Jasmine Burnett is a 3rd generation Black lesbian woman who was born and raised in Indiana. She’s lived a few lives having lived abroad in Bologna, Italy and has made beautiful homes and community with people in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Philadelphia. She now lives in Cleveland, OH with her long-term partner Lisa, their 16 year old man child, Marcus, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Her writing covers Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leadership, Black sexuality, gender and her most favorite topic, equity in the cannabis sector. She is a member of Echoing Ida, a program of Forward Together that supports Black women and non-binary writers to tell the story of their lived experiences. Echoing Ida currently has an anthology to be released Spring 2020, that is being published through The Feminist Press — Jasmine has 5 pieces featured.
Jasmine’s work has been featured in publications like TheRoot.com, Huffington Post, and Rewire to name a few. She has covered cannabis conferences such as Women Grow 2018, and has attended the Minority Cannabis Business Association and the Healing Inside Out Cannabis and Yoga Retreat. Jasmine gives a deep bow of gratitude to Wanda James who she affectionately calls, “Queen Mutha,” for graciously introducing her to equity freedom fighters of the cannabis sector. In honor of the legacies that these folks are courageously gifting to the world, she is currently working on a book project that is in discussion with the ways that Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, femme and non-binary people create and shape cannabis culture. She is thrilled about this project and so excited to collaborate with cannabis folks who are ready to bring humor and life to the stories of our people.
Jasmine’s career path has represented the feminist adage, “the personal is political,” particularly in her work over the last 20 years as an organizer in reproductive, racial, gender justice and abortion rights movements. Now, her purpose is publishing work that she wants to read, being a purveyor and explorer of all things healing, pleasure and cannabis among Black, Indigenous and People of Color. In addition to her work as a writer, Jasmine holds naturist (nude) healing spaces for queer folks of color with a purpose to take up space and embody being safe, sensual and non-sexual, rather than being judged, policed or hyper-sexualized. She’s currently in yoga teacher training and will be taking an urban herbalism course this spring to enhance her life and wellness invitations to the world.
Catch Jasmine out in these streets writing stories about how BIPOC people are getting free and healing ourselves.