Jamica El! on Please Hang Out With Me, Episode 3

“For me, for a long time, I didn’t see myself as a parent. Then, when I became pregnant with my son, I was like, ‘I don’t feel like I’m ready, but I do know that I really love my partner and that we’ve nurtured our relationship for a long time.’ That became, for me, the bottom line: I don’t know if it’s the right time or anything else, but I do know that my son is a product of love, and that’s something that I’ll always want him to know.”

DJ, technologist, and #1 PHOWM booster Jamica El finds room in the nap schedule for a chat! Jamica and I met through the underground hand-me-down network that’s been bringing new parents together since the invention of baby clothes, and her support and encouragement is one of the major reasons why this show exists. She’s a role model for anyone who’s had to rediscover their creative practice (and their sense of self-worth) after a major life transformation, and she’s a Virgo so you know she’ll tell you the truth.

Topics in this episode include: spending her Buzzfeed fellowship developing an open-source wearable camera intended to counter-surveil law enforcement, and her decision to walk away from the project when it started attracting investors; the dangers of keeping your (assumed) audience too sharply in focus; building a foundation of love for her infant son that will be stronger than any racist algorithm; exactly how much pessimism is the right amount. Find more Jamica at afrodjiak.com

Please Hang Out With Me: A Show About Constraints is a talk show where Channing Kennedy tries to have smart conversations with people he respects while simultaneously trying to manage a baby.

cover art by Carta Monir
opening theme is ‘elaine’ by kendall :3
Season One underwritten by Art/Work Practice, LLC
PHOWM on Instagram @pleasehangoutwithme
Channing on Twitter @ckdotbiz

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