NayMarie, Editor & Resident Photographer | @iamNayMarie
NayMarie is a published photographer and retoucher based in New York who captures the essence of Black art, natural hair, and black family, pulling from her experience in multiple genres of photography and image editing. Her combined love for beauty and the community birthed the project Taji Mag which embodies the traditional and modern royalty of Pan-African people and encourages us to love ourselves as we are, not as the media or anyone else suggests we should be.
Will Focus, Art & Design Consultant | @TheOneWillFocus
A creative visionary at heart and spontaneous developer of all things ingenious, Will Focus is a New York-born Graphic Designer and Illustrator who seeks out content to work with that requires him to engage content/production on a more visceral level. Using the visual to emote and connect with the individual is a top priority in his development process. Due to this nature of development, he is uniquely adept at providing clients with a broad range of skills.
Africa Jackson, Community & Culture | @AfricaJwrites
Africa Jackson is a freelance agitator living between Ireland and mid-coast. She spends her days whistling at construction workers and calling white people the “W” word. (Her best friend is white.) Follow her on Twitter at @AfricaJwrites.
D. Carrie, Travel | @_dcarrie
D. Carrie is figuring things out one adventure at a time, occasionally sharing with the interwebs. Find her at youtube.com/c/dCarrieTV.
Dannie Ruth, Poet | @_dannieruth
Dannie Ruth is a poet and writer from Washington, D.C. She earned her MFA from The New School and a BA from St. John’s University. Her work has been featured in Toho Journal, The Inquisitive Eater, and Queenzenglish.mp3: poetry | philosophy | performativity. Her chapbook Inside the Orb of an Oracle is the 2019 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook selection for C&R Press.
Delliz Hazell, Chef | @chefdellizhazell
Delliz K. Hazell is a culinary mastermind fluent in vegan, organic, kosher, and gluten-free cuisine. Her plates and desserts are not only gorgeous to look at but pleasing to your mouth and fuel for your body. To hire Delliz for your private chef, catering, or consultation needs, or to just follow her cooking journey, visit her website www.DellizHazell.com!
Felipe Patterson aka Dapper Dr. Feel,
Lead Contributor: Entertainment, #BlackLoveConvo #DDFFridayFeature & | @fdapperdr
Felipe Patterson, aka Dapper Dr. Feel, is a freelance writer and creative. #BlackLoveConvo & Entertainment contributor. The burgeoning southern gentleman is always looking for a great film to review and an inspirational story to write. He volunteers with autism awareness projects and hopes to mentor other young Black men.
Janelle Naomi, Education | @janellenaomi
Janelle Naomi is an educator, artist, and speaker who uses art and education to heal people of all ages
Jashua Sa’Ra, Spiritual Tecknowledge | @Earthiopian
Jashua Sa-Ra is a communications artist that uses hosting, writing, graphic design, wholistic healing, and workshops to contribute to a healthy functioning community. www.JASHUASARA.com
Lauren “Lola Valentine” Jones, Community & Culture | @_what.ever.lola.wants_
Lola Valentine is a creative Jacque-of-all-trades hailing from Brooklyn, NY. As a Creative Soul, she currently expresses herself through dance, writing, and craft work. She plans to use her talents to facilitate the progression of her fellow Artists.
Lindi Tshitlho, Community & Culture | @muhlez
Lindi Tshitlho is all about community empowerment. She travels around African townships to showcase their products, stories, and businesses to mainstream sectors for recognition. She is a contributing lifestyle and fashion writer, covering stories about African culture, cuisine, and decor in and around South Africa.
Melissa Lamarre, Community & Culture | @workaholixmedia
Mel is a serial entrepreneur by nature, starting her first business at 15 years old. She started making hand beaded jewelry and styling fashion shows. From there, she combined her writing and marketing skills into a public relations consulting career for businesses and entertainers. In 2015, she founded Mel’s Butter Blends, a natural haircare and skincare collection. She now spends her time growing Mel’s Butter Blends and Workaholix Media Consulting and blogging about entrepreneurship, culture, and travel.
Sancha McBurnie, Contributing Photographer | @sanchamphoto
“My fondest memories are attached to music; but sometimes memory fails us. What I love, is being able to capture these moments to relive time & again.”
Taylor Barbuto, Fashion & Style intern | @loopee_designs
Taylor Barbuto is an aspiring Fashion Designer who loves everything creative. She graduated from the High School of Fashion Industries (Home of the Cheetah Girls!) and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in the Business and Technology of Fashion from the New York City College of Technology. She is currently working on building her portfolio and developing her creative skills in bookbinding, graphic design and Fashion Illustration. Her work may be found on instagram at @loopee_designs.
Taylor Sims, Fashion & Style intern | @taylorx0__
Taylor Sims is an aspiring fashion buyer. At an early age, she realized her interest in fashion by watching television and reading magazines. She’s aspiring to receive a degree in Fashion Merchandising, to assist in her goal of working with a major fashion house.