Rebecca Jackson-Artis, actor, writer, and comedian, was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois to Philip and Antoinette Jackson. She grew up in the north suburban area of Evanston-Skokie. She was an only child who was reared in a very political home. Her libertarian father was a banker who oversaw regulation in mergers and acquisitions for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Her democratic socialist mother was a classroom teacher for the Chicago Public Schools and union delegate for the Chicago Teachers Union. She attended Saint Scholastica Academy in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood for high school, an all-girls Catholic high school. After graduating high school, she attended a Historically Black College/University, Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts/speech communications. After becoming a mother, Rebecca decided to be a stay-at-home mom and work as a certified lactation specialist, primarily for African American communities. Before studying screenwriting at the University of Georgia in the Grady College MFA program, Rebecca decided to return to the performing arts. Rebecca Jackson-Artis lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, three children, and mother.
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