Cocoa Lorayne first picked up a pencil when she was five years old. However, a hobby quickly turned into a passion when Cocoa Lorayne realized that there were two things lacking in today’s fiction: Firstly, an underrepresentation of POC characters, and secondly, a failure to show teenagers dealing with dilemmas and issues that have nothing to do with romantic feelings for each other.
Cocoa Lorayne became determined to fix this gap in todays fiction and is excited to present her stories from the perspective of young and strong people of color. As a biracial woman she loves crossing genres, breaking rules and telling her stories through marginalized voices.
Cocoa Lorayne knows that her own voice isn’t loud enough to be heard across the entire world, so she’s hoping her characters can be a microphone. Her goal is to tell the world a story, a story for the people who’s voices have been taken from them; she hopes that in her future works you can hear them.
Rashid White is an Afro-Latino, Healer, Scholar, Actor, Motivational Speaker, Activist, Author, Poet, Educator, Artist, Dancer, Model, Photographer/Videographer/Content Director, and Visionary. Growing up in the streets of Richmond, VA; Rashid focuses on creating art that places reflective emphasis on overcoming obstacles by shedding light on his truths.
Ashanti Hardy is a Black Educator, Poet, and Film Writer. Her goal as a writer is to create work that people can find some form of familiarity in. Her work has a strong focus on family, memory, and imagination. Her passion for writing stems from a quote by Toni Morrison “"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives."
My name is Asya Fields, I am a Louisiana born Georgia raised, southern black bisexual woman. At a very young age, I realized I had something to say and wanted to tell my story. At thirteen I fell in love with poetry and have been using it as a way to speak from my heart ever since. I attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga where I received my bachelor of arts in writing. The purpose behind my writing is to not only tell my story, but also to provide insight on the lines that are often blurred in family relationships, religion, and sexuality- most importantly, what happens when they all occur at one time. I currently reside in Atlanta, Ga where I am an assistant teacher for preschool students. I love words and am not shy about the impact that reading and writing can make when coming from black voices. My life purpose is to use my voice to amplify the voices of black queer women across the diaspora.