Jaelani Turner-Williams

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Jaelani Turner-Williams is an Ohio-raised culture writer with bylines in Billboard, Complex, MTV News, Pitchfork, Teen Vogue, VMP and other outlets. A graduate of The Ohio State University, she's also a budding scriptwriter with forthcoming projects for audio-first digital media company Double Elvis Productions.

In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?

Allowing things to be and flow in their natural state, I’m always in a mindset of acceptance. In looking to nature, I respect its constant changes, which teaches humankind to move through the course of life without struggle. As a Black writer, I often seek earthly and metaphysical practices, sending forth their messages to marginalized communities.

What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?

Uplifting the wellbeing of others as much as ourselves. I’m mindful of how my existence affects the planet, opting for a plant-based lifestyle for a reduced carbon footprint. Being one with the Earth means putting the ecosystem ahead of our own self-indulgence.

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