A reporter for the Houston Defender media group, Jasemine Knowles is a recent graduate of Texas Southern University, who now covers the newspaper’s local, entertainment, and editorial news.
She began her career in early 2015 as an intern for the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and has since won two third place awards for best Youth Writer of the year in both 2015 and 2016 at the NNPA Annual Convention.
Upon her graduation from TSU, Jasemine not only wrote her way into a full-time position at the Defender, but she landed a five-book publishing deal with Racquel Williams Presents.
Since signing her name on the dotted line of her publishing contract in March 2016, Jasemine has authored and published three books, with her debut: Between Love and a Hard Place finding a new home in the #21 spot on the bestsellers list. Her debut novel is also a story loosely based on her journey in finding herself again after being diagnosed with anxiety in her collegiate years.
In Jasemine’s undergraduate years as an English major, it consisted of community service and leadership.
Having grown up as a military brat, which afforded her to travel a lot and seeing the good, the bad, and the uglies of the world, she dedicated most of her time in giving back and lending a helping hand.
She lived by a famous quote by Winston Churchill:
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give…
As a student at TSU, she was active in not only NAACP, and Kink’s Hair Club, but she also held e-board positions in TSU Association of Black journalists, as treasurer; and served as vice-president for three-years in Habitat for Humanity.
In her senior year of college, Jasemine was inducted into a young women’s mentoring program for women of color called Sister 2 Sistah, which was founded by Rebecca Briscoe of the Houston Style magazine and Nakia Cooper of CW 39, who shared many pearls of wisdom that she transformed within her novels today.
Aside from writing journalistic news stories and spellbinding romance tales, in her downtime, Jasemine devotes her time in building her ‘She Knowles’ brand, blogging about new ways caged birds could learn to fly again through finding self-love, while saving money to open up a bookstore.