We had the good fortune of connecting with Lance Jasper Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lance Jasper, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started Jasper House Warriors because I noticed there was a lack of resources and attention on the mental health effects of those who suffer from chronic conditions, specifically Sickle Cell Anemia. I am a current graduate student, receiving my degree in Clinical Psychology, with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and as a person with Sickle Cell Anemia. As an advocate, I have been one of the leading voices for Sickle Cell in Los Angeles, specifically on Bill AB 1105 and being able to tell my experiences through medias, such as The L.A. Sentinel, CDC, and Facebook Attn. With Jasper House Warriors, the goal is to give back a platform to the untold voices and stories, while also shedding light on the hardships of the mental health effects that can plague our community.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In addition to Jasper House, I am an ASCAP music artist. As a music artist, I strive to create an original sound with a positive message. My latest album, Jasper 88, was produced, written, and recorded by myself. I wanted to show my versatility, blending gospel, R&B, and hip-hop. I am currently working on a new album to specifically feature artists with Sickle Cell.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am Hawthorne/Los Angeles, born and raised, native! My favorite spots in the city are Venice Beach, Kenneth Hahn park, and the Santa Monica Promenade. As a pescatarian and avid coffee connoisseur, I love Sip and Sonder, Simply Wholesome, Orleans and York, Rubies and Diamonds, California Fish Grill, and Brolly Hut.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people I credit my drive to are all those who are living and those who have passed with Sickle Cell.