Welcome to Deep in the Heart of Dallas! Our latest series, focused on sharing the stories of the Dallas Black community, follows local creatives through the city to learn about favorite spots, must-taste foodie finds and how the city inspires their work. Today, we're featuring Tommy Jordan, better known as TommyJay. The culture curator, photographer and Oak Cliff native has seen many versions of Dallas and his present and future contributions are attributed to his lineage. Let's take a dive into TommyJay's story!
Tell us about your Dallas upbringing and how your creative side developed.
My people migrated from Chicago and Arkansas. My grandfather drove DART buses for 40 years. My grandmother was a strong Chicago woman who did a lot of things including gospel singing and traveled all over the country. My mom was also into the arts. She was a singer and would go back and forth to Jamaica. My dad was very fashion forward, taking pride in how he put his clothes together. I got the best of both worlds. Seeing so much culture made me comfortable with expressing myself when it came to my style, creativity, and art.