Kierna Mayo, Vice President, Digital Content
Kierna Mayo is the former Editorial Director of EBONY.com and Tyra.com, where she developed a cutting-edge, online women’s magazine for Tyra Banks’ Bankable Enterprises. She is also former online editor at Cafemom.com. Kierna has written about culture and lifestyle for over 20 years. Her critically acclaimed writings have appeared in major national magazines including Essence, Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen, Vibe and Uptown among others. Most notably, Kierna is also the co-founder and founding Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine. Recognized for its visionary editorial direction, Honey became the first of a new genre in American magazine publishing—a young, female demographic influenced by an emerging hip-hop culture.
Post Honey, Kierna developed a 1.0 Black girls’ web venture, LikePepper.com, and was later chosen to oversee the new direction of Essence Girl, a magazine supplement for millions of ‘tween and teen African American girls. From there she served as senior editor of Cosmogirl. During her tenure, she became a founding member of the Hearst Diversity Council, an executive body created to increase minority representation within the company. In the earliest part of Kierna’s career she was an editor at The Source magazine where she covered the politics of hip-hop culture, and at City Limits magazine where she served on the development committee of NYC progressive policy think tank, Center for an Urban Future. Kierna’s work has been featured in several books including And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years, and cited in numerous academic texts including The Invention of Race: Black Culture and the Politics of Representation.
Kierna is a graduate of Hampton University with a BA in Mass Media Arts. She resides in New York City with her husband and two young sons, all of whom wear hoodies. Follow her on Twitter @kiernamayo.
Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, Senior Editor, Digital
Jamliah 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.
Brooke C. Obie, JD, Editor-at-Large, Digital
Brooke Obie is the Editor-at-Large for EBONY.com. Brooke is a graduate of Hampton University, summa cum laude, and Mercer University School of Law where she was the Eleventh Circuit Survey Editor of the Mercer Law Review and a member of the legal defense "dream team" for Rapper T.I. Brooke has interviewed living legends Dr. Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Cissy Houston, Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Henry Louis Gates as well as White House officials, congressmen, and celebrities like Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Gabby Douglas, Levar Burton, Tamika Catchings, Shaquille O’Neal and many more.
A 2014 finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing and a two-time Black Weblog Award winner for her spiritual lifestyle blog, DistrictDiva.com, she has written for NBC's The Grio, BET.com and the National Book Critics Circle blog, Critical Mass. Brooke is getting her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, is the author of a forthcoming novel series and writes the EBONY.com column, “The Spiritual Life.” Before becoming Editor-at-Large, she served as EBONY.com’s contributing editor and interim News & Lifestyle editor. She is a member of Aloha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and happily resides in Greenwich Village, where she continues her plan to not ever practice law. Follow her on Twitter @BrookeObie.
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.
Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor, Digital
Melanie Yvette Martin is the Associate Beauty and Style Editor for EBONY.com and the written voice behind #BeautifullyBrown. She is a native of Largo, Maryland and an alumna of Temple University. After graduating with a B.A. in Communications, Melanie set her sites on taking a huge bite out of the Big Apple. She pounded the pavement and scored a dream internship with style editor, Bobbie Thomas of NBC's The Today Show.
She then began interning for EBONY Magazine’s Beauty department and found a home in the magically reimagined world of EBONY.com. When she’s not testing the latest in beauty for brown women, Melanie is enjoying the city nightlife and volunteering with young women.
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.