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

Hi Jamese, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from Orlando, Fl the home of some of the greats like Vince Carter, Warren Sapp and Shaquille O’Neal. I was raised predominantly by a single father which definitely contributed to who I’ve become today. I was raised with love, discipline, acceptance & understanding, but above all things my parents kept Christ as the head of our home. That alone has shaped whom I’ve become. Regardless of how I physically appear I am a woman of faith, a strong black woman, full of creativity, tenacity & resilience. Life is a boxing match, and it has definitely given me it’s share of uppercuts, jabs & even a few TKO’’s , but because of my upbringing, I’m here today to tell my story.

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.
One the biggest factors that differentiates me from other artist is pain!

-Pain makes for good poetry and if there’s one thing I know it’s poetry.

-Poetry is the embryo to my ovaries,
so no negativity around me, I got to give my baby them good groceries.

I’ve been writing since the age of 10, my first time performing I was about 12 or 13. At that age, I couldn’t grasp the fact that poetry was actually a gift, it wasn’t a skill set I had acquired or something I’d studied, it was something that just came so effortless, so natural. Moving forward to today, it definitely has been the easiest journey, especially when people of my generation prefer hip hop music vs the wordplay of poetry. However, that doesn’t stop me from creating great poetry, attending hip hop events and getting on stage doing poetry. I mean at the end of the day poetry is lyrics with no music, no drums, no strings it’s nothing more authentic. I’ve learned many lessons along the way. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that my gift is suppose to be my purpose. I’m learning to keep that at the forefront of my mind as I continue to navigate on my poetic journey.

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 recently moved to the Atlanta area so I’m still a novice on the best hangout spots. However, I would definitely take my bestfriend to Locitup ATL to get our hair done and then on to Apachee XLR Cafe to hear some dope poetry and ofcourse yours truly, would grace the mic lol. From there it’s a YOLO mission. We can dress up like old ladies, I mean like 80-90 years of age lol and go bar hopping, VR gaming and so much more. The city has a lot to offer but we’ll be learning it together really lol .

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be who or where I am in my journey today if it wasn’t for my parents and grandmother. The have directly impacted who I am because all of them have raised me & sowed seeds into me, that will one day produce a tree that I can only hope, makes them as proud of me as I am of them. As a family we’ve experienced more lows than the most but we’ve always had one another to GROW through those adversities. I can’t thank them enough for the example they’ve set for my siblings and I.

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