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So you've signed up for Brij, what's next?

mentorship for the culture. 

From the app that brought you mentorship matchmaking in the media industry, is our new in-person networking series for diverse creatives based in New York. With partnerships and sponsorships from Lucky's Cocktail Lounge, LinkedIn, and BGLH Marketplace, we can't wait to welcome you to the next chapter of Brij.

Julian Berger is a production assistant for NBC News Daily. Julian has extensive experience in both print and broadcast journalism, having worked at La Noticia, NBC News, and CNN. He is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism and Hispanic studies.

Julian Berger


Stevie Dupree-Parker is a Social Strategist at JPublic Relations known for her visual expertise and eye for aesthetics. In her free time, she explores her interest in wellness and fashion through Pinterest boarding, learning about health supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. She also loves to travel with her closest friends.

Stevie Dupree-Parker


Starr Bowenbank is a writer with a background in music, pop culture, celebrity news, and entertainment. Her work has been featured in Billboard, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, NYLON, Bandsintown, CollegeFashionista, and more.

Starr Bowenbank

Journalism, magazines, pop culture, and entertainment

I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I currently work in brand strategy at Ogilvy.

Diontay Santiago


New Jersey raised and New York paid. Forward-thinking communications strategy specialist with unique boutique PR agency experience. I’m deeply interested in the future of media, communications, fashion history, marketing, brand development + strategy, and the arts.

Olivia Dent

Public Relations

Born and raised in St Louis, I moved to NYC pursuing a job in market research. Quickly realizing that it wasn't the right path for me, I pivoted to my current role at the Atlantic. I am a Manager on our Consumer, Strategy, and Growth team. Sitting between Project Manager and Operations, I work on various different operational task for the organization while also working on marketing projects that have to do with the acquisition, retention, and engagement of subscribers. Outside of work you can find me exploring the greatest city in the world, New York!

Zoe Robinson

Marketing and Operations - Media

Imani is a designer and art director with 7 years of experience working in New York City on agency and in-house creative teams. She’s worked within the beauty, wellness, home, and fashion space on brand identity, product launches, web design, marketing campaigns, and everything in between.


Art Direction, Graphic Design 

Solutions-driven marketing strategist with a love for coffee, creativity and Carolina. Go Heels 🥳

Mac Parker


Tyshaia is a curious marketing and communications expert with a 5+ year background in marketing, social impact, brand development, and content creation, focused on the Fashion and Beauty industries. Known for her hunger for knowledge and storytelling skills, she excels in brand development, digital and experiential marketing, and photo/film, thriving in collaborative, cross-disciplinary environments to produce innovative creative solutions. Her unique approach to projects allows her to inspire emotional connections, drive business growth, and make community and cultural impacts.

Tyshaia Earnest


Raised in Georgia & an alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill, I’m a Nigerian American journalist and Culture Reporter at HuffPost. With bylines in Teen Vogue, Allure, NBC BLK and more, I report on popular culture, fashion & identity to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, especially Black women. In Fall 2024, I’ll be heading back to school in NYC to pursue my J.D. with a focus in entertainment & IP law.

Ruth E. Samuel

Entertainment, fashion, corporate (law, in-house, etc.)

I currently work at Paramount Global as an Advertising Sales Associate. I graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications & Media Studies, and a minor in Marketing. Outside of work I enjoy all things creative such as fashion, music, art, and lifestyle content creation. My goal is to combine my creative passions and industry knowledge to become a full-time entrepreneur.

Antwan Forte


Insight Analyst for an entertainment company servicing data across music, film, and television.

Eliud Mburu


Hi, my name is Maddie!! I’m currently a project manager at Nike and have previous experience in advertising, marketing and comms. I’m originally from Michigan and I’ve lived in New York for a little more than 2 years now and love it so so much.

Maddie Ash

Apparel & Footwear

Cara Kim, a soulful singer-songwriter, captivated audiences at the age of thirteen, beginning her journey as a solo performer on festival and competition stages. Fueled by a profound love for music, she transitioned into crafting stories and melodies, venturing into songwriting about three years ago. Currently developing her impressive voice, warm radiance, and powerful messages, Cara is diligently working on her debut project, set for release later this year.

Cara Kim


An innovative mixed media artist based out of New York. Balancing digital, analog, and other forms of media to create unique pieces of work.

Hakeem Shabazz-Norris

Photography; Filmmaking

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