I Can Truthfully Say; I Did That Thing!!!
Hi, I'm Janette!
As a native North Carolinian, I began writing at an early age; writing many poems, essays and short stories through the years. Later on in life, I wrote, adapted, produced and directed the ‘Passion of the Christ,’ taken solely from the four Gospels. The adaptation of the ‘Twelve Steps to the Cross’ was totally performed in ‘mime’ and is periodically performed during the Easter season at my church.
I later branched out into the community in 2002 and produced Sistah Girl, my first major stage production, receiving rave reviews. The production had a successful run during that period. In 2005 Sistah Girl Revisited manifested and then in 2008, Sistah Girl Now & Again was presented as a tribute to a beloved deceased cast member. I hold the willing spirit of each cast member in high esteem for their steadfast dedication. I would also like to thank my little brother, Samuel Jones of Virginia Beach, Virginia for his unwavering support of my vision over the years. Thanks for believing in your sis, bro!
Cloudy Witness, a work of fiction, derived from a combination of a 'night vision' I experienced and the concept of both Sistah-Girl and Brotha’-Man. It was published in 2012. The vision depicted cloud-like angelic beings accompanied by a figure seated on a throne. This literary work is solely based on the scripture of Hebrew 12:1 “therefore, since we are encompassed about by such a great cloud of witnesses...” .
Finding A Happy Medium, is an inspirational fictional novel greatly anticipated by my readers that will pick up where Cloudy Witness left off.
My acting debut began as a featured personality in the Emmy Award winning 2009 documentary, ‘An Inaugural Ride to Freedom: The Legacy of a People, a Movement, and a Mission,’ an Omowale Akintunde film. The documentary was a depiction of a cross country bus trip made by college students, and members of the Omaha community to the inauguration of President Barak Obama. The following year in 2010 found me cast as Evelyn in Omawale’s film ‘Wigger.’ I was honored to work alongside such acting greats as the late Meshach Taylor (Designing Women), and Anna Maria Horsford (Amen, Wayan Brothers and Reed Between the Lines).
Make My Day Floral Creations: a high-end home based business that consists of wedding planning/floral designing. Many brides in Omaha can boast of 'having had their day made by Janette," including those as far away as Chicago, Arizona, Texas, California, and Georgia.
Art was yet another God given gift. I was once enrolled as an correspondent art student with the 'Famous Artist School' in New York City, that once boasted of Norman Rockwell as an alumni. My artwork (shown) was commissioned by two individual near and dear to my heart, Kenzle and Jaylen; my grand kiddies. Muahh!! I also tried my hand at painting.
September 19, 2014 marked an epic milestone in my life when I became an ordained clergy (local deacon). I currently serve as an associate minister with the Allen Chapel AME Church located in South Omaha, Nebraska. And on September 14, 2016, I obtained the dubious honor of becoming a local elder. I now serve as an associate pastor at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church along side my pastor, Presiding Elder Benjamin R. Finnell.
Yay, praise God!
Just a few sketches done for the grand-kids.
This September marked the year I became an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church! Just a few of my friends and classmates.
My first try at painting.