Kiana “Juanie” Fowlkes is a rising writer/producer who uses her own disastrous love life as inspiration to merge love and Black womanhood into authentic stories filled with levity for the small screen. She is currently on the festival circuit for her short, “Hopeless” where she served as writer and executive producer. She is also penning an indie feature for former Head of Content at Netflix, Pauline Fischer, under Pauline’s new production banner. Juanie serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Performing and Media Arts department. Juanie is the founder of production company, Kinfowlkes Media, as well as an intimate and safe networking space she created for emerging Black women in entertainment called Kinfowlk.
Before landing her role at Cornell, Juanie was a Showrunner’s Assistant on THEM on Amazon Prime, a Co- EP Assistant on HBO’s Lovecraft Country’s S2 Mini Room, and a Hillman Grad Mentee under the direction of Lena Waithe. She also taught at Elon University, Howard University, and California State University, LA.
Juanie received her BA from the University of DC where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and an International Leadership Fellow. She then went on to AFI where she received her MFA in Screenwriting. She spent her early twenties traveling to Eastern Europe, South America, and the Caribbean as a part of collegiate singing ensemble. She enjoys all types of pasta, romcoms, bi-weekly massages and throwing dinner parties.
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