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Ashley C. Jones is the Entertainment Editor for Miss A. She is a writer, and soon to be entrepreneur (stay tuned). She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Arts and also minored in International Studies at St. John’s University in NY. The minor was stumbled upon thanks to a semester in various countries, which sort of qualifies her as well traveled.

A native to nowhere, Ashley has spent most of her life living in either Houston, TX or Illinois suburbs. She now lives in NY. While further honing her writing skills in her last year of University education, and after, she found her niche in doing interviews, a great fit, because of a natural obsession with docu-dramas, magazine interviews, and documentaries, starting at an extremely young age.

Some of Ashley’s favorite charities include Vitamin Angels, The ASPCA, and Alzheimer’s Association. She’s extremely awkward in front of a camera, has an artistic temperament despite not really being an artist (yet), and is passionate about organic produce, vintage thrifting, art, music, yoga, and lots of other things!

Prince William To Back Stage Show For Brooklyn Poet, Steven Prescod

When Steven Prescod, aged 22, performed his original spoken word piece based on his dramatic life in the inner city, he never could have imagined he would have ended up with the personal contact information and backing of Great Britain’s Prince William, but that’s exactly what happened to the New Yorker on December 9, 2014. Nonprofit organizations The Door and City Kids, hosted the Prince of Whales and his pregnant wife Princess Kate the Duchess of Cambridge for a day of their recent visit to New York City. The visit to both nonprofits is linked to the efforts of the royal couple’s own charity, The Royal Foundation, and it seems as though they were not only educated on the state of the youth that need help, but also impressed and inspired enough by the story of one particular youth (Prescod) to want to make sure that he has the ability to tell it to others.

From Prescod’s performance (Photo Source: The Today Show)

The Door provides legal assistance, mental health counseling, reproductive healthcare and education, and other practical, real life solutions for the undeserved youth of NYC. According to the organization’s website, over 10,000 youth between the ages of 12-24 are assisted by The Door each year.

Steven Prescod meeting Prince William (Photo Source: TheGrio.com)

“The duke said, I’m going to help you take this everywhere, I’m serious about this.” – Laurie Meadoff, City Kids Founder on the exchange between Prince William and Prescod

City Kids, which is backed by names like Scott Campbell, provides arts education based services to youth throughout childhood and adolescence.

“I was incarcerated and this is my life, I had a low period in my life and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the duke and duchess…William said he wanted to help me put this together, he gave me his contact number and said to reach out to him.” – Steven Presod, Brooklyn based poet and writer

Prince William and Princess Kate with affiliates of The Door/City Kids (Photo Source: The Mirror)

According to The Mirror, William and Kate spoke to other youth affiliated with The Door and City Kids that day as well. In all they viewed 28 original performances and had a private session with a group of NYC youth who shared their stories of growing up in the city.

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