Ashley: Jada, tell the Miss Sistanomics tribe a little bit about yourself.
Jada: Okay, well my name is Jada Davis and I am, well I would say probably the most resourceful person that I know. I pride myself on being resourceful and my definition of resourcefulness is, if I don’t know how to do something or know something, I know the person that can get the job done. And that has carried me very far professionally and personally. I also feel like I’m pretty confident on what my God given purpose is, which is to connect people. In every aspect of anything that I do, it has a foundation of that premise. It’s about connecting people in some capacity, whether it is to do businesses, or whether it is help people collaborative creatively, or if it is just to bring together like minds. I think, that is what God has me on this earth to do and so everything that I do, needs to align with it.
Ashley: So, what do you feel has helped you get to the point where you’re confident in connecting people? Anything that happened during college or growing up that help you build that confidence?
First, let me at this, Jay-Z is brilliant! I spent my entire morning on last Friday trying to figure out how to listen to this album. I downloaded Tidal (fail), iHeart radio (semi-fail), tried out a friend’s link and NOPE. I was losing out here. I decided to just give Apple Music my coins. I was tied…not tired…TIED! (Some of you will come for my very urban, grammatically incorrect paragraph but check my credentials on my about page). I digress. But I went through hell and high water to listen to this album and y’all gone hear about it ok.
First of all, he’s dropping gems THROUGHOUT the entire album but he schools us in “The Story of O.J.”
Lesson 1: Invest
“Please don’t die over the neighborhood
That your mama rentin’
Take your drug money and buy the neighborhood
That’s how you rinse it”
We all know someone in the game, that’s been sent up for the game, not cut out for the game, etc. You can look at what he’s saying from the literal viewpoint of, take your money and clean up your neighborhood or from the viewpoint of change your MINDSET! We’ve got to learn to invest in our communities. We’ve got to do it and stop complaining about the folks that’s not doing it. Put your money back in your community. Hire each other. Support black businesses because 9/10 we know exactly where they are located. We talk bad about them. “Girl! I give them 3 weeks! Or asking for that cousin discount. If you seeing them making a mistake, TELL THEM! Don’t just let them sink so you can say, “I told you so.” Go be a mentor to some girl or boy and teach them how to hustle the right way. Don’t pump the toxic stuff back in your own community then blame “the man” for your circumstances. And if your brother or sister is trying to better your community, please stop fixing your mouth to talk about them and help. Yep, I said it and I mean it.