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“Be a lady,” they said. “Be a queen,” we said…

Hey love,

I’ve been mulling over something lately. Specifically this, “do you have to know darkness to better appreciate the light?” I even wrote a song about it, fittingly titled “Darkness to Light.” I’ll share it at some point.

As I’m writing this, it’s overcast, cloudy and pouring down rain outside… and I love it. I love the sound of raindrops falling on the ground, in the trees, on the leaves, on the windows. Something about the sound is soothing. I also love the moments after it rains when everything seems lighter and clearer. To me, rain represents renewal. And, as March comes to an end, so does the month that Women’s History is celebrated in the United States of America. Yet, I feel renewed.

Thinking about the life’s work of the many women who have passed this way before me renews my confidence, strength and belief that although there have been many advances, things can and will be better. This will only happen if we collectively work to move from possibility to reality.

So, for this Kwanza Jones Chronicles, I have 3 things for you: insight, inspiration and an investment.


Historically, in the United States and throughout the world, women’s lives and bodies have been subject to control by men. Did you know that women could not sign legal agreements or open a credit card in their own name? And, rape was not originally a crime and act of violence against a female’s body, but instead was a property crime against the victim’s father? And, even now, many state legislatures are enacting laws that put more restrictions on abortions and limit women’s reproductive health and rights.

I’m reminded of then-Senator, now Vice President Kamala Harris’ question to Brett Kavanaugh at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing. She asked, “Can you think of any laws that give the government power to make decisions about the male body.” He responded, “I’m not aware — I’m not — thinking of any right now, senator.”

The lack of regulations on men’s reproductive rights coupled with the increasing bans on women’s rights demonstrates the demise of women’s autonomy and equality. It is tantamount to women being treated as second-class citizens again.

I spoke about this in the town hall I held after the screening of my Problem musical PSA (public service announcement).


Have you ever reached a point in your life when it feels easier to just give up? Whether we want to admit it or not, we’ve all had these moments. I sure have. When you have these moments be inspired by the actions and accomplishments of others, like:

Persevering through adversity can be difficult but perseverance is part of making Queen Moves Only. Remember, you don’t have to be a woman or female-identifying to make Queen Moves. Here are 7 Ways You Can Own Your Power

And, here’s a motivational Kwanza Quick Tip to boost you. How to be more powerful…


Listen…money is a powerful tool, but it’s not everything. When I invest, I always keep in mind that it’s not just about the numbers and returns, it’s also about the impact.

I co-founded the Kwanza Jones & José E. Feliciano Initiative with two overarching goals in mind – to boost humanity and power possibilities. When evaluating an investment opportunity, track records are important but there has to be more. I always ask myself, does this company, fund manager, or entrepreneur align with one of our pillars of advancing entrepreneurship, education, equity or empowerment? And, will investing in this company and in these individuals create more opportunities for people of all backgrounds?

Just as female entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker left a powerful legacy, so are the female entrepreneurs and fund managers we have invested in through the Jones Feliciano Initiative. This month I’m celebrating and highlighting our female partners. Check them out below:

Ulu Ventures – Miriam Rivera, CEO & Managing Director

Title Boxing Club/ BoxUnion – Felicia Alexander, Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer

Stillmark – Alyse Killeen, Founding Managing Partner

Inspired Capital – Alexa von Tobel, Founder & Managing Partner and Penny Pritzker, Founder

Guild Education – Rachel Carlson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Chingona Ventures – Samara Hernandez, Founding Partner

Backstage Capital – Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner

The work these women are doing reminds me of the wise words of poet Nikki Giovanni: “The unwillingness to try is worse than any failure.”

Until next time, beyond simply moving through life, do something each day that connects with you truly living. Dare to try and know that you are not alone!

Who loves you? I do.

Bye for now,

Kwanza Jones Signature

Upcoming: The humanitarian crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been heartbreaking. My team and I have been working on a song of inspiration and hope because I am SUPERCHARGED means more now than ever. Stay tuned. We’ve almost finished recording it. Can’t wait to share it with you.

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