Meet the Writers
We searched between the clouds, under the ocean and through the South side of Wakanda to find these creatives. (no, really.) These word artists are our voice, our Family, and the Queer Black Archivists of our stories. We celebrate them this day and every day. Check em out and show some love if you got it!
Mx. Gwendolyn Rogers - Writer, Artist (they/them)
Mx. Gwendolyn Rogers is a native of the Washington DC area. They attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where they received their B.A. degree in History. In 2011, they helped organize "The State of Young Gay America", a panel discussion and event to bring awareness to the disparities facing LGBTQ+ youth of color. Gwendolyn was named one of NBJC's 100 Emerging Leaders to Watch in 2015, and was a New Leader's Council Fellow in 2016 . Other than writing for BGM, Gwendolyn enjoys thrifting and practices as a Legal PA in New York.
Dr. Sharrica Miller - RN, Foster Care Activist, Writer, Artist (she/her)
Dr. Sharrica Miller is an educator, researcher, and foster youth advocate from Compton, California. After spending 12 years of her childhood in foster care, Dr. Miller obtained a bachelor’s degree at Howard University and then went on to become a board certified Nurse Practitioner. She recently graduated with her PhD in nursing from UCLA where she was designated as one of only five Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars nationwide. Dr. Miller is now an assistant professor and conducts research examining the health and well-being of transitional age foster youth ages 18 – 26. She is also a motivational speaker and community organizer whose focus is advocating for policy changes in the Child Welfare system.
Jay Nichols - Chef, World Traveler, Writer, Artist (they/she in that order)
Jay Nichols is an entrepreneur, chef, nomad, food artist and epicurean queer who believes food is the universal language.
When not experimenting with flavors, you can find them exploring ways to travel bougie on a budget, researching the history and science of all things edible, or spending time with their sweet Pitbull, Nomi.
Mx. Tierra Frost - Artist, Educator, Filmmaker (she/her)
Mx. Tierra Frost is a Queer Black artist from Seattle, WA. She received her Bachelors degree in Journalism and Media Production from Washington State University in 2014, and went on to get her Master's degree in Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco in 2017. After receiving her Masters degree, Tierra fell in love with teaching as a Social Studies teacher in East Oakland, CA. Although teaching was one of the "most enriching, soul changing things she's ever had the pleasure to do", Tierra is leaving the profession to pursue her first dream of becoming a television and film writer/producer. Her passion for documenting and uplifting Black experiences is central to her art and growth.