#BLACKGIRLMAGIC: #BLACKGIRLSROCK - Judge FAITH On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!
Chocolate-Covered SHREVEPORT, LA-native Judge FAITH JENKINS is the host of her own Courtroom RealiTV show JUDGE FAITH and she covers the new issue of ROLLING OUT Magazine!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
On her beauty pageant background:
“When I was at Louisiana Tech, I was walking on campus as an orientation student leader and there was a pageant on campus that summer.Someone came up to me and said, ‘You should compete in pageants.’ I had never done pageants before, but I thought it would be a good gig to have. The night I won Ms. Louisiana Tech, it represented a pivotal moment in my life. I was the first African American to win the title of Ms. Louisiana Tech at that school. I had to step outside of the box, and do something bigger than myself. I believed in myself and I worked hard.”
That same hard work led to her winning first runner-up at the Miss America 2001 competition.
On how she feels to currently be in the third season of her own TV show:
“It never crossed my mind to have my own TV show. Hank Cowen, CEO of Trifecta Media Company, contacted me after he saw me one night with Al Sharpton on MSNBC and the next night with Bill O’Reilly on FOX News and he thought, ‘If she can handle both of those audiences then she can handle daytime TV.’ ”
“It feels amazing to be in the third season of the show. I expected it to be successful because I have to believe in the success of the show. It’s a celebration, because it is challenging to get daytime TV show on the air. The ratings show that people enjoy it. They send us letters and write to us on social media. I get a lot of messages from young African American women, which is inspiring me because I didn’t have anyone to look up to on TV, as far as a lawyer, a judge or a professional woman.”
On Police Officers being held accountable for their own wrongdoing:
“Grand juries are secret proceedings, so we don’t know what happened I know that the officer in that case testified before the grand jury. Eric Garner wasn’t there to testify because he lost his life. I’m sure the video was played. The Department of Justice is currently investigating that case and there may be a different outcome. Based on the video, my professional opinion is that there should have been an indictment.”
If you look at our history, it’s difficult to convict cops in general. People want to have this inherent belief that officers want to do the right thing. Most police do, but just like in every profession, there will always be bad apples. It used to be a citizen’s word against an officer, but now we have tape. Despite video evidence, officers still aren’t being indicted. There is video evidence of a very aggressive police officer overtaking this man on the sidewalk, who was selling loose cigarettes. He lost his life because they acted like they were taking down Frank Lucas. When you make a mistake, and your training shows that you should not be making mistakes, you have to be held accountable. As citizens, we are held accountable, especially in Black America. There has to be accountability in these cases to send a message that you can’t abuse your authority and expect a free pass. It is hard to prosecute police officers, but when someone’s life is taken, they should be held accountable.”
On her satisfaction with the course of her life's journey:
“Everyone deals with stress and we all handle it different ways. I would rather be busy than bored. I love my work and my life. It’s good stress. Every day, I wake up grateful and thankful. We all should. If you are alive and you have your health, that in and of itself is wealth. I had two friends die from cancer last year. For the first time in my life, one of my peers had passed away. It really made me appreciate what I have. We all get stressed but I call it good stress because I am so grateful for what I get to do every day of my life.”