Jazzline Vergara, (Legacy – Poet name)
Carol City Neighborhood in Miami Gardens, Florida
Describe the work that you do…
I am a Florida Freedom Writer and some of my accomplishments include, but are not limited to, being a winner of the My Life Matters Essay contest in Miami Gardens, being published in The Orange Island Review and serving as a panelist, alongside David Johns, at the Florida Education Association Delegate Assembly speaking on the issue of institutionalized racism.
The Florida Freedom Writers are known to participate in several community service events. Partaking in community service activities is one of the many ways they show their gratitude for the endless opportunities provided to them. Some of their community involvement include, but is not limited to No More Broken Hearts, Relay for Life, and the Miami Gardens Teen Life Maze.
I want to be the salt of the earth and never compromise my Truth. I strive to encourage others to share their testimonies, break false stereotypes of race, and to free themselves mentally. My goal is to be more than just an influential artist, but to be a change agent that helps the world to become a better place. Spoken word and writing has always been a sword in my life to tear down adversities and issues by expression and freedom of speech. Being a teaching artist and poet is part of what’s paved into my purpose as a minister, to share the gospel and be proud of my faith in Jesus. Showing young girls and women everywhere that you can still be stylish, know your roots, be gorgeous and adorning, but most importantly be virtuous and more beautiful within.
I will be mentoring young children in the Miami Gardens area through the Poetry Peer Project, as a means to build writing capacity within younger children, ages 5-14, and teens, ages 15-18.
Why is the work important?
It is important to be cognizant of some of the issues going on in the world such as, gun violence, gang violence, Christian persecution, the Bible prophecies coming to pass, sex trafficking, domestic violence, homelessness, and discrimination, etc. And being a Florida Freedom Writer I’m able to write and perform in many places exposing those things. And from the work I do with that I’m able to help inspire and motivate children to write and to share their stories with the world too. Letting the world learn from the statement, ‘if you knew better, you’d do better.’
What inspired this work?
I believe I’m no better than anyone and that everyone can agree on some sort of similar struggle in their life, no matter where you come from. Whether that be emotionally within or physically. All I know is that it’s all important and deserves to be released and not bottled in. Letting go of what I had, has inspired me to share the gifts God has given me and not be selfish about it. If writing helps make an impact not just on myself, but the world too, why not share what can create a circle of life? I’m able to reflect on the old me more everyday, from writing my heart out into existence. And I can only give God the glory for unwrapping me like a present in this present time to the world.
Why are you a proud Puerto Rican?
I’m in love with how diverse we are as a people! No one can label us and no one can rob our identity. I can be me without hesitation because I know the roots that flow through these veins. Ain’t nothing like having the best of THREE worlds in you and getting to bask in those cultures as one. No one can ever tell me I’m trying to be like anybody because I am what I am. I’m Puerto Rican: a plate of flavors that make up one dish. A root connected to an island of happy faces that don’t care about labeling races. We’re family till the end. We’re a band that makes music with friends giving birth to notes that dance in hope. Regardless if we’re lacking instruments in this home, with God as our chef we’ll be seasoned with sofrito, so we’ll be feeling so so-free-though! With a glass of grace to wash it all down in God’s name. I’m proud of what our chef, the Lord, has made. I’d pick this meal any chance I got, to stay as one his Gourmets.
What song is currently in repeat rotation for you?
Chris Tomlin – Good, Good Father
What book is at the top of your favorite book list?
Honestly, I’m going to start reading some books that correlate with the season I’m in now, but above all my top favorite book in my list now would be the “Bible” because I’m learning so much and receiving so much clarity, understanding and hope ever since I asked God to give me a desire, interest and correct understanding of it. Definitely check out the Book of Peter and James.
A book after that would be A Young Woman’s Walk with God: Growing More Like Jesus by Elizabeth George.
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To book me for a performance visit http://www.floridafreedomwriters.com/contact-us.html.
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