What You Know

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Kiana Fitzgerald likes to do a lot of things, but most of her time is spent with music. She specializes in analyzing the art form as a journalist, podcaster, and on-air commentator. Additionally, she’s a cultural critic and a champion of Black culture. She moonlights as a personal essayist and DJ.

Kiana’s debut book, Ode to Hip-Hop: 50 Albums That Define 50 Years of Trailblazing Music, is out now via Running Press. You can order it here or by clicking the image. Read an interview about the book with Rolling Stone here.

Most notably, Kiana has written viral cover stories for Paper Magazine (Megan Thee Stallion) and New York Magazine’s The Cut (Chika). Her work has been printed in Rolling Stone, Texas Monthly, Stranger’s Guide, Houstonia Magazine, and Bitch Magazine. She has also produced highly circulated pieces for NPR, Vibe Magazine, Billboard, Mic, Vox, NYLON Magazine, The FADER, Brooklyn Magazine, Okayplayer, REVOLT, Saint Heron, Uproxx, and other publications. You can read much of it here.

On top of her writing endeavors, Kiana is a mental health advocate on TikTok, where she has built a community of 20,000+ supporters.

Kiana earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism with summa cum laude honors from Texas State University in 2011, and a master’s in new media in mass communication in 2013, also from Texas State, with summa cum laude honors.

Aside from the above, Kiana has worked as a social media strategist, editorial producer, office receptionist, and web developer.

To get in touch with her for commissions or submissions, visit the Info page.