Hi, I’m Twanna. I’m an educator , writer and radio & TV commentator focused on the sociology of sexuality and its relationship to culture and Internet technologies. I started FUNKY BROWN CHICK® in 2005 after I ditched a safe, stable life in Illinois’ bosom to leap into the big unknown called NYC. I took a risk. I jumped. And, I landed right on my ass. Mice in my Manhattan apartment. Dates with a guy who “showed” me he doesn’t wear underwear. Unemployment. A rendezvous with a man who told me he wanted to piss in my mouth. In the beginning, I wrote pseudo-anonymously as “funkybrownchick” to, in part, share my thoughts about sex without fearing judgement. I linked my name, face and words a year later when an online sex magazine called Nerve asked me to pen a dating column; awestricken (People get paid to write?!), I accepted their offer.
In the years since, I’ve appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius and other international outlets around the globe. I’ve written web, magazine, and newspaper articles published by Lifetime, Fast Company, New York Press, and other entities. (See: bio.) I’ve worked for Newsweek and BBC Worldwide. When I’m not on TV, radio, or in bylines, I help arts organizations and progressive causes share their work to make the world a more meaningful place.
Sex is not inherently wrong, slutty or vulgar. I assume all past boyfriends, high school pals, future lovers, employers, church members, family members and anyone else with an internet connect can read what I write. Doesn’t mean they SHOULD; it just means they can. I’m okay with that. I’m proud of work because it honestly depicts who I am. Older, outdated content on FUNKY BROWN CHICK® is/was/might be an accurate representation of who I was then. I’m growing. Changing. Evolving. I’d be lying if I said I had my life all figured out. Though, I now realize: No one interesting does.