Jerome “DJ Jubilee” Temple: All About “Serving” the 5-0-4
Edwin Buggage | 4/26/2017, 11:04 p.m.
Many know Jerome “DJ Jubilee” Temple as the King of Bounce, the first to use the word “Twerk” and the man behind the dances; with his classic song “Stop Pause (Jubilee All)” released in 1993 on the iconic Take Fo Records, that today still has people young and old doing an array of dances and having a good time. But what some may not know is that Temple is committed to serving his community and has for several decades been giving back. “My life has been dedicated to saving people’s lives. Making a difference to my young brothers and sisters through coaching sports and trying to steer people in the right direction; giving them lessons on how to live and get an education and telling people what life is all about. I have been doing this for the last 30 plus years,” says Temple.
He is an advocate of education and serves as a mentor to young people across the City. Speaking of this work he says, “I graduated from Walter L. Cohen Senior High School and Grambling State University. I worked for the City of New Orleans as a supervisor at A.L. Davis and two other playgrounds coaching little league sports. I have also been in education for over 20 years at West Jefferson High School working with special need kids, something that is my passion and I not only like but love it. I just want to give something back to the youth and provide them with alternatives to getting in with the wrong crowd and let them know through hard work their dreams can become a reality.”
Growing up in the St. Thomas Housing Project, and becoming successful; Temple is an example that defies the stereotypes and myths of people living in public housing. “I grew up watching people who wanted to do something positive and move out the project and I knew early on that I didn’t want to live there all my life. In my mind I always wanted to be somebody. When I finished high school, I went straight to college and I tried to reach back and help others. And so many people followed me to Grambling State University and have done great things with their lives.”
Continuing speaking of this time while economically poor, he says they were rich in so many other ways; with a sense of family, community, support and high expectations for those growing up there in the 70’s and 80’s something he feels is not as present today. “Coming up in the St. Thomas was great for me, we had fun playing all kinds of games. We ran through the courts and hallways playing child games like red light, we were always creating something using our imaginations. There were things going on around us at Kingsley House, swimming, arts and crafts and so many activities and I don’t see that as much today with our children and that is why sometimes they find themselves getting in trouble or making bad choices.”