The first two words that come to mind whenever I read a new article or social media post from Jaylin are dope and excellent. I heard about her blog for the first time at a panel last year which discussed writing and storytelling as a critical part of social movements. Creative Liberation-- a blog that looks at what she calls the "gray area" of Hip Hop, politics and culture-- is as necessary as it is dope and excellent. As a peer, Jaylin is definitely one of those people who makes you to want to get off your ass and do the work that it takes to be dope and excellent. For the newest installment of "What's Your Story?" I got the chance to ask Jaylin about her journey since starting Creative Liberation and what she has coming up in 2018. Click "Read More" to check it out:
The main reason why I fell in love with writing (and journalism) was because of its ability to connect people through storytelling. I believe that through sharing our individual stories, the accumulation of life experiences that make us unique, we are actually able to connect with each other on deeper and more meaningful levels. Whether that be through similar life experiences, beliefs, or passions, just being aware of other people who view or do life the same way as you makes this journey easier. Especially for young Black people, seeing people who look like us who go through the same things as us and are still accomplishing great things makes all the difference.
I want to start "What's Your Story" on my blog as a way to make all of this less about me and get into what I truly hope to do throughout my career: Connect with people through their stories and give them a platform to connect with others.
Check out the gallery below for each WYS? post: