Mother. Entertainer. Philanthropist. Author.

Jillian “JJ” Simmons, a veteran radio host and author from Cincinnati, Ohio, is more than just another voice to fill the airwaves. As an on-air talent, she has captivated listeners from major cities from across the country, including her hometown Cincinnati (WIZF-FM), Dayton (WROU-FM), New York City (WBLS-FM, where she worked alongside “The Queen of All Media,” Wendy Williams), Indianapolis (WHHH-FM), and Houston (KBXX-FM). Over the years, she has interviewed many of the rich, famous and influential, including President Barack Obama, and she has contributed her voice of experience to the ongoing dialogue on the impact of Hip Hop on the American social and political landscape.

In addition to being a positive influence on people she meets through her community work, JJ is a proud mother to a beautiful daughter. She uses her passion for the” mommy experience” to motivate other single mothers through her network and website Although she has always had an innate desire to empower others, raising a daughter has deepened her desire to foster change in the lives of young girls, and inspired her to give birth to JJ’s I’m Me Foundation. Her foundation encourages at risk middle and high school girls to be the best version of themselves, by exposing them to leaders and influencers in the community who provide career development, lifestyle planning, health and wellness training, and character education.

Simmons, a survivor of an abusive relationship, has authored a book entitled Without Bruises that chronicles her journey from hurt to healing. JJ knows what it means to have everything – a loving family, great friends and an amazing, high profile job. She also knows what it means to nearly lose it all. Without Bruises takes readers on JJ’s turbulent journey through a relationship with a sociopath, and sheds light on the often missed signs of emotional and mental abuse. In a grueling, year-long battle with depression and with the help of family, friends and a life-changing therapist, JJ rises from the ashes better than before. She bounces back with a stronger sense of self, purpose and power, and it is her mission to share a message of hope with the world.

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