JUWAN THE WRITER
Journalist, Essayist, Critic & Creative Writer – known for Analysis, Annotation, Interviews, and Commentary across a wide range of subjects
Especially Experienced with Writing or Reviewing: Articles, Podcasts, Poetry, Plays, Songs, Scripts, Transcriptions / On Subjects Related to: Culture, Film, History, Identity, Media, Music and the Internet
Juwan has written professionally since his acclaimed poem “I Remember Me” was first published in 2012. That year, he completed songwriting and musical theater training at the MIMA Academy in Brooklyn, NY. He also contributed to writing and recording the song “Breathe.”
As a student and eventual employee of the digital arts and media non-profit Vivid Imagination Program, Juwan was involved in the creation and execution of several successful media releases, namely being the creator and writer of the digital series N.E.R.D.S. (2014-15), which aimed to realistically depict the modern life of those in high school.
Juwan made a name for himself as a Community Editor and Contributor at Genius.com (formerly RapGenius), establishing himself as one of the internet’s top scholars on Michael Jackson, Prince, Sheila E., Rick Astley and Epic Rap Battles of History. He helped define the site’s contributor guidelines referring to sampling. Juwan was a columnist at LWOS.Life and a contributor at both Last Word on Pro Football and Umber.LIFE. He was also a founder and editor of the publications FIFTY54 Magazine and PRISM Mag.
Juwan served as the Weekend Editor at LGBTQ Nation, the world’s most-followed, most-viewed LGBTQ news source, from October 2019 to April 2020. There, he successfully spearheaded the site’s Black History Month and State of the Union overages. Currently, he is the Editorial Revolutionary-in-Chief of The Renaissance Project on Medium, a progressive hip-hop publication created by PRISM Collaborative Media. His foremost essay, “‘You Are A Prince to Us’: Recognizing Girl 6, Spike Lee and Prince’s Soundtrack” garnered praise from Spike Lee himself.
Interview with Rep. Maxine Waters – LGBTQ Nation
“It looks like Mayor Pete is doing his thing in Iowa,” Rep. Waters said to LGBTQ Nation‘s Juwan Holmes at the Millennial Media Row. “And that should be absolutely one of the most inspiring things that the LGBT community can ever hope for.”
Writing and editing self-selected articles speaking on how Black History is happening in the now just as much as in the past, including: why I believed Michael Bloomberg’s anti-LGBTQ and racist record disqualified him as a candidate for President; how the Harlem Renaissance was as Queer as it was Black; and how the Wade family is a model for queer-affirming families of the future.
“Our right to live without facing brutality and death at the hand of police is a civil one — really, a human one…the fight for our lives cannot wait for an election date because, by itself, voting cannot save us.”
I grew up in the shop, a space for straight Black men to seek support, friendship and community. But for queer men like me, it’s hardly a haven.
In order to maintain my survival, I had no choice but to turn over unnecessary, invasive data to Bill.com in the name of ‘authentication’ — “who authenticates the authenticator in these times?”
“You’re only a survivor until you’re a statistic. You’ve got to protect your mental health…”
Profile: Jonny On A Quest – The Renaissance
Budding Texan Jonny Jukebox’s Life, Music, and Non-Conformance – “I think whatever you tap in, whatever makes you happy, whatever gives you purpose, then that’s your royalty.”
“Prince was walking back in the room, commandeering a corner office, and refusing to be kicked out or taken for granted. Musicology was a tool to celebrate, redefine, and study himself all at once — and it worked.”
Selected Work, continued:
- In need of more blood donations? End the ban that prevents LGBTQ men from contributing. – LGBTQ Nation
- NYC museum exhibition celebrates photos of activists and artists, and a few nudes too – GayCities
- Interview: This ‘homo historian’ is uncovering LGBTQ history & educating followers on social media – LGBTQ Nation
- Interview: Mark Takano is taking charge of protecting veterans & LGBTQ people in Congress – LGBTQ Nation
- NFL coach Katie Sowers wins this weekend, both on screen and sidelines – LGBTQ Nation
- Circa 2001: A Memoir — and Plato Allegory — of Life in the 21st Century – The Renaissance
- Yes, Lizzo is a Rapper. She’s Always Been. – The Renaissance
- JAY-Z’s Latest Problem: Performative Activism – The Renaissance
- The Beautiful Legacy of Cameron Boyce – LWOS.Life
- A Tropical Chill: Guava Island Review [One of the first released] – LWOS.Life
- 5 Bisexual People Explain What “Bisexual” Means to Them – Tinder
- Good Morning Football Has Become The Best Show on Morning Television – Last Word on Pro Football
- Sin City Radio Podcast – Episode 1 (PILOT) – “Let’s Get Sued” (Annotated)
- I’m A Multipotentialite – Here’s What That Means – PRISM Mag
- ‘Standing in the Sun’: Scandal and the Messages of Representation to Women of Color – Kahuna Printed
- Genius User Interview (2017) – An Enlightening Madko(o)l Conversation with Madkol – Genius.com
- N.E.R.D.S. Episode 3 – Vivid Imagination
- Words or Media appearances in: An Injustice!, Bustle, CBS Sports, GayCities, Medium (Featured 4x), Hip Hop Wired, Tinder, Queerty, Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Tinder, Xtra Magazine
- Weekend Editor, LGBTQ Nation (2019-2020)
- Co-Founder, Writer & Photographer – Humans of Hip Hop (2019)
- Creator of The PhotoView
- Founder & Curator, PRISM Collaborative Media (2017-Present)
- Annotator, Community Editor, Contributor, and Verified Artist – Genius.com (2016-2019)
- Contributing Writer/Columnist, Last Word on Sports Inc. (2018-2019)
- Contributing Writer, Kahuna Printed Magazine/Umber.LIFE (2018-2019)
- Co-Host, Producer, Creator – Sin City Radio Podcast (2016-17)
- Writer and Editor, Vivid Imagination Inc. Productions (2014-2017)
- Creator and Writer, N.E.R.D.S. (Web Series, 2014-2015)
- Editor, Truth Behind Mistakes (Documentary, 2015)
- Writer, Rolling the Dice (Film, 2016)
- Story Writer, Heart, Hip Hop & Hoops (Play, 2017)
- Contributor, WRED-TV (St. John’s University TV Club) (2016)
- Published Poem, “I Remember Me” (2012)
- Certificate of Completion – Songwriting and Musical Theatre Program, Modern Improvisitional Music Appreciation (MIMA) Academy (2011-2012)
- Songwriter, “Breathe”, MIMA (2011)
Comments and Reviews of Work:
– Award-winning television presenter/journalist Gio Benitez
You Inspire me to be hopeful!
You’re Such a Beautiful Writer.
I really enjoyed the heart…a lot of digestible information.
You’re doing such important work.