WRITING

I have written pieces for GQ, Teen Vogue, Essence Magazine, Playboy, The Root, Playboy, Bitch Magazine, Black Youth Project, AfroPunk, and NYMag's Strategist.

NOIR MAGAZINE

In 2014, I founded Noir Magazine. Noir aims to celebrate overlooked communities and highlight people and communities of color - our culture, our beauty, and current events concerning us. Noir averages about 2000 readers per issue, with 500 committed subscribers who have signed up so new issues are delivered right to their email inboxes! Initially, the magazine was primarily written and designed me. Over time, however, more and more individuals began contributing to Noir. 

social media

@thegrio
twitter followers: 92,000
facebook followers: 1 million
ig followers: 41,700

Social Media Coordinator

These accounts have multiple curators, and I am one of them. I mostly create video content for each social media channel. I produce a script for current events, then produce a video around the topic. These videos generate a lot of engagement. Additionally, I employ polls, tweet round-ups, and storytelling hashtags to engage with the audience. 

@blackyouthproj
twitter followers: 35,000
facebook followers: 62,000
ig followers: 789

Social Media Coordinator

At Black Youth Project, I co-manage these accounts with one other person. My duties consist of scheduling posts, drafting tweets, and driving traffic back to our website.

samples

To the right, you will see two samples of posts I have made. I created the content (including the videos) and content for both of these posts. Click on either to view the original post.

Facebook Post   273,000 views. 8,000 shares. 5,200 likes.

Twitter Post        1,700 likes. 635 retweets. 

Social Media sample by Ashley Nkadi
Social Media sample by Ashley Nkadi
 

activism

THE IRATE 8

In 2015, I co-founded the Irate 8 in response to the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati's police officer.The Irate 8 is a highly acclaimed, award-winning student activist movement that has been used as a template across the country and praised by the University of Cincinnati's faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees. It has been featured in over 30 publications locally, nationally, and internationally. View that list of publications by clicking here. The movement has yielded millions of dollars in scholarships for minorities, the renovation of our African American Cultural and Resource Center, the formation of inclusive classroom curriculum, new faculty and staff hires, increased funding for programs and initiatives related to black student success, and a hiring process that evaluates each candidate's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

speaking

engagements

KEYNOTES, PANELS, & WORKSHOPS

Student Government Fall Retreat | September 2019

Keynote & Facilitation: SG Works For Who?

McMicken & The African American Community | February 2019
Panel: Charles McMicken's Legacy

Miami University Diversity and Inclusion Committee | July 2018

Keynote: Activism 

Social Media Week | April 2017

Panel: From Slacktivism to Social Justice Warriors

WILL Social Justice Conference | March 2017

Panel: Social Action

Black Feminist Symposium | February 2017

Workshop: Moments vs. Movements

Hidden Figures | February 2017

Keynote: College Preparedness

Ohio Consortium of Multicultural Centers in Higher Education Fall Symposium | October 2016

Keynote: Student Activism or Proactive Measure to Create Institutional Change

NAACP 107th Annual National Convention | July 2016

Panel: Community Policing

Diversity and Inclusion Conference | March 2016

Keynote: The Irate 8

Innovate for Change | February 2016

Panel: Race and Higher Education

Elect Her | November 2015

Keynote: Servant Leadership

Social Media Week | February 2015

Panel: Social Media Influencers​

 

awards

MISS BLACK OHIO USA

Reigning Miss Black Ohio USA, November 2016-November 2017

LEISAN SMITH FOUNDERS AWARD

Presented by LGBTQ Center, April 2017

MARIAN SPENCER EQUITY AMBASSADOR AWARD

Presented by Office of Equity and Inclusion, March 2017

BLACK GIRLS ROCK

Presented by Kappa Alpha Psi, April 2016

WHO'S WHO AWARD

Presented by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, April 2016

SPIRIT OF CINCINNATUS AWARD

Presented by Cincinnatus Honorary Society

STUDENT TRAILBLAZER AWARD

Presented by African American Alumni Affiliate, February 2016

SIGMA PHI WOMEN'S HONORARY

Awarded Membership, February 2016

NATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SOCIAL ACTIVISM AWARD

Presented by Sociologists for Women in Society, November 2015

USONI AWARD

Presented by African American Cultural and Resource Center, Feb 2015

CWEST WOMEN'S HONORARY

Awarded Membership, February 2015

THE LAMBDA SOCIETY

Awarded Membership, January 2015

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP HONORARY

Awarded Membership, January 2015

 

experience

SOCIAL MEDIA, DESIGN, PR, & COMMUNICATION EXPERIENCE

I can offer superior skill in social media platforms, web design, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite (the entire suite, but InDesign especially), and working within the guidelines of specific brands. I can also photograph, shoot video, edit video, and run statistics of web visitors.

With nearly 5 years of experience in PR, programming, and design for organizations/offices, I am confident that I can deliver any of your PR/Communication/Creative needs. Specifically, I have:

  • Built several websites, created marketing materials for offices at my university, & designed 1000+ pages of magazine layout

  • Managed over 30 social media accounts for various organizations, offices, and businesses

  • Served as a brand ambassador and/or social media influencer for a handful of companies

  • Shot, edited, and produced videos that garnered thousands of views

  • Scheduled posts and launches for social media campaigns

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Noir Magazine | Founder & Editor-in-Chief

The Irate 8 | Co-Founder & Spearhead

African American Alumni Affiliate | PR Chair

McMicken College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board | Communication Director

United Black Student Association | Co-President

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary | President 

Asian American Association | PR Director

Midwest Dhamaka | PR Director

ABROAD EXPERIENCE

CHINA

Chongqing and Beijing

Studying Public Health

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Studying Art & Architecture

SOUTH AFRICA

Pretoria

Studying Public Health

BOTSWANA

Gaborone

Studying Public Health

SPAIN

Madrid and Barcelona

Museum Studies

 

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