In 2019, the Renegade was the dance craze sweeping the nation. Like with Beyonce’s Uh Oh and Ciara’s “1,2 Step” before it, people from all walks of life found themselves trying to master intricate choreography set to K-Camp’s song “Lottery (Renegade). The problem? A Georgia based, then 14-year-old created the dance but she wasn’t receiving the credit. Other entities were able to put their spin on Jalaiah Harmon’s innate skill, but she wasn’t able to take advantage of her creation — at least not until a major reported article brought her to the fore.
Harmon has appeared on “Ellen,” participated in the February 2020 NBA All Star Game, had her dance shouted out by former President Barack Obama and overall, capitalized on her what she made. On October 13, lifestyle media platform TOGETHXR gave the 16-year-old her just due in the form of a docuseries. In “I AM: JALAIAH,” the Black, Gen Z roots of popular culture are explored and most importantly, we also get to the see the girl behind the dance.
In the first episode, we meet Harmon’s parents, Dr. Stefani Harmon and Dr. Brian Harmon. The pair identified their daughter’s immense talent when she was a young child and promptly looked to enroll her in dance classes in the 2010s. Jalaiah advanced quickly, making it to the front of the stage during recitals, an honor only reserved for those who’ve fully grasped the moves. Within a few years, she was a viral content creator whose career was skyrocketing.