Jennifer Jones is an award-winning performer recognized worldwide for her groundbreaking accomplishments and equal rights advocacy in the arts. In 1987, she became the first African American Radio City Music Hall Rockette, making her the first black female performer since the New York City troupe’s 1932 establishment to be honored with the distinction. Her RCMH Rockette national debut was in 1988 during the Super Bowl XXII Halftime Show. In 1989, she was crowned Miss Morris County Pageant Queen in her native New Jersey as its first African American champion. During her penultimate year rostering at the RCMH Rockettes, she performed in the ensemble of the 2001 Broadway revival of “42nd Street,” which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Jones is currently writing a memoir and children’s book in an ongoing commitment to share her milestones with a broad global community. As one of this era's most inspirational figures, she's also committed to bringing her essential triumphs to the big screen.
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.