As a social worker and avid storyteller, Jayson Kristopher Jones explores the intersections of race, poverty, and all forms of oppression. He currently serves as the Director of Learning Design and Innovation at the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and as a consultant to educators and nonprofit organizations focused on anti-racist and oppressive training.
In 2018, Jayson created and hosted the Webby-nominated Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative podcast.
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I Quiet Quit Years Ago
And, I’m Better For It It’s 2013 and I’m 24. I’m staring into her eyes, damp from the freshly drawn tears, and I imagine they must have once been filled with light. I imagine that everyone’s eyes are filled with hope, like those of children, at least once. But, not now. Now,…Keep reading
How Does it Feel to Be Black?
It’s 2022 and I’m still contemplating your question. I stared at you wondering if we’d ever met and we had. We met when we read together in the fifth grade. We met once at the arcade when you told my mom that we should leave and “give other folks” a…Keep reading
I Got Vaccinated Because I’m Selfish
We talked about our mistrust in the system and our desire to see what happens after obtaining more data. She read the initial reports and concerns with that particular trial. Far from an anti-vaxxer, she just wanted to make sure that benefits outweighed the risks. I just didn’t want to…Keep reading
Not All Black People Can Rap and Other Confessions
You’re not the first to be disappointed by my lyrical deficiencies. I first let Nas down in the summer of 2007 in my freshman year of college. As I headed to a math lecture, two melanin-deficient young women stopped me.Keep reading