Jamila Davis a prison reformed activist as well as an author of several books. Her first published book was “The High Price I Had To Pay” which tells her life story about being a real estate investor in NJ and how she ended up with a 12 ½ yr. prison sentence, “She’s All Caught Up”, and more. After her interview with Empower Magazine, she talks more in depth about her sentence and her placement in the Danbury Federal Prison Camp, in Danbury, Connecticut.
During her time in Danbury, she was privileged to meet a young lady by the name of Sunshine Smith-Williams, from her neighborhood of Queens, New York. Davis discovered that Williams mother, a 7th grade English teacher, first encouraged Ms. Williams to write. While serving their time the ladies decided to collaborate on Williams’s book, “The Ten Commandments of a Boss Chick.” Williams was one of the true and dear friends of Davis while incarcerated and never lost contact. While staying in touch with Sunshine, they collaborated with Aisha Hall, which is another phenomenal young woman Davis met while incarcerated.
The trio connected to create “The Pink Panther Clique” book series, an urban fiction series about three women who meet in prison and utilize their contacts, connections, and wisdom to take it to the top. They recently released the first Volume in the series on October 3rd. The project was done in collaboration with Wahida Clark who inspired all of these wonderful women to write.
Davis took great pleasure and pride in working with Wahida Clark on their book series. The Book series has been doing very well on the market and October 3rd was another amazing day for all of the ladies involved, it was also the day Aisha Hall came home from prison, after spending nine years in the feds. Through their stories, they’re getting to share their unified message, which is, “You can’t keep a boss chick down.” Meaning regardless of what obstacles you go through you can rise above them.
As a collective they all want people to know “you can take trials, tribulations, and obstacles, which we call “lemons” and turn them into “lemonade (Davis).” Davis goes on to say, “we’re fortunate enough to be a part of the management of “Yandy Smith” from Love and Hip-Hop New York, who are helping to get the ladies great exposure.” Now the ladies are getting some of the light that they needed, which helps to equate into book sales. It’s a slow grind, according to Davis, but really, they’re not only in it for the money they have a vested interest in a greater purpose and that is to change the consciousness of our people.
Today their goals and motives are really different than what they were before. Back then, the ladies were just chasing the money, and truly believe that their time behind bars has changed the focus on their individual purpose in life. In the end, she’s not telling you all, she didn’t deserve some form of punishment for what she did wrong, however, the 12 ½ year sentence was very harsh. Actually, it was heartless and to her recollection, the judge just didn’t care.
When the details unfolded there were several mistakes in her case, which later came out. When given a chance to fix it, the judge still did not correct what was wrong, which showed Davis, her life did not matter to him.; One of the reasons Davis fights so hard, as she goes along with her life. Davis believes that all lives matter, which is definitive reasons for aspiring to be one of the strongest activists on the front lines to show some of the injustices that go on in the judicial system, Davis states, “something has to change.”
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