Join Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate Jake-ann Jones as she talks one-on-one with leading artists, thinkers, critics, and creators about arts and artists in the Black and Brown community and in society as a whole. A playwright, journalist, visual artist, and social justice activist, Jake and her guests will delve deeply into the power of art to uncover truths and drive change. The series will explore what it takes to be an artist, the role of the artist in building community, the importance of the artist in recovering and creating new stories, and why artists are important to the future of our world.
Jake-ann Jones also works under the name J.A. Jones and J.A. Morton (she, her, hers), is the 2022 Creative Pinellas Artist Laureate, and author of the Black Classic Press release SometimesFarmgirls Become Revolutionaries: Notes on Black Power, Politics, Depression, and the FBI. She works extensively with community organizations through the SOW Fund at Pinellas Community Foundation, is part of the team at PinellasDiasporaArtsProject, writes for The Weekly Challenger Newspaper in St. Petersburg, FL, and lives between Clearwater, FL, and Harlem,…… Read More
(Black Lit Episode)
Bob Devin Jones is the heart of St. Petersburg. The St Pete arts community revolves around The Studio@620, an imaginative arts space that is home to a wide range of visual arts, dance, jazz, kites, gospel, quilts, opera, boating, theatre, film, photography, workshops and lectures, poetry, puppetry and pretty much anything established and emerging artists can come up with. Bob’s a gifted director, actor, writer, artistic director and enabler of creative projects that bring life and joyous surprises to downtown…… Read More
Tenea D. Johnson is a multimedia storyteller, musician, editor, arts & empowerment entrepreneur, and award-winning author of numerous short stories and 8 speculative fiction works, including Frequencies, a Fiction Album and Broken Fevers, of which Publisher’s Weekly wrote “the 14 hard-hitting, memorable short stories and prose vignettes in this powerhouse collection … are astounding in their originality” (starred review). Her debut novel Smoketown won the Parallax Award while R/evolution earned an honorable mention that year as well. When words alone won’t suffice she performs musical prose at venues…… Read More
Miesha Brundridge is 35 years young and is STUDIO 620 Poetry showcase curator and author of “A Beautiful Disaster” (found on Amazon & lulu.com). Miesha started writing in middle school in the 90s and was raised in Lakeland, FL, a very conservative town. She was in the army for six years with one tour to Iraq; she later retired after undergoing bilateral (double) leg alignment and knee ostomies. Miesha later went into Juvenile probation work, then finally into teaching. “Working…… Read More