Jennifer Mota is a Dominican-American Multimedia Creative and Journalist who focuses on topics relating to music, fashion, and Black Latinx identity. She received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University. Mota along with two other Dominican Journalist initiated the first Latinx beat for Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods — a publication of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab at the University reporting on underserved communities in the city of Philadelphia.
Spearheading Urbano and Afro-Latinx stories during her time as a digital assistant for People en Español’s English-language verticle People Chica, she wrote Recognizing Dominican Dembow: From Jamaica to El Alfa, highlighting the history and pioneers behind the sub-genre. Contributing to the visual storytelling direction for the sites video franchises she also interviewed and edited videos for artists like Sech and Ivy Queen while also including up and coming artist as well as local Afro-Latinx leaders in the publication’s Afrodescendencia franchise.
Her expertise in the Latin urbano scene, specifically the Dominican dembow scene, scored her a monthly column in Remezcla entitled “Si Tu Quiere Dembow” where she reports on the genre’s past and present. As a Multimedia freelancer, she’s worked in the internet industry as a producer, journalist, and marketing strategist. She has written for VIBE, Pitchfork, and Tidal; while her on-camera catalog includes platforms like Yahoo’s Live Build Series, The Fader, and Noise Colectivo.