A Foreword By The Black Queen
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of tomorrow; In this case we are talking about creative collaborators The Tomorrows.
As a Black Queen and Atlanta native, it is vital that I take a moment to salute the city’s greatest influencers. These are the men and women who dedicate their time to ensure southern hospitality flourishes in our homes, schools, offices, and social venues. It is in our nature to welcome artists, business owners, and tech companies into the wealth of opportunity Georgia’s capital has to offer. Afterall, Atlanta is known for having a diverse blend of migrants from every corner of the globe.
As social strategist Bem Joiner eloquently put it “Atlanta Influences Everything”. Bem and I had the chance to exchange ideas over a deep conversation. We talked about young talent, Atlanta as the black mecca, and creating opportunities for growth in the inner city:
It’s most obvious in the dances from urban youth, even in the late 90’s we always made a statement “Atlanta is here”. Now we are more impactful because gravity pulled black culture from NY, Houston, St. Louis, Gary Indiana, Detroit, and Chicago. Now the world appropriates the unique rawness of A-town’s rising talent. The future of popular culture is here.
The Future of Tmrrws
The Tomorrows (#TMRRWS) is a unique collective of creatives and creators based in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-founders Ian Ford & Bem Joiner use their social influence to curate art, music, and talent under one umbrella. The business model fosters the development of ambitious millennials like renaissance woman “Yami Mami” depositing rich offerings into Atlanta’s Creative Economy.
Yamileth Jamarillo, born in Panama City, Panama, is my first feature for The Black Queen Chronicles; a series highlighting the stories behind female influencers who may play a vital role in the city’s progress but are often found working behind the scenes. This episode features the impact of Afro-Caribbeans on Atlanta culture especially where black communities thrive and survive.
Special thanks to Tomorrows ambassador @MissYamiMami for the festive feature.
Happy Birthday (December 10th) Queen!
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- Who Is Miss Yami Mami?
Well… Yamileth Jaramillo is Miss Yami Mami. Just a Panamanian/Colombian woman aiming to make a difference in this world through my God given talents and consistent effort. I’m a writer above all else, but through my diverse interests I’ve managed not to be bound by any particular medium. I like to think of myself as a piritual person that is blowing in the wind and allowing the universe to do what it does. In the meantime I try to fill my time with moments that are worth a damn (at least to me). I’m a walking contradiction; Soft yet aggressive, sensitive yet detached at times, a bit reckless, but calculated depending on the situation. I’m no different than anyone else, but I am uniquely myself. I’m not meant for everyone to understand, but that’s cool too.
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“I like to think of myself as a spiritual person that is blowing in the wind and allowing the universe to do what it does.”
- When did you know you wanted to become a Renaissance Woman?
When I realized that I got bored easily and in order for me to fully commit to anything. I had to nurture all the different facets of myself both professionally and personally.
- How is Atlanta bridging the gap between Caribbean immigrants and Georgia natives?
Simple… ATLANTA INFLUENCES EVERYTHING (shoutout to to #AIE and the TMRRWS team… shameless plug 😂 ). Seriously though, especially now when it’s getting the proper recognition it deserves. I know the most popular immigrant ports were once New York, South Florida and California, but even natives from all of those places are making a home in the A. It’s more than just economic, although it definitely plays a role, but it’s a cultural appreciation here for Caribbeans and Hispanics that sets this city apart. ATLiens have made an entire culture out of welcoming people like us while still maintaining their own essence as a city.
- What is your favorite art medium?
Depending on the day… the answer would change. I get bored easily. Even things I love get put on hold momentarily if I feel it’s over saturated in my life. Today’s excitement would probably be television because I barely get to sit down and watch it. So when I do it’s like I’m treating myself.
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Hopefully living out of a suitcase traveling the world and getting paid for it in a variety of different ways so I’ll never be bored. I see myself as a published author and a respected curator of dope sh#$! 😄
- You are all over the digital landscape, working with and for different brands. You’ve worked with djs, artists, cultural curators, and a bunch of creatives. Can you mention some of your favorite projects with influencers?
The Tomorrows (#TMRRWS) is a small collective of creatives. I am fortunate to be brought on by Ian Ford as a writer and have worked with very influential socialite Bem Joiner who is a member of the team as well, along with a few others. Ian took a chance on me without even reading samples. He was sold on my personality and hired me off of “vibes” and intuition, I suppose.
Been working with them for 3 years and to be honest… EVERYTHING I do with TMRRWS makes me excited. I love everything we represent as a team. One of the things that I love most is that we’re involved in a lot of projects behind the scenes. Our names may not be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but we’re still very relevant to the culture. We’re the ones that are always around, but most people don’t know what the fx*k we actually do.
- You have been featured as one of the faces of the TMRRWS, how important is digital marketing to creating a dope brand in real life?
Today, social media is imperative. Unless you’re aiming to brand with the allure of being hard to find. There’s a way to do anything you want to do in any way you want to do it, but you have to keep in mind that this is the digital age and technology can make your job a LOT easier if you use it right. [It’s pretty much the big web that keeps us all connected] Follow @Tmrrws page and @snakenation.co (almost forgot to plug them in).
- ATLANTA is full of a lot stars, but there are plenty of posers too. How do you cut the BS and get straight to the good stuff?
Unfortunately you can’t! Honestly, I wouldn’t want to! How can you tell what is real if you have no experience with the latter? I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference if I wasn’t personally exposed to it. That’s what makes finding genuine awesomeness so spectacular! The fact that you shuffled through the bullsh$x and found it is what makes it special.
- Name some of your top influences, you know people who have inspired you whether they are dead/alive.
I would say that my Tomorrows team and Snake Nation fam are all inspiring to me. I tend to be the youngest in most of my meetings and I’m just trying to soak up all the sage wisdom I can. They’ve been in the game longer than me so they have a lot to teach me.
Nicole Garner is someone I idolize from a distance because of her career and the things she’s accomplished. She was also an early supporter of me while I was in college throwing small parties.
My siblings are probably my biggest influences though. From my older sister, Iliana, my little brother, Darryl, and my baby sister, Daijah, they all encourage me to keep going. They make everything worth it. I do everything I do with hopes of one day making it a little easier for them to accomplish their dreams too.
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“My siblings are probably my biggest influences though.”
- Your social media + shameless plugs:
I’ve learned to work silently and let go of the ego. Everyone wants credit for everything and through them I’ve learned I don’t need it. The credit will come… I just have to keep working with purpose. We represent the minority.
While everyone is attached to the glitz and glamour of this creative movement in ATL, we are the ones getting our hands dirty and keeping our mouths closed. Okay maybe not me because I talk too much, but you get the idea [laughs].
I feel as though I haven’t worked with creatives like Sean [Fahie] and Miya [Bailey] yet. I promote their stuff because they’re dope to me and I’ll always show love to good energies doing cool stuff in the city. I am hoping to get a chance to work with them in the future in a closer capacity eventually. Everything when the moment is right.