Amanda TaylorCEO & Founder
Hi! I’m Amanda. I’m 21 years old originally from Kingston, Jamaica and now live in NYC! I am incredibly proud of what we’ve created, it has come directly from my own lived experience with mental health and body image and I work on unplug 24/7. When I’m not doing 100 things for Unplug, I’m listening to, writing or recording music, working on @gyaldem.radio or watching YouTube videos. Check the about page to hear more about what Unplug means to me. Thank you for being here!
Zara HardingChief Operating Officer
Hi! My name is Zara and I’m the Chief Operating Officer of Unplug Magazine. Starting as Amanda's friend from middle school to now, I know firsthand why this magazine is so meaningful. I believe that the stories and experiences voiced through this publication deserve maximum exposure, so through my position I aim to expand the reach and influence that Unplug can have in our communities. I’m very excited about the work going in to push it to greater heights.
Lia JamesManaging Editor
Hi my name is Lia James! I'm a Haitian-Jamaican still learning to navigate the world in my 20-year-old body. I spend my time attempting to write myself into my most compelling realities. I believe in editing as an integral part of the writing experience and as a space for growth on the part of both writer and editor.
Sarah Christina DeSouzaManaging Editor
Hi I'm Sarah! I'm studying Political Science and History; when I’m not in class, I’m watching 90 Day Fiancé or the Bachelor. Interested in all things pop culture, political correctness and will most definitely eavesdrop on you and then proceed to write an op-ed. I'm a editor here at Unplug, excited to be creating in a space full for and by Black people.
Donessa ColleyResearch Lead
Hi! My name is Donessa, and I’m 19 years old . I was born and raised in the United States but am also the child of two Jamaican immigrants. Unplug is a critical space for me because it is space for us AND by us where we learn and grow from one another and together. I’m excited to use Unplug as a platform for the history and contemporary issues lessons that are not taught in the classroom. I’m so excited to see all the work we’ll produce and the tangible impact that we’ll have.
Brianna TaylorOperations Lead
Hi! My name is Brianna and I’m an 18 year old first generation Barbadian-American from NY. I am the Chief Operations Officer at Unplug Magazine and I am forever grateful to be a part of a coalition of black womxn building a safe space for black and brown people. As an activist and advocacy worker I’ve been dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression through a holistic lens. This fall I will be studying Political Science at the George Washington University. When I’m not in class I am watching Disney+, documentaries, or Jubilee Middle Ground.
Malia NeillGraphic Designer
Hi! I’m name is Malia. I’m a graphic designer studying at Chapman University. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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