Temple grad Solomon Jones goes from homelessness to critical acclaim
Solomon Jones is featured in a new ad campaign from Temple University, his alma mater. In it, his life story of overcoming obstacles to succeed is told with dignity and grace. Watch the video now:
Solomon Jones, KLN ’97, can trace his writing career back to a grade school bet.
He was in seventh grade, in the 1980s, when a classmate challenged him to write a rap. Jones rose to the occasion and penned lyrics that started him on his path as a professional writer.
Though his stint as a rapper didn’t pan out, he continued to put pen to paper to express his thoughts. He honed his natural ability at Temple and has since written eight novels. He’s also a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.
Jones expanded his media presence in 2014, when he began hosting Wake Up With WURD, a weekday morning program that airs on the only African American-owned and -operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania. He uses the platform to explore the topics he writes about in his column while providing listeners with real-time news commentary and context.
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