Lawren S. was Simply Jamilah’s January 2020 Hidden Gem. Here is the full interview with the questions in the order they were asked:
SJ: What is the best thing about being a woman?
LS: Being able to create life.
What is the biggest issue, in this world or your country, that you advocate for?
Women’s rights, their right to choose, equal pay, etc.
If you could go anywhere in the world and take whoever you want with you, where would you go and why?
Hawaii with my family. Everyone wants to go so it only makes sense.
What is your major and/or minor, and why did you choose it?
Interdisciplinary studies: theatre, entrepreneurship, whatever else I want to throw in there. I chose it because I am not 100% sure what I want to do with my life, and this gives me choices.
What is the best and hardest thing about being an African-American woman in America?
Having to work three times as hard as anyone else to get the same privileges some people are born with.
What is your least and most favorite job you’ve worked?
Least favorite is my current retail job; people suck. Most favorite is my on-campus production assistant job with our sports network.
Why is it important for women to support other women?
It’s just right. No one understands a woman like a woman. No one is gonna ride for a woman harder than a woman. Men already see us as lesser than so we should have each other’s backs.
What is one question you hate being asked?
If I have ever played basketball. Just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I’m coordinated.
Talk about a well-known or famous woman who constantly inspires you.
There’s not really anyone who jumps out at first thought, but overall, I’d say Gabrielle Union. So talented and elegant and REAL.
I know we’re heading into 2020, but what are some albums, television shows, and movies you’re bringing into the new year from 2019?
The Greatest Showman came out in 2017, but I literally just watched it this year, so it’ll be my movie I take into 2020. As for songs, all of my feel good “I don’t need a man” songs by female artists. And I watch way too many TV shows to name them but definitely my CW shows and Freeform shows.