Daren and Jenn are boo’ed up and have been since 2002 when they bonded over a mutual love of Brian McKnight’s “Never Felt This Way”, their favorite Brandy lyrics, and nineties TV like Family Matters, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Living Single. It was their shared love of Black cultural icons, histories, and artistry that drew them to one another even though they are actually completely different personality-wise.
They always said to themselves, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had a show?” Well, no major networks have reached out yet. So, until that happens, you can find the duo here, sharing their views on race and culture and everything in between.
Daren is a movie and music critic, poet, and novelist. Hailing from the whitest part of Southern California, he works in market research by day and cradles a laptop by night. Daren is a human anthology of all things musical including the really old, obscure stuff. He still has vintage comic books from his childhood and even convinced Jenn to let him keep his Star Trek and Star Wars figurines and models when they married cuz he’s a nerd (or, more accurately, a blerd). Daren really loves to not pay retail, one of the things he and Jenn do not have in common.
Challenging him in Super Smash Bros, Super Mario Kart, or HALO is futile. You’ve been warned.
Find out more about Daren’s work at DarenWJackson.com.
Jenn is taller than you. She’s probably also smarter than you. She holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and two master’s degrees in Political Science while working toward her PhD. She likes math a lot and at 17, “splurged” on a TI-89 calculator. Jenn is obsessed with cheese and salami cuz she thinks she’s bourgie. And she doesn’t drink coffee because it tastes like empty promises and hope lost. But she’ll take down a hot chocolate though. Jenn pens essays about the intersections of blackness, gender, and popular culture. She is a child of Oakland, California and will always have the Bay Area running through her veins.
To learn more about Jenn’s work, visit her website at JennMJackson.com.