JALONDRA A. DAVIS
An Inglewood, California native, Jalondra A. Davis completed a major in English and minors in African American Studies and Dance at Loyola Marymount University. Always simultaneously nurturing her passions for scholarship, Black liberation, and the arts, she published in campus publications, was a featured spoken word artist at numerous events, served on the leadership boards of several African American campus organizations, and performed, taught, and choreographed with the LMU Dance Department. A few of her accomplishments include winning 1rst Place in The Loyolan's short story contest, publishing in The Truth About the Fact: International Journal for Literary Nonfiction, winning the Presidential Award for Scholarship and Service (awarded to one African American senior), having her spoken word and poetry piece "I Am" about historical archetypes of Black women selected for presentation in the LMU Annual Dance Concert, and coordinating a wealth of successful cultural, educational, fundraising, and service programs open to both the campus and surrounding communities.
Jalondra completed a Masters of Professional Writing at USC, a certificate in non-profit fundraising through CSU Dominguez Hills Extension, and a MA in Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. Beginning her nonprofit career as first an intern then a Communications and PR assistant at the famed Lula Washington Dance Theatre, she then worked as Development Coordinator at Precision Dance Company while teaching literature, history, and gender and women's studies in the Africana Studies Department at CSU Dominguez Hills. While at Dominguez she was instrumental in introducing women, gender, and arts-focused courses and programs to the Africana Studies Department, coordinating panels featuring community activists and entrepreneurs as well as scholars, and starting the first annual Naturally Beautiful Hair Show that continues to be held annually. She has since used her skills in teaching, PR, grantwriting, and organizing with South LA arts organizations such as The World Stage Performance Gallery and Community Literature Initiative. She has served as a volunteer and monthly Anansi Writer's Workshop host at The World Stage and has been active in campaigns to pass Proposition 47 and include women and girls of color in President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative.
Jalondra is currently focused on completing her doctoral studies in Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside and developing her next fiction project. Her research focuses on discourses of gender and sexuality in Black popular political thought, as reflected through popular literature. She still plans cultural and educational events in South Los Angeles and its bordering communities, and accepts limited poetry and fiction readings, speaking engagements, guest lectures, and teaching opportunities.