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Dessie Jackson Bio, Age, Job, Family, Mekki Leeper Girlfriend

Stop-motion animation is amazing. But even more amazing are the animators who physically manipulated the photographed frames with patience. Dessie Jackson is one of these animators who also happens to be Jury Duty star, Mekki Leeper’s girlfriend.

Keep reading this Dessie Jackson Bio to learn more about her.

Meet Dessie Jackson, Mekki Leeper Girlfriend

Dessie Jackson and Mekki Leeper started their love story in 2018. Ever since then, the two often featured each other on their respective socials — sometimes with lovely captions and sometimes with none.

Also, since the couple met, Dessie never failed to wish her boyfriend a happy birthday on her IG. Back on Mekki’s 26th birthday, Dessie posted a series of their lovey-dovey pics, captioned, “Happy birthday mekk u make every day better. :,) can’t imagine doing this without you. ilysm”

Likewise, the next year, she wrote, “It’s @mekkileeper’s birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!  ilysm and I can’t imagine doing any of this without you. 🥲:) u mean the 🌎 to me”

And recently, when Mekki turned 28 on September 9, 2022, she took to her IG to share, “It’s @mekkileeper’s bday!!!!!  ilysm!!!! 🥲 I love sitting across the table from you. Xoxo”

Mekki Leeper is a Philadelphia-born comedian and writer (now living in Los Angeles). You might have seen him as “Eric” on Mindy Kaling’s HBOMax show The Sex Lives of College Girls, and “Noah” on Jury Duty on Amazon.

In 2023, he also joined the cast of Jury Duty as “Noah,” and NBC Comedy Pilot St. Denis Medical as “Matt”, a well-meaning Emergency Department nurse whom we meet on his first day as a Registered Nurse.

Besides this, his Comedy Central special Control Room was streaming then. He’s previously written for Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers and The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

His standup has also been featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Comedy Central.

Dessie Jackson Age

Dessie Jackson was 31 years of age in 2023.

She is three years older than her boyfriend Mekki Leeper.

Dessie Jackson Job

Dessie Jackson is an artist and stop-motion animator. Her works explore the meaning of girlhood and all of its complexities. She works primarily with charcoal, pencil, and oil paint. Major themes in her work include femininity, sexual identity, representations of gender and identity, and beauty as a personal responsibility as well as performance.

See some for yourself on “”

So far, her solo exhibitions include Femme-Enfant at the American Dreaming Building, Philadelphia (2015); You Looked Pretty Today, BFA exhibit (2014) and her self-titled show, at National Realty Gallery (2014). 

Also, her work has been included in selected group exhibitions at Arch Enemy Arts (Philadelphia), North Bowl (Nothing To Wear), Vox (I Am Not), Art in General (New York, NY), and ABV Gallery (Atlanta, GA).

Furthermore, Dessie’s work has appeared in publications such as NYLON magazine, Racked, Milk Studios, We The Urban, VICE, Noisey, Philly Current, Complex, MTV, and more. She has also worked with Bratz, Vfiles, The Hundreds, Red Bull, Epic Records, Equal Vision Records, and Adoro Lei. 

From 2014 to 2015, Jackson also curated and led the exhibition project Snippet & Frame, which took place every First Friday in Philadelphia.

Thanks to her unparalleled talent, she has received The Vivian Rosenberg Award, and Alec Abels Memorial Award in Painting, was a Nominee for Artist of the Year by Rad Girls and was named #30under30 Philadelphia’s Most Inspiring Women.

Fun Fact: Dessie feels “powerful” if somebody reaches out to her and says that they enjoy her work or that it has meant something to them or that it’s an inspiration.

Is Dessie Jackson On Instagram?

Find Dessie on Instagram @dessiejackson.

Also, here’s her TikTok @dessiejackson and Facebook @dessie.jackson.92.

Dessie Jackson Family

Dessie Jackson comes from a family of four.

Her father, Wardell J. “Dell” Jackson II was a School Board Director at Penn Manor School District for over 36 years. He is also the owner of, a team covering the Lancaster-Lebanon High School League for boys basketball.

Wardell turned 65 in August 2022.

On the other hand, Dessie’s mother, Theresa A Jackson, turned 66 in December 2022.

As for Dessie’s sibling, Wardell Jackson, he worked as a Supply Chain Manager at Graham Packaging. Before that, he was a demand planner at OpSec Security and a Supply Chain Tutor at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

Related FAQs

  • When Is Dessie Jackson’s Birthday?

Dessie receives her birthday wishes in February and is of the Aquris or Pisces zodiac.

  • Where Is Dessie Jackson From?

Dessie hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After high school, she then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for college.

“I love Philly. The scene it is exciting, the art scene, the music scene, and the young people there have energy. Philly is great because it’s not New York and it’s not trying to be. Philly stands on its own, I could talk all day about Philadelphia,” she said.

After 5 years in Philly, she then relocated to Los Angeles, California — where she lived in 2023.

But wherever she may be now, she credits Philly for expanding her horizons. “I’m Philly proud and I’m pretty east-coast proud, maybe I’m a little snobby about it but I’m proud of the pace of the east coast and that really shaped my work ethic,” she explained.

  • How Tall Is Dessie Jackson?

Dessie stands tall at a height of under 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm).

Her district features include — green eyes, brown hair, and a fit body.

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