J'na Jefferson

Meet J’na

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J’na Jefferson is a journalist and creative from New Jersey who is living and working in NYC. Her work has been featured on sites such as Billboard, Playboy, The Recording Academy, VIBE, Paper, BET, Red Bull and XXL, where she has provided commentary on music, culture and society through long-form features, research-driven cultural analysis and red carpet interviews. She’s also been seen in front of the camera via television and online for series such as Access Hollywood, and has moderated and appeared on panels pertaining to journalism and the music industry.

J'na also spearheads various types of original content. She is the creator, host and editor of VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast, where she interviews notable cis, queer, trans and female-identifying individuals on their unique stories. In January 2019, she began DOPEisman online platform dedicated to showcasing several "dope" cis, queer and trans women in various industries.

 She completed her undergraduate career at Rider University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in Digital Media Studies (Radio/Television/Film). During her time in undergrad, she explored several courses related to journalism code and ethics, and found a particular interest in minority studies in American music and popular culture during her senior year.

(Her name is pronounced like Dana with a J. We know you were wondering.)

More On J’na

The Power Thread Feature

The Last New Yorker Feature

7Even Reign Feature

VerCo Fashion Feature

 

 PRESS

Artist Profiles

Allow Jessie Reyez To Give It To You Straight, No Chaser (VIBE)

Giving Glory: Tori Kelly On Acceptance, Accolades And Allegiance To Her Faith (VIBE)

 Leikeli47 Won't Be Seen, But Best Believe She'll Be Heard (VIBE)

Reclaiming Her Rhyme: Iggy Azalea On Her New Album, New Label and New Perspective (Billboard)

Op-Eds: Social Commentary And Cultural Analysis

A Long Road Ahead: #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke On Sexual Assault, Stigmas And Society (VIBE)

'Everything Is Love' and the Amplification of Black Bravado (Playboy)

Femcees Are Still MIA On Major Festival Bills, Care To Explain? (VIBE)

Missy Elliott’s ‘Video Vanguard’ Win Is Ultimately A Win For Dark-Skinned Women (BET Digital)

Throw The Whole Man Away: Why The Black Community Must Stop Supporting R. Kelly (VIBE)

Music Features

Beyoncé: How A Legend Was Made In 15 Years (BET Digital)

'Lose Yourself' Writer Jeff Bass Reflects On Oscar-Winning Eminem Track 15 Years Later (Billboard)

"Say My Name" 20 Years Later: Why The Destiny's Child Staple Is Still On Everyone's Lips (Recording Academy/GRAMMY.com)

Mentioned

12 Songs We Can Thank LaShawn Daniels For (Billboard)

Beyoncé vs. Michael Jackson (The Real- Emmy-Winning Daytime Talk Show)

MTV VMAs: How Missy Elliott broke the music video mould (BBCNews.com)

The #MeToo Movement (Laurie Collier Hillstrom, 2017)

These female rappers don’t want to be defined by industry sexism. They’re setting their own rules. (Mic)

Reclaiming Critical Remix Video: The Role of Sampling in Transformative Works (Owen Gallagher, 2018)

Why we should stop calling Nicki Minaj a feminist icon (VICE- Germany)

Vibe Vixen’s Boss Talk Podcast

 

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J’na moderating the “Reality of Music in Unscripted Programming” panel at the Third Annual AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit in June 2019.

J’na moderating the “Reality of Music in Unscripted Programming” panel at the Third Annual AIMP Indie Music Publishing Summit in June 2019.

J’na interviewing singer H.E.R. at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2019.

J’na interviewing singer H.E.R. at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2019.

J’na interviewing rapper Remy Ma at the 2018 Roc Nation Brunch.

J’na interviewing rapper Remy Ma at the 2018 Roc Nation Brunch.

J’na with one of her ‘Boss Talk’ Podcast subjects, rapper Saweetie.

J’na with one of her ‘Boss Talk’ Podcast subjects, rapper Saweetie.

J’na interviewing musician Anderson .Paak at the Billboard Women In Music ceremony in November 2018.

J’na interviewing musician Anderson .Paak at the Billboard Women In Music ceremony in November 2018.

 

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