Meet the Writing Team

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Assistant Editor

Nikita Annette Haynie is a proud Georgia peach, currently thriving in Lawrence, Kansas. She is a creative that enjoys writing and empowering women, especially Black women. She is a life-long learner and believes in cultivating a life of positivity. Last year, she became a published author, publishing the first installment in her book series, Phases that you can check out at NikitaHaynie.com. Her life mantra is, “Pray more, worry less.”


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Contributing Writer

Jasmine Kelly is an entry-level higher education professional who resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a second-year doctoral student at Clark Atlanta University. Jasmine enjoys summer festivals, going to Ikea and spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Buddy. Fun fact: Jasmine’s favorite actor is Mahershala Ali. She also finds him very attractive.


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Contributing Writer

Latasha Monique McGill, lovingly referred to as Tasha Mac, is the mother of four daughters, grandmother to one granddaughter and another grandchild on the way. She’s been a parent since the age of 17 years old and by the age of 25, she was the mother of four. Being a parent so early in life taught her how to persevere and rise above whatever life brought my way. After being transplanted from New Orleans to Jackson, MS in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she used her time wisely and earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Mississippi College, her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Certification in Leadership from Belhaven University. When she’s not reading for personal development or writing policies for my career in Government Contracts, she’s more than likely laughing at something one of my girls said in our group chat, working out with my personal trainer or enjoying this new season of her life. Nonetheless, she has plenty to do as she continues building her brand, I Am Tasha Mac, LLC; her freelance writing business that is tailored to business document writing and blog writing. She’s also working on her first book, Walk in Your Power, Walk in Your Purpose.


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Contributing Writer

Madalyn McKnight is a proud Mississippian, an educated Black woman, and self-professed “nerd”. Her love for writing comes from her love of reading and the ability to be an introvert in person but become as bold and creative as she can be through the use of words to articulate my thoughts. Her blog Singin’ Blackbird is a battle cry, designed to empower women of color to be free! Her faith is her fuel and she desires to make a mark on the world that is authentic and uses her platform to inspire others to speak up for their beliefs.

Currently a doctoral student, she holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a Master of Health Administration degree from Belhaven University. She enjoys traveling with friends, listening to podcasts, and watching movies. Fun fact, she is an avid Harry Potter fan who is still obsessed with the books and movies!


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Contributing Writer

DaiJhah Owens was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. After high school, she moved to Bowling Green, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies major (HDFS) at Bowling Green State University. HDFS is the study of humans from every developmental stage (birth-death) and the effects of family dynamics/society/culture/politics on human development. In 2018, she completed her Masters in Public Administration. Her passion has always been to be an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. The avenue she chooses to express her passion happens to be through political analysis. We hope that through her writing, you all can feel her passion! 


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Contributing Writer

Originally from Alabama, TeKisha Rice is a Ph.D. student in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on how various social stressors influence personal and relational wellbeing among marginalized populations. TeKisha is a published author in scholarly journals and has given talks across the US on her research. In her free time, TeKisha enjoys volunteering with the nursery ministry at her church, weight training, and long walks with her dog, JoJo.


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Contributing Writer

Ashley Williams is a second-year graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Social Work and Social Policy. She aspires to have a career in policy and work on education and criminal justice reform, specifically with juvenile justice. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, painting, yoga, and spending time with loved ones. Fun Fact: She shares the same birthday with my brother who is 5 years older.

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