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During the cleanup of one of the protests that followed George Floyd's tragic murder, I found myself moved to say a few words. This spontaneous speech was heard and felt across the globe, mostly because I analogized the plight of Black America to an extremely unfair game of Monopoly, making it easy to understand for some that didn't before.
June 2020- An interview with Trevor Noah about the way my video got people, even some in his circle, to understand the deeper issue of riots and what happens within.
June 2020- A quick interview where I touch on why my video resonated so well, the biggest issue we face as black people, and a message to the Floyd family.
June 2020- A short conversation explaining the Monopoly analogy I used in my video, and the excitement over the celebrity attention that it brought.
February 2022- An hour long interview where we dive into my background, my career, my video, and what "Hood Girls can be Heroes Too" really means
June 2020- A two minute segment where I expand on my video and so the varying, mostly positive, responses that I received regarding it.
September 2020- An artice where my co-author, Gilly Segal, and I discussed how our book "I'm Not Dying With You Tonight" related to the 2020 protests.
January 2022- I had the opportunity to sit with Gayle King and discuss my viral 2020 video and how I expanded it to my book "How We Can Win"
January 2022- Interview with Sandra Bookman in their "Here and Now" segment where I discuss my book "How We Can Win" and the strategies within.
June 2020- A deep dive into the topics brought up in my video, specifically the devastating impacts of covert racism and how it sets the stage for violence.
July 2020- A conversation with Kimberly Foster about my video and why it landed so well, my background, some additional history, and ways to move forward.
July 2020- Fun competition where I read an excerpt from "INDWYT" alongside three other authors that read from their books and a winner was chosen.
June 2020- An episode of Steve on Watch where I got to talk about the inspiration behind my video as well as finding light in the darkness.
Kimberly Latrice Jones is an American author and filmmaker, known for the New York Times
bestselling young adult novel, I'm Not Dying With You Tonight. The book was nominated for
Outstanding Literary Work Youth/Teen at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards. She has appeared as
a guest on dozens of shows and podcasts including The Breakfast Club, CBS Mornings, The
Daily Show, The Jenny McCarthy Show, Steve On Watch, BBC News and TMZ. She also serves on the
voting committee for The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame, located in Atlanta,
Georgia, which started in January 2021 to honor African Americans with a monument for their
achievements in entertainment.
Kim's film passion began in Highschool where she studied theater at Chicago Academy for the
Arts, then went on to study Film with a concentration in producing at Columbia College
Chicago. A reality television pioneer, Kim worked in development on the groundbreaking series
“Being Bobby Brown” starring Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. She then went on to serve
under the guidance of the legendary Tyler Perry on the films “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “I
Can Do Bad All By Myself”. She has also produced a multitude of independent films that can be
seen across streaming platforms such as Amazon, Tubi, IMDB TV, Apple TV, and several other
streamers. She is currently in development on her passion project, “Coming Out Hard” the 8 Ball
and MJG biopic. More book titles by her include The Sydney Taylor honoree “Why We Fly”,
critically acclaimed “How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's
Rigged”, and a short story in the Laura Silverman anthology “Game On: 15 Stories of Wins,
Losses, and Everything in Between”. She has written op-eds for Time, Marie Claire UK,
Essence, Pop Sugar, and i-D Magazine.
Kim's literary roots run deep. She served on the Selection Committee for Library of Congress' 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, the 2015 Children’s Choice Illustrator Committee for The Children's Book Council, and the advisory board that created the Creative and Innovative Education Master’s Degree program at Georgia State University. She has been featured in Ms. Magazine, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Paste Magazine, Bustle, Hello Giggles, Book List, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and was Book Brahmin in an issue of Shelf Awareness. She received one of the inaugural James Patterson Holiday Bookseller Bonus grants while working at the famous children’s bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.
Kimberly racked up several honors including GQ Germany “Men of the Year”-Award 2020 |
"Voice of the Year", 2020 Black Women in Media Honoree, 2020 The Root 100 Most Influential
African Americans, 2021 SEGL Golden Mug Award, 2021 Books All Young Georgians Should
Read for I’m Not Dying With You Tonight and again in 2022 for Why We Fly. Also a
community advocate, Kim believes that art is a portal into difficult conversations and is the DNA
of a society.