Poet “Poe” Taylor
Dionna Dorsey (@dionnadorsey) is #LivingBlackHistory… Dionna’s love for design began as a young child with a coloring book and has since grown into an entrepreneurial passion. She uses simplicity, consistency, and inspiring design to support clients in their brand development through creative services. Her compassionate nature allows her to empathize with her clients – as well as their audiences – and the result has been her unique ability to create, develop, and nurture harmonious brands.
She’s the founder of DISTRICT of CLOTHING (@districtofclothing), a lifestyle brand created for the sideline rejectors who awake with passion for progression and desire to make their dreams a reality where she designs items intended to empower, encourage, inspire action and conversation, and to embolden self-love.
Dionna has partnered with Planned Parenthood to design the Stand With Black Women (#standwithblackwomen) campaign and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She’s been featured in Adweek, The Washington Informer, Marie Claire, and was named a Washingtonian Style Setter. She attended Villanova University and Istituto Marangoni and resides in the Washington Metro area.
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Jillian Griffith, MSPH, RDN, LDN, is a Registered Dietitian on the Nutritionist Team at Giant Foods where she serves the Washington DC community. Through her role, she works to improve the knowledge of food and its benefits to health in Ward 8 by spreading the message of healthy eating through classes, community events, individual counseling and store tours. Working in the only full-service grocery store in the Ward with the highest rates of food-related chronic disease, Jillian is driven by the ample opportunity to change the culture of health in the Ward, across the city, and eventually across the nation. She is most looking forward to a new Diabetes Prevention program launching this year in partnership with @marthastable.
Jillian started her career at Partnership for a Healthier America, the non-profit founded by First Lady Michelle Obama, where she worked to improve the food and nutrition environment on a national scale. It was at PHA that her interest grew in the role the private sector plays in shaping the food environment and impacting the health outcomes of black and brown communities.
Through her role at Giant and her platform with @spoonfulofmelanin, Jillian is working to expand the traditional roles that dietitians have played in the health and wellness space while also promoting diversity within the field of dietetics. Jillian is a proud 2019-2021 Diversity Leader for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Tiffany Dena Loftin (@tiffanydloftin) is #livingblackhistory… She currently serves as the National Director for the Youth and College Division at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Her mission, is to train, organize and uplift young Black leaders in over 340 chapters across the country to fight for the racial, social, and economic equity of all people.
Ms. Loftin worked 5 years in national labor union organizing and as a labor civil rights organizer, she created the labor union’s only national curriculum for workers to understand better how race and inequality are part of every collective bargaining fight. She also coordinated a national commission of 30 national labor union presidents and vice presidents with local community leaders to address the issues of police brutality, health care, and racism in the union.
Tiffany started her career as President of the United States Student Association where she coordinated a college affordability campaign to break contracts between the Department of Education and student loan profiters like Sallie Mae.
In 2015, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in Higher Education.
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Tia Bell is #LivingBlackHistory. Tia became familiar with the struggles of at-risk youth early in life as the oldest child of an adolescent mother in Washington, D.C. Overpowered by crime, defeat, and disadvantage, she experienced 7 out of the 9 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) before the age of 10. Forced autonomy and heavy responsibility fell on young Tia and by 17, gun violence caused dozens of loved ones pain or silence including her mother, who is a survivor, and her late uncle. In Tia’s determination to find significance in life’s pain she found peace on the basketball court winning Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. While attending HD Woodson Senior High School she earned her an invitation to serve as a scholastic member of the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Club.
In 2011, Tia received her Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Management from NC State. Following knee injuries which ended her basketball career, Tia still became the first in her family to complete college and pursue a Master’s. It was during this difficult shift that she discovered herself and her calling to serve the young.
Tia has gained meaningful experience in undergraduate admissions, college access, school counseling, coaching, ad gun violence prevention. As the Founder of FOuR, LLC (@fouryouthllc an organization who honors her slained uncle), today she lives to organize for all youth. In safe spaces provided by FOuR, education of the young mind and heart develops through character development, socio-emotional skill building and the youth are positioned to create and design solutions of holistic healing for the youth, from the youth.
Keyonna Jones (@kayemjay6 ) is #LivingBlackHistory…
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Keyonna noticed a need to nurture creativity within the black community and turned her love for art into a cultural movement inspiring the most underserved in her city.
In August 2015, Keyonna founded the Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center (CHACC),with a mission to expose, educate and inspire her DC community, east of the river, through art and culture. The CHACC has since become a hub of innovation and creativity. From featuring local artists for their own solo exhibitions to painting courses to entrepreneurship training, the CHACC shows artistic people how to professionalize their expression. The CHACC has inspired multitudes of black creatives young and old to contribute to the culture. The CHACC is also the home of #soufsidecreative.
Additionally, she serves on the board of Community College Preparatory Academy, the first adult charter school in southeast D.C. and often utilizes CHACC to host educational opportunities for those in need.
Prior to the CHACC, she led a career as a news producer that earned her two Edward Murrow Awards.
Beyond her many efforts at CHACC, Keyonna continues to to transform her art into unique entrepreneurial ventures. She’s a tattoo artist, graphic designer, published fashion stylist, photographer and avid gardener. Above all, her most important job is being a mother to her 8-year-old daughter Kayla Shawn and 3 year old son Keon Michael.
Kenneth Harris II (@kennyfharris ) is #LivingBlackHistory … At only 28 years old, Kenneth has spent 12 years at NASA and was recently acknowledged by Forbes as one of the world’s youngest and most impactful individuals in science.
Mr. Harris is the Database Lead Engineer for the NASA J2 Joint Polar Satellite System. In this role, Mr. Harris is responsible for developing procedures and implementing processes between the Flight Team, Instrument Vendors and Spacecraft Vendors.
Prior to this role, Mr. Harris served as the Task Conductor and led a team of 10 engineers for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) Electronic Component (IEC). His leadership on the JWST program ranks him as one of the youngest African Americans in NASA’s history to lead an integration effort on a multi-billion dollar satellite mission.
Since joining NASA in 2008 at the age of 16 as an intern, Mr. Harris held positions of increasing responsibility including; Mechanical Engineer, Integration & Testing Lab Manager, Senior Systems Engineer, and Database Lead Engineer.
Kenneth is committed to pushing early exposure to the STEM field and in 2018 Mr. Harris delivered a TEDx Talk to over 500+ students concerning the power of mentorship and guidance. He was also recognized as the Next Gen for Industry in 2019.
A lifelong Maryland resident Kenneth, is running for Prince George County Board of Education and resides with his wife & their two dogs reside in Prince George’s County Maryland.
Mr. P is the Chief Executive Dreamer for STAYDRMN; a Washington DC based intergenerational network of creatives committed to a lifestyle of cultivating untold stories through “Story-Centered Design”. Believing they are the greatest among us, Mr. P founded The Creative School to ensure a growing number of DC’s “queens” and “kings”, 8 & older, are equipped to invite older creatives who collectively design goods, services, and experiences by using story as the primary method of connecting people, places and ideas.
Over the last decade, Mr. P sat between front stoops and school house doors across the country discovering how the people who know what’s right show up the right way. Convinced more “marketplaces” should exist, P now creates spaces with those often left out of the design process where gifts, realities & aspirations are exchanged leading people to stick around; for themselves, each other, and what could be created together.
Has a best friend named Charley, a Chocolate Labrador.
More like Martin, with necessary means like Malcolm.
Kelsye Adams (@misskelyse) is #LivingBlackHistory… a graduate of Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, DC., Kelsye left the District to obtain a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
After college she worked on multiple political campaigns including Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Ralph Northam in both field organizing and finance.
After Long Live GoGo was founded 2017, Kelsye later took on the role of Executive Director in 2019 upon returning to Washington, D.C. Long Live GoGo is made up of the curators and producers of the Moechella Rallies sweeping DC. During these events, musical artists, notable leaders, advocates and organizations receive an opportunity to share their platforms with thousands of Washingtonians. Since its establishment, it has produced multiple events celebrating DC’s home grown culture including Back to the GoGo, a live stream featuring weekly popular gogo bands at One Love Massive, curated the DC Lobby Day Rally, executed 4 pop-up installations and currently curates DC’s infamous Moechella rallies.
Under the leadership of its founder, Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson, Long Live GoGo is steadily expanding and is committed to building a movement that unites all Washingtonians. In a city, that quickly transforming, the effort to protect DC culture is imperative and remains the most urgent section of their Long Live GoGo Legislative Agenda.
Follow @longlivegogo to learn more.
Reverend Dexter U. Nutall (@pasdnutall ) serves as Senior Pastor of the church of his childhood, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union and a JD from Howard University School of Law.
In Reverend Nutall’s first career as a licensed attorney, he worked for the Supreme Court of VA, the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, the United States Senate, and the law firm of Reed Smith LLP.
Upon GOD’s call to lead New Bethel in 2009, he implemented a vision that attracted children, youth and adults while still maintaining the Christian values that speak to seniors. This vision reenergized New Bethel and birthed a new season of growth and multitudes of new ministries.
In an age where historically black churches are closing their doors, New Bethel continues to grow as one of the fastest growing urban churches in the country.
Pastor Nutall has recently established DUN Ministries, where he provides coaching and support to pastors and churches. He also serves as Executive Producer for Saved-ish, a podcast established to have conversations about being young, Christian, and imperfect. His newest endeavor is The Urban Ministry Project (UMP,) to address the revival and revitalization of communities through the church.
He is married with two amazing daughters and attributes all accomplishments to almighty God.
Under his leadership New Bethel established LightPoint, Inc., a service based non-profit organization and the New Bethel Baptist Church Housing Corporation, an affordable housing development. These efforts have resulted in national recognition of New Bethel as a model church at the forefront of change and church development.[/ultimate_modal]
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