Our digital cover features actress, KJ Smith, who’s energy introduces her long before her words do. Most of us met her as she portrayed guest roles on shows such as Queen Sugar, Being Mary Jane, and Black-ish. KJ has unapologetically made the decision to create the life that she’s always wanted. Whether that means starring in a hit show, such as Sistas on BET or showing up for herself as she continues to embark on a 10-year health journey to improve her quality of life – KJ continues to power through it all. “I am a Black woman in America who is fighting for her people, and I have a voice in my personal life that people can listen to. And in my work life, I’m making history with an icon in this industry.” 

KJ Smith Interviewed by Jelisa Cook

Written by Kristyn Harris

 Photography by Jeremiah Drummond

 Makeup & Hair by finessedbya

Styled by Winnie Stackz