Jas Waters aka Jas Fly is dead. The African-American journalist and writer who has worked with the likes of Vibe Magazine, VH1, NBC’s “This Is Us” and Showtime’s “Kidding” passed away at the age of 39
The news of her passing was confirmed by her friend and fellow-writer, Sade Sellers.
Absolutely devastated to confirm @JasFly ‘s passing. She was such a light. Offered me advice about writing so many times— prayers to her family.— Sade Sellers (@IAMSadeSellers) June 10, 2020
Issa Rae, Nina Parker, SZA, Necole Kane and other public figures and friends have all penned their tributes on social media.
I‘ll never forget being so excited to get an interview w/ @JasFly for Necole Bitchie back when I was working on ABG. I could feel her warmth through the phone. Over the years, I got to know & appreciate her even more. She was so generous, beautiful and REAL. I’ll miss you, girl.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 10, 2020
2020 has become unbearable.— my name isn't Stassi. (@stassi_x) June 10, 2020
When I tell you I followed TF out of JasFly's career and her pen. Taking notes. Looking up. Hoping to follow her trajectory. Watching a black woman quietly making such big moves made me so proud.
If the news is true, I am gutted.
Jas Fly, you made and left your mark.. ♥️— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) June 11, 2020
The entire #ThisIsUs family was devastated to learn of Jas Waters passing. In our time together, Jas left her mark on us and ALL over the show. She was a brilliant storyteller and a force of nature. We send our deepest sympathies to her loved ones. She was one of us. RIP @JasFly. pic.twitter.com/cmrh2OO8of— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) June 10, 2020
In 2019, Jas Fly revealed in an interview with Shadow about her experiences working as a Black woman in the entertainment industry.
“We as people of color want to see ourselves; we deserve to see ourselves,” she said. “So the fight first is to see ourselves—and that is a very rightful fight—but it’s a fight that I also fight.
May her soul rest in peace.