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 …

Film Prize

Recently we were selected to be a #LouisianaFilmPrize finalist for the third time! EEEK! This was our best showing yet, as “Nana Ki Dum” garnered two big prizes – top 5 finalist and Founders’ Circle Winner – which means we were a judges’ favorite! We are incredibly excited to take #NanaKiDum on the festival road, applying to such giants as …

Screensavers!

Treat your eyes and your desktop to these brilliantly designed screensavers – inspired by our limited edition lapel pins.

The Monkees Saga Recap

If you’ve been following on the social media channels, then you know all about the Monkees fun facts fridays I’ve been doing. Here is a recap of each post, in case you missed it! Fun Facts Fridayyy Part 1 The MONKEES are all my all-time favorite band. Full stop. No one will ever love me better. I remember when my …

The SHOULD-ers Full

I was full on gonna write a blog called, “I Used to be Pretty,” about how I didn’t realize my “attractive” phase was over and how I wished I were as fat as the first time I thought I was fat (you’ve all seen that meme.) ALSO, sidebar: may the amazing spirits of all my English teachers past and present …