NewsHow Taylor Rooks and Joy Taylor Are The Perfect Dreammates

How Taylor Rooks and Joy Taylor Are The Perfect Dreammates

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Sports broadcasters Joy Taylor and Taylor Rooks are touching on being each other’s “Dreammates” and being leading Black women in sports during a new campaign with Rocket Mortgage.

The creative campaign stars the powerful duo as Dreammates, with the goal of celebrating the support system they’ve created while on the journey to breaking industry standards and achieving goals, like becoming a first time homeowner or getting that phone call naming someone as a member of your favorite NFL team.

“It is so incredibly important to have a dreammate in your life. Because she is so important for me in that role, we just understand each other,” Rooks told Black Enterprise about her friendship with Taylor. 

“We’ve gone through so many of the same things. We are still currently going through the same things. So when you talk about these difficulties in our industry and in our lives in general, to be able to pick up the phone and call Joy and say ‘this is what I’m dealing with, how have you dealt with this? How are you feeling?’”

In the campaign, Rooks said women not being in higher positions of power in sports is not because they can’t but more so they aren’t given the chance, one reason she feels her and Taylor are so important in the sports space. “Which is why people like you and I are so important in the business because we have the visibility that we have as women and as Black women,” Taylor said. 

“You can’t just be good. You have to be really good at your job.”

Celebrating her mother – who “has a very unique pushing style, – as her first “dreammate,” Taylor defined her ideal dream mate as someone who truly knows you best, like her podcast co-host. “I think when you have a dreammate that really knows you, somebody that really knows you… when you have someone in your life the way my mother was to me and like Taylor is for me now, that cares enough about you not just to push you in a way that’s not expected, that moment always sticks out to me as a memory,” Taylor said.

Rooks shared similar sentiments about the relationship with her father, pinpointing him as one of the main reasons for her love for the game football and draft. The sports broadcaster says one of her favorite moments of the draft is seeing the joy on the parents’ faces, realizing all the hard work and sacrifice was for their child being able to experience the moment of the draft. “My dad, one of his number one goals in his life was to make sure I was never short on confidence” Rooks said. 

“Every day, he would write me a letter every single morning, ending every single one with ‘you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ So I always had this incredibly steadfast belief that whenever I thought I could do something, I’d go to do it. That’s what a dreammate is.” 

Source: Black Enterprise


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