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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Expert

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Pasta, fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper.

Birthplace

Born:
11/12/1960
Birth Location:
Augusta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Relations Expert

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Pasta, fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cape Town, South Africa
Favorite Quote:
No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper.

Birthplace

Born:
11/12/1960
Birth Location:
Augusta
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Biography

Public relations expert Gwendolyn Quinn was born on November 12, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia to Queen Esther Bradshaw and Lonnie Edward Quinn. Quinn graduated from Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland in 1978, and received her cosmetology license from Robert Fiance Beauty School in New York.

After graduating from high school, Quinn served as the personal assistant to recording artist and performer, Gloria Gaynor. Quinn entered the music industry by joining the television and radio staff at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. She was then recruited as a personal assistant to Beverly Johnson, after which she joined ABC-Capital Cities and worked for several years in positions related to television development and production. In 1991, Quinn joined Mercury/PolyGram as its publicity coordinator. The company worked with artists such as Vanessa Williams, Oleta Adams, and Third World. She then joined Flavor Unit Entertainment as the national director of publicity, creating campaigns for artists such as Naughty By Nature, Zhané, and Queen Latifah. Quinn was named national director of publicity and media relations at Capitol Records in 1995. Two years later, she worked as senior director of publicity for Island Records, and worked with the Isley Brothers, and Dru Hill, among others. The following year, Quinn joined Arista Records as senior director of publicity, and organized campaigns for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox, and Monica. When Arista Records and Bad Boy Entertainment launched joint ventures, Quinn was responsible for the artists’ media campaigns. These artists included P. Diddy, Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, and Mase. Quinn handled media and press activities for the company. Quinn then returned to Capitol Records as vice president of publicity. In 2002, Quinn founded her own firm, GQ Media & Public Relations (now Gwendolyn Quinn Public Relations).

Quinn was the founder and creator of the African American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC) and the Global Communicator. She also was a contributor to Souls Revealed and featured in Handle Your Entertainment Business. She was the curator of The Living Legends Foundation: The State of Black Music and Beyond, an essay series published by the Huffington Post.

Gwendolyn Quinn was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 29, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gwendolyn Quinn describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers moving to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her early interest in music
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers her civics class at Charles Hart Junior High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers the music and film of her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls learning to braid hair
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her transition to Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers moving to New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls becoming a professional hairstylist in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers meeting Gloria Gaynor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls training at the Sassoon Salon in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls leaving her position at the Sassoon Salon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn Quinn describes her position at the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls working as Beverly Johnson's assistant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls joining Capital Cities/ABC Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her decision to leave Capital Cities/ABC Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls joining PolyGram Records
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her position at Flavor Unit Entertainment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls becoming a national publicity director at Capitol Records
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about working with hip hop artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her interview at Capitol Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn Quinn describes her responsibilities at Capitol Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her time at Island Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn Quinn describes how she ended her contract at Island Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers joining Arista Records
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn Quinn describes the qualities of a successful publicist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls her biggest celebrity client
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers returning to Capitol Records as a vice president
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about founding GQ Media Public Relations Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about her clients at GQ Media and Public Relations Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about the filming of 'VH1 Divas'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls the great vocalists among her clientele
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn Quinn recalls great singers that she worked with
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about the African American Public Relations Collective
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about her birthday celebration in 2012
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gwendolyn Quinn remembers hearing about the death of Whitney Houston
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about the importance of black publicists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gwendolyn Quinn talks about her work with white clients
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gwendolyn Quinn reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gwendolyn Quinn reflects upon the changes in the music industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Gwendolyn Quinn reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Gwendolyn Quinn describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Gwendolyn Quinn reflects upon her family
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