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”