Naomi K. Bonman is an entertainment and community journalist based out of Southern California. She has been in the field for 11+ years. She has had the pleasure of interviewing big names, such as Kelly Rowland, Chante Moore, Sway Calloway, just name to name a few. She was recognized by the California State Assembly for her work as a News Reporter. Bonman holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism from Clark Atlanta University, as well as her Masters in Public Administration. She is the founder of Purposely Awakened (www.purposelyawakened.com) and she is also a screenwriter, author, and youth advocate.
Evan Wheeler hails from Camden, New Jersey. He is a well educated, multi-versed millennial. He is an entrepreneur in a sense, a poet, journalist, motivational speaker, youth advocate, and activist. He envisions a future reestablished by leaders educating our people on social issues they should be informed on and uplifting one another by defying the status quo.
Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children's Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
Christy Angelette is part of the Generation X generation. She is a mother of three amazing sons and is a southern Queen born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Currently she is living and healing in the same place. She has had a love for reading since the age of six. As a teen, she began writing poems as an expression of feelings that followed abuse, depression and love. She is living with a diagnosis of bipolar and PTSD and is a survivor of childhood abuse, trauma and spousal abuse. She has worked as a LPN nurse for 12 years. She is also a lover of Christ and believes that “unbalanced” is the First of a trilogy. She is working on a novel that will highlight mental illness and abuse in multiple forms, as well as civil rights being broken on a mental health level. She is living proof that you can overcome and live a mentally “BALANCED” life. She triumphs through her Faith and her fight for life.
Sergio is a father, poet and writer. He hosts a podcast called, "Gunpowder Philosophy". He is from Birmingham, Alabama. Follow him on Instagram @sergio_wilson1
This column is designed to doing just what the title says...Living Out Loud. Moca will discuss and give advice about life and everything that comes along with it. She is an ordinary woman with extraordinary insight. I'm very opinionated and I don't hesitate to speak my mind. Now what you read you may not always agree with and that's fine. Agreeing to disagree is healthy dialogue. What I write is not gospel but it is MOCA, Living Out Loud!!! So, I hope you Laugh, Learn, and Live Out Loud through this column. Do you have a question or concern that you want to address to Moca? If so email her at [email protected] All inquires will be anonymous.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Shannon Morris’s family knew from the moment she was born, that she was going to be successful in the entertainment industry. She possessed a love of film, the arts, reading, and writing at a very young age, having excelled in anything remotely artistic. Her natural ability to attract attention and connect with people connected her towards a career in the entertainment and healthcare industry.
Samantha Pounds is an avid reader, entertainment junkie and loves a good glass of wine. When she is not busy writing or researching she enjoys a career in public relations. A journalist by trade, Samantha received her B.S. from Indiana State University where she majored and minored in public relations and marketing. She also holds her A.S. in journalism.
Born in New Orleans, LA on 11/12/1983 (I'm an 80's baby) Served 8yrs in the Air Force Reserve served during Iraqi Freedom is currently a Warehouse Supervisor for Babies R US Attended Southern University (Go Jags) studied Business Marketing with minor n pre-law Interest: reading books from Eric Jerome Dickey to Sister Souljah,writing poetry n currently working on a poetry book called Predetermined Thoughts of the Mind, traveling to different parts of the word especially the islands, listening to music from Rap/R&B to Neo-Soul anything that intrigues the mind, spending much quality time with my daughter Akaiya, going out with friends enjoying the good life, a respectable down to earth humble man and by all means a true definition of a SCORPIO, and a big sports fan WHO DAT Nation stand up..Motto "Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and don't and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it."
C.K. McGhee, is a socially conscious individual concerned with issues of racial and social injustice, currently plaguing people of color, specifically; those within the African American community. She is also an advocate for mental health awareness; interested in the de-stigmatization of mental illness. Her goal is to create an atmosphere where people who are battling mental illness, will find the courage to seek proper medical attention and support, so that they can live their best lives. Her catch phrase, "Here's to brighter days", ends each of her posts, signaling her optimism that there will in fact, be brighter days ahead for those shamed into silence by the stigma of mental illness.
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Jude Nebo was born and raised up in Enugu State Nigeria, Living a normal life from childhood with inborn creativity and never being admitted in the hospital till today. He is gifted , specially in counselling and motivation, which is one of the reason why his friends admire him, and always want to be around him. He spends time learning different kinds of things that will contribute positivity in his life and others. He has acquired considerable participation capacity building. A Gorgeous single Fair in complexion, pleasant model, Tall and elegant. Extremely optimistic polite Humanitarian from early days, prefer does who are poor talented and creativity in nature, than Rich but dormant, Supporting under privileged till date.
Muna, born and raised in Nigeria, moved to the United States as an adult. She loves life, truth, justice, harmony and balance. She is a Life Transformation Strategist who passionate about empowering people and helping them transform into their magnificent true selves.
Benedikt Munzar is currently a Sophomore at Pepperdine University studying History and Pre-Medicine. Born abroad in the Czech Republic and raised in Northern California, Benedikt wishes to travel the world amid and after his primary duties. He will be studying abroad in Italy during the 2015-16 school year.
In 1974, Family Features began creating and distributing free, full-page color editorial features for the food and lifestyle sections of newspapers. These formatted features combined attractive photography, kitchen-tested recipes, and tips from national brands and associations—helping media outlets increase readership, sales opportunities, and saving considerable time and money.
Manny Otiko has worked in the media for more than 20 years as a journalist and a public relations professional. His experience includes stints as a reporter at a daily newspaper, serving as a media relations specialist for a state agency and working for several Southern California PR agencies. He has secured coverage in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, CNN.com and Men's Health.
Howard Lee III aka The Motivational Poet. He graduated from The University of Dubuque with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and a Master's of Business Administration. He is a Master Spoken Word Artist, Published Author, Youth Empowerment Champion, Community Relationship Pioneer, and an Exuberant Orator. He launched a dynamic Youth Empowerment platform that instructs poetry and business modeling concepts to promote entrepreneurship. StoryBook Enterprises consists of Poetry, Publishing and Radio.
LaTosha Ann Hogan was born and raised on the west side of Chicago and currently lives in Evanston.She is a nationally registered paramedic by profession. Latosha is a yogi, meditator, reiki level 1 practitioner, and poet/spoken word artist. She is a self-love advocate. She believes that in order for us to grow and thrive as POC we must first learn to “love yo self”.
Dom Alexander is a writer currently majoring in Journalism. He has his own blog where he covers all topics from mental health to hip-hop.
Blake E. Beal was born on June 12, 1989 in Rockford, Illinois. He has three sisters and one brother. He and his brother are current roommates, along with a Rottweiler named Buff. Beal will be graduating from Western Illinois this year (2014) with his B.A. in English. When he is not studying or in class, he enjoys writing, listening to music, playing and watching sports (football, basketball, and baseball), and hanging out with friends. Upon receiving his B.A., he plans to further his education in pursuing a Masters in English. His career goals is to have a solid, stable career that involves writing. He knows that having a degree in English can open up a variety of opportunities.
Dr. Keith Magee is a public intellectual, theologian, and social justice scholar. He is Senior Fellow in Culture and Justice, University College London and serves in leadership, The Berachah Church, Boston, MA and The Tab Church, London, England. For more information visit www.4justicesake.org or follow him at @keithlmagee.
Tyler McGregory is a Social Media Entrepreneur/Renaissance Man who empowers humans to Create generational wealth & become leaders in life. Tyler believes majority of people are living in a dream state and the only way people will see change in their lives is to look in the mirror and ask “Why”. Tyler also launched the social media advertising agency, Lit Social Ads, Helping Small Business Start ups (Favorably Millennials) grow Brand Awareness & Long Term Customer Value through our patented ‘CASH’ Ai System. Tyler is also a Certified Financial Advisor at PHP Agency. Tylers team Is helping a bigger cause on the planet & is using “New Technology” to Manifest dreams faster. Watch his vlogs to learn more about his life.
Ajoa Harris is an Environmentalist, Small Business Owner, and Creative Writer. She is known to be a funny, smart, and an outgoing individual. Graduating from Tuskegee University with a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Science and a MBA in Environmental Management, from Ashford University. She found that Business and Management was another calling, along side of being a Conservationist. ADH Marketing & Consulting LLC is a minority and woman owned small business, which specializes in the overall growth of Small and Minority Owned, Agricultural & Small Businesses. The mission of ADH Marketing & Consulting LLC is to be the highly personalized and trustworthy resource that is available to landowners and business owners to progress their vision.
Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and a freelance writer from Sydney. Currently, she is spreading the word about how getting out of the comfort zone can improve one's career odds. When taking a break from making new marketing slogans, she is either window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.
Joka Heshima Jinsai is an artist, author and NARN activist who has published multiple articles, Initiatives and art pieces in progressive publications such as the S.F. Bayview, California Prison Focus, Mother Jones Magazine, Turning the Tide, 4 Struggle Magazine and others. Currently serving as Executive Director of the Amend the 13th, Abolish Legal Slavery in Amerika Movement, Community Development Coordinator of the Black Progressive Prison Rights Movement and Chief Consultant on the George Jackson University Board of Administrators, he was also the primary author of the Sustainable Agricultural Commune, Closed Circuit Economic Initiative, Youth Community Action Program, New Afrikan Math and Science Centers Initiative, and many other Community Development efforts. Imprisoned since 1993, he spent 19 years ,8 months in solitary confinement and has been a tireless advocate for New Afrikan National self-determination, Revolutionary Scientific Socialism, Community Development, anti-imperialism, Prisoner human rights, social equality and abolition of "legal" slavery in Amerika
SHAVONNE ALLEN IS A WIFE, MOM, DANCER AND DREAMER BASED IN SOUTHERN CA. GUIDED BY THE MANTRA “ITʼS NEVER TOO LATE,” SHE IS CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARD HER BACHELORS DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES AFTER TAKING MANY YEARS OFF OF SCHOOL TO RAISE HER CHILDREN AND TAKE CARE OF HER FAMILY. WHEN NOT STUDYING OR ENJOYING TIME WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS, YOU CAN FIND HER AT HER LOCAL GYM TEACHING DANCE FITNESS CLASSES. CONNECTING WITH AND POURING INTO OTHERS THROUGH DANCE IS SOMETHING SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVES, AND HAS BEEN HER OUTLET AND PASSION FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. SHAVONNE ENJOYS CREATIVE WRITING AND HOPES TO COMPLETE HER EDUCATIONAL GOAL IN ORDER TO BE THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE THAT THROUGH HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Candace is a long-time feminist, seasoned businesswoman, brand new vlogger, and passionate natural. Her vlogs are meant to target the everyday person juggling work, school, life, and kids that wants to know how to better participate in the upward movement of People of Color and other marginalized groups.
As an architect of social media marketing and new age traditional marketing strategies Garland L. McLaughlin has branded himself as the Consultingguy online. Garland first began to develop his niche as a writer and public relations specialist early on as an active musician and economist. As time went along Mr. McLaughlin grew more fond of writing about topics that interested the public and in particular the elite audience. The formation of The Digital Conglomerate Magazine proved to be a ground breaking endeavor that connected the common man with sophisticated topics that surrounded the conversations of the day.
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