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meet the team

Creative Writer, Community Manager

Elliot Babilonia 

My name is Elliot Babilonia and I’m Afro Latino πŸ‡©πŸ‡΄πŸ‡­πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡΅πŸ‡·. I’m a creative writer at JOC and I love writing poetry, singing, acting, playing guitar, playing piano, coding, and gaming. I’ve had a passion for writing since 6th grade and I’ve been writing poetry ever since. I plan on expanding my portfolio of poetry and having more experience/expertise with writing!

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Artist

Jannessa Paredes

Hi there! I’m a 16-year-old visual artist interested in uplifting voices and stories through my art. I am one of the artists on board of JOC and I’m so excited for you all to see what amazing work they have to offer! Self expression is a powerful thing and with all the unique individuals all around us, it is essential to allow them to show and be who they are.

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Artist

Mamon

Hi, I'm Mamon, one of the artists for Journals of Color! As an Filipino artist, I have art as a passion to convey emotions and inspire people to fight for justice. I want to become an artist and an idol singer-rapper-songwriter in the near future, so that I can share my talents with others and inspire them through my work! I'm so excited to work with the JoC team!

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Creative Writer

Chidera

I’m Chidera and I’m a high school Junior. I’m a creative writer at JOC and I mostly write about poems. I’m passionate about books, politics and finance.

Creative Writer

Marie Toure

My name is Marie and I am 15. My role at JOC is creative writer and I am so excited. One of my passions is playing volleyball and reading.

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Jehlani Bowers

My name is Jehlani Bowers. I am a senior at Fordham High School For The Arts, I am a dance major. I have been dancing for over a decade. My position in JOC is a creative writer. I enjoy writing poetry and short stories. Some of my passions are modeling, photography, and dancing.

Photographer

Jocelyn

My name is Jocelyn, I like to do photography and I am practicing. I have a dog and I am getting another dog. My role/passion at JOC is a photographer.

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Artist

Skye Blu

Hi! My name is Skye Blu Knight. I am a 15-year-old girl from The Bronx, NYC and I am one of the artists for JOC! Aside from drawing and painting, I enjoy dancing, listening to music, reading my favorite books, and meeting new people! I also love musicals and hanging out with my friends.

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Artist, Graphic Designer

Artist, Graphic Designer

Kemely Camilo

I am an Artist and Graphic designer at Journals Of Color. I am a movie and music addict, my world would not be complete without the two. My all time favorite game had to be the Sims 3. And I spend my free time struggling to learn French or playing the piano ☺️

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Creative Writer, Community Manager

Creative Writer

Ada Tucker

I'm an energetic person who doesn't need coffee. My role at JOC is as creative writer. I'm passion is to write stories and one day publish my book. (Wattpad: ItsPhoenix2213)

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Stephanie Cuevas

My name is Stephanie Cuevas and I'm an Artist/Graphic Designer here at Journals of Color. I'm a very down to earth girl who loves to showcase my creativity through my art pieces, style, and personality. I'm currently a junior in high school and very passionate about representing my borough, the Bronx. I care about many social justice issues as a young Hispanic girl and my position at JOC gives me a platform to speak out for what's right through my art.

Evelyn Opara

Hi, my name is Evelyn. I attend Bronx Health Sciences High School. I am going to be a creative writer for JOC(Journals of Color). Although I love writing, I find it a hobby. I actually plan on becoming a neurosurgeon in the future!

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Outreach Coordinator, Social Media Manager

Emarine Royer

I'm Emarine Royer, I am 15 years old and I go to Fordham High School for the Arts. I am an outreach coordinator here at JOC and I cant wait to start working with the team. My passions are definitely to find that one thing in life that brings me nothing but complete happiness.

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Outreach Coordinator

Creative Writer

Precious Olumuyide

I am Precious and I am one of the outreach coordinators in Journals of color. I am a free person to talk to and if you are a k-pop or any type of Asian dramas (Korean, Chinese, Taiwan, Japanese, and Thailand) stan, feel free to talk to me. My passions are to reach my goals whether is irrelevant or relevant and it has to be possible and also work hard and be responsible for what I do in life.

Marley Andrews

My name is Marley Andrews and I go by she/her pronouns. I play volleyball and hope to become a neuropsychologist one day. My role at JOC is creative writer.

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Creative writer, Photographer, Outreach Coordinator

Creative writer, Photographer

Xiomara Williams

My name is Xiomara Williams. I’m 16 years old and I am a creative writer, photographer, and outreach coordinator at JOC. I love to act and also enjoy reading as well as many other things. I hope you enjoy all our work at JOC!

Suvidya Bishnudat

My name is Suvidya and I’m 14 years old. My role at JOC is a creative writer and photographer. My passions are writing and taking pictures.

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Artist

Shanaysha Bennett

I’m Nay. I’m an artist. Drawing is a way for me to express things words can’t touch. You can get a thousand understanding from a picture and only a few for words. I love sharing my art with the work because it could be a chance to inspire someone and thats truly amazing to me.

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Creative Writer

Creative Writer

Photographer

Nickaylia Anderson

I was accepted as a creative writer and I was extremely excited to learn the news. Mainly because I love to write and I love to express myself in a safe space. Writing has always been that safe space for me and so has reading novels etc. My passion in life is to be a journalist and be a successful person that I know my family and even myself can be proud of

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Taniya Young

I’m 16 years old & an aspiring film director. My role in JOC is creative writer. I’ve been writing since the age of 7 and have realized a whole lot about myself artistically since then... for example, how far my imagination goes. I love writing and creating characters that show what it is like being a teen in the world today. I’m very passionate about wanting to be around many writers like myself. I have always felt different because I didn’t have teachers that taught me that I can have writing as a profession and I barely have any friends that take writing as seriously as I do, so to be in a community that does that and hopefully being able to help others younger than me is a really exciting opportunity for me!

Kevin Roman

I am a photographer that likes psychology. I was accepted as a photographer and I’m pleased to be part of this team to do what I love. I also like acting and trying new things and this group does just that!

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Creative Writer

Creative Writer

Creative Writer, Research Member

Lois Owusu

Mariama Darboe

Kahdija Jabbi

As a creative writer, I am very happy to bring in new stories, new poems, and something that everyone can agree to. I love writing a lot; it is my coping method. So excited to share my writing with everyone.

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My name is Mariama, I’m a junior in high school. I got accepted into JOC as a creative writer and photographer. I love going on adventures and exploring new things. I also really like learning new languages and I’m a really big fan of chocolate.

I am a Gambian American Muslim poet, basketball player and so much more. I love to learn and explore. My role at JOC is to be a creative writer and research team member.

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Creative Writer, Research Member

Kaylana Felipe

I'm a MIXED female who grew up in the Bronx who is destined to make a difference. My role at JOC is a Creative Writer and Team Research Member. One of the few passions I have are writing poetry, listening to music that makes me feel something, and providing people with words of wisdom!

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Sunniha Hussain

Creative Writer

Growing up, I have been constantly surrounded by a myriad of unique cultures, major artistic attractions, and opportunities of service which quickly influenced my passions and interests. Moreover, I’m interested in gaining exposure to other countries’ culture, language, and way of life to better understand the world. I am also passionate about writing and literature so I work as a creative writer for the Journals of Color Magazine. Through my writing, my peers and friends would describe me as an outspoken change maker. Additionally, I am currently working on a creative writing story that I hope to publish one day, which contains themes of coming of age, female rights to an education, and environmental disaster.

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Jeronique Campbell

Creative Writer, Photographer

I am a young poet who likes to use her power of to help influence and lead individuals to a better path of life. I am a Creative Writer and Photographer for JOC and finally my passion is People and The ability to make it better for upcoming generations.

Creative Writer, Research Member

Tasnim Khanom

Hiii My name is Tasnim Khanom. I am a freshman in Manhattan center for science and mathematics. I'm interested in music, art, anime, politics etc 

Ruby Moran

My name is Ruby, and I was born into an immigrant family, my father being from Honduras and my mother from Colombia. I'm an artist at JOC, which directly correlates with one of the biggest passions I've ever had. I enjoy listening and learning about musical theater productions, I also enjoy writing and creating my own stories. 

Artist

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Photographer

Laila Neil

Hey! My name is Laila and I'm a person who enjoys reading, photography, and music. Since I was 7, I've always wanted to make a difference and change the world. It has always been my passion to capture memories and adventures of life, nature, environment, and community. My role in JOC is as a photographer. I wanted to use my passion and talent to help capture the life and peace of the world, and hope to bring to the spotlight for anyone who wants to shine and be heard. 

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Photography Director, Creative Writer

Creative Writer

Creative Writer

Yisel Dejesus Rodriguez

Nagieliss Belliard

Brian

Hey everyone!!! I'm Yisel and I'm a Photography Director and Creative Writer at JOC. I enjoy reading and writing and I'm passionate about social justice, science, dance, poetry, and photography! 

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My name is Nagieliss Belliard. I attend Fordham High School for the Arts. I am a creative writer at JOC. I enjoy writing, listening to music, computer science, and simply creating. Overall, I am really excited to be a part of this literary magazine where there is space given to us to express ourselves.

Hey my names brian I’m 16 and I’m all comedy. I love cooking/baking(still learning) as well as free writing. My future role at JOC is a creative writer and I’m also passionate about hopefully becoming a psychologist, chef, or a writer helping people feel better about themselves mentally is what I truly love.

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