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6-5-1: Paunika Jones

By 651 ARTS on October 26, 2015

In an effort to help our audience know more about the artists 651 ARTS presents, we have developed the 6-5-1 Interview—six questions, five minutes, one artist. This interview spotlights Classically Black Salon Series panelist Paunika Jones.

  1. What’s your morning routine?
    • I usually do a very quiet child’s pose, before even leaving my bed. I find it helps with my awakening, spine mobility and mind awareness. Then wash up, meditate or prayer for 30 mins-1 hour and then, check schedule for the day/week. If I can, I’ll take a ballet class or yoga class before heading off into the hustle and bustle of the city.
  2. What’s your fondest memory of being a Black child?
    • There are so many fond memories of being a “black child” so, to pick which is the fondest of them all, is not very easy. Running through a field of high grass with a beautiful breeze and bright, warm sun shining with my brothers and cousins, for lunch time at Big mama’s house. We were always laughing, dancing and singing!!  We’d all spend summers with our grandparents and spend our entire days outside doing kid things like catching tadpoles, looking up at clouds, sharing and making up stories, listening to catch the ice cream man in his truck, eating fresh fruit and things picked from Big Mama’s garden.
  3. How do you define Classically Black?
    • Classically Black: I could define classically black in various ways. As a black ballerina, who has danced and studies various classical, neo-classical and contemporary scores and choreographies, the technique of “classical ballet” in addition to being black, as in a certain way of hearing and feeling what my movement is. The other definition of classically black in my opinion is, a specific way defined by ancient structure of exceptance such as skin tones which are more acceptable in the eyes or beliefs of others. Such as the “brown paper bag” theory.  It’s interesting, I just ran across some writing on this recently.
  4. If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why?
    • Africa. I’ve yet to be there. For spiritual reasons of understanding and discovery. To feel what it would feel like to step on land where black in indigenous and majority. As well as, continue on with my mission and cause, heal, gain more education and experiences.
  5. What’s going to be fly, fresh and fun about being a Black person in 50 years?
    • I am having a hard time answering this question. Since, I can not foretell the future… For, the way things are and have been going, progress seems to have been made, yet not nearly as much as we’ve all hoped for, comparing 50 years before to presently: 2015. So, what I think will be fly and fresh about the future will be clearer but with much more understanding of why and how. I believe we must continue looking into our past, in order to move forward.
  6. How do you love?
    • How do I love? I believe love is made up of many layers, shades and consistencies. We feel love, make love, give love, receive love. The heart is said to be the house of love. As well as the entire body itself. Love is in everything, as God is in everything. How do I love? I love from the inside out. I love through patience given and received. I love as love is given and shown to me, in a pure form. Love can be a scary thing only, in the fact that we protect it some relentlessly, out of fear of it being burnt or scratched. Only love can heal such things. Therefore, love and how one loves is so sacred and special, we are so protective of it. I love through Care, laugher, tears, speech, movement and sleep. I guess I’m trying to say, I love with my life. My heart, body and mind.


651 ARTS would like to thank Paunika Jones for answering our six questions that give a better glimpse of the artists we present. Stay tuned for more artist interviews. Keep up with 651 ARTS by following us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the links to the right.

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