For as long as I could remember, I’ve kept countless journals, diaries, and sketchbooks (even though I can’t draw) Despite the fact that I’m confident in myself, I have always downplayed my writing. Is it good enough? Will it resonate with anyone? I’ve decided to stop overthinking and just do it.
I’ve always aspired to become a journalist and share my thoughts and ideas. It took me a lot of brain storming to come up with this. I sat and thought. Who am I? What defines me? And, to be honest, I have no clue. I’m still on a soul searching journey. I have no idea what my purpose is. I guess that’s what being young is about, because I don’t know what I’m doing. I thought about the nicknames that I have. “Jeyonce? Nah, leave that in high school” “Jeydah Weydah.. Nah, every girl with my name has a different variation of “Weydah” “I’m not doing the empanda lady, that’s dead.” “Jeydah.. Jeydah from Jersey. Yeahhhh. Bet. Write that down.”
First, let’s start with why I was born “Jeydah” in the first place. My parents knew the typical girl names like ‘Destiny, Jasmine, and Aaliyah’s” wouldn’t suffice. My father had a huge crush on Jada Pinkett at the time because of her essence, wisdom, and beauty. But, with a surplus of baby girls being named “Jada”, they still weren’t satisfied.
“J- e- y -d -a- h” my mother came up with the spelling because it was still in dedication to Ms. Smith but spelled like no one elses’. I take pride in my name because “Jeydah Jenkins” rolls off the tongue smooth like honey. It sounds like a name of importance. A name that commands respect and attention. And, it does.
I’ve always felt like I have the best of both worlds. Being that I’m half Dominican and half African American, I feel blessed that I can indulge in two rich cultures. Being born and raised in NJ and just 15 minutes from NYC, but also attending Clark ATLANTA University (In ATLANTA.. You’d be surprised on how many people ask where that is) is also an experience like no other. The perfect blend of Hip Hop and Bachata. Of big cities and skyline and the Southern life. I like to believe that I can adapt wherever I go.
The sole purpose of this blog is to broadcast my many thoughts, adventures, travel destinations, poems, and to create a bridge between the many communities that I belong to. I know I’m not the only one who feels like they’re stuck in the middle. I hope you all enjoy my blog just as much as I enjoy writing to you.
Love, Jeydah from Jersey
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