A Diva, as Beyoncé Knowles so rightfully put it is "a female version of a hustler." She grinds hard for hers, is very persistent, doesn't take "NO" for an answer, throws herself in the ring with the big dogs and of course leaves the stragglers behind. But at the same time, she is very compassionate; helping those who want to help themselves and returning what was given to her. She is humble; not letting the success and fanfare get to her head and ALWAYSremembering where she came from. A role model; serving as a positive influence for the younger generation showing them that with hard work and perseverance, you can do ANYTHING!Jeannie Jones aka "J.Kitty of the City" is a Radio/TV Personality, Actress and Media Executive from Washington, D.C., who began her career as a Journalism major at the University of Maryland. Her first major break happened in Norfolk, V.A at 103 Jamz radio and WAVY-TV 10 (NBC.) Jeannie then went on to create "Meow Media" which is responsible for producing her syndicated entertainment report "Jeannie's Juice, "Kitty Lounge Radio and the PBS documentary "Our Children are in Pain." Meow Media in association with "Ready, Set, Impact" Global Multimedia Firm specializes in: Publicity, Radio/TV, Film and Music Production, Publishing (Meow Music Mix/ASCAP,) Casting and Management.
Jeannie's talents extend to voice-overs for the WNBA and spokesperson for several major corporations including IPod, Coca Cola, GMC, Anheuseur-Busch, MAC Cosmetics and L'Oreal Paris. She is also a featured music critic (WTTG-Fox 5 Morning News, BET, The Washington Post and XM satellite,) a motivational speaker and community activist through the "Jeannie Jones Position to Transition Series." She has also received numerous awards including the NAACP Leadership Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., American Heart Association, and Cecile House for Haiti to name a few.
The KaShonna Files chatted with Jeannie for an exclusive look into the journey and life of this amazing woman!
TKF: I first met you when you spoke at one of my fraternities events at Howard University. How important is it to give back to your community?
JJ: For me, at the end of the day everything I do is to give back. It has been an integral part of who I am since I started in media and I'm very passionate about a plethora of things, from children to breast cancer and animals. At the end of the day with all of the blessings you get, if you don't give back then what are you here for? It makes me feel my best.
TKF: One of your big achievements was co-hosting the "Russ Parr Morning Show," how did that opportunity come about?
JJ: He had been listening to me and comedian Joe Clair when he was in Texas and at the time, he was looking for a main morning host.
TKF: I read that you like to talk about more serious topics, why is that?
JJ: My career started off in hard journalism, writing for magazines and at the end of the day as much as I love entertainment, I'm very passionate about telling great human interest stories of people in the community and bringing those stories to the forefront. It's the root of who I am.
TKF: With the elections just around the corner and as a popular voice in the community, how are you doing your part to educate others about voting?
JJ: Very aggressively by making sure people get out to vote and that they are registered. When I am out and about, people tell me that they feel like their voice may not matter because of how shady politics can be. I want to change that so I go out and canvass, letting people know that they should vote especially since we haven't always had the right to and the elections will affect this generation and the generation after. I do things from speaking at college campuses to co-hosting rally events. I'll be speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus and working with D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
TKF: You recently started your own company; can you tell us more about it?JJ: The Company is Ready.Set.Impact, a global media firm specializing in radio, public relations, management, video and film. I am the co-founder with Nate Jolley who is a well-known musician and producer. We have been on tour with Lady GAGA, produced the BET Rap-It-Up mix tape and currently we are working on a video for Robert Miranda who is a Block Alternative Artist.
TKF: Speaking of the BET Rap-It-Up mix tape that you co-produced with the super talented Nate Jolley, how was it putting it together and who can fans expect to be on it?
JJ: It was awesome and a blessing for BET to give us this amazing opportunity to work with some of hip hop's heavy weights and also find some new extraordinary talent and give them national exposure. Fans can expect tracks from Jadakiss, Wale and 2-chainz to name a few.
TKF: You have accomplished so much in Radio and TV, can you tell us what's next for you?JJ: The most immediate thing is directing more film and music videos, a network TV project, and working with Paula Patton in a film that I am being featured in.
TKF: What is your go to style choice?
JJ: Heels, my trademark, leopard print heels. I was a ballerina for many years and I feel most comfortable on my feet.
TKF: Can you tell us something not a lot of people know about you?JJ: I enjoy doing most things in the dark. I work best in the dark, just a sexy therapuetic atmosphere with candlelight. It was like that when I did mid-day radio.
TKF: Any advice for aspiring entertainers and entrepreneurs out there?JJ: You want to study your craft, know it better than anyone else. Surround yourself with people who are doing what they love do and are running it. This business is a very small community so make sure you program yourself to network and get yourself out there. Whatever you do, brand yourself to be the best you can be!
Wise words from a wise woman.... My Girl!!
For more on Jeannie, visit her website at www.readysetimpact.com