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, BBC Music, Red Bull and XXL, where she’s provided commentary on music, culture and society through long-form features and research-driven cultural and social analysis. She’s also been seen in front of the camera via television and online for platforms such as Access Hollywood and Yahoo’s BUILD Series, on red carpets such as the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, and has moderated and appeared on panels pertaining to journalism, music and culture.

J'na also spearheads various types of original content. As the creator, host and editor of VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast, she interviewed notable cis, queer, trans and female-identifying individuals regarding their unique rises in their respective professions. In January 2019, she began DOPEisman online platform dedicated to showcasing several "dope" cis, queer and trans women in various industries. She is also volunteering her writing knowledge as a mentor in the Girls Write Now Class Of 2020.

 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)

For The Culture: Sting And Shaggy On Collaboration, Comfort Zones And The Caribbean (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)

Talking Trump: One Last Stab At Understanding The Rationale Of 45's Supporters (VIBE)

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

Why Are There So Few Women In Hip-Hop Polls? (BBC Music)

Pop Culture Anniversaries

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)

Print

Allow Diggy Simmons To Re-Introduce Himself (BLEU- Issue 55 Cover Story, Oct. 2018)

Billboard's 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players List Revealed (Billboard Magazine, Issue 25, Oct. 2019)

Boss'd Up: 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists Making Bank Outside of Music (Billboard Magazine, Issue 25, Oct. 2019)

On-Camera

Jazz Bassist Esperanza Spalding Talks About Her Album, "12 Little Spells" (Yahoo’s BUILD Series)

Mentioned

12 Songs We Can Thank LaShawn Daniels For (Billboard)

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

The Greatest Hip-Hop Songs Of All-Time (BBC Music)

In Search Of Sauce Podcast: Episode 1 (CentralSauce/5th Element/Spotify)

The #MeToo Movement (Laurie Collier Hillstrom, 2017)

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

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

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

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

Boss Talk Podcast (Hosted, Self-Produced + Edited)

 

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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 moderating Yahoo’s Build Series in October 2019.

J’na moderating Yahoo’s Build Series in October 2019.

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.

J’na as a guest commentator for Access Hollywood/Access in August 2019.

J’na as a guest commentator for Access Hollywood/Access in August 2019.

 

Contact

Please use the form below to get in touch. I am currently open to editorial commissions, hosting/moderating/panel opportunities, and event coverage requests. Please do not use this form to send a PR pitch, music submission, or song/video premiere request.

My editorial beats and areas of expertise include: pop culture critique and analysis, music/music video analysis (R&B/hip-hop/pop and subgenres), feminism, gender and identity.

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