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Victoria L. Johnson
 

 

Victoria L. Johnson is a pop culture journalist, communications specialist, and host of the Sailor Moon Fan Club podcast. She loves Sailor Moon, indie comics, hiphop, K-dramas, Beyoncé, celebrating Black culture, and many other mediums within “nerd culture.” On the Sailor Moon Fan Club podcast, Victoria interviews incredible fans of the ‘90s series about their career, life, and of course Sailor Moon. Previous guests include rapper Saweetie, WWE Superstar Sasha Banks, music artist Dawn Richard, and more.

Victoria also co-hosted Nerds on Hip- Hop, a podcast that ran for four years, on nerdy things and hip-hop, and co-moderated panels on anime and hip-hop at San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Anime NYC. In 2019, she moderated TMS Entertainment’s MEGALOBOX panel with Director Yo Moriyama and Producer Minako Fukiyoshi. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from CUNY’s City College of New York and a master’s degree in Journalism from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

 

 

During her time in graduate school, she made many fond memories in Astoria.

NB: What are your favorite restaurants in Queens?

VJ: I love Mad For Chicken and I’ve heard great things about Sugar Freak!

NB: What are some of your fondest memories of Queens?

VJ: I took my first kickboxing class in Queens. It was so much fun and made me realize that fun and exercise can happen at the same time.

I also visited Astoria a lot in grad school, and ordering Grubhub from various eateries around there, hanging out with people I love (and two kitties!)

NB: What are some places in Queens that sell or celebrate anime culture? What are your thoughts on anime collectibles?

VJ: Anime Castle in Flushing! It’s a pretty cool shop. Also, I love anime collectibles! I have so many Sailor Moon collectibles – posters, figures, DVDs, and more.

NB: What advice do you have for readers who hope to start a podcast?

VJ: Start it! It’s simple but it’s true. It will never be perfect when you start but you can perfect it as you go. If I waited until everything was perfect, I wouldn’t be here now! Also, shoot your shot! I was able to have major guests on the show by simply sending a well-written email and asking! Think of what makes your podcast unique, what credentials you have (can be big or small), what value you could bring to your guests, and make that pitch!

NB: Why do you love Sailor Moon so much?

VJ: Sailor Moon is the one constant thing I’ve loved for the longest period of my life. It’s an amazing show that I have yet to get tired of watching. I love the message of love and justice and that it shows that women can be cute and be superheroes at the same time. Plus, the story is so good. There’s heartbreak, triumph over evil, love, and so many messages to be a good person and to always try to be your best self. It makes me happy just to think about the show.

NB: Who is your favorite Sailor Scout and why?

VJ: Sailor Moon, or Usagi Tsukino, is my favorite. She has such a heart of gold and is a true ride-or-die for her friends. I also love how relatable she is. She’s a crybaby, and often scared of the monsters but when it comes down to it, she’ll save the day. Despite her fears, she will overcome them to save someone else which is just so powerful to me. She also loves to eat food and nap just like me!

NB: What is it like being a black woman working in media?

VJ: It’s hard because you never know how much racism plays into the opportunities you don’t get or if you’re just not good enough. I have imposter syndrome so that’s something I struggle with. The community of Black women in media is wonderful though, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m so grateful to be able to call some of them my friends and that some have been guests on the Sailor Moon Fan Club podcast. I didn’t realize there was a need for a space for Black Moonies before I started the podcast either, but I’m so happy that the Sailor Moon Fan Club has been able to become a space that provides that for us!

NB: Do you have any other hobbies or interests outside of anime?

VJ: I do! I love playing video games, reading, watching TV and movies—especially anything sci-fi or superhero-y—but mostly I just love good storytelling. I also love shopping, going for walks, finding new restaurants and recipes, and napping!

—Nicollette Barsamian

This column was originated in July 2013 by Nicollette Barsamian

For the full interview, visit QGazette.com.

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