Content Curator and Research
Kelli Ffrench-Parker is an actress, artist, photographer, and communications professional from Decatur, GA. A graduate of Howard University, she received a B.A. in Strategic Legal and Management Communications with a concentration in Media Management and a minor in Economics before moving to New York City where she currently resides.
Kelli’s love of the visual and performing arts sparked her immense appreciation for creative processes and various forms of creativity, including acting, modeling, painting, drawing, graphic design, spoken word, social media strategy, and photography. Whether in front of the camera or behind it, she’s happy to be a part of the creative process to bring innovative ideas to enhance the world. Her career has allowed her to work with major brands like Hasbro, Ulta Beauty, Coca-Cola, Lyft, M. Night Shyamalan, Serena Williams, and more.
Kirsten West Savali
Kirsten West Savali is currently an executive producer at ESSENCE Magazine, most recently serving as the magazine’s senior editor of News & Politics. As both a writer and cultural critic, her commentary explores the intersections of race, social justice, feminism, and politics. She is the recipient of the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Journalistic Excellence which honors exemplary reporting on Black life in America and an NABJ Award for Journalistic Excellence. She was also named to EBONY Magazine’s ‘Power 100’ List, and was awarded a John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship for her work focusing on criminal justice.
Recognized as a “Black thought leader for a new generation,” West Savali is also a board member of Being Black at School, a national non-profit organization moving equity conversations into action to make schools safer for Black students.
She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her three sons—Walker, Dash, and Reid—and two dogs, and she carries her late husband, Savali Savali III, in her heart with every breath she takes. You can find her on Twitter at @kwestsavali and Instagram at @KirstenWestSavali.
Contributing Copy Editor
Raegan L. Burden, MMC (she/her) is dedicated to addressing the health and well-being of women, while centering BIPOC and multicultural communities within strategic communication, brand culture, and the public sphere. With more than a decade of experience supporting Fortune 500 companies, media firms and social causes, she is the Founder and CIO (Chief Innovation Officer) of Raegan Speaks, LLC – a consultancy working to assure women and diverse communities experience ‘dignity’ through media. Most recently, Raegan served as the first Lecturer of Cultural Engagement in the Department of Advertising at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. There, she infused the advertising curriculum with cultural-based instruction to reinforce media’s role in shaping the psychological, behavioral, political, and ethical climate within society.
An emerging scholar, Raegan is pursuing her Ph.D. in Media and Communication as a Roy H. Park Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A long-time Atlanta resident and native of Goldsboro, NC, she obtained her BA in Communications from NC A&T State University (AggiePride!) and earned her MMC from the Grady College at The University of Georgia. In service to our global sisterhood, Raegan is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
A joy enthusiast (as a spiritual practice of self-care), Raegan’s day isn’t complete without three things: Music, Dancing, and Laughter! To learn more, visit: RaeganSpeaks.com
Content Curator and Research
Rayven, a survivor and ally, is a young entrepreneur working as a freelance social media strategist and marketing manager. Born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Rayven went on to pursue International Business at Howard University’s School of Business and is now a recent graduate. Some of her clients have included but are not limited to Walking for Freedom: Venezuela, General Motors, Wikimedia, and United Strategies Group.
As her career begins to blossom, Rayven hopes to do more work for clientele who are also as passionate about the lives of black and queer people and the safety and health of survivors as she is. Her brand aims to support small businesses and organizations that are dedicated to the groundwork for the fight against sexual and gender-based violence as well as the fight towards true gender and racial equality.
Becca is a licensed Social Worker based in Brooklyn who approaches her practice from a macro perspective, using a social work framework to think about systems-level change. A former Fellow with The ‘me too.’ Movement, Becca is currently working at Democracy Works, striving for a more equitable voting experience and democratic process for all. Her professional background includes teaching, program learning, and design, education reform efforts, political organizing at local and state levels, fighting for a world free from sexual violence, and reflecting on what it means to be accountable as a white person showing up for historically oppressed communities in her life and work.
Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts
Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts is a writer, speaker, and educator whose work explores the intersection of culture and faith/spirituality. This author of 13 books is the host of the podcast, HeARTtalk with Tracey Michae’l, and often provides consulting services to churches, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Tracey is also the Founder and Chief Creative Officer at NewSeason Books and Media, an independent publishing and content creation company. She can be found online at traceymlewis.com.
Yolo Akili Robinson
Yolo Akili Robinson is an award-winning writer, community activist, yoga teacher, counselor, healing justice worker, and the founder and executive director of BEAM (The Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective). He has worked as a family intervention counselor, life coach, and trainer for various wellness and mental health initiatives addressing issues such as domestic violence, trauma, & HIV/AIDS for the past 15 years. In 2018, Yolo was awarded the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Health Equity Award” for his work addressing mental health in Black communities.
Content Curator and Research
Zoë Johnson is a 22-year-old music journalist currently based in Brooklyn, NYC. She’s worked in her field since her undergraduate days at Pace University, holding internships at reputable outlets like Complex and Vibe Magazine—and in 2019, after graduating she landed a position at XXL Magazine. As a queer Black woman, she stands at a nexus of identity which makes her keenly aware of systems of abuse and injustice on every level—from federal, to state, to social. Her own experiences have informed her about the need for transparency and accountability. As such, she has always been and shall always remain a staunch advocate for sexual health, safety, and consensual comprehension between adults of all identities.