Activist, Co-founder of Inspire Justice & Managing Partner of BWA Studios

JLove Calderón

JLove is a coach, trainer, creative and lifelong antiracist activist.  She has been a professional coach for over 15 years, and was certified by the Empowerment Institute. She went on to coach organizers and activists, social entrepreneurs and artists, corporations and media companies – all leading to her co-founding Inspire Justice, a social impact and creative agency supporting celebrities, influencers and Hollywood in shifting a very toxic culture into a culture where everyone can truly thrive, and new narratives centering justice and equity become normalized.

Storytelling is JLove’s creative tool to center and impact justice and change. Her short films, ASIA-ONE: Expect The Unexpected, and From Gangs to Gardens, have garnered an audience of over 18 million viewers. She co-produced 11:55, a feature film by Ben Snyder and Ari Issler.  JLove has co-created, executive produced and directed five TV pilots including  The Message featuring Joey Bada$$, The Sound of Revolution, Breaking Bias with Grammy Award winning J.Ivy, and received distribution for her TV Series We The People with REVOLT and The Sound of Revolution from Seed & Spark.

JLove is the author of That White Girl (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, 2007), which has been optioned for film. She has also co-edited four books including: Conscious Women Rock the Page! Using Hip-Hop Fiction to Incite Social Change, with Marcella Runell Hall, E-Fierce, and Black Artemis (Sister Outsider Publishing, 2008); Love, Race, and Liberation: ‘Til the White Day is Done with Marcella Runell Hall (Love-N-Liberation Press, 2010); and Occupying Privilege (Love-N-Liberation Press, 2012), winner in the social change category of the National Indie Excellence Awards; and a contributor in  UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship edited by Kersha Smith & Marcella Runell Hall (Peter Lang, 2018).

JLove is a strong voice in the fight for racial justice, and is a member of  SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), SURJ Connectors Founder and Creative Director, Managing Partner of Black Women Animate, and Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Inspire Justice.