Biography

Born August 17th, 1986 in Kansas City, MO, Jasmine D. Taylor displayed a love for writing at a very young age. At the age of 9 Jaz wrote and illustrated her first book, entitled Eek There’s A Mouse. As she entered middle school, she looked for outlets to show her talents. Jaz won several writing contests, and toyed with becoming a lyricist. As Jaz matured, so did her writing. In her teenage years, poetry became her solace.

“I always wanted to draw but couldn’t, so I painted my pictures with words.”

At the age of 16, Jaz teamed with Tre’ Holland of Dreamworld Music Group to start the online publication, Young Soul Magazine.

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew about writing and Tre’ knew about music. Neither of us knew how to run a magazine.”

Being editor of the magazine gave Jaz her first real taste of journalism. She refocused her energy into enrolling in college to study print journalism. The quality of her work and gusty journalism style landed Jaz a scholarship from the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. Jaz received the first ever scholarship awarded in Lucille H. Bluford’s name.

“I was honored. Respected journalists seeing a bit of Ms. Bluford inside of me, means a lot.”

The Kansas City School District also took notice. The Kansas City Star published an article Jaz wrote defending her inner-city school from the views of a visiting suburban student. At graduation, she was awarded the superintendents scholarship.

Along with many other academic scholarships, she also received a full tuition scholarship to Clark Atlanta University where she enrolled in the fall of 2004.  Jaz quickly proved herself academically and was one of the first students allowed to do a double concentration within the Mass Media Arts program. She also wrote for the campus newspaper, The Panther.

Unfortunately, her dream would not last. Jaz began experiencing widespread chronic pain. Eventually, she was forced to break the terms of her scholarship, withdraw from the university, and return home.

Although her medical condition remained unknown, she never gave up on her education. She attended various schools in Kansas City including the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and DeVry Online before finding her fit at Rockhurst University.

Diagnosed with fibromyalgia, Jaz completed her BSBA in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration in the Spring of 2011.

“I feel God allowed me to go through this trial to build me up and empower others. Everything in my life has come full circle.”

Jasmine D. Taylor is President of, Noteworthy by Jaz, LLC. The business provides a variety of writing and consultation services for business owners. Recently, Jaz expanded the company to include Noteworthy Jewels by Jaz, where she serves as the head designer of its line of ethnic handmade earrings.

She also enjoys poetry and being an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

My goal is to represent everything: “Print, Passion & Flyyness”

12 thoughts on “Biography”

  1. I”m a music producer/artist as well as an inspiring journalist… I”m currently taking classes at Johnson county… maybe one day we will work together weather it related to journalism or music. Hit me at myspace.com/sonnylavae or on mics on fire… You are very inspiring … thanks for sharing your story !!

    • noteworthybyjaz said:

      Thank you. I’m happy my story was able to do that for you. I share it (or bits and pieces) hoping that it’ll help someone in a positive way. That’s what makes going through it worth it for me. I’m never on myspace anymore, but I can certainly add you as a friend. myspace.com/jaz04 (there’s also a link to my page in the “Links” section). I’ve heard good things about JoCo. I would definitely look into attending the annual workshop put on by the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists. It’s a two week intensive workshop that taught me more about journalism (print & broadcast) then college ever did. Contact them directly or contact Louis Duigood at the Kansas City Star. He’s great!

  2. Johnnie Weathersby III said:

    Hey Jazzy-mon – it’s Johnnie from Lincoln! My friend at work told me he bumped in to you and would be attending your “30 Under 30” celebration. I just wanted to say congratulations and stay on your grind!! I’ll enter the race next year. You can be my mentor 🙂

    • noteworthybyjaz said:

      Hey my Johnnie! I want that picture you took at 1st Friday!! Yea Keion is one of my good friends from college. I’m happy you two found eachother. Thank you so much! Hope to see you there on Thursday or at the gala on Sunday where they announce the industry selected #15. Oh hush! You don’t need a mentor, but I’m always here for business advice. I still don’t know how I was “entered.” Apparently several people nominated me. Just get on your grind, stay focused, and do you. Someone will notice! Send a link to your blog so I can add you to my blog roll. Luv Ya!

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  5. Ambria DeMire said:

    Hi Jaz, I saw you last night at The Presence of A Strong, Black Woman and I just wanted to tell you how inspiring you were to me. I also love poetry, so I was able to connect with you on some level. The advice you gave us was without a doubt valuable. Of course a lot of it was common sense, but sometimes you need someone to reinforce it. Im going through a certain situation with a guy, but your wise words motivated me to end it. I’m worth more. Just know that if you didn’t touch anyone else in the room with your stories…you touched me.
    *You are very talented*
    Thanks again for the words of wisdom, Sincerely, Ambria DeMire P.

    • noteworthybyjaz said:

      Thank you (i didn’t see the first half of your comment). I’m happy it reached someone. I prayed before I wrote it so those words were for someone. Just know everything will work out just fine. I don’t know when but you’ll smile!

  6. Ambria DeMire said:

    Oh and btw , I have posted the points you told us to write down during your poem on my wall. Such an eye opener ! I so needed this !

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