An Interview with Sheena Jones

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Sheena Jones was pulled to Harlem by the culture and history. She has worked in news for over sixteen years, starting her career in Baltimore before becoming the Director of Talent & Editorial Operations at Cheddar News in Harlem. Outside of work, Sheena enjoys self-care, being a social butterfly and trying new restaurants.

Q: Where were you born and raised?  

A: I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

Q: Why did you move to Harlem?

A: The culture! Harlem is a living history book. You can feel the jazz from the pavement.

Q: What do you crave to do the most outside of work?

A: Outside of work, I crave being centered. That looks like catching up with friends, going on a bike ride, meditating, or trying out a new restaurant. I’m a social butterfly that also enjoys being in the house. Some nights I just want to turn on the music and remember to smile and laugh! 

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A: I always wanted to be a journalist. I was super nosey! 

Q: What was your first dope accomplishment before becoming an adult?

A: I would say I had two pretty cool accomplishments before becoming an adult. I once was a finalist in a model search and was also chosen to announce dolphin shows at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

Q: During the pandemic, what have you discovered about yourself?

A: I discovered I love downtime. Having uninterrupted periods of stillness is where I am the most creative. To feel the breath in my body reminds me I’m alive.

Q: Your most treasured possession?

A: Nothing. I’m pretty unattached. 

Q: What series are you currently watching?

A: Ohhh, I'm watching Drop Out, Young Rich Africans, and Jeen-Yuhs.

Q: What’s your superpower?

A: My superpower is I can read your energy. In a nutshell, I’m psychic.

Q: Tell us the best auntie advice you’ve ever received.

A: “You are powerful, own it!” It had me googling power to see what she meant.

Q: Beach or pool?

A: Pool.

Q: How does self-care look for you?

A: Candles, journaling, deep reflective conversations, and relaxing with people that have good energy.

Q: Who are you fangirling over these days?

A: Tenicka Boyd, I really like her style.

Q: Maxwell or D’Angelo?

A: Maxwell.

Q: Describe the best intentional gift you’ve ever given.

A: One year I took my parents on a vacation through Atlanta and to Tennessee, taking photos the entire time. While we were on vacation, I had all of the pictures bonded into a photobook and mailed to their house in Baltimore. It was there when they returned from the trip. They both called me like two excited kids on Christmas. 

Q: In one word, Harlem is…

A: Magic.

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