Ifie Natasha Brandon is a professional poet, author, and content strategist who believes in the power of authenticity and creative storytelling. With ten years of experience as a multi medium storyteller, she helps entrepreneurs and organizations tell stories that build and impact their community. She is a spoken word artist, an author of 2 books, Learning to Love and 100 Questions For The Soul and has been published in various publications and online platforms including ABCNews and several Medium Publications.
Antwon Davis serves as the Managing Partner at Spendefy™, a digital platform that makes it easy for consumers to discover amazing black-owned businesses in their city. Over the past 10 years, he has coached and consulted more than 100 clients, companies, and organizations around the United States on business, branding, marketing, and design.
Yami Jaramillo is a creative freelancer, journalist, and the Editor in Chief of Spendefy’s Blog. Originally from Panama City, Panama, but adopted by Atlanta’s creative culture she strives to be an original voice for her generation and bring light to topics and people that are underrepresented.
Janell is a writer, Speech Language Pathologist, and lover of learning. Her passion for language and communication has made her a phenomenal writer and editor. Her long term goal is to open up her own speech therapy clinic that will serve people around the world. She is an alumni of the University of Toledo and NCCU. She is currently in the second year of her doctoral program at the University of Findlay.
Takia Lamb graduated from Spelman College in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and GA State University with an MSW in 2011. She is a wife, mother, and writer who believes in stories that provoke thought and emotion. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA and has a personal mission to approach community development through the lense of compassion.
Talitha Anyabwelé is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Black Girl Speaks™ theatrical show and movement. She is an experienced educational consultant, poetry anthology & children's book author, and global citizen.
Xavier Best is a graduate from Georgia Southern University where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in writing. His writings on US domestic and foreign policy has been published in such online media outlets as Truthout, Counterpunch, and the International Political Forum. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he is regularly involved in local advocacy around civil and human rights.