I’m Kami Jones, the Master of My Milieu.
Once upon a time, there was a rapper named Saafir. He had this song called Light Sleeper where he mentioned that he was the Master of his Milieu. I then determined I would always be the master of mine also, and I have been since then. Also, you’re welcome for that blast from the past track plug right there.
I’m a lot of things to a lot of folks, but in my yoga teacher training, we discussed how the ways that we identify ourselves are not really who we are at all, because really we are everything, and therefore not small individual things. I may have made that more complicated, or easier. The things that I’ve identified with in a strong way are: I am Black. I am female. I am a doctor (in developmental psych – I can’t operate on you). I’m a yoga instructor. I’m an actor. I’m a thinker. I’m a writer. I’m a creative. I’m a lover. I’m a healer. I’m a daughter. I’m a sister. I’m an auntie. I’m a grandchild. I’m a traveler. I’m a learner. And obvs, the list goes on. Most recently, I’m also a researcher at a tech company, working on products that I actually believe in with people who I like. I am happy.
I enjoy learning about people and making music mostly. While I learn about people everyday, I haven’t been doing much on the side of making music. But I’ll be back.
In terms of the more boring (or more exciting stuff, depending on who you are), I currently enjoy doing research on urban youth development and critical thinking. I’m still trying to figure it out, and will never have all of the answers. I have to be ok with that. We all do. But, you can find out more about some of the research I’ve done by clicking here.
In addition to being an academic, I’m also an artiste. I graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film/Television production and a focus on screenwriting, and I danced and choreographed professionally throughout college and for many years after, prior to attending grad school. As a dancer and choreographer, I performed on tours and in videos with artists such as Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Will Smith, and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. As an actor, I’ve done commercials for Ebay, American Express, 7 UP, Campbell’s, and many others, and hosted a show on NBC called Operation Junkyard, and as a writer, I’ve written songs for several solo artists, and well… for myself. Speaking of which, I also was a rapper of sorts. I’ve been poet/lyricist all my life – or at least since the 3rd grade, according to a school publication I recently found. I love writing. Poetry. Stories. Blogs. And lyrics. You can check out some of that stuff here.
While I still continue to act and choreograph, I also enjoy doing artistic direction for live shows, in addition to teaching yoga. I be doin’ the most. If you want to do the most with me, you can check out my yoga class schedule here.
The things I love most are learning, traveling, and engaging in new cultures with new people (well… new to me). I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world both as an academic, and as a performer, and sometimes have the opportunity to merge the two. Well for me, they always merge, but you get the picture. I currently reside in Brooklyn with my husband and my dog. I know my neighbors. They are all cool. I hope they’re not forced out, due to the new entitled folks (and me, also). I’m also probably doing things I forgot to mention. I luh you, doh. So thanks for stopping by.