“I like conflicts”
In 1985, Jones told Playboy magazine: “I like conflicts. I love competition. I like discovering things for myself. It’s a childlike characteristic, actually. But that gives you a certain amount of power, and people are intimidated by that.”
This was a confession of awareness and of a desire to be in contention for attention. Jones arguably knew that as a black woman, her fame and fortune at that time was an antithesis to a tradition that insisted on her exclusion.
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She was supposed to be afraid and not compete in that space but as she recognized, pushing boundaries has the tendency to invigorate one for further pushing.