Rahiel Tesfamariam

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Rahiel Tesfamariam is a public theologian, social activist, writer and speaker. She is Founder / Publisher of UrbanCusp.com, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post. Rahiel is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University where she was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. 

As a lifelong writer, Rahiel interned with National Geographic Society and Time Inc. before being appointed, at age 23, the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of The Washington Informer newspaper. She went on to work as a community organizer for anti-violence youth initiatives. This included leading a citywide D.C. juvenile justice reform effort where she managed a $4M annual budget and trained 40 nonprofits that serviced over 500 youth during her tenure.  She went on to launch Urban Cusp in 2011.

Rahiel has traveled the world on various delegations and humanitarian projects and has spoken at prestigious universities and historic churches throughout the nation. She has been named a 2014 Future for Good Fellow by the Institute for the Future, a 2014 National Action Network “Who’s Got Next” award recipient, a 2013 GIVE1 Project Global Leadership Fellow, the 2012 IMPACT Leader of the Year, a 2012 Beatitudes Society Fellow, and a “Top 40 Under 40” by the EnVest Foundation. In 2014, Rahiel was honored with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Digital Media Award for her role as a producer in the short film series “BrotherSpeak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men.” She is also one of forty women published in the book Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith

Responding to the 2014 Ferguson decision, Rahiel led a national Black Friday economic boycott supported by dozens of celebrities called #NotOneDime. As a leading generational voice, Rahiel has appeared in countless media outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, MSNBC, Huffington Post, Press TV, TV ONE,Black Enterprise, the Geraldo Rivera Radio Show, SiriusXM, and more. 

The world-renowned nonprofit Black Girls Rock!, Inc. featured Rahiel on their annual awards show on BET in 2013, saluting “her tireless dedication to global issues, community activism and youth advocacy.” Black Girls Rock! recognized Rahiel because she “leads with her faith, inspiring awareness and inciting change around the world.” Most recently, Rahiel was featured in Ebony and Revolt TV amongst “Leaders of the New School” and was one of six women Essence Magazine named “The New Civil Rights Leaders.”

Visit Rahiel’s personal website Rahiel.com. You can also connect with Rahiel on social media via TwitterFacebook and Instagram. For speaking engagements, consulting services, and media requests, email booking@rahiel.com.