Jon Paul Higgins
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Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (Doctor Jon Paul) is an award-winning educator, professor, national speaker, freelance journalist, thought leader, and media critic who examines the intersections of identity, gender, and race in entertainment. Named National Black Justice Coalition’s Inaugural Emerging Leaders to Watch and Business Equality Magazine’s “Top 40 LGBTQ People Under 40”, their work has been featured on sites like Essence, Ebony, Complex, MTV News, Out Magazine, BET, and Paper Mag. A CultureStrike 2021 Disruptor, Twitter Spaces Spark Creator, they were recently named a Black Boy/Girl Writes Fellow in Mike Gauyo's writing program collaboration with Stage32.
Dr. Higgins is a trailblazer who is creating, sharing, and crafting the stories their ancestors didn’t get to tell. Dr. Higgins has held positions at both Chernin Entertainment & Edith Productions and consulted with brands including United Artists, Amazon, and other top media leaders. They have worked on inclusion projects with leaders in entertainment including Fox, the NFL, Apple, Disney, Instagram, BuzzFeed, and GLAAD. They have also been a featured speaker for SXSW & TEDx and also competed on the latest season of Netflix’s hit show, “Nailed It”.
You can also see them on the first season of FUSE's new show, Like a Girl. They are the creator, executive producer, and host of the "Black Fat Femme Podcast", which was developed via iHeartMedia's NextUp Initiative in 2021. The podcast has gone on to be named one of the "top Black podcasts to listen to" by Essence Magazine. Dr. Higgins holds a doctorate in educational justice from the University of Redlands and regularly writes and lectures on what liberation means for Black, queer, fat, non-binary people.
Dr. Higgins holds a doctorate in educational justice from the University of Redlands and regularly writes and lectures on what liberation means for Black, queer, fat, non-binary people.