Artist StatementI like reaching people where they are — kissing lovers, watching movies, and enjoying time with friends. It’s more fun & effective than traditional outreach strategies. On pages, screens, and stages, I promote sexual & reproductive health through media arts. My work is like me. It’s not bound by language or geography. By working together with audiences, we are collectively building a healthier, more loving world that is free of racial hatred, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia.
Twanna A. Hines is founder and CEO of FUNKY BROWN CHICK, Inc. A social entrepreneur and award-winning sex and relationships educator, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC (Canadian National Radio), Paris Première (French Television) and in documentary films. She has written for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company and The Huffington Post. Her work also appears in the books Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, Migration and Immigration: A Global View, and On Purpose: Rhetorical Analysis of Non-Fiction. She writes, teaches, speaks, trains, and performs one-woman shows about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Interviewed by outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times, her sex column for Metro international newspapers was syndicated in three major markets — New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia — and she was selected to participate in one of The Guardian’s competitive program for writers.
Having lived in New York City, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, The Hague, and Washington, D.C., she is fluent in Dutch and English. She has two cats — the great Catsby & Fitzgerald.
T E S T I M O N I A L S
"[...] cheerful, spirited, and charming [...]"
—The Washington Post
"If there's anyone in the sexuality education field who does not already know Twanna's work, then that person is not paying attention."
— Laura Anne Stuart, MPH, Northwestern University
One of the Internet’s "sultriest sharers."
"Twanna is one of those women who oozes sexuality."
"Twanna Hines sizzles … Funky Brown Chick […] is smoking, with stories that keep readers hooked."
—AppleBottoms brand, an "Oprah's Favorite Things" pick
" … Reading [Twanna's writing] is like settling in with a wise, cheeky girlfriend. [She] manages to be edgy and raw without crossing into obscenity. [Her] frank talk about love, sex and dating (she's gone on 80-100 dates in NYC) hits home with a wide range of audiences."