17 ways I self-preserved after June 24

The last few weeks have been a complete shite show. Here’s how I took care of myself and my mental health. 1. I imagined punching Donald Trump in the face. This is not healthy or mature. But for a moment, it felt like smashing the patriarchy a little. 2. I ordered a celebration pizza from Pop-n-Pizza. MY WORD. 3. I …

Jaya’s First Hollywood Premiere!!!!

My first Hollywood premiere was a total dream! “Days of Daisy,” in which I play Dr. Bridget Upadhya, premiered at the famous TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in LA – yes, the one with all the famous handprints out front, including THE AVENGERS! Ell oh ell. It was SOOOOO FUN! One of those moments I’ve always dreamed of – …

Get PUMPED for the StorytellHERS Event!

Exciting news! Local #youngblackandcreative filmmaker Kristi Woodard has curated a one-night-only event in partnership with the Robinson Film Center to celebrate LOCAL FEMALE FILMMAKERS! Eight shorts from eight different female filmmakers will be shown with a Q&A to be hosted after! Our film, Nana Ki Dum, was selected as one of the eight! WAHOO! AAAAAND my fellow female badass Melissa …

I had the honor of being named Physician of the Year by On A Mission Events!!!

I had the honor of being named Physician of the Year by On A Mission Events, which hosted a gala for #InternationalWomensMonth celebrating local women in the community! It was a total and unexpected surprise that came when the validation was very welcome! I try to put awards in their place – that is, gratitude without neediness lol – but …

12 Days of McChristmas: Jaya’s Favorite Things 2021!

WE DONE DONE IT AGAIN Y’ALL! It’s our second annual #McChristmas celebration with a blog of all my favorite things! Last year we started this tradition to help out small bizzes affected during the pandemic…and it turned out to be the *MOST* popular blog post of the year! We know that if you’re reading this, you’re someone who wants to …