Jari wears dress Noir Kei Ninomiya.

Jari Jones: "If you want them to hear you, shatter everything around you!"

Actress, filmmaker, model, and LGBTQ rights activist Jari Jones was the first Black trans woman producer of a film competing at the Cannes Film Festival.

by Jari Jones
21 September 2020, 1:36pm

Jari wears dress Noir Kei Ninomiya.

This story originally appeared in up + rising, a celebration of extraordinary Black voices, and is the first chapter of i-D's 40th anniversary issue (1980-2020).

i-D chronicled over 100 activists and artists, musicians and writers, photographers and creatives, in Atlanta, Baltimore, Minneapolis, LA, London, New York, Paris and Toronto.

“What do we have to go through to ever reach peace ? Should we hurt, should we get burned, should we suffocate, should we swing like fruit in the summer breeze. Or better yet what should we do to get peace? Does attaining peace look like “by any means necessary”.

If you want them to hear you, shatter everything around you! If you want them to feel you, hit them until it hurts, until they experience our close relationship with death. If you want them to see you, set fire to everything, burn your image in their eyes. This isn’t a riot, this is a peaceful wake up call, they haven’t seen “violent” yet.

I’ve been trying to transition my anger, my illness, my disgust, my hurt, my confusion, my rage into words, but the way my black body is set up, the way my black trans body is set up it doesn't come easy. Tears hurt on faces raw from wearing a mask. Fists hurt on hands contaminated with bleach and sanitiser and disinfectant. Screaming and crying out hurt with compromised lungs.

We aren’t fighting for our health, we are fighting for our lives. So if you know what’s good for you, and you are in opposition to us surviving — get the fuck out the way!”


Photography Philip-Daniel Ducasse.
Styling Raymond Gee.

Hair Latisha Chong using Bumble and bumble.
Make-up Jamal Scott for Kevyn Aucoin Beauty using Barbara Sturm Cosmetics. 
Nail Technician Leanne Woodley at She Likes Cutie. 
Set design Marcs Goldberg.
Photography assistance Setor Tsikudo and Solomon.
Styling assistance Jennifer De La Cruz, Cari Pacheco, Amanata Adams, Samantha Scott, Amontae Arnold and Cailtin McKenzie. 
Tailor Thao Hyunh.
Hair assistance Safiya Wiltshire.
Make-up assistance Deneka Maile.
Nail assistance Aja Walton.
Production Lolly Would.
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING.
Casting assistance Alexandra Antonova.

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