Mariah M. is Black femme queer woman, all at once and all of the time. She is a poet, a Manifestor of Dreams and lover of Black people. After moving to Durham, North Carolina after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill (#FuckyoStatue), she started a poetry writing and performance workshop series for Black youth out of Blackspace, a digital makerspace that aims to create a breathing, creative space for youth of the African diaspora, where she works as the Program Director for its poetry program. She is currently serving as a Co-Chair of the local chapter of BYP100, a national activist-based organization that believes in tacking injustice using a Black queer feminist lens. Mariah M. is a 2017 Emerging Poet Fellow of Crescendo Literary and 2017 Watering Hole Fellow. In her free time, she’s listening to music and trying her best to stay in tune (please send her some of your playlist! Not your mixtape though) and finding herself in books. She's barely on Twitter’s but follow her on there and Instagram at @peaceloveandmo for cat vids and random acts of Blackness.
Micah Gilmer is a researcher and writer who helps is a Senior Partner at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned consulting firm that serves the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Micah’s work focuses on understanding how the social technologies of racism and patriarchy create inequitable American systems. He partners with clients to design research processes, build strong organizational cultures, and evaluate impact.
Prior to leading at Frontline, Micah completed a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Duke University. His research is featured in the forthcoming book The Big Black Man Rules: Race, Manhood, and the Education of Black Boys. He also examined the connections between Zulu hip-hop, politics, and opportunity in Soweto, South Africa. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004.