Jonquilyn Hill

Jonquilyn Hill is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Her interest in journalism began when she started volunteering at her local public radio station her sophomore year of high school. Since, she has worked with multimedia news and television production through various blogs and internships, including the United States Senate, ABC’s “This Week,” NBC, and Fox News. She has served on the Executive Board for the Howard University Association of Black Journalists and participated in the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists North Carolina A&T Multimedia Short Course. While attending Howard she was the Multimedia Editor for TheHilltopOnline.com, and Executive Producer of Spotlight News, the university’s student-run television station. And worked at NBC News Washington as a Desk Assistant after graduation. She currently is a Washington producer for Time Warner Cable News.

Vicki Essex

I am the author of four contemporary romance books (with two more coming), a former student of journalism and a full-time proofreader at Harlequin Enterprises, the world’s most well-known publisher of romance.

Adrienne Samuels-Gibbs

I’m an award-winning journalist who has served as the Senior Editor of Ebony magazine and as a feature writer and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. I’ve worked at the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg (Tampa) Times and The Boston Globe. I’m that rare bird who has both magazine and newspaper experience. Chicago has a huge story right now with all the violence, and I’m uniquely positioned to write it. I live on the South Side and trust me, it’s not all guns and death. I’m able to write nuanced and balanced stories. Let’s talk.

I write cover stories and wrangled covers for Ebony, so I also have a pretty deep celebrity rolodex. If you need celebrity comment for a story, or need to set up a photo shoot, I can easily manage that as well.

Cathy Lew

I write humor pieces for the New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs; personal essays; and essays on pop culture trends, digital lives (as they evolve with tech), music, and sports. I was the founding editor of AboveAverage.com, a comedy website in the Broadway Video family. I’m currently an associate producer at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and look forward to writing more pieces on a range of topics.

Janessa E. Robinson

Janessa E. Robinson is a Chicago native. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She is a Black feminist and social justice activist. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.