Yinde NewBy   managing editor   Yinde Newby is an alumna of Hampton University where she majored in Journalism & Communications, with a minor in English on the pre-law track. She is a middle school English teacher, published author, founder of S.I.S. a non-profit  organization, for under privileged brown girls, and loves to pour into those around her.  She believes that mass incarceration has taken over the Black race and she plans to change that by eventually becoming a district attorney. There’s no limit to the work she wants to do, and she believes that she’s living out her purpose according to God’s plan — she won’t stop until she knows she has touched or changed someone’s life. She says “Writing is what I do and who I am! It keeps me sane and relatable. I have things to share, stuff to speak on, testimonies to tell and I do that with my writing. I just want to elevate and uplift the most slept on race.”   

Yinde NewBy

managing editor 

Yinde Newby is an alumna of Hampton University where she majored in Journalism & Communications, with a minor in English on the pre-law track. She is a middle school English teacher, published author, founder of S.I.S. a non-profit  organization, for under privileged brown girls, and loves to pour into those around her.  She believes that mass incarceration has taken over the Black race and she plans to change that by eventually becoming a district attorney. There’s no limit to the work she wants to do, and she believes that she’s living out her purpose according to God’s plan — she won’t stop until she knows she has touched or changed someone’s life. She says “Writing is what I do and who I am! It keeps me sane and relatable. I have things to share, stuff to speak on, testimonies to tell and I do that with my writing. I just want to elevate and uplift the most slept on race.”

 

  Kamari Pless    contributing EDitor   Aziah Kamari Pless, an Atlanta/DMV native, is an English: Editing Writing and Media major at The Florida State University. While attending an all girl’s high school, Aziah was a member of the 10-time championship track team. Along with sports, she participated in her school’s gospel choir, while being involved in Seton Diamonds; a fashion, modeling, etiquette and empowerment club. Her interest in hair, makeup, fashion, and modeling, influence her decisions to get involved with creating her Youtube channel, start modeling in small print photo shoots, and even starting her wig making business to give women an “affordable way to slay”. The first year sophomore is a 2017 inductee in the chapter Sigma Alpha Pi, National Society of Leadership and Success' (NSLS). Her communication and leadership skills allow her to participate as an assistant editor for undergraduate journal, The Kudzu Review; which publishes various creative pieces. She has also writtenpieces over the years ranging anywhere from short stories, to personal and professional papers. Aziah’s goal in her writing is to begin to focus more on the empowerment of the black community ad black women. She focuses on pieces that seem alienated in the black community, and strives to incorporate her unique spirituality and relationship with God, herself, and the black women around her to uplift Good girls everywhere.  

Kamari Pless

contributing EDitor

Aziah Kamari Pless, an Atlanta/DMV native, is an English: Editing Writing and Media major at The Florida State University. While attending an all girl’s high school, Aziah was a member of the 10-time championship track team. Along with sports, she participated in her school’s gospel choir, while being involved in Seton Diamonds; a fashion, modeling, etiquette and empowerment club. Her interest in hair, makeup, fashion, and modeling, influence her decisions to get involved with creating her Youtube channel, start modeling in small print photo shoots, and even starting her wig making business to give women an “affordable way to slay”.
The first year sophomore is a 2017 inductee in the chapter Sigma Alpha Pi, National Society of Leadership and Success' (NSLS). Her communication and leadership skills allow her to participate as an assistant editor for undergraduate journal, The Kudzu Review; which publishes various creative pieces. She has also writtenpieces over the years ranging anywhere from short stories, to personal and professional papers. Aziah’s goal in her writing is to begin to focus more on the empowerment of the black community ad black women. She focuses on pieces that seem alienated in the black community, and strives to incorporate her unique spirituality and relationship with God, herself, and the black women around her to uplift Good girls everywhere.
 

  Fabi Bern    Contributing Writer   Fabi is a hardworking, ambitious and just overall a kind hearted being. Born and raised in South Florida and later relocated to Orlando, she is an all-around Florida girl. Currently working in the hospitality field, she truly has a passion for what she does. God willing she is expected to attend UCF in the fall where she will push to obtain her degree in Hospitality Management. She loves to travel with her best friend, attempting at random DIY projects and playing out 90’s R&B songs. Whether she is traveling or volunteering within her community, she loves to keep herself busy. She believes in leading with humility, an open heart, and understanding.

Fabi Bern

Contributing Writer

Fabi is a hardworking, ambitious and just overall a kind hearted being. Born and raised in South Florida and later relocated to Orlando, she is an all-around Florida girl. Currently working in the hospitality field, she truly has a passion for what she does. God willing she is expected to attend UCF in the fall where she will push to obtain her degree in Hospitality Management. She loves to travel with her best friend, attempting at random DIY projects and playing out 90’s R&B songs. Whether she is traveling or volunteering within her community, she loves to keep herself busy. She believes in leading with humility, an open heart, and understanding.

 
  Jalae' Simpson    COntributing writer   Originally from Richmond, Va Simpson now attends East Carolina University where she's the head of social marketing for her modeling troupe FAME. She's currently majoring in Public Health with a concentration in pharmacy and a minor in African-African American studies. After graduation, she plans to attend pharmacy school at FAMU. Her ultimate goal in life is to own a private pharmacy that allows people to access their medicine regardless of their financial situation.    

Jalae' Simpson

COntributing writer

Originally from Richmond, Va Simpson now attends East Carolina University where she's the head of social marketing for her modeling troupe FAME. She's currently majoring in Public Health with a concentration in pharmacy and a minor in African-African American studies. After graduation, she plans to attend pharmacy school at FAMU. Her ultimate goal in life is to own a private pharmacy that allows people to access their medicine regardless of their financial situation. 

 

  Chelsea alexander    Contributing writer   Chelsea Alexander is a Junior at Hampton University double majoring in Sociology and Economics. As a child, journals and diaries chronicled her day to day life, inadvertently leaving a trail of stories and lessons learned along the way. Throughout her Journey with God, her writing has intensified and is an aid to inspire and help heal others. Chelsea recognizes the vulnerable state of being a writer but sharing her story allows individuals to see that they are not alone. In the future, Chelsea hopes to continue writing for leisure while also obtaining her PhD in Sociology.   

Chelsea alexander

Contributing writer

Chelsea Alexander is a Junior at Hampton University double majoring in Sociology and Economics. As a child, journals and diaries chronicled her day to day life, inadvertently leaving a trail of stories and lessons learned along the way. Throughout her Journey with God, her writing has intensified and is an aid to inspire and help heal others. Chelsea recognizes the vulnerable state of being a writer but sharing her story allows individuals to see that they are not alone. In the future, Chelsea hopes to continue writing for leisure while also obtaining her PhD in Sociology.

 

  Nahtyka jolly    Contributing writer   “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I’d hope I’d not have a single bit of talent left & could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” –Emma Bombeck  A Columbus, GA native, Nahtyka is an English, Writing Concentration major and Communication and Media Studies minor at Clayton State University. A true creative at heart, she is currently working on her masterpiece poetry collection, The Coloring Book Series. A member of the illustrious sisterhood that is Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she is her truest and happiest self when she is serving her community and helping others. Every day, Nahtyka finds new ways to reinvent herself, uncovering what makes her unique while discovering her passions. Her eventual careers goals include opening a Maker’s Studio in Atlanta, GA, giving creatives the space to do what they do best, create. Nahtyka hopes that her writings spark a fire in her readers, encouraging them to do whatever is necessary to create the best version of themselves possible.   

Nahtyka jolly

Contributing writer

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I’d hope I’d not have a single bit of talent left & could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” –Emma Bombeck

A Columbus, GA native, Nahtyka is an English, Writing Concentration major and Communication and Media Studies minor at Clayton State University. A true creative at heart, she is currently working on her masterpiece poetry collection, The Coloring Book Series. A member of the illustrious sisterhood that is Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she is her truest and happiest self when she is serving her community and helping others. Every day, Nahtyka finds new ways to reinvent herself, uncovering what makes her unique while discovering her passions. Her eventual careers goals include opening a Maker’s Studio in Atlanta, GA, giving creatives the space to do what they do best, create. Nahtyka hopes that her writings spark a fire in her readers, encouraging them to do whatever is necessary to create the best version of themselves possible.