11 October 2017

“I’m too young to have regrets. I just look forward”

Courier meets Liv Little, the mind behind gal-dem, a magazine for young women of colour, which she founded in 2015 while studying at university.

Sum up what you do in a sentence.

Liv Little: A little bit of everything – editing, presenting, filmmaking, curating and writing.

Why did you decide to get into this?

LL: I’ve always been interested in the ways in which media is able to reach multiple people. So for me, it’s not necessarily about working across one medium (even though it’s important to hone in on your craft).

What’s the wisest thing someone’s told you?

LL: Probably to listen to your instincts – it sounds basic, but you don’t really realise the importance of going with what feels right until you go with something that feels wrong.

What’s the best ever invention?

LL: There’s this bangle which when worn on the wrist of someone with Parkinson’s is able to counter the tremors. I think technology is incredible and can really push to make the world a better place.

I’ve grown up with a stepdad who is constantly coding and building gadgets – he’s terminally ill at the moment and he still hasn’t stopped – so yeah, inventions like that which can have a positive impact on someone’s life are pretty cool.

Does modern capitalism work?

LL: You consume, you are encouraged to consume more, consume more than you can afford or need, and then you die.

What would you go big on if you became PM?

LL: I would go hard on racism.

What would you outlaw?

LL: I’d focus more on the legislation I would implement. I’d try to tighten up all the nooks and crannies which sustain the deeply unfair society in which we live. I’d also outlaw the horrendous practices enforced under Conservative governments related to benefits.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

LL: Working on the counter at a pizza takeaway (I won’t name names). I’ve had a lot of shitty jobs. My mum made me go out and work from about 15; she wanted me to appreciate where things come from.

Where would you like to go in our time machine?

LL: I’ve always wanted to go to Guyana – sometime around the 1940s. My grandma always speaks about her childhood and I’ve never been to where she grew up.

Who would be your three dream dinner guests?

LL: Michelle Obama, Queenie (my great-grandmother who I never had the opportunity to meet – she had about 16 kids) and fictional character Annalise Keating (I’ve just gotten into How to Get Away with Murder and it’s the best thing ever).

One thing you watched recently that you’d recommend?

LL: Step. It’s a documentary film about black girlhood in Baltimore. This group of young women start a step team and are all granted scholarships to get into university. It is quite possibly the most beautiful and positive representation I’ve seen of black women on screen in recent years.

How do you relax?

LL: This is really weird, but I love it when people touch my head. So when my girlfriend gives me a head massage that is the ultimate form of relaxation.

Who’s your hero?

LL: My mum – because she’s the most resilient and determined woman I know. She’s raised me to know that my voice is just as important as any other.

What’s your death row meal?

LL: Pho Tom – it’s my favourite dish, largely because it is laden with coriander.

Do you have any regrets?

LL: No. I’m too young to have regrets. I like to look forward, rather than looking back.