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Twanna A. Hines
Twanna A. Hines is an award­-winning American sexual and reproductive health educator and advocate. She has lived in New York City, London, Chicago, Amsterdam and The Hague. Recognized for her technical expertise in sex education, technology, and interpersonal relationships, she has appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC (Canadian National Radio), and Paris Première (French Television). She has written for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, Lifetime, Mashable, Nerve, New York Press, Fast Company, and blogs at The Huffington Post.

Known as FUNKY BROWN CHICK®, she has been featured in news outlets from coast to coast, from the San Francisco Chronicle to The New York Times.

Twanna has independently led educational programs to improve adolescent sexual health outcomes and reduce negative youth health outcomes reaching thousands of youth in two high-risk communities, which garnered Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Affiliate Excellence Award in the Special Efforts in Serving Teens category. She also managed professional education and training programs for executives while working for The University of Chicago.

In addition, with a passion for media and technology, she has 10+ years experience working for a cross section of government, non-governmental (NGO), nonprofit, and private sector firms. In that capacity, she effectively leads end-to-end campaign communications strategy to help organizations maximize social impact, mobilize constituents, and generate funds to ensure mission sustainability.

A passionate member of the global community, she is bilingual and her previous work experience includes a stint with the Foreign Service at The American Embassy in The Hague and working at the current affairs publication Newsweek magazine. Twanna actively promotes progressive causes including global health, maternal and child health, the eradication of HIV/AIDS, and adult & lifelong learning. She has also published a book chapter on immigration.

Raised evangelical Christian in rural Illinois and Mississippi, she received abstinence-only sex education. In 2005, strongly believing adults needed a space to discuss sexual health openly without fearing judgment, she built FUNKY BROWN CHICK®. Called one of “the internet’s sultriest sharers” by the Village Voice, details about her rendezvous have been printed in Glamour magazine.

Entries by Twanna A. Hines

Sex is Running in the 2016 Election

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 11:09 AM

Americans are afraid of sex. Having written, taught, researched, worked in and spoken about the topic over the past decade, I know this is true. In also explains why sex dominates U.S. elections and politics time and time again -- whether we're talking about marriage equality, LGBTQ service members, elected...

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How I Steer Clear of Crazy, Rage-Filled Lovers

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 1:16 PM

In Chicago, a boyfriend once seethed, "This is the worst it's going to get, Twanna. I mean, it's not like I'm going to hit you!" After giving him the benefit of the doubt much longer than I should have, our relationship culminated with a particularly unsettling argument. Although he never...

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Black Women, White Men & Dr. Laura's Views on Interracial Marriage

(79) Comments | Posted August 14, 2010 | 1:18 PM

"If you're that hypersensitive about color and don't have a sense of humor, don't marry out of your race," Dr. Laura Schlessinger advised.

What in the deep-fried hell is going on? Interestingly, coverage of Schlessinger's outbursts and apology have squarely focused on...

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Turn on Your TV. It's Time for Sex!

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 6:16 PM

Want to know what Americans really think about sex and culture? Watch TV. In 1968, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage, Star Trek's Captain Kirk and Nyota Uhura smooched one of television's earliest interracial kisses. In 1974, streaker Robert Opel ran naked across...

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Sex Bombs and Legalized Prostitution in Times Square

(15) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 11:38 AM

Oh, to be alive when Deep Throat's Linda Lovelace, not car-bomb suspects, brought the FBI to Times Square. The porn star was likely less menacing. Given reports Lindsay Lohan is slated to appear in a biopic about the celebrity with a clitoris...

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Top 10: Movies with Steamy Interracial Couples

(6) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 12:27 AM

Sex pheromones flow freely as Americans make interracial sexytime. Since the 1967 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision struck down anti-miscegenation laws -- bans against domestic, marital or sexual intermingling between various ethnic groups -- the number of multicultural couples bouncing their mattresses to marital bliss has...

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I'm a Writer, Not a Child Pornographer

(100) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 4:09 PM

I heard Facebook removed an obscene picture of a breastfeeding woman, and Craigslist tightened the reins on their erotic services section. However, like many people, I wasn't overly-concerned with electronic censorship -- that is, until it directly affected me.

Typing in isolation with my tush snuggled...

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Gets "Raw" in JCVD

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 11:55 AM

Exclusive Interview

Since we last saw the guy who played a karate jock ad nauseam, Jean-Claude Van Damme racked up serial marriages, spread his seed to produce six children, struggled with cocaine addiction, fought a custody battle and moved to Hong Kong. With more than a decade of life...

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Political Sex Scandals: Obama, McCain & Palin

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 1:54 PM

Many politicians have fallen from grace with their trousers at their ankles. We know about couldn't-keep-it-in-his-pants adulterer John Edwards and cookie cutter practitioners of inappropriate conduct like Arnold Schwarzenegger. New York's very own Client #9, Eliot Spitzer, pinned down prostitute Ashley Dupré. David Vitter and Randall...

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Freakonomics: Interracial Sex Makes Us More Beautiful

(16) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 12:09 PM

I was raised to be a strong black woman who stuck it to The Man, but I've spent the past decade sticking it with him. Several of them. Although my American and European white ex-boyfriends have touched every inch of my body's brown flesh, I'm currently happy being

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