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Celebrity Travel: Go away with Ashley Nicole Black

Jae-Ha Kim, Tribune Content Agency on

Emmy Award winner Ashley Nicole Black is one of the writers and stars of HBO’s comedy series, “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” She recently was surprised to hear that Georgia politician Stacey Abrams said she’d want Black – or actress Viola Davis – to play her in a biopic. “I was in shock,” said Black. “I’m such a big fan of (her) and her work. So the idea that she likes my work as well is very humbling. And to even be mentioned in the same breath as Viola Davis? I’m not worthy!” Black stays in touch with her fans on Twitter (@ashleyn1cole) and Instagram (@ashnb1).

Q: Following up on what Stacey Abrams said, who would you want to play you in a biopic one day?

A: Viola Davis! Duh.

Q: What have you been up to travel-wise during this pandemic?

A: I haven’t traveled at all during the pandemic. At first, I was spending a lot of my down time taking long walks with my dog — too long. She started refusing the walks! My mom built a gazebo in her backyard with a couch, chairs, fans, a TV, the works. So, our new vacation spot is her backyard with a glass of ice tea.

Q: How do you feel about not being able to just hop on a plane and get to your next location for a project?


A: I miss it so much! Not the traveling, but the people you meet while you’re traveling. Whether I was performing live, or interviewing people for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” I always got to have great chats with people on the road. That’s the best way to know what people are thinking about and what they think is funny. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Q: What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?

A: I enjoy my own company. People think it’s weird or scary for a woman to travel alone, but I love it. I like to sit quietly in a cafe reading a book and letting a language I don’t know wash over me. I like chatting with strangers. I like figuring out directions with the confidence that even if I get lost, I will be OK. I like trying new things. I like abandoning new things immediately if it turns out I don’t like them.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?


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