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Jordannah Elizabeth (born October 16, 1986 in Baltimore, MD[1]) is an American journalist, commentator,[2] lecturer,[3] music critic,[4] author[5] and founder of the literary organization and independent Small press, Publik / Private[6] (

Jordannah Elizabeth
Elizabeth at Red Emma's book store in Baltimore during her book tour
Elizabeth at Red Emma's book store in Baltimore during her book tour
Born (1986-10-16) October 16, 1986 (age 32)
Baltimore, Maryland
OccupationJournalist, Author, Lecturer


Elizabeth started her professional writing career by earning bylines in Vice Magazine,[7][8] and Bitch Media[9] in March 2013. In October 2013, she was brought on as a regular contributing writer and entertainment reporter for New York Amsterdam News[10] arts and entertainment section where she has conducted high-profile interviews with African American leaders of their fields like producer, Teddy Riley,[11] Walter Williams of The O'Jays[12] 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[13] 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,[14] MTV's (now defunct) world music blog and covering global Women's and Girl's Rights for Ms. Magazine.[15]

From 2015[16] through 2018, Jordannah's work became more focused on literature,[17] jazz criticism[18] and global feminist reporting.[19] Elizabeth has shared panels with esteemed journalists like Greg Tate, Lara Pellegrinelli and Michelle Mercer.[20]

Her bylines have expanded to Chicago Reader,[21] DownBeat,[22] LA Weekly,[23] Hearst Magazines,[24] NPR Music,[25] Popsugar,[26] Condé Nast and other publications. Elizabeth's writing ranges from interviews, music journalism, personal essays, articles on healing in relationships and trauma[27] to literary journalism.[28] Her broad voice has made her an active teacher and lecturer,[29] teaching writing and journalism workshops at institutions like Maryland Institute College of Art and Center for New Music in San Francisco.[30] She has lectured at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, De Montfort University in Leicester, England,[31] and was invited as a guest journalist at Harvard University's Black Lives Matter: Music, Race, and Justice Conference[32] in February 2017. She has also moderated panels on literature and film at Baltimore Book Festival[33] and Creative Alliance[34] 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[35]” published by UK based publisher Zero Books[36]" and the existential chapbook series, "The Warmest Low"[37] published by Publik / Private Small Press.[38]


  1. ^ Stein, Dr Phoebe. "The Humanities and Young Baltimoreans". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  2. ^ 'Live Review: Panda Bear's Discipline and Precision at The Independent'
  3. ^ "Inaugural Symposium". Global South Center. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Black Voices in Music Criticism Are Essential". East Bay Express. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  5. ^ January 2016, Craig Manning /. "Don't Lose Track Vol. 1". Independent Publisher - gbbook. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Publik / Private". Publik / Private. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Karmic Concepts of Tech N9ne
  8. ^ Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now: The Process Records
  9. ^ Hip-Hop Duo THEESatisfaction Talk Beats, Queerness, and Cosmos"
  10. ^ Azealia Banks, Q-Tip address cultural appropriation", January 2, 2015
  11. ^ "Teddy Riley gets ready for a 'Conversation' May 5". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Walter Williams talks O'Jays' 60-year career, final album". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Panda Bear's Discipline and Precision at The Independent,, April 16, 2015
  14. ^ Angélique Kidjo: The Queen of Afropop Keeps Reigning
  15. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth, Author at Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  16. ^ Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Terrance Frazier, co-owner of City of Gods boutique, gets spiritual about fashion". Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  17. ^ "Zora Neale Hurston has a new book slated for 2018". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "DownBeat Author". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "Baltimore Bookfestival 2018 :: EVENT DETAIL". Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "Women in jazz journalism on gender issues, in NYC MLK weekend". Jazz Beyond Jazz. January 19, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  21. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  22. ^ "DownBeat Author". Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  24. ^ "How I Learned to Heal from Infidelity". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  25. ^ "The 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  26. ^ "Jordannah Elizabeth | POPSUGAR". POPSUGAR. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  27. ^ "Kenyan Court Ruling Demands Accountability in the Global Maternal Health Crisis Facing Black Women - Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  28. ^ Elizabeth, Jordannah. "Mahogany L. Browne describes the making of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic". Chicago Reader. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  29. ^ "Inaugural Symposium". Global South Center. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  30. ^ "A Rumination of Black Experimental Music Jordannah Elizabeth". Center for New Music. October 4, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  31. ^ "Breaking the mould: American music journalist visits De Montfort University". Leicestershire Press. October 25, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  32. ^ "Black experimental artists shine at Harvard BLM conference". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  33. ^ "Baltimore Bookfestival 2018 :: EVENT DETAIL". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  34. ^ "Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story | Creative Alliance". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  35. ^ "Don't Lose Track Vol. 1: 40 Selected Articles, Essays and Q&As || Zero Books || Book Info". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  36. ^ Week in Pop: Asante Phenix, Happenin Summer, Sara Z, Wildfront
  37. ^ "Red Emma's: titles index". Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  38. ^ "Publik / Private". Publik / Private. Retrieved December 28, 2018.

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