Jmal CW
Jmal CW

Bay Area, CA
I am a married man with two daughters, which essentially means I have three wives. I’m a counselor by education and a writer only to escape doing the dishes. I love Black people. I love Black women. I believe All Black Lives Matter and don’t plan to stop fighting until we see liberation. I’m Half-Black and half-Amazing. And Half of the Our Time with J. and Dre Podcast. Follow us on Twitter at @OurTimeJandD, and on Instagram @OurtimewithJandDre

Aaliyah. K. Taylor
Aaliyah. K. Taylor

Oxford, MS
I’m an Exercise, Sport, & Movement Science student balancing being a dog mom, blogger, and wife! A lot of my time is spent trying to figure out how many cute angles I can take a picture of my dog before he wakes up and studying with my husband. We’re in our second year of marriage and enjoying the lessons as we go. I love yoga, at-home workouts, cooking, and being an example to break generational expectations and narratives on what a “healthy relationship” looks like.

KeNosha Whitehead
KeNosha Whitehead

Jackson, MS
I am a Black woman living with albinism in the New Mississippi, an experience that has uniquely and profoundly shaped my narrative and lens. I have been remarkably blessed to share my story of beauty and belonging worldwide through various print and entertainment media. I am married to my best friend, Johnny, and we have a sweet and sassy one-year-old daughter who rocks a colossal baby afro. God undoubtedly has gifted me to write. I work as a writing attorney and hustle as a professional editor and writing coach for the brave, creative souls who inspire and revolutionize through their pen and keys.

Kortney R. Garwood
Kortney R. Garwood

Southfield, MI
My name Is Kortney R. Garwood. I have many years of experience of being a girlfriend, then wife to the same devoted man, over thirty years to be exact! We have one beautiful daughter together and have prided ourselves on laying a strong foundation for a growing and prospering family. My experiences with relationships, parenting, and entrepreneurship have taught me a lot and I can not wait to impart my knowledge with my readers. Aside from being a wife and mother, I have been an educator for over 20 years. My interests are in mental wellness for people of color as well as working on self-evolution. My passions include gourmet cooking, Bartending, and spending quality time with my family. My husband and I became “empty nesters” when my daughter went off to college, a journey that has turned out to be quite fulfilling. Out of this journey, we created Mr. & Mrs. Happy Hour, sharing our experiences on social media through all of our passions. My mission in life is to live it to the fullest and help others to do the same along the way.

Mishele
Mishele

Indianapolis, IN
I’m born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, I started writing when I was young and later finding out that it was a passion of mine. At the age of 25, I started my own publishing company, KMG Publications, and published my first book, Da Streets are Callin Me. I’m also currently working on my lifestyle blog, Mishelesworld.com, and starting a program for young people who are battling mental health and using writing for a way to express themselves.

Bee Sherel
Bee Sherel

Connecticut
My friends call me Lowkey Bee. Extroverted Introvert. Educated AF. Godmommy of 3. All Black EVERYTHANG. Notoriously (and, happily) Single, but if you know somebody…..Find me on Instagram. Send me a song, too!

Shaquille Telford
Shaquille Telford

Upper Marlboro, MD
I, Shaquille Telford, am an exotic nerd. I’m a product of West Indian, anime, and American culture. My pen crafts prose depicting the journey to understanding oneself and the literary gold mine of being in a relationship. Being new to the poetry scene, I hope my perspective is a breath of fresh air in a world I’m still seeking to understand. I’ve blessed the mic at fundraisers and Black History celebrations spanning the Eastern seaboard, honored newly married couples with poetry, and have performed for the freshman class at American University. As my journey continues, I plan to resume sharing my understanding of the world in an effort to make it a better place.

Christmas
Christmas

West Point, NY
I am an Army veteran who has a passion for investing in youth. From children’s church to working with teens through sorority initiatives, I am here for it. My ultimate mission is to assist children in troublesome situations by coaching them to successful adult lives through education outside of the classroom. I essentially want to build a pipeline from low-income, minority neighborhoods to upscale schools like that we are commonly told we can never get to such as Yale, UPenn, Vanderbilt, etc. This two-fold mission breaks the school to prison pipeline and replaces it with something I see as evolutionary when it barriers that uphold comes to systemic racism, classism, racial wealth gaps, etc. It’s up to us to raise the next generation of leaders and help them leave their legacy. I love cruises, sewing, cooking, and gardening. I am happily married, and we learn from one another daily. Some of my proudest achievements include being a friend of the Most High King, having my hubby as a best friend, being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and having had the opportunity to lead America’s Sons and Daughters–despite the fact that some of them viewed me as less than simply because I’m feminine with chocolate skin. In the words of First Lady Obama “When they go low, we go high!”

C.B. Phoenix
C.B. Phoenix

Tulsa, OK
I am a Southern Black Millennial Woman, a wife, a FurMom of 5, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a SoRHOr, and a Capricorn who is passionate about promoting mental wellness and social justice for Black people.

Jessica Wells
Jessica Wells

Phoenix, AZ
I am a native Arizonan, a cancer survivor, Licensed Master Social Worker, and member of THE Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I’ve had a passion for writing since I was a small child and absolutely love journaling! There’s something so cathartic about being able to get your innermost thoughts down onto the page. I’m passionate about helping others be the best version of themselves and believe there’s power in meeting people where they’re at. One of my life mottos is “Be better. Not bitter.”


Jemia, Founder + Creator
Jemia, Founder + Creator

Columbia, South Carolina
We are a place that gives independent Black writers a place to share their personal stories and experiences. Everyone’s story matters. I love that I am able to give writers, no matter their skill level, an opportunity to share their gift of writing.


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