Leah Franklin, “She Got Game”

Leah Franklin is a Spring 2016 Towson graduate and is currently working on her MBA online at University of Maryland University College. She loves planning events, so much that she does it full time. When she’s not planning, she is at the beach, in the mall or quoting ‘Love & Basketball.’ Her hobbies include adult coloring, dancing and cooking.

Micah Ariel Watson, “Fade to Black”

Micah is a filmmaker and playwright. After graduating with a degree in Drama and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia, she will be attending NYU as an MFA student in Dramatic Writing. Her work focuses on the ways in which historical and contemporary events mirror one another, often employing poetry and hip-hop to tell Black stories. The only thing that she loves more than art and Black people is Jesus “Real One” Christ.

Twitter: @micah_ariel11



Law student at the University of Virginia. Lover of all things pink. Always in an empire state of mind (even though she’s in her fifth year of living below the Mason Dixon). Whitley and Dwayne are her fave. Her parents are pretty cool, too. Dwell in possibility.

Chardé Reid

Chardé is a first year M.A./ Ph.D. historical archaeology student in the Department of Anthropology at William and Mary. She received her B.A. in Archaeology in 2009 from the George Washington University. She has a wide range of archaeological field work experience, having worked on archaeological sites in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and Athens, Greece. She is interested in the relationship between landscape and memory in historically Black spaces. Chardé’s graduate research will focus on the intersection between race, identity, cultural landscapes, and materiality through community-based archaeology.


Shanisha is a passionate writer and soon-to-be grad student. She writes over at Honestly Me where she promotes transparency among women of color.

Joy Melody Woods

Joy is a masters student at the University of Iowa studying sociology of education and sport. She is a native Texan and loves all things southern cooking. She is an advocate for mental health and learning disabilities. Her writing can be found on and her podcast Morning Joy.

Twitter @smileitsjoy

Kelsey Smoot

Kelsey is a queer, non-binary writer. They consider themselves to be bicoastal but culturally southern, a master at crafting hypothetical questions, and really damn cool. They are currently working on their PhD in the interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities.

Taylor Lamb

Taylor Lamb is an alumna of the University of Virginia where she studied English with a minor in Drama. She is a writer, actress, and passionate about art for social change. If you want to get her revved up, ask her about Beyoncé or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Read her writings here or check her out on Youtube

Alexis Richardson

Alexis Richardson, 25, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 2015. After three years of working in college admissions she has returned to UVA as a full-time grad student to finish her Master of Higher Education Administration.

Asia Randolph

Asia is a third year Ph.D. student in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership (Higher Education Administration) program at William & Mary. Originally from San Diego, California, she holds a B.A. in Language Studies – Spanish from the University of California, San Diego and a M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. Connect with her on Instagram (@blackgraduate) where she posts about her life as a (sometimes struggling) doctoral student.


Adrienne Resha

Adrienne is a PhD student at William and Mary, working on Arab- and Muslim-American representation in superhero comics.

Follow her on twitter: @adrienneresha


Taylor Lamb

My attempt at joining the Academy

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