Hollywood Producer And Writer Jas Waters Dies At 39
Known for her profound writing and storytelling abilities, Waters worked heavily in hip-hop and on TV shows such as NBC’s “This Is Us” and Showtime’s “Kidding.” She also worked on hit projects such as “Spiderman 1″ and “Spiderman 2”, “Hardball”, “Save The Last Dance”, MTV’s “Real World”, “Barbershop 1” and “Barbershop 2” and the NBC’s “ER,” according to her IMDB page.
The news of Waters’ death was confirmed by writers on “This Is Us” in a statement on Twitter, People reported. Prior to the statement from the show’s official writers account, a friend identified as Sade Sellers confirmed Waters death on Twitter.
Celebrities, Hollywood execs, friends and fans expressed their devastation over the loss in an outpouring of tributes on social media.
“Sending love and light to @JasFly’s family and loved ones,” wrote actress and singer Mandy Moore, who stars in “This Is Us.”
“I’m saddened by the news. She was a powerhouse and an inspiration to me. Rest well Jas … you will be missed,” wrote Twitter user Kim Alsup.
“I was really following Jasfly’s career watching everything she worked on, reading her words and listening to her talk about the process. Just learning from observing her journey, she really highlighted the path/process for young black screenwriters. RIP Jas Waters smh,” wrote another identified as user Chill Clinton.
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An entrepreneur who one ran her own entertainment website, Waters was a columnist for Vibe and starred in the VH1 reality series, “The Gossip Game.” Waters was a mentor and inspiration to many.
She was never hesitant to share gems to succeeding in the writing business and was also a staunch advocate for culture in writer’s rooms, where Black talent is majorly underrepresented. Waters prided herself on bringing the Black experience to TV.
In an interview with “Shadow And Act” in 2018, Waters said she always knew the trajectory of her life was destiny.
“I’m very audacious. This was always the plan for my life, even before I knew it,” Waters said. “A billion things had to conspire together for me to get here. Listen, I was raised in an old folks’ home. I never had a traditional life; I never had a safe, cookie-cutter, predictable, affirming life.”
She prided herself for coloring outside the lines.
“From the moment I got here, the rules didn’t apply to me. If the basic rules of raising a kid didn’t apply to me, then nothing else really applies to me. So I just had to figure it out. There were several times in my life that I found to be very confining. But as I look back on it, it was very freeing,” Waters said.
Her management expressed how uniquely gifted Waters was and how much of an impact she made during her life.
In her last tweet two days ago, Waters wrote, “Some sh*t just changes you.”