Kyra, who originally hails from Chicago, is the Vice President and Head of Digital for ebony.com and jetmag.com.  Prior to this role, this award-winning journalist, TV personality, content producer and humor writer served as Editorial Director for jetmag.com where she grew traffic by adding to its arsenal an array of unique Web series, expert-enhanced columns and reader-supplied Op Eds called Talk Backs.
This Northwestern University alum, originally joined Johnson Publishing Company in 2011 as a Senior Editor for JET's print publication before being tapped to helm the outlet's Website and critically acclaimed app.  If you ride a little further back in her wayback machine, Kyra gained national recognition as a Tribune Company reporter and columnist/creator of the "Kyles Files," a celebrated pop culture column accompanied by a weekly WGN-TV pop culture segment. A winner of the company's coveted Jones Beck Award for editorial writing, she also innovated "the track-off," an online competition for indie artists, which was reverse published in the millennial-focused Tribune RedEye publication.
Kyra, one of WVON and Ariel Capital's "Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers" and Chicago Defender's "40 Under 40 to Watch" is immediate past President of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago chapter.  She also is a speaker and lecturer who taught a well-regarded course at her alma mater on hip-hop origins and culture.
A graduate of Northwestern University's respected Medill School of Journalism, Kyra holds both a bachelor’s and accelerated Master’s degree in journalism with a concentration in political science.  In recent years, she went back to her alma mater in Evanston to co-instruct an African American studies course entitled “Hip Hop Origins and Directions.”
Keep up with Kyra via @thekylesfiles, on Instagram or follow her on Facebook. To send feedback to her, please e-mail kyra@johnsonpublishing.com.  



Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, Senior Editor, Digital

Jamilah Lemieux is a Chicago native and graduate of Howard University who resides at the perfect intersection of Buppiedom and Black Bohemia. Integral to the reimagining of EBONY.com, she has been hailed as one of the smartest, sharpest young editors in the online world.  In 2005, she created a blog, The Beautiful Struggler, where for more than six years, she galvanized a broad national audience with her meditations on cultural identity, relationships and her own less-than-ordinary life. What began as a hobby quickly became a critically acclaimed online destination, establishing Jamilah as an emergent and important voice on issues of gender, race and popular culture. 

A 2007 and 2008 Black Weblog Award winner for Best Personal Blog (Popular Vote) and 2010 winner for Best Microblog, Lemieux was also a 2013 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards finalist for Best Digital Writing. Her work has been featured in EBONY, JET and Essence magazines, and she has been a contributing writer for a host of digital publications, including Clutch, The Loop 21, Hello Beautiful, Madame Noire and Essence.com. A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she resides in Brooklyn. 

Miles Marshall Lewis, Arts & Culture Editor, Digital

Miles Marshall Lewis blogs about Paris, hip-hop, pop culture and the arts at Furthermucker.com. He is a recognized pop culture critic, essayist, literary editor, fiction writer, and music journalist, with a B.A. degree in sociology from Morehouse College. He is the author of the essay collection Scars of the Soul Are Why Kids Wear Bandages When They Don’t Have Bruises, concerning coming of age in the Bronx under the aegis of hip-hop culture at its genesis. He is also the series editor and founder of Bronx Biannual, an urbane urban literary journal of fiction and essays, and author of There’s a Riot Goin’ On, a book on the making of the seminal 1971 Sly and the Family Stone album of the same name.

During the past 20 years, he has written for EBONY, The Nation, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Believer, Spin, L.A. Weekly, Wax Poetics, Essence, Dazed and Confused, Salon.com, Ebony.com, The Huffington Post and many other publications. He served as the music editor of Vibe, deputy editor of XXL, literary editor of Russell Simmons’s Oneworld, deputy editor of BET.com, and a contributing writer for The Source during the 1990s. His interview with the late Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson is anthologized in The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers alongside Joan Didion, Zadie Smith and Dave Eggers, and his fiction has been published in Bronx Noir, Wanderlust, Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract, Oneworld, Rap Pages, Bronx Biannual, and Uptown. Follow him on Twitter @furthermucker.

Damon Young, Contributing Editor, Digital

Damon Young is a co-founder of VerySmartBrothas and an author of Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night: The Very Smart Brothas Guide to Dating, Mating, and Fighting Crime -- a satirical look at dating, relationships, and sex. Damon is also a producer and head writer of a TV pilot loosely based on the book---a project featured at the New York Television Festival in November of 2013. 

A Pittsburgh native and resident who graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY on a full basketball scholarship, Damon also has weekly columns at Complex Magazine and Madame Noire, and has either contributed to or been featured in numerous publications, including JET, The Root, Essence Magazine, Clutch Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In 2012, Damon was honored by EBONY Magazine, as VerySmartBrothas was named to EBONY's annual Power 100 list. 



Genese Cage, Production Manager, Digital

Genese Cage is the Production Manager for EBONY.com. A Georgia Peach who decided to take a bite out of the Big Apple a year after graduating from Savannah State University (HBCU, baby!) with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She’s worked in digital production for NBC, Bridal Guide Magazine, Six Flags Theme Parks, New York's HOT 97, Scholastic and BET's "106 & Park" before taking her talents to EBONY.com. When she's not crossing "T"s and dotting "I"s to keep #teamEBONY on point, she's putting dresses on her mother's cocker spaniel, Gabby, gossiping about reality TV show ratchetness with her friends and telling you where to find your first (or next) husband on her popular events blog, the adorably-named I Don't Do Clubs.

A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, she resides in Harlem, New York where she reps her pink and green. Follow Genese on Twitter @GeneseJamilah.

Aaron Rhodan, Senior Producer, Digital

Aaron Rhodan is the Senior Producer for EBONY.com. Chicago native and graduate of Morehouse College, Aaron is self-proclaimed “cultural connector” and professional doer of things. He is a contributor to the boutique music and lifestyle blog Blind I For The Kids and is an avid skateboarder, Hip-Hop producer, sports fan and panda enthusiast. He also loves hugs.

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