Jordannah Elizabeth (born October 16, 1986 in Baltimore, MD) is an American journalist, commentator, lecturer, music critic, author and founder of the literary organization and independent Small press, Publik / Private (publikprivate.org).
Elizabeth at Red Emma's book store in Baltimore during her book tour
|Born||October 16, 1986|
|Occupation||Journalist, Author, Lecturer|
Elizabeth started her professional writing career by earning bylines in Vice Magazine, Nerve.com and Bitch Media in March 2013. In October 2013, she was brought on as a regular contributing writer and entertainment reporter for New York Amsterdam News arts and entertainment section where she has conducted high-profile interviews with African American leaders of their fields like producer, Teddy Riley, Walter Williams of The O'Jays and Black Girls Code founder, Kimberly Bryant.
As a national journalist, Jordannah wrote for a number of Bay Area publications in 2014 such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, East Bay Express SF Weekly and worked as the associate editor of The Deli Magazine San Francisco from 2013 to 2017. Jordannah expanded her reach as a global journalist, writing for MTV Iggy, MTV's (now defunct) world music blog and covering global Women's and Girl's Rights for Ms. Magazine.
From 2015 through 2018, Jordannah's work became more focused on literature, jazz criticism and global feminist reporting. Elizabeth has shared panels with esteemed journalists like Greg Tate, Lara Pellegrinelli and Michelle Mercer.
Her bylines have expanded to Chicago Reader, DownBeat, LA Weekly, Hearst Magazines, NPR Music, Popsugar, Condé Nast and other publications. Elizabeth's writing ranges from interviews, music journalism, personal essays, articles on healing in relationships and trauma to literary journalism. Her broad voice has made her an active teacher and lecturer, teaching writing and journalism workshops at institutions like Maryland Institute College of Art and Center for New Music in San Francisco. She has lectured at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, De Montfort University in Leicester, England, and was invited as a guest journalist at Harvard University's Black Lives Matter: Music, Race, and Justice Conference in February 2017. She has also moderated panels on literature and film at Baltimore Book Festival and Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD.
Jordannah is the author of an anthology of 40 of her articles entitled, "Don't Lose Track Vol 1: 40 Articles, Essays and Q&As” published by UK based publisher Zero Books" and the existential chapbook series, "The Warmest Low" published by Publik / Private Small Press.
- Stein, Dr Phoebe. "The Humanities and Young Baltimoreans". www.wypr.org. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- 'Live Review: Panda Bear's Discipline and Precision at The Independent'
- "Inaugural Symposium". Global South Center. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Black Voices in Music Criticism Are Essential". East Bay Express. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- January 2016, Craig Manning /. "Don't Lose Track Vol. 1". Independent Publisher - gbbook. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Publik / Private". Publik / Private. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- Karmic Concepts of Tech N9ne
- Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now: The Process Records
- Hip-Hop Duo THEESatisfaction Talk Beats, Queerness, and Cosmos"
- Azealia Banks, Q-Tip address cultural appropriation" Amsterdamnews.com, January 2, 2015
- "Teddy Riley gets ready for a 'Conversation' May 5". amsterdamnews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Walter Williams talks O'Jays' 60-year career, final album". amsterdamnews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- Panda Bear's Discipline and Precision at The Independent, Eastbayexpress.com, April 16, 2015
- Angélique Kidjo: The Queen of Afropop Keeps Reigning
- "Jordannah Elizabeth, Author at Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Terrance Frazier, co-owner of City of Gods boutique, gets spiritual about fashion". citypaper.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "Zora Neale Hurston has a new book slated for 2018". amsterdamnews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "DownBeat Author". downbeat.com. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Baltimore Bookfestival 2018 :: EVENT DETAIL". www.baltimorebookfestival.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "Women in jazz journalism on gender issues, in NYC MLK weekend". Jazz Beyond Jazz. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "Jordannah Elizabeth". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "DownBeat Author". downbeat.com. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "Jordannah Elizabeth | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "How I Learned to Heal from Infidelity". Oprah.com. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
- "The 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
- "Jordannah Elizabeth | POPSUGAR". POPSUGAR. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Kenyan Court Ruling Demands Accountability in the Global Maternal Health Crisis Facing Black Women - Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Mahogany L. Browne describes the making of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "Inaugural Symposium". Global South Center. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "A Rumination of Black Experimental Music Jordannah Elizabeth". Center for New Music. 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Breaking the mould: American music journalist visits De Montfort University". Leicestershire Press. 2016-10-25. Retrieved 2018-05-31.
- "Black experimental artists shine at Harvard BLM conference". amsterdamnews.com. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Baltimore Bookfestival 2018 :: EVENT DETAIL". www.baltimorebookfestival.com. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story | Creative Alliance". www.creativealliance.org. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Don't Lose Track Vol. 1: 40 Selected Articles, Essays and Q&As || Zero Books || Book Info". www.zero-books.net. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
- Week in Pop: Asante Phenix, Happenin Summer, Sara Z, Wildfront
- "Red Emma's: titles index". www.redemmas.org. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
- "Publik / Private". Publik / Private. Retrieved 2018-12-28.