#WCW: Jamilah Unique
Jamilah Unique is exactly what Boston needs right now. As an artistic entrepreneur, Jamilah relentlessly brings together Boston’s artists of all mediums in spaces that incubate growth, networking & creativity. Jamilah is the founder and operator of Art Plug, an artist showcase & networking series that takes place at the Inner Sanctum in Roxbury. We were so happy to get to interview Jamilah and ask her questions about her background and her vision for the future. Her fearlessness and motivation are inspiring.
Make sure to follow Jamilah on her Facebook page, Instagram & Twitter. Epicenter will also be at Jamilah’s next event, Art Plug 3, going down this Friday (9.23) at the Inner Sanctum. The event includes art, vendors, poetry, live music & DJS & more! Tickets are going fast! Grab yours here.
Who has been your most influential mentor?
This question is not an easy one for me, I have found tutelage in many people along the way. Taking indirect lessons and criticism from people I looked up to. My English teacher Ms. Gentile from Latin Academy, my father in all of his absence, my Nana really showed me why we are called woMEN, and people like Amelia Lumpkin from my internship with The Theater Offensive for just caring and showing me ways I could reach people through organization.
How did you get where you are today?
I got here because I needed to get here. Growing up we are all supposed to go to school, graduate and head to college. But I didn’t finish, when I was younger I felt like I was failing my family and that I would become a failure myself. I got here from people not believing in ME as I simultaneously believed in them. It hurt but I learned about Holism in college and that particular word and reasoning stuck with me. I knew there was a big picture and I decided to focus on that.
I knew there was a big picture and I decided to focus on that
I was hurt by a lot of people I trusted, which made me give up. Then I pushed harder. I knew I was Unique and I knew we all were.
Looking at the grand scheme of things I think I really got here because this is where I belong.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I see myself with a family that I have created. I see us flourishing and living comfortably. I see myself outside of Boston, I see myself and my business feeding people (mentally, spiritually, physically). Really being the father I always wanted, as weird as that sounds. I see a strong foundation because that is what I am building.
What about this city inspires you?
The lack of confidence in the city actually inspires me. We are so innovative and creative. We make magic out of dust all while smoking a bunch of reefer. The lack of confidence is so modest and sweet. I want everyone to see the beauty in themselves that I see. Share yourself and be yourself.
I want everyone to see the beauty in themselves that I see. Share yourself and be yourself
I feel like that is how my people will get the recognition we deserve.
Finish these sentences:
Boston should be… working as a unit. We should all want progression for the city and helping one another in ways that we can to uplift local businesses and artists who really pump the little bit of life we have into the city.
Boston should be…less conservative.
Boston could be… raking in so many black dollars!
Boston wants to be… in the lime light. The focus is thrown. We don’t want fame, we want the money and the respect! Remember that.
Boston needs… more love and understanding. There are ways to live separate as one. We don’t have to step on each others toes and spread hate. We can only win together. Tone down the egos because we all shit and hate the way we look sometimes.
We don’t have to step on each others toes and spread hate. We can only win together.