Jam Donaldson is an attorney, writer, producer, and cultural critic.
She is well-known for creating the popular website Hotghettomess.com and Executive Producing and Writing the BET television show “We Got To Do Better” which was based on her website. She was named one of The Root 100 African-Americans to watch for in 2011, and appeared on Radar Magazine’s annual list of “New Radicals” in 2007.
Jam Donaldson is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a practicing attorney. She began her legal career at Legal Aid representing low-income residents of Washington, DC in civil matters. She has won two public service awards and was granted the Frederick B. Abramson Fellowship for Public Service in 2005.
She began her website while in law school and since has expanded into multimedia and beyond, including DVD’s, a new book and a t-shirt line.
She has been interviewed by CNN, BBC, The New York Post, The Washington Post and others. She was also a commentator on VH-1’s “100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.” She has appeared on numerous radio programs including NPR’s “Tell Me More With Michel Martin,” “The Anthony McCarthy Show” and “The Joe Madison Show.”
She also hosts a weekly radio show in Washington, DC.
As a writer, she has penned articles and commentary for The Root, AOL’s Black Voices, The Loop 21, and Ebony Magazine.
Her T-shirt line, “Jam Donaldson Designs,” which features humorous takes on common grammatical errors, was launched in 2008 and is a favorite of English teachers everywhere!
As a speaker, Jam Donaldson is a student favorite and has been invited to speak at Howard University, Winston-Salem University, Virginia Tech, Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts and numerous others. In her trademark style filled with humor, candor and edgy wit, she speaks on issues of race, hip hop culture and the media.
She released her first book, “Conversate Is Not A Word” in 2010 to rave reviews and is a contributor to the recently published “Black Women Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama,” by Sophia Nelson.