As a young woman, there are many female celebrities and public figures I look up to for various reasons, from Tracee Ellis Ross, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama to Lana Condor, Claudia Sulewski, and Yara Shahidi (honestly, I could probably write a whole book about all the women who serve as public figures, influencers, musicians, actresses, etc. that I look up to).
However, there are several other women and young girls I admire whose names aren’t well known. This page if for me to honor them; they are hidden gems that need to be recognized for simply being their empowering, amazing, inspiring selves.
Urban Dictionary defined a gem as “something amazingly beautiful, nearly perfect, or ridiculously incredible.” The hidden gems I look up to match that definition precisely. At the beginning of each month, I will update this page with a new hidden gem that I think the world needs to know about. I ask each gem ten questions during an interview, so she can be recognized for who she is. Without further ado, here is this month’s not-so-hidden gem.
This month’s Hidden Gem is very interesting– it’s my sister, Jada. As soon as I came up with the idea to do this page, I knew I wanted my sister to be featured on it. I have quite a few siblings (and even people who don’t have any blood relation to me that I consider siblings), but Jada is the only sibling I have who is fully biologically related to me. Jada is four years younger than me, but she is, without a doubt, my best friend. We’ve been through a lot together, and even though we are (for the most part) polar opposites, she is my rock. She is an incredible young woman who constantly inspires me, even when she is working my nerves; with most of the decisions I make, I keep her in mind. I think it’s about time the world finds out about this beautiful light, who I have the pleasure of calling my sister.
When I interviewed Jada, it was a little later in the evening, about eight or nine o’clock, so I had to ask her this question:
SJ: What do you want right now?
JR: I want some cheesecake. Honestly.
Since we’re pretty close, I know my sister very well, but I wanted my readers to get a bit of an insight on who she is and our relationship.
SJ: What’s it been like growing up with me as a sister?
JR: It’s good to have somebody you can count on and talk to about anything, so it’s been great.
What are your plans for after high school? (We’re both on track to graduate May of 2021; her from high school, and me from college).
My plans after high school is to go to cosmetology school, start cosmetology and possibly move to Atlanta to start, you know, growing my business of cosmetology. Then I will go to a HBCU college to become a teacher. I will get married, have a boy and a girl. We’re gonna get our own house built (which she expects me to help with), and we’re gonna live our best life. Period.
One of my favorite things to do with my sister when we see each other is sit down and talk. She normally does most of the talk, and I simply listen. I love hearing her opinions on varying things, and even though she’s younger than me, I love getting advice from her.
SJ: What advice do you have for other girls about boys? (She’s the sister who gets attention from the guys. She’s already been in two relationships, so I was interested in hearing her response to this question).
JR: So… boys out here… you gotta find the right one. It’s gonna take you a minute. You can’t rush the boys to be finding the perfect one. Boys will– They’ll stay quiet, but you gotta bring the best out of them. You always gotta keep you. Stay you. If they don’t like you for you then that’s them. Just be yo’ self.
As you grow up, are there any issues, whether it be internationally, politically, societal, that you are starting to passionately care about?
I’ma have to say that it’s just racist stuff. It’s just the violence that’s happening to African-Americans, our people.
What is the best and worst thing about driving in an urban area? (She just got her license, so I was curious to hear her answer to this question).
The worst thing is when you’re in traffic, but the best thing is when you’re in traffic and you get peaceful time to yourself as long as you got a good mindset. If you got a bad mindset and you’re angry, then I don’t know what to tell you.
Being halfway through high school, what have you learned thus far?
FRIENDS ARE FAKE! And that’s on everything. Your middle school friends, they’re not gonna be there for you at all. Keep your head up, and focus on your schoolwork ’cause you got a life ahead of you. Just keep a real good one beside you.
What makes someone beautiful?
I’ma say their personality. If you got a ugly personality, fix it. (I think my sister’s personality is pretty great, even though it’s veryyy different from mine).
To finish this interview, I wanted to know her suggestions for things to watch.
SJ: What show is worth binging this summer?
JR: Nothing at the moment.
Best movie you’ve seen since the start of 2019?
I’ma say Us. Us, that was the movie.
I had a ton of fun interviewing the wonderful light that is my sister. She is the one person I can count on for anything (most times), and this interview provides a bit of an insight on the amazing young woman I had the pleasure of growing up with.
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Do you know a woman or young girl empowering others and providing light to the world? If so, I would love to hear about her. It’s time for women to uplift women, and I would love to read about a woman uplifting you. If you think she’s someone worth being featured on this page, let me know. I would love to interview her.