10 Truths: Jazmine Hughes

Jazmine Hughes

  • Something about you that might surprise others?
  • Grocery stores are my passion. I recently went to Fairway and cried.
  • What’s your favorite age?
  • 22 was a dope year, but I think 32 is going to be the best year of my life. We’ll check back in.
  • What do you admire most in others?
  • I need to know how people keep secrets. Anytime something newsworthy happens to me, I have to share it.
  • Something that turns you off immediately?
  • Inflexibility, being a downer. Put a smile on your face and get happy.
  • What makes you smile?
  • Surprises, fresh flowers, a mango that has already been cut up and peeled for me, a note in the mail.
  • What’s your biggest insecurity or fear?
  • Did you see that Ask Polly response called ‘You Are Not Uniquely Fucked?’ I’m sitting with the idea that I’m just… a normal person. I may have a pedestrian life. Maybe there’s nothing extraordinary about me. I’m forcing myself to come to terms with it because it’s probably true.
  • When do you feel like the best version of yourself?
  • When I feel that I’ve been open-hearted and honest and helped someone. Or when I’ve gone for a run and had a smoothie before 9 AM.
  • Words you live by?
  • “Sharpen your oyster knife.” It’s a phrase from a Zora Neale Hurston essay called How It Feels To Be Colored Me. I read it for the first time when I was 18, and it blew my entire world open. She was upset at this perception people had of her—because she was black, and because she was a woman—that she had to lead this down-trodden and sorrowful life. She says in it, “No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.” And, “Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can anyone deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It is beyond me.” I read it and thought, ‘Oh…. this is about me.’ It’s been especially relevant in my adult years. I could fall prey to despair, or I could remind myself: “No, your knife is getting sharper. The world is more attainable.”
  • What have you yet to figure out?
  • My hair. Maybe at 32.
  • What have you figured out?
  • I want to have a baby… someday. I’ve told my therapist and my friends so I can now tell the internet. It’s a very new feeling that I’m working on accepting! I used to believe if you wanted to be a successful, powerful woman with a really impressive career, that having a baby is not compatible with that. But now I know that I want to make room in my life for that option. In… many, many years.