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What is Upspoken?

Upspoken is a space for Black women to come together to share our varied experiences, strengths, vulnerabilities and successes in love, relationships and sex. We believe that, together, we can build power and strength from each other, giving us the confidence to take full ownership of our sexuality and build healthy relationships that prioritize our needs. Read our welcome post to learn more.

Meet the Contributors

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Dwana White

Dwana White is an accomplished writer and comedian who has performed at Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, and I.O. West Theatre. She is a funny girl who engages in the occasional thirst trap. Dwana is currently penning a horror/thriller screenplay where the Black girl is NOT the 1st character to get killed. If you didn’t guess, Dwana is an instigator of epic proportions.@youwantDwana.

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Ajolique Jude

Ajolique is a DC-based writer working on her first collection of poetry. Aside from wine, words are her favorite truth serum. Hangout with her on both Instagram and Twitter @ajolique.

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Nadia Caldwell

Nadia Caldwell is a recent graduate, receiving her Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California. Nadia fancies herself as a writer and loves to flex her creative writing muscles any chance she gets. LA-based but originally from the Pacific Northwest, Nadia loves sad songs and rain, but you’d never know it with her always cheerful disposition.

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Jawhara Atiya

Jawhara Atiya is a UCLA graduate living in Los Angeles, passionate about all things social justice, philanthropy, and urban planning. When not working, you can find her hitting a spin class, schmoozing tech-bros, or reading articles about well-designed cities. Also, join her in her self-love and fitness journey @2thicc2quitt.

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Bee Pollard

For as long as she remembers, Bee’s always had a penchant for the pen. The writer, womanist and true blue Aries currently resides in Prince George’s County, MD. Outside of writing, Bee is obsessed with hip-hop, nostalgic television from the 90s and early 00s, vinyl and carbs. Follow her on all her socials (@thedfff) for her unapologetic-yet-aesthetically pleasing views on life. You wanna bumble with this Bee.

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Maria Niles

Maria Niles is a marketing consultant with her company, ConsumerPop, as well as a writer, public speaker and voiceover artist. Writing since 2005 at a variety of outlets and as Contributing Editor-At-Large for BlogHer.com, Maria covers a wide range of topics including race, politics, personal development, business, technology, travel, and popular culture.

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Danielle Wright

Danielle Wright is a single working mama from Los Angeles. Danielle is a proud alumna of Syracuse University and an active member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society. When she’s not making memories with her adorable daughter, Danielle is in these streets eating junk food, hiking, and online shopping. Stay woke with Danielle on IG at @MommyandMadison.

FAQs

What is Upspoken?

Upspoken is a space for Black women to come together to share our varied experiences in love, relationships and sex. We believe that, together, we can build power and strength from each other, giving us the confidence to take full ownership of our sexuality and build healthy relationships that prioritize our needs. Read our welcome post to learn more.

What does the name of your website mean?

Upspoken speaks to what we want to create: a community of Black women coming together and showing up for each other by sharing their perspectives, experiences, strengths, vulnerabilities and successes. In short, a place where you can be Upspoken. So… Come on in, kick up your feet (like you aren’t in your mama’s front room) and share all the things you never would in mixed company because this space is yours.

Who is behind Upspoken?

Made for Black women, by Black women, Upspoken is a platform that seeks to lift up our voices. Scroll up to meet our contributing writers!

Who funds Upspoken?

Upspoken is funded by The California Wellness Foundation.

How do you select which content to feature?

We are inspired by Black women who are always asked to be strong and care for others while rarely receiving that treatment in return. Upspoken is a celebration of you, and we want to lift up your voices and perspectives, which are far too often neglected. To learn more about submissions, please click here.

Do you take submissions?

Yes! Upspoken is a space where Black women can learn from each other and that only happens when experiences and perspectives are shared. We welcome submissions of all types, including poems, short testimonial videos, personal essays and art. To learn more about the types of submissions we take and to submit a piece of original content, please click here.

Who do I contact for press inquiries?

Please email us at info@upspokenwomen.com with press inquiries.

Can I email Upspoken for advice?

Upspoken is a community of women that helps each other, empowers each other and cheers each other on. So, if you ever need support, join the conversation in our social media channels or email us at info@upspokenwomen.com. And if you have ideas for topics that might connect with a larger group, we’re here for it!

Does Upspoken work with other organizations or partners?

We work with a variety of partners to make sure Black women know about Upspoken and can benefit from the experiences and perspectives offered in our shared space by the community of women we’re building.

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How can I get involved with Upspoken?

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