Hari Ziyad | Editor-In-Chief
Hari Ziyad is an artist and writer. They received their BFA from New York University, where they concentrated on Film and Television and Psychology.
Their work is informed by their passion for storytelling and wrestling with identity as a Black, non-binary child of Muslim and Hindu parents while growing up in Cleveland. Hari primarily creates art engaging with identity, race, gender and sexuality, ally politics and the arts.
Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, The Feminist Wire, and in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Ethnic Studies (upcoming 2017). They are also Managing Editor for Black Youth Project, an Assistant Editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose, and writer for AFROPUNK.
Arielle Iniko Newton | Senior Editor
Arielle Iniko Newton is a writer and organizer within the Movement for Black Lives. They began their writing career as the Founder of BlackMillennials.com, a digital hub for the cultural empowerment of young Black adults throughout the African Diaspora. Since then, their work has appeared on PBS NewsHour, Feministing and Essence.
As a community organizer, Arielle has been a dedicated core member of Black Lives Matter NYC since its founding in 2014, and is now a member of BLM-DC as of 2017. They are currently the Executive Director of the Black Giving Fund, a collective that provides direct monetary support to Black changemakers and social entrepreneurs.
Through writing, Arielle hopes to advance a radical pro-Black Liberationist agenda which centers and protects the most marginalized and vulnerable from white supremacy, capitalism, and heteronormative patriarchy.
As Head Girl of Ravenclaw, she is an unapologetic mermaid, abolitionist, and radical militant freedom fighter.
Timothy DuWhite | Deputy Editor
Timothy DuWhite is a writer, poet, playwright, performance artist, lover, friend, son, but most importantly he is Blackity Black Black!
Timothy’s art has been featured at venues/sites such as the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s cafe, Afropunk, The Rumpus, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, La Mama Theater and many more.
In 2015, Timothy developed a writing workshop entitled “HIV & the State: Coalition Building beyond the Condom,” in which he communally debunks popular narratives surrounding HIV as it relates to black people.
Timothy’s political work and analysis has granted him appearances/keynote speeches at institutions such as San Diego State University, Indiana University, Columbia University, Oregon State University, and many more. When he isn’t off trying to save the world, Tim can be found working on his one man show entitled “Neptune,” and listening to 90’s R&B.
C.J. Louis | Podcast Producer
C.J. is an Afrolatino writer and organizer born and raised in Brooklyn. He believes policy should be administered through an equity lens. C.J. strives to dismantle common white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal structures through uncommon means. He currently produces RaceBaitR’s podcast “RaceBaiting.”
Briana Ureña-Ravelo | Social Media Coordinator
Briana Ureña-Ravelo is a 27 year old femme first generation Afro-Dominicana based in West Michigan. She is a radical abolitionist Black community organizer, anarchist, intersectional feminist, freelance writer, artist, poet, activist, thinker, and dreamer. Her interests include music, anti-fascism and resistance, shows and the all-ages/punk scene, Afro-Caribbean spirituality and culture, radical and community politics, decolonization, social justice organizing and theory, fashion and clothes, cooking, body modifications, her calico cat Shampoo, and sweets.