Jamila is a Chicago based R&B Singer who is unafraid to speak her truth. Starting with a talent for poetry, she soon realized that songwriting is simply poetry set to music. After touring the country, she sat down to pen her follow up album and immediately realized she wanted to paint lyrical picture of her heroes and idols in black history and culture including Gwendolyn Brooks and Toni Morrison, as well as Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. Jamila is an activist, award-winning poet, and singer/songwriter who is a vital part of the creative artist community in her native Chicago. She is the Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of YCA’s Teaching Artist Corps. A Pushcart Prize winner, her poetry has been published by Poetry Magazine, Haymarket Books and Third World Press. Jamila was a 2015 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship awarded by the Poetry Foundation. She is also a member of the Dark Noise Collective of poets & educators of color.