“It was so awesome. It was very interesting,” Anika said.
However, Anika admitted that she hadn’t sung the national anthem in years because “I had an issue with it.”
“I don’t know if our country has been living up to those words for me. Are we the land of the free, home of the brave? Where woman don’t have autonomy over their bodies?” she said, referencing the reversal of Roe v. Wade.
When she sang the song, she said she used it as an opportunity to ask our country, “Are we being who we want to be?”
“Understand that perfection was striven for on that set,” Anika said about the Virgo personality.
Jennifer said Bey also noted that the three women all had a mole on the exact same spot.
Anika on Attending an HBCU
Anika told Jennifer that she studied theater at Florida A&M University, a historically Black university in Tallahassee, Florida.
Anika’s grandmother and aunts attended the college as well.
Anika said it was important for her to attend an HBCU because she knew “it would probably be the only time in my life that I would be surrounded by young Black people with the goal of knowledge and upward movement.”
“I knew I would be supported than I would have somewhere else,” she added.
Looking back, Anika said her education at the institution was “something special.”