30: Going For What You Want

Brandy Varnado, a California native but now lives in the Bay Area. She is an educator and entrepreneur. She considers herself a facilitator of learning and advocates for self-love and full circle accountability. An insightful conversation about self-care, finding support in your network, navigating the workforce, and entrepreneurship. Connect with Brandy Varnado on LinkedIn. More […]


29: Plus Size Magic

Ellise Smith‘s research interest is understanding the experiences of fat bodies, as she self-identifies as fat, and works to provide a space to share these narratives. She does so by using spoken word poetry pedagogy, hip-hop culture, freestyle lyricism, intersectionality, Black Feminist Thought, and counter storytelling of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a catalyst to […]


28: Bringing Light to Darkness

T-Kea Blackman, MPS (also known as Kea) is a mental health advocate, speaker, and author. She is the creator and host of the Fireflies Unite Podcast, a weekly podcast dedicated to bringing light into darkness (just like the fireflies) by sharing the stories of individuals thriving with mental illness within communities of color despite the […]


27: Make No Excuses

Ravenne Aponte is a native of Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor of  Arts in African-American Studies and Health Disparities from the  University of Florida in May 2016. She most recently graduated from Duke University School of Nursing with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing as her second degree in December 2017.  Throughout nursing school, […]


26: You Betta Recognize

Tyrone King Jr., affectionately known as TK was born October 19, 1992, to Regina Mullins and Tyrone King Sr. in Atlanta, Georgia. TK was called home by our Lord and Savior on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia. TK confessed his love for Christ at an early age at […]