About Dream Jordan
Dream Jordan was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At an early age, books were her obsession, her passport to other worlds. She achieved academic excellence in grade school, but junior high opened up a can of defiance. Dream found herself suddenly focused on brand name clothing, cutting class and succumbing to peer pressure. She was slated to skip the eighth grade, but was swiftly ejected from the gifted program. Her downward spiral continued in high school. Truancy. Aimlessness. Left back in the 10th grade. If it weren’t for the alternative high school, City-as-School, where the focus on internships removed her from the pressure of keeping up appearances, Dream would have surely dropped out.
Fortunately, after graduating from City-as-School, Dream never forgot her teen struggles. Thanks to “Youth Communication,” a youth-centered, non-fiction publication, she received her first official byline. Seeing her name in print, bolstered her confidence and renewed her interest in higher learning.
Dream made up for lost grades and graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Creative Writing. When her college bestie marveled over her imaginative literary voice - so fitting for young people - Dream declared, “Say no more!” and penned her first YA novel, “Hot Girl,” closely followed by “Bad Boy.”
Dream set out to write a book that celebrates the resilience of “Kate,” a former gangster girl in foster care. Through a powerful protagonist, Dream demonstrates that no matter who, or where, you come from, excellence is possible. “I’m not a foster child. I’m in foster care, okay?” explains Kate, to anyone who needs to be set straight about labeling her.
See, Dream Jordan’s goal is to remove all labels of shame unfairly placed on less than perfect backgrounds. In 2017, she introduced the term, “Gem-ification” to the English Lexicon. No, it’s not official. She’s counting on you - dear reader - to make it official. To literally spread the word.
Gem-ification describes the process of moving out deteriorated self-images and moving in feelings of pride and power. It is Dream’s hope to calibrate a global conversation that includes what’s good in every hood. Yes, there’s crime and hardships, but what about the sense of heart, soul and community? Hardworking professionals live in the hood too, but are rarely portrayed by the media and former residents who manage to “escape.”
Dream vividly recounts meeting a young professional hailing from London, who grew up in the “Estates.” At first, Dream thought, how fancy! But she was soberly corrected by him. The “Estates” are equivalent to the “Projects.” So what’s in a name? Everything. Perception is reality. Dream couldn’t believe that this studious, successful man still carried a hint of shame owing to his background. And this troubling incident prompted Dream to recall the many people who’ve told her, “You don’t look like you come from the hood.” The hood, she states, doesn’t have a “look,” it is merely a location. A gem can indeed grow in Brownsville.
In the past, Dream held her tongue too many times. Held her head in shame at the stigma of her surroundings. But now, she’s unleashing on ‘em - literary style. Letting people who question her pedigree know that success can come from all backgrounds, and that the attitude of, “Making it out the hood,” is what lets “gentrification” in. She may now live in Manhattan, but Dream stays true to her borough of origin. She returns whenever possible, and in return, children learn that you can be relentlessly proud of your beginnings in spite of the stereotypical narrative perpetuated by many, corrected by few.
The heart of Dream Jordan’s work beats for Brooklyn - in particular, Bed-Stuy where her parents were born, and Brownsville, where she spent her formative years. “Kate” is Dream’s Brooklyn baby, a rare gem living within a brilliant setting called, LOVE ME OR MISS ME.
With the reprint of this important work, Kate’s voice is getting a second chance to be heard. And Dream Jordan is getting a second chance to pursue her writing life.* Dream admits that she was just about to give up on her career as a YA writer when her Angels at St. Martin’s Press came calling.
This is a story of second chances. A rare opportunity for a writer to follow her true passion, and a worthy work of art to be placed back on the shelves. Dream profusely thanks the family, friends and colleagues who believed in her talent, even when she did not.
*Ms. Jordan, the business woman, knows her strengths. Self-promotion is not one of them. So this time around, she’s enlisting “Partners in Shine.” See ways that you can join the journey below. Thanks for stopping by!
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