you from and what do you do?

Phil:

  • Check this out. I’m from Michigan. Michigan represents, you know what I’m saying. Trying to test these levels and everything, showing the love, doing my thing on here. I’m trying to get to level 40, that’s one of my next goals.

Queen:

  • Why do you want it so badly?

Phil:

  • You get a lot of perks and because I always want to learn something new. 

Queen:

  • What perks are you hunting?

Phil:

  • Bigger gifts and things like that, you know, just something that you can get yourself exclusive on here. And, you can get a video picture on your profile. So I’ll reach level 40 and will do a little dance.

Queen:

  • Ok, Michigan boy, so what do you do in life?

Phil:

  • I’m a nurse aide, wiping people’s butts 40 hours a week. We are specialized in rehab and long term care as well. 

Queen:

  • What is the most challenging in your job? Not wiping asses, right?

Phil:

  • You never know how a person’s day might be. They might try to go up there and try to square up with you. For example, you might get accused of rape. 

Queen:

  • Really? Did you have some situations like that at work? Like dangerous situations?

Phil:

  • I almost got suspended because they told me that I was talking wrong with two of our clients who were gay. One guy thought I was making fun of him. The client was already gone, and they asked me what kind of conversations I had with him. Because of the investigation, they had to suspend me for one day.
  • Different clients make stories up. That dude wrote a page like this about our conversations (shows, how big, – Queen). 

Queen: 

  • Was he a drug addict?

Phil:

  • They both had HIV. I think he was doing that because he was just bitter things, and he was just more of his behavior. 
  • One time they thought I was up in there touching all these girls, tits, and all that, you know. You get any accusations up in there. They don’t know what they do; it’s their mentality. 

Queen:

  • I see your job is pretty challenging. How did you appear to be a nurse?

Phil:

  • There is a difference between a nurse and a nurse aide. A nurse in a nursing home can pass out pills, give insulin, change foley catheters, and things like that. I am what is called a certified nurse aide. I take care of people, feed, bathe them.

Queen:

  • Understood. So what made you become a nurse aide?

Phil:

  • My mom got me up in this. At first, I wanted to be a mechanic, that was my first choice. But we all have to do what is right. When I was in school, I took a small engine training course. I wanted to do a small engine repair. 

Queen:

  • So why didn’t it happen?

Phil:

  • My mom couldn’t pay. We tried odds and ends to get in, but it didn’t happen. So she was like, “Hey, well, why don’t you go to a nursing course and get your nursing certificate?” So that’s what I did.

Queen:

  • If you had enough money, would you like to change your job, would you study something else?

Phil:

  • A lot of people don’t like their jobs. But you gotta do what you gotta do to make ends meet, to take care of what you need. There are a lot of people out there right now that have these high Ph.D. degrees; they have to go somewhere else to get a job and keep paying for extra schooling. But as I said, it’s the way to make ends meet. 

Queen:

  • Ok, but let’s imagine that you can do whatever you like. What would you do?

Phil:

  • I would like to travel all over and get a big house. I’d like to get married and have a lady by my side. 

Queen:

  • Wait, is there a lack of ladies out there? What’s the problem?

Phil:

  • I’m gonna tell you. I’m a different type of breed now. I’m not out there trying to slay my meat. You know there’s a lot of dudes out there trying to go out and smite on meat. I’m trying to find the right one. 
  • Now, I would like, you know, just to keep people positive.
  • “Keep your head up, keep your head above water, you know, God got your back. We’re going to fight, and we’ll get through this. You know I like to encourage people to be positive. You gotta remain focused. Get back to work; even if you’re not working, you still got a family to take care of. So get back on that. So that’s what I would like to do, you know. I’d like to encourage people to get back on that right roll.”  
  • But, honestly, I don’t have any regrets. I wouldn’t change anything. My mom made sure I had the best of everything. But as I got older, she was like, “Hey, you ain’t going broke man, you need to work hard.” She never spoiled me. She made sure I had a lot of stuff, but I wasn’t the type of person that was needy like, “Oh, I want the latest Jordans,” you know. Because you see kids today, you know they’ll go to the store and be crying, because they can’t get the latest Jordans, maybe acting badly in school, cutting up. And they still get these Jordans, they always get what they want, but that’s not the way. You get to work and to build up. Their parents bless them to be bad, that doesn’t make sense to me personally. That’s just how I feel about it. I’m just gonna tell like it is.

Queen:

  • Yeah, I agree with you that some kids are too spoiled. And, yeah, you are very right about our generation. I was born in the USSR, and our 90s were fucked up; it was so hard. Both of my parents had two jobs each. At some point, my sister and I were wearing clothes from our friends that grew out of them. There was no possibility to say, “I want this type of shoes.” It was a happiness to have those shoes at all. You know what I mean, I was happy to have some shoes to walk to school. 
  • Ok, let’s talk about LiveMe. What do you think about the community, and how do you think it impacts your life and lives of other people here?

Phil:

  • Ok, I’m going to tell you this. I’ve been on here for a year. I came across people that wanted to have relationships. Some people want to go out there to straight block you for no reason. And you got some on here that just wanna sit up and just be all about feelings and honesty, stuff like that. And then some people want to sell premiums. I finally came across everybody, every type of person here. There are people to this very day that I will be friends with, you know, to the end.  

Queen:

  • So, how does it impact your life? How did it change your life during the year?

Phil:

  • Well, I would say, you know, I like to joke with people here. And also, I get along well with most females. You know I like to joke, and that’s just me and my personality, I can be me. I can be who I am.

Queen:

  • I think that LiveMe is a pretty cool application. And I think that it’s like a world online, an online bubble in the real world. But you are still talking to real people like we are talking to each other right now. And you communicate with real people, but it’s in the form of a game. It’s kind of a new type of relationship, partially surreal.
  • What would your advice be for people in a post-COVID world?

Phil:

  • I would say we should stay proactive. Proactive means that you have to get out there before a disaster happens and prepare. I’m talking about getting your safety kit. You have to be ready, get your guns, and all that stuff. People are not proactive. They’re reactive. Which means that they react after the situation happens. So when they heard about Corona, that’s when they ran to the shops, trying to buy all bunch of toilet paper, and all that stuff, that’s just ridiculous. You should have got some toilet paper. That should be in your safety kit along with canned food before a disaster happens. 

Queen:

  • So you think we all need to have that stuff stored along with the guns? Is it true that people queue up to the gun stores in America now?

Phil:

  • In America, in some states, we have what’s called stand-your-ground laws.
  • “A stand-your-ground law establishes a right by which a person may defend one’s self or others against threats or perceived threats, even to the point of applying lethal force, regardless of whether safely retreating from the situation might have been possible.” – Wikipedia
  • Let’s say you are a lady, and I just came up on you. You have a right to shoot, for self-defense, to protect yourself. You don’t know what that person is going to do. If the door in your house is open and I just walked in, what will you do?

Queen:

  • If you are not doing anything to me and you are not aggressive, I’ll ask what you want. 

Phil:

  • Look, this happened to my cousin. This happens to my mom all the time. Dude has just walked up in her house. She’s shot the dude. ‘Cause the dude just walked up in the house. Because you have to pick to hear. They can put up signs like “No trespassing.” When you get that “No trespassing” by law, me as a person has to respect that as a law. Otherwise, you have a right to shoot.

Queen:

  • That’s a different world to me. I haven’t grown up like that. I mean, the guy could be knocked out, if there is danger, but not shot right away. I understand you have to protect yourself, but from another point of view, it’s crazy if anybody can kill anybody just like that. 

Phil:

  • There are some neighborhoods, for example, in New York, where violent things can happen to you anytime, so you gotta protect yourself. 

Queen: 

  • It’s time for the world to wake up and for people to open their “boxes” – eyes and minds, all senses. You know, and you have to think about your loved ones, you have to have to take care of the planet. Make love and not war. Stay with each other and support each other. Just to stop and understand fundamental things, come back to our human nature. 
  • Phil, what would you like to say to the LiveMe community?

Phil:

  • I’d say to everybody that comes on LiveMe that it’s just the app. People take it to the point where they get in feelings about particular stuff. Like there always be one chick that sees like I gift another one and be like, ‘What?!” It’s just the app! Sometimes it’s your turn, and sometimes it is not your turn. Everybody’s gonna get a turn eventually.

Queen:

  • What is best about the community?

Phil:

  • You get to meet interesting people, different cultures. And it just makes it more positive and exciting; it’s not boring.

Queen:

  • What would you change about it?

Phil:

  • Well, we just get along as we hear. The levels are there for a reason. We’re here to catch each other’s levels, to get the new opportunities. Each of us has a goal on this app. And don’t hang around negativity. On this app, that’s going to stop you from reaching your goals.