Jessica LaShawn was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. From childhood she found joy within poetry, spoken word artistry, community activism, and social justice. After pursuing a career in journalism and gaining great notoriety she saw the need to pursue her dreams of owning her own company structured around youth mentorship and the entertainment industry.
Attending Alcorn State University located in Lorman, Mississippi, she diligently worked hard towards her Bachelors degree in English Literature with a minor in Communications. While there she earned many titles within the pageantry industry and represented her school nationally in many competitions. After a brief stunt at Indiana State University's Graduate School for a Masters Degree in Broadcast Communications, she made history becoming the first African American woman to run for Miss Indiana State University and Miss Indiana simultaneously. Aiding in uniting the schools diverse racial crowd by becoming a staple within the student government association, she served as a motivating and encouraging vessel to all.
Although a tragic event ceased her study there, she is now studying with the Argosy University for a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (Type 75). When asked why continuing her education is important she states "without concentration on the power that comes from constantly gaining knowledge, life becomes hollow. I know that there are some individuals that look up to me and I must set a golden example for them.
Education is power and those in power have the ability to make a difference by invoking change. That is what I am all about: change is necessary for survival. I hope to change this world for the better, one child at a time!" While working with the Chicago Public School system within multiple programs she uses her patience, kind heart, and love for children to encourage her students with special needs to socialize, learn, and gain confidence in themselves.
An advocate for importing self-esteem systems within the school system, she serves as an After School Matters Instructor with her own Hip Hop Matters Club. Jessica LaShawn is striving hard to be a big part of society by declining the generational gaps that hinder the moralizational development of society.
"Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation." Angela Davis
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