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Check Out Jesus “JFLOW” Flores and Angel “SGN” Romero’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesus “JFLOW” Flores and Angel “SGN” Romero.

Hi Jesus “JFLOW” and Angel “SGN”, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
We (SGN and JFLOW) first connected while teaching in the community of Watts at the Jordan Education Complex. It was our first time working as professionals within a high school context, and we got to co-teach a reading intervention class. A few years into teaching, we realized that personal growth and character development is not being explicitly taught to young people growing up in dire circumstances. Upon making this observation, we decided to begin working on what would eventually become our first book, This Foo: 7 Lessons for Burros and Bag Chaser$, which is a humorous personal growth book focusing on hustling and healing. Our goal is to make healthy personal growth and collective healing more accessible to folx in our community.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Selling our book has been a fun ride to say the least. We are independent writers so we rely heavily on local bookstores choosing to carry our book, pop-up events, and Amazon sales. We have built every single aspect of our book and brand organically, and what we have found is that challenges can be as smooth or as problematic as you allow them to be. For every bookstore that has decided to carry our book, there are at least ten bookstores that have rejected or ignored us. The publishing industry is tremendously difficult to break into. Nevertheless, we’ve sold over 600 copies of our book which is not bad for two full-time teachers who utilize evenings and weekends to maintain our dreams of one day becoming full-time writers.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We are authors and educators. We specialize in urban non-fiction and self-help books. We are known for being philosophical, funny, and healing-centered. Our writing invites the reader on introspective journeys of healing and self-actualization by delving into soul-piercing topics in a light-hearted manner. What we are most proud of is the community love we have received through our book. As self-published authors, we understood that this was purely experimental and that it might not be a hit. However, what was once considered a hobby and a dream has now manifested into a moonshot with serious momentum. The immense support from like-minded foos has been truly spectacular and we are truly grateful for our readers and supporters. What sets us apart from others is that we don’t fit or try to fit the “writer stereotype” because we’re ghetto-nerds. We’re educated foos and we don’t try to hide it by “dressing up” or performing the bourgeois intellectual routine of overintellectualizing the trivial. Our words are raw, precise, and incisive. We proudly traverse in between, through, and across academic linguistics codes and vernacular speech. Our work is unapologetically Brown with a keen focus on universal principles and self-actualization.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?

SGN: I live in the city of Pacoima, CA with my wife. I’ve only been here for three years, but she was born and raised here. Personally, I love Pacoima. It feels like home. It’s very Brown and non-gentrified; something I appreciate. What I like least about the city would probably be the heat during the summertime.

JFLOW: I live in the city of Huntington Park, which if you don’t know is literally right next door to L.A. What I love the most about Huntington Park is that it has always felt like home and it gets lit for Mexico games, lol. I also love all the great taco spots available everywhere. What I like the least is that it’s super active and superpopulated. But I do want to say this about L.A.: it’s a beautiful salad bowl of multicultural resilience. It’s powerful, creative, deeply historical, and yet it remains a mysterious conglomeration of tragic fate.

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