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Compton native Jamil Akim O’Quinn is a Black, queer, neurodivergent writer with a penchant for writing stories about characters in worlds where they don't fit in, who learn to adapt and thrive. O’Quinn has earned bachelor’s degrees in integrative biology and sociology from UC Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton and an MFA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. As a child, he was groomed to be a Pentecostal megachurch pastor, but O’Quinn always preferred empowering communities through performance art and storytelling – not preaching. As a classically trained opera singer, former Armani Exchange model and Broadway performer, O’Quinn has lots of life experiences that can help spark creative ideas in any writers’ room. He’s most recently worked as a writers’ assistant on THE EQUALIZER and NCIS: LOS ANGELES, where he co-wrote/produced his first episode of television, 1414 - "Shame". He looks forward to the next phase of his career as a professional writer.

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