Introducing Mila Jam

Written by on March 19, 2020

Story by Cuck Tackett

Introducing Mila Jam

“FACES is about looking in that mirror and hearing ‘Do I belong? Am I enough? Will, someone loves me for who I really am?’ We wear smiles all the time but hide in fear and loathing because we feel different. The journey is universal, no matter who you are. And, working through the dark uncertainty is all about learning to radiate your own light. Bravely. Unapologetically. Authentically. Happily.”

– Mila Jam

Transgender singer, songwriter, dancer. actress, and LGBTQ activist

Back when I was in my teens in the late 1960s and as a young adult in the mid to late 1970s, I prided myself on my vast knowledge of the latest singers, songs, and dances, when it came to R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Rock, and New Wave.

In my late 20s, when I was elected Executive Vice President of my union local (CWA), I wasn’t obsessed with knowing about the latest songs, singers, and dances. They took a back seat to my union and worker’s rights activism. My love for music and dancing was very much there then, as it is now. I learned how politics affect every aspect of our lives, and I concentrated more on that, which still holds true for me today, at 64 years old. In the mid-1990s, music started to change its sound. I lost a lot of interest in my teen and early adult obsession of wanting to know about the latest when it came to songs and singers.

As I said earlier, music started to change its sound in the mid-1990s. For the most part, I found it mostly boring and not exciting. I have not kept up with the latest music artists since then. If I do hear about them, it is through television, magazines, or my young friends. Now, I do listen to my young friends, if they tell me about a song they like. Sometimes I like it, and sometimes I don’t.

I heard about singer Mila Jam from a magazine. For those of you who may not have heard of her like me, Mila is a Female Transgender singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and LGBTQ activist.

Born February 22, 1989, in Aurora, Illinois, She was raised by her parents Stephanie and Phillip Adderley in Columbus, Georgia. She was an extremely gifted child. Before moving to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Mila had already performed in several international stage productions and television commercials.

Mila became the popular YouTube impersonator Britney Houston. She toured internationally with the Broadway musical “RENT,” She performed alongside such stars as James Brown, Laverne Cox, Jody Watley, Lady Kier (Deee-Lite) and Natasha Bedingfield. Ms. Jam has made television appearances on MTV. MTV NEWS, and BBC’s The Lilly Allen Show. Mila has also been a frequent host on the YouTube talk show series, “I’m From Driftwood.” 

Mila Jam’s latest video, “FACES” was released to coincide with International Trans Day of Visibility. She will be joined by Laverne Cox, Titus Burgess, Candis Cayne, model Geena Rocero, Peppermint of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, Zackary Draker of “Transparent”, Trace Lysette, and Nathan Lee Graham of “Zoolander”.

International Trans Day of Visibility will be March 31, 2020.

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