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Daily Inspiration: Meet Saleemah Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saleemah Jones.

Hi Saleemah, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started writing in 2007 with a friend to assist her in writing a play and showcased the production in 2008, “You Betta Ask Somebody” addressing HIV/AIDS awareness. I founded Put UR Play On Productions (PUPO) in 2015 and have continued to write and showcase plays with a social conscience that affect our community. Such performances include topics addressing living with HIV, domestic violence, community responsibility/child advocacy, relationships, and colorism. We aim to be a positive force in Edutainment!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road hasn’t been smooth, but it has been an adventure. There have been a few issues along the way such as partnerships terminated but I have been able to overcome those obstacles by having faith in my own solo writing. As a graduate of Grambling State University with a BA in English, I knew I had the ability to write stories on my own what I lacked was the belief that I could actually do it. With some tough love and encouragement, I wrote my first solo play, adapted from author Andy Brown, “Second Place Women Who Come In First: Why She Has Your Man’s Attention and You Don’t.” Since then, I have written and showcased several stage productions.

Another such obstacle was the COVID-19 pandemic. PUPO had just ended our last stage performance in February 2019 and starting to prepare for our summer show when the world shut down. Since theatre was at the back end of things opening up, we were forced to pivot to virtual productions. When putting on the virtual productions, we kept the same ideas in mind as a stage performance. Most shows we performed live and formatted to produce the best virtual show with backgrounds, props, and lots of action.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have practiced law for over 15 years in various areas including but not limited to family law, housing, and as a prosecutor. I have since switched lanes and am now a project manager for Allied Housing Inc., developing affordable housing in the Bay Area. I am most proud of my ability to help others. No matter the field I’m in, law, housing, theatre, I always to help others.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Good health, safety, and healing matter most to me. Going through the pandemic and everything else that came with it has shown that being healthy, safe, and being able to heal, when necessary, from trauma is what’s needed for success on your own terms.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.puturplayon.com
  • Instagram: put_ur_play_on_
  • Facebook: puturplayon
  • Twitter: puturplayon

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