CONTRIBUTORS / THE MELANMAG TEAM
Joy Joses – Founder and Editor-in-chief
Joy is the founder and editor-in-chief of Melanmag.com. She lives in East London with her husband and two sons. Right from a young age, Joy always knew that she would someday launch a magazine. After achieving her journalism degree from City University, Joy embarked on a successful communications career that has spanned two decades, before finally deciding to pursue her ambition of publishing an online lifestyle magazine for women of colour. Joy’s ambition for Melanmag.com is for it to be that go-to online platform for women of colour everywhere, a place that they can recognise themselves, their experiences and the things that are important to them, in the content.
Claire Clottey – Features Writer
Claire is a multi-award winning broadcast journalist who has found her niche as a culturally and socially conscious commentator in the world of media and events. Claire has hosted and been involved in numerous high profile events such as the Black Film Makers International Film Festival and Screen Nation Awards.
Claire Clottey is also a qualified community development specialist who empowers and champions young people, women and the African diaspora.
Follow Claire: @claireclottey
Lerease Sweeney – Travel Contributor
Lerease started out assisting her Dad with large promotional events in the UK and abroad from the tender age of 15. Ten years later, just a few years after completing her degree in Music Industry Management and Marketing, she entered the corporate world of Marketing and Events.
Lerease has a real passion for travel and since the age of four has visited an impressive 22 countries worldwide. She started her blog, LereaseTravels.com two years ago to document her journeys abroad. She now hopes to inspire others to get up, use that passport and see the world!
Debbie Best – Contributor
Debbie has a wealth of experience in dealing with many complex, social issues that many of us face in society today. Having worked with children and young people with complex needs, children’s services teams and supported parenting programmes, mum of one Debbie (whose son has mental health issues), will write about the many thought-provoking issues and topics that will make you think.
Cherise Rhoden – Contributor
Londoner, and mum to a young son, Cherise, has a wealth of experience in the social work field and advice and guidance.
Combined with a vast knowledge of the events industry, she has her finger on the pulse on a range of current issues and hot topics that will be covered in Melanmag.com.
Gabriela Badard – Editorial / Social Intern
With a BA in Communications from a Paris University, Gabriela recently began a Master’s in Media at renowned City University, London. Keen to build on her journalistic writing and following a previous internship in Hong Kong where she developed and ran a blog, Gabriela will be developing her experience in social media and content management.
Follow Gabriela: @gabrielabadard
Khadija Yusra Sanusi – Contributor
Khadija Yusra Sanusi is currently studying at The American University of Paris, where she is double majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing. She has written for a number of leading publications including South Africa’s Mail, The Guardian online newspaper, The Huffington Post and also for The African Leadership Magazine.
Afua Adom – Contributor
Afua moved to London from Glasgow at aged 17 to study journalism at City University. After specialising in broadcast and music, Afua found herself working at T4 and PopWorld before moving on to the dizzying heights of 60 Minute Makeover on ITV. She then decided to try her hand at freelancing as a stylist and writer, before landing a job at Blackhair as Editorial Assistant. Afua rose to Editor after only a year and left to become Features Editor for Pride and Producer and Anchor for Arise News. Today, Afua hosts her own show at ABN Radio. She also still freelances and has interviewed the likes of Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige. Afua lives and works in London. In her spare time she likes to read magazines, have manicures and make up dance routines with her four-year-old daughter.
Lola Busari (Mrs B) – Contributor
Lola is an Academic, Lecturer, Author, Relationship Counsellor and Entrepreneur. She believes in empowering and inspiring women to do better and to be better and has written two books thus far: Papa’s Little Girls and God Made Sex & He Saw That It Was Good! She holds a degree in English Literature and Masters degrees in Creative and Professional Writing and Theology.
She’s a blessed with a fantastic husband and the cutest baby boy! Her life’s motto is Faith, Hope & Love. You can check out more about her life journey at www.mrsbusari.com.
Syeshia Sweeney – Food Contributor
Syeshia has been a Food Blogger/Content Contributor for two years, eating her way through a plethora of restaurants, pop-ups, food festivals and supperclubs around London.
Her 9-5 office job is contrasted by sampling culinary delights at evenings and weekends. Although she admits to not having the largest appetite and also to leading a (mostly) dairy-free lifestyle, she is a foodie through and through and believes dining to be a great social, sensory, cultural and enjoyable experience.
Eunice Marfo – Editorial Intern
Eunice studied BA English Literature at Brunel, University of West London, and is currently studying MA Journalism at Goldsmiths University. Eunice hopes to use her academic experinces to establish herself in the editorial world.
In her spare time she enjoys reading about pre-colonial African history, and attending seminars which explore issues within the black community, particularly on the subjects of natural hair, black love or mental health.
Vanessa Thomas – Book Contributor
Vanessa, aka Blaquereads, describes herself as a book obsessed, extroverted introvert! An avid reader, she recently made the decision to only/ primarily read books written by Black authors, deciding to share this journey on social media. She will be sharing her thoughts and reviews on books and literary events in our book section.
Marverine Cole – Contributor
Marverine is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, having worked with QVC and the BBC to name a few. Over the last 20 years, Margarine appears to have done it all, career-wise.
As a journalist, she’s appeared as a presenter and reporter covering news and current affairs, social history and culture, as well as celebrity and lifestyle stories.
She’s also a huge advocate of diversity in the media industry: imparting her skills and knowledge as a freelance media trainer, visiting lecturer in journalism and media, mentor and industry speaker to hundreds of people of all ages and at varying stages of their careers. Marverine is set to launch an exciting new project, a podcast called Quintessential Voices. Look out for our feature on that soon!
Leanne Lindsey – Contributor
Leanne is a freelance writer specialising in personal development, career and lifestyle topics. She is also a qualified careers adviser and certified life coach who loves inspiring, motivating and empowering women to create happy, healthy lives they love. She lives in a permanent state of wanderlust and is always looking for ways to satisfy her love of desserts on a mostly plant-based and sugar-free diet.
Sue Omar – Contributor
Sue is a London-based journalist, specialising in beauty, health and style. With more than five years of industry experience, Sue has the inside scoop on all of the latest launches and trends in beauty and fashion. Sue launched her journalism career as an editorial intern at Pride Magazine. Sue then when on to work full-time at beauty supplement – Spell Magazine.
A self-proclaimed fitness junkie, Sue Omar’s YouTube channel has attracted over half a million viewers world-wide who have connected with her personal weight loss journey. Sue’s story has been featured in major media outlets including UK Women’s Health Magazine and BBC Radio 5 Live on Adrian Chiles’ breakfast show.
Omotolani Shokeye – Editorial Intern / Beauty
Omotolani Shokeye is a professional makeup artist and an aspiring beauty editor who is currently pursuing a fashion marketing and journalism degree at London Metropolitan University. As well as writing for Holloway Express and Verve Magazine, her professional makeup work has been featured in numerous online and print magazine. She also currently works for MAC cosmetics UK as a beauty artist.