We have had a few staffing change at BYP over the past few months. Our team is growing and we are so excited to be able to introduce each of them to you. See our new team and their bios below or head over to the BYP Community page.
Managing Editor/Graduate Assistant: Jenn M. Jackson
Jenn is a magical Black girl from the future and a Jill of all trades. She’s also an engineer by trade, a mom of three, a politics scholar, and an activist who dreams up statistical probabilities while watching reality TV. She never drinks coffee but loves hot chocolate. Jenn has been over six-foot-three since seventh grade. And, no, she doesn’t play basketball.
She is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. An Oakland, CA native, she earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Sociology. She went on to earn an M.A. in Political Science (honors) from California State University, Fullerton where she later taught Political Science Research Methods and Black Politics. Just before entering grad school, Jenn was a senior-level analyst in STEM fields in Orange County, California. Find out more about Jenn at her website.
Staff Writer: Victoria M. Massie
Victoria is a North-Carolina-raised writer and anthropologist. In other words, even though she’s primarily a vegetarian, she considers barbecue sauce on pulled pork blasphemy. You can usually catch her between Oakland, D.C., and Cameroon exploring ideas of home at the intersection of race, gender, politics and diaspora.
She is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in Sociocultural Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Science & Technology Studies and an alumna of the University of Rochester. Her work has been awarded fellowships by the National Science Foundation and the University of California Center for New Racial Studies. She has also been awarded lifetime membership to the West African Research Association. Find out more about Victoria at her website.
Contributing Writer: L. G. Parker
L.G. Parker is a Callaloo fellow and undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. They have served as a contributing writer to Blavity and Elixher, been published in Nepantla and are forthcoming in Brooklyn Boihood’s Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity (Magnus Books, 2016). Their work is concerned with constructions of family, gender and the specific impact of mental illnesses on queer & trans black people.
Social Media Coordinator: Jennifer Chukwu
Jennifer is a fourth year English and Gender Studies student at the University of Chicago. She has always enjoyed using writing as a way of expressing her ideas and potentially connecting with others. As Jennifer has grown, she has realized that words are powerful and can help change the world and other people’s lives. She believes that every tweet, word, and post can be a step toward righting the social and racial injustice that seems so normal in our society.