The first thing to understand about me is that I never thought anyone wanted to hear my story.
Then I got handpicked by O, The Oprah Magazine, to be one of its O Mag Insiders among an exclusive group of influencers, so here goes!
My name is Jennifer Jones and I’m a Radio City Music Hall Rockette alumnae ’87.
As its first African American dancer, I smashed through the longstanding color barrier mandated by the troupe’s foundation in 1925, and went-on to a 15-year career.
When I turned 51 last month, those Rockette years comprised 30% of my total days lived on this great earth. Dancing with the gals became my whole purpose and being.
It’s been a long journey to find my individual voice, and it’s a work in progress.
When I hung-up my high-heeled dance shoes two decades ago, I said goodbye to the medium that transmitted my voice to global audiences. Now as a freshly-minted O Magazine Insider, I’ve been given the honor to connect with multiple-millions of readers through O, the Oprah Magazine.
Through the years, Oprah has been my bright light, and O, the Oprah Magazine has been my blueprint to understanding how to live my best life.