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About Janna

I am lifelong New Yorker now living in Los Angeles. I traded pizza for tacos, subways for gridlock, and snow for sunshine.

I am a storyteller, a strategist, an artist and a traveler.

I have been writing about the intersections of pop culture, feminism, politics, arts and travel for over a decade. My writing samples and video series, "120 Seconds" are available on Medium. I have proudly contributed to outlets including The Root, Rewire, DailyWorth, Feministing. I also co-host and co-produce the Goddesses Rising podcast on Bondfire Radio with a mission to help women embrace the divine feminine in themselves and each other.

As a communications strategist and owner of Swirl PR, I assist non-profit organizations, artists and brands in promoting their work online and through traditional media. I help build communications capacity with small non-profits and businesses, and advise on strategic communications. Additionally, I co-facilitate trainings on how to use social media and digital organizing to raise awareness and win campaigns. I have worked with, Black Lives Matter chapters, Forward Together, Meebox UK, Human Services Council of New York City, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and numerous others.

I'm an avid traveler and love to document my adventures in writing and video. Check out my Youtube page for my travel adventures!

As "jazabel jade: the Minister of Hype" I'm a performer/producer of dance and theatrical burlesque. My art emcompasses my passion for civil rights, sexual and reproductive justice and goddess spirituality.

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Strategic Communications and Event Publicity

I created my own public relations consulting agency, Swirl PR, over a decade ago because I wanted to share information, influence debate, spread culture and connect people. It is still what drives me and inspires my work.

Since 2004, I have provided strategic communications services to dozens of non-profit organizations, small business owners and artists. Through developing relationships with media, utilizing social media for online campaigns, and ghostwriting, I have been able to help stimulate and support important social justice and pop culture conversations. I have also conducted trainings with non-profit leaders and youth activists on online communications to win campaigns. Additionally, I am proud to say that supporting entrepreneurs in growing their online audiences and promoting their work has been the cornerstone of my business, and is something I take seriously.

Past and present clients have been placed on Buzzfeed, NBC News, Salon, USA Today, E!, La Opinion, NY1, BET, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post and dozens of major outlets.

Through Swirl PR, I specialize in event publicity. I have handled media relations for events at legendary New York venues including The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Hammerstein Ballroom, Prospect Park, Riverside Church and S.O.B.’s in addition to smaller theaters and clubs. If you have a fun, interesting, smart and creative event, trust and believe that I will bring people and hype it up.

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I’ve been blogging since 2008 as the co-creator of Goddesses Rising. Since then my work has been published on outlets including Feministing, DailyWorth, Alternet, RH Reality Check and Racialicious. My favorite topics to cover include women’s health and sexuality, travel, pop culture and politics, reproductive justice and the arts.

Radio has always been a passion of mine. From 2007 through 2012, I produced segments and shows on New York’s WBAI 99.5 FM. I was a news writer and editor for “Wake Up Call,” and a co-host of “Rise Up Radio,” the station’s youth activist show.

I’m bringing the two together now: follow Goddesses Rising for updates on our bi-weekly podcast. We’re on Bondfire Radio!

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Artist and Activist

Through burlesque, I use dance and theatrics to tell stories about the complexity of womanhood. The word “burlesque” comes from the Italian world “burla” which meant to make fun of or joke, and the art form started as highbrow satirical commentary. It is a space where I can assert and challenge people with the reality that women are multidimensional. Yes, we can simultaneously be smart, sexy and silly!

As a former member of Brown Girls Burlesque, I have performed and produced shows at theaters, conferences, colleges and entertainment venues across the United States including Joe’s Pub in New York City and the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas. In addition to performing, I have spoken about burlesque and women of color and co-led movement workshops in colleges and universities from Massachusetts to California. Most recently, I performed and spoke about feminism, sexuality and burlesque at Amber Rose’s Slutwalk in Los Angeles. For updates on when and where I’ll be performing, sign up for my mailing list.

While burlesque is a large part of my activism, much of what I do is dedicated to equality for all people regardless of ethnicity, gender expression or sexual orientation. I’m passionate about women and/or people of color and I want to see us succeed and thrive. This means creating more opportunities and space for us in the technology and digital realms, developing our own businesses and ensuring equal representation in the media and arts.

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