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Natasha S. Alford

Natasha S. Alford is a millennial media exec, award-winning journalist and content creator.  

Lover of Afrobeats, trap music and books, she resides in NYC and spends her free time documenting the untold stories of Black and Afro-LatinX people. Follow her @NatashaSAlford on Twitter


Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson is the Chief Content Officer at theGrio.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor

Gerren Keith Gaynor is the Managing Editor at theGrio. The New York Times-published journalist previously served as an editor at Fox News, BET and Vibe magazine. Follow him @MrGerrenalist on Twitter and Instagram


Shana Pinnock

Shana Pinnock is the Social Media Director at theGrio, Shana is a lover and creator of content For Us and By Us. You can count on her for current events in all things pop culture (and a little humorous shade!). Follow her at @QueenSqueakz on Twitter


Blue Telusma

Blue Telusma is a Senior Writer at theGrio, whose viral think pieces have been featured on CNN, HuffPost, Buzzfeed, USA Today, BET and several other national news outlets. Her work mainly focuses on dissecting pop culture, promoting emotional intelligence and fostering activism through the arts.

Follow her @bluecentric on Twitter & Instagram


Cortney Wills

Cortney M. Wills

Cortney M. Wills is the Entertainment Director at theGrio and has been covering music, TV and film since 2005. The pop culture junkie from LA started her career at Teen People Magazine and has written for THR, Billboard, Jet, NAACP Crisis, MTV News, and Variety among others.