meet the team
aissatou diallo, creative director
Aissatou is New York City born, raised and the city is where she spend most of her days when she's not jetsetting across the world. As a recent college graduate, she completed her senior honors thesis on the topic of hip hop feminism (oddly enough as an Economics major and Media minor with a background in the Fashion industry). She loves to flex her creative muscles, while pairing it with her unwavering passion for storytelling and story-hearing. And the story she's currently working on is rewriting the narrative of dope Black queens, who are often misunderstood. She can be found on Instagram @signedbyaissatou.
Maegan wright, content creator + Graphic designer
Maegan is a 19-year-old college student attending Fordham University where she is currently majoring in Visual Arts and minoring in New Media & Digital Design. She self-describes as a creative story-teller, her genre of choice being art. She was born and raised in The Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop. Naturally, her penchant for hip-hop and rap stemmed from her environment. She is a big fan of artists like Cardi B, Beyonce, and Rihanna. Despite the term "hip-hop feminism" being a fairly new concept to her, she always knew that the two belonged together. Seeing how so many talented women of color can empower themselves and others through a form a music that is stereotyped as only being misogynistic and too crude is refreshing. It's a safe place where these women and others can share their stories freely. You can find her artwork on Instagram @maes.draws.
ALExis Primus, assistant editor, editorial team
"Woo girl, need to kick off your shoes
Got to take a deep breath, time to focus on you" - Lizzo
Alexis is from Washington D.C., and was raised on Hip-Hop. She describes herself as a friend, writer, singer, actor, director, mac and cheese, french fry, and corgi connoisseur. She is a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Communication and double minoring in Creative Writing and Theatre Arts. She has no idea what comes next, but is constantly working to something better. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @_alexistc_
kailee needham, style & culture, editorial team
Kailee is a 20 year old creative attending St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in communication arts and a master’s in international communications. Originally from Miami, FL with a Jamaican heritage, Kailee has a culturally diverse take on the world and utilizes this in her storytelling. She has always had an affinity for both writing and photography, and explains that “writing and photography give me the ability to fossilize a moment in time and voice my take on it. There is something so powerful about that.” As both a feminist and a hip-hop fan, Kailee finds it baffling that women are still so often placed on the sidelines or even completely left out of the industry narrative. So she believes that the visual and written form can bring attention to this, and enact positive discourse and change on the culture. Kailee can be found on Instagram @kaileetai and her digital portfolio can be found at speaksvolumes.weebly.com.
zari taylor, culture & lifestyle, editorial team
Zari is a blogger born and raised in Queens, New York. She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she wrote for The Cavalier Daily student newspaper. In her role as senior columnist, Zari tackled issued within her school and beyond. Writing for Le Reine Noire will hopefully be the start of her career as a culture writer. As the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, she was raised in two distinct cultures and the fusion of those worlds shaped her identity. Dancehall and Hip-Hop, musical traditions crucial to her culture were also riddled with problematic depictions of women. Hip-Hop feminism is a reclamation of one of those genres by women and for women. Zari believes that it takes a different approach to both Hip-Hop and Feminism that speaks to her generation and allows women to take ownership in a space they have been marginalized. You can find her on Instagram @zari.alyssa and her blog zarialyssa.com
Shantal marshall, music, editorial team
Shantal Marshall is a 22-year-old journalist/ writer hailing from Brooklyn, New York. She describes herself as a lover of words, green tea enthusiast, and an old soul. She graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies: Journalism. Shantal's love for writing began at 10 years old when she owned her first diary. Through writing, she was able to express herself freely. Her love for writing blossomed in high school when she became a writer for her school's first journalism club. For Shantal, there's no better feeling than interviewing someone and having them trust her to tell their life story. Today, Shantal enjoys sharing her life experiences and positivity on Instagram using the hashtag "Shan Tells.". Check out her Instagram @simplyshan to learn more about what "Shan" has to "Tell."
"Every woman is a queen, and we all have different things to offer."- Queen Latifah
nijer reaves, culture & music, editorial team
Nijer is a New Jersey native double majoring in Journalism and Women’s and Gender studies at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She is also a blogger and part-time English tutor. Her love for writing was always apparent, even as a young child, and she plans to combine her passion for writing with her passions for activism and social change. It was mainly for this reason, (along with her love and appreciation of hip-hop) that she was drawn to hip-hop feminism. She believes it is a creative and raw way to bring light to issues Black women face; “it is a space made for us in a world where there isn’t enough in the mainstream Feminist movement.” Aside from writing, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking or going to the beach, cooking, spending time with friends and family, and of course Netflix-binging every once in a while. You can find her on Instagram @nijercheyenne.