So although this is not the most original post, being 30, shit like this makes a queen real nostalgic and introspective…
10YEARS AGO I
Just ended my sophmore year in college.
Decided Rastafarianism was not for me.
Had a cousin and lifelong friend die violently in May, both age 20.
Listened to Tracy Chapman’s “Matters of the Heart” album all summer.
Started spinning quickly towards a year-long depression.
First time not returning home during the summer.
5 YEARS AGO I
Was a working actor.
Did 2 Productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth in one summer.
Lived in Jersey City.
Was abandoned by a friend/roommate whom I haven’t heard from since.
Was always at The Wonder Bar.
Was living far below the poverty line.
2 YEARS AGO I
Lived in Harlem.
DJ’d a house party and met the love of my life.
Was sleeping with a brotha who lived with his gf and newborn around the corner.
Published my first essay.
Was high-tailing it out of NYC, headed for The Big Easy.
1 YEAR AGO I
Was living in New Orleans, preparing to return to the Rotten Apple.
Doing anti-prison organizing.
Did healing work with Chief Sharon Caulder, PhD, one of many mentors.
Comitted myself to a relationship in a way I hadn’t ever before.
Drove more than I walked.
Got really excited like a kid at Christmas cuz my boo is comin’ back from Cali.
Swore I was finally free of my coffee addiction.
Watched a PBS Special on Ella Fitzgerald.
Started reading The Evidence of Things Not Seen again.
Need to raise $20,000.
Put on jeans I know I need to wash.
Woke up at 6am.
TOMMOROW I WILL
Need to raise $20,000.
See my boyfriend.
Work on my solo book project.
Hopefully talk to somebody I want to work with (I emailed you, JS! Hit me up!).
Not drink coffee.
5 THINGS I HAVE LOYALTY TO
My biological and chosen family.
5 THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Peace and Quiet.
NYC in the Summer.
WITH A GRAND… I WOULD BUY…
A new laptop.
5 BAD HABITS I HAVE
Working for nonprofits.
Not writing daily.
Spending too much money frivolously.
Not seeing my family enough.
5 SHOWS I LIKE
America’s Next Top Model
CBS Sunday Morning
American Idol (only during auditions)
5 Places I’ve Lived
Jersey City, NJ.
3 NAMES I GO BY
Kenny (only bio family and friends who knew me from 18 and under).
Cynamon Jones, La Jones for short, or C. Jones-Chinchilla (I am the wealthy hick that married a Chinchilla. They can’t take me.) .
5 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT MYSELF
My knack for transformation.
My writing style (or voice).
That country twang that comes out when I really relax.
3 THINGS I DISLIKE ABOUT MYSELF
My apathy when it comes to working out.
That I didn’t decide to be a writer 10 years ago, when I thought I wanted to be an actor.
3 THINGS THAT SCARE ME
Being Dependent on other people.
3 OF MY EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS
3 THINGS I AM WEARING RIGHT NOW
My dirty ass jeans.
A T shirt Merv gave me for my b-day last year.
80’s style rubber bracelets.
3 OF YOUR FAVORITE PERFORMERS/ARTISTS