TASHA JONES BIOGRAPHY
The virtual introduction, I AM TASHA JONES.COM lends way to the wit and genius of This STAR! The youngest Indiana Poet Laureate nominee is a mother, poet, activist, and artist. Her works are unique in which, Jones brilliantly marries the art of storytelling to the audaciousness of Hip Hop which breeds Literature in full throttle. A prolific writer, Tasha Jones soothes the soul and heals the body with words that cleverly
The destiny of this beautifully written talent excels far beyond Literary expectations. Jones SPEAKs music! Her music is captivating and enlightening while also infusing genres, ages, and venues. Her words linger, like a needle stuck in the groove replaying the best part of your favorite song! Her words dance in the ears and on the tongues of those who have had the pleasure of witnessing the Tasha Jones Experience. To see/hear Jones you instantly feel the magic of words spoken. Her message as well as the artistic wherewithal to say the right thing, at the right time, in the right way is phenomenal.
Jones is a virtuosic performer, with an acute ability to interlace complex threads with conventional wisdom. The ardent fervor Jones exemplifi es in performances is matched by her commitment to education, service, and responsibility to the youth is the spark that ignites her fl ame. Hello BEautiful TM, an account of Jones’ experiences as an educator in the Indianapolis School System, focuses on the power of words and the impact words have on today’s youth and tomorrows future. Two words, Hello BEautiful TM, revitalized 26 students, redirected momentum, and changed self-destructive/self-sabotaging behavior in the class room and now empower the world.
The genius of Tasha Jones centers on her ability to lend simple wisdom in profound and moving ways. The diversity in her writings garners HOPE. A powerful prowess of expression with the soul and sage of a griot, Tasha Jones is a pure breath of fresh air and defi nitely “THE ONE to WATCH!
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The HerStory of I AM Tasha Jones
Before becoming the youngest Poet Laureate nominee in Indiana History; Before being the fi rst poet from Indiana to be featured on the hit television shows Verses and Flow, Single Ladies, and Reed Between the Lines; Before being the only poet to warm audiences for Snoop Dogg at Super Bowl XLVI and Lauryn Hill’s Moving Target Tour; Before creating the Hello BEautiful Movement, Tasha Jones was a High School Teacher.
In the Indianapolis Public Charter School system as an Advisor/Teacher, Tasha Jones spent days and nights teaching, reading, and grading papers. Initially writing, reciting, and performing as a hobbyist, Jones found her words to be therapeutic not only for herself but for others. She gained notoriety and became a mainstay in the local newspapers and magazines as “the raging poet healing words.” In 2008, the Indianapolis Star deemed Tasha Jones as, “The One to Watch!”
Just as the community began granting accolades for Jones’ talent, questions began to rise as to her commitment to the classroom, along with her court child custody battle brewing. With litigators capitalizing on the newspaper/magazine articles and a poetry performing schedule, the judge and ex then reinforced the sexist model of parenting, and punished Jones for fulfi lling dreams. Jones lost a long hard custody battle with the judge determining “Jones was suffi cient as a mother/parent, but the father/parent seemed to be more stable.” Jones was then ordered to move her children out in a matter of days, to reduce everyday contact and communication to every other weekend, as well as to pay child support (excessive), insurance, and private school.
From that, Jones went into a deep depression and became homeless before having an Ah-Ha moment! When life throws you curve balls, do you get hit or do you learn how to swing the bat? Learning how to swing at everything coming, Jones was back writing to save her life. Using words to lift herself out of a dark place, she wrote a plan and began to see it through, promising herself to work daily at any venue that would give her 3 to 5 minutes on the microphone, with the sole purpose of creating a stable home for her children.
Through her work and activism, Jones created the Hello Beautiful™ curricula, mantra, and lifestyle, with the intent to impart in others that “You determine your DESTINY!” and that “THERE ARE NO PLAN B’s!” Indeed, Jones lives by what she speaks. And by doing so her words and work ethic have put her in the company of the greats and indeed she is GREAT!
"Tasha Jones is the ONE to Watch," states the Indianapolis Star. The youngest Poet Laureate Nominee is an artist, activist, poet, author, educator, lecturer, musician, and motivational speaker.
Tasha Jones is a rare and wonderful artist that strikes a balance in a world so often lopsided. Some people are all style with little to no substance while others have substance with no trace of style. Tasha is a perfect blending of the two. She has the soul of a Nikki Giovanni draped in the haute couture fashions of a runway model, two things few would think to pair. Her work speaks further to her dichotomy, to the easy equilibrium she has found between being a student of life and a teacher of lessons. On stage she tells the story of her life and in doing so tells the story of all women; a story of love, loss and life. She offers a perspective, poignancy and insight in her writing that allows men to see themselves through her work and women to see themselves in her work. She proves herself to be simultaneously what women are and what they aspire to be. In a world where few know who they are Tasha proves that not only does she know who she is but she has a deep understanding of who you are too; And once you’ve experienced her for yourself you will feel better, wiser and more enriched for it.
- Emmy Nominee Jon Goode: TVLand/Nick@Nite, HBO Def Poetry, BET Lyric Café & CNN Black in America.