We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqualynn Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacqualynn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Leaps of faith have been a recurring theme on my journey. From leaving home and everything I knew behind to pursue dreams to having my daughter and going above and beyond to break generational curses, taking risks has been vital in my life, career and success. Without taking those chances, my dreams wouldn’t be manifesting the way that they are. The bigger the risks, the more substantial the opportunities and blessings from each of those risks. Each time I step out on faith, I remember something my grandmother always used to tell me, “You will Always have Everything you Need in this World.” When you believe those words, it takes the fear away because it makes taking that leap effortless when you know the universe is working on your behalf. After all, the reward is already yours!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Commonly known as “Jackie of All Trades,” I am a Poet, Producer, Director, and Writer with a goal to Master the Art of Film-making and Storytelling from concept to completion. What sets me apart is my drive and ability to make the unthinkable a reality. Many important stories are to be told; I plan to provide that platform for those stories and people. My company is currently shopping an exclusive, never-before-told story about the late world-renowned healer, Dr. Sebi, featuring artist and actor, Common and many other high-profile celebrities. I want the world to know that my company, Serene Cinema L.L.C., is here to change the minds of the masses. Our goal is to tell the stories that others may fear telling and to be the voice of the voiceless.

Every day I’m working harder to elevate and continue to grow my company to the next level. I’ve overcome many challenges in my life and career. There were times when I didn’t know if I could continue following my dream because I feared failure and my resources were limited. After losing my grandmother to cancer, I took a leap of faith and left Colorado and moved to Atlanta to work in production. It was probably the most challenging time in my life, from living in a one-bedroom apartment with five people to working 22 hours shifts while nursing a newborn. I often went without basic necessities in order to give to others. But everything I went through was worth it.

The sacrifices made me stronger. My career has allowed me to provide for my family, travel the world, meet some of the most talented people on the planet, share my stories, and move to L.A., which was my childhood dream. The challenges taught me that I could do anything I desired and be successful if I had pure intentions, a good work ethic, and upstanding morals.  I know the power in my talents and crafts, and with that, God will strategically place me exactly where I am supposed to be to create timeless art for generations to come.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many fantastic places to go in LA. I was only here a year before Covid began, so I’m still learning the lay of the land. My favorite beach is Bruce’s Beach- Bruce’s Beach was a beach resort in Manhattan Beach owned by and operated for African Americans. One hundred years after being stolen from the family, the descendants are working on getting it back. I think that history is essential, so my attendance there continues the tradition my ancestors would have wanted. Dockwieler has impressive bonfires. For hiking, Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks is fantastic. Complete with an Indian Cave, Teepee, and a fantastic waterfall. It’s kid-friendly and a great adventure for anyone. My favorite restaurant is My 2 Cents LA. They have the best catfish in the city and tons of options—an excellent experience for people traveling from out of town. If you’re looking for a club, Ballet is super fun and classy. With live ballerina and good music, you can’t go wrong. For scenery, Palos Verdes beach and Sandy Dunes in Malibu are stunning. But I’ve only scratched the surface of this beautiful state.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shout-out to my Elders and Ancestors. Without them and their knowledge, there would be no us. They lefts us with jewels and tools that we can use to continue their legacy and genuinely become their wildest dreams in human form. I’m so thankful for my elders; my grandmother and her friends helped shape future generations. Dr. Sebi cured the incurable. Dr. Vincent Harding wrote speeches for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lonnie “Pops” Lynn wrote poetry, and we exchanged verses, ideas, and plans to change the world. I’m blessed to be surrounded by these powerful and limitless elders who have become ancestors that can now look down on me and be proud. I listened, I embraced the knowledge, I stand on their shoulders.

I stand on the shoulder of my ancestors and elders
Walk on paths created by their blood, sweat & tears
Speaking rivers, forming oceans
As their legacies flow through my veins
I am a product of their struggle
I’ve transcended from their pain
Living proof that they did not fight in vain
I am a reflection of their truths
As I mirror their move like a game of chess
Protecting Queens and Kings
While preserving their histories
To prepare them for the future
I keep their untold stories in my chest
Unlocking their memories with my every breath
I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me.
I digest their every word, and I exhale poetry.
-Jai Harris

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