Life on the Urban Cusp

What drives Urban Cusp?

Urban Cusp is more than a magazine. It’s a cultural, spiritual, intellectual and social movement.

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Urban Cusp is a cutting-edge online life.style magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. We offer a platform for young adult perspectives, profile inspirational visionaries and artists, and serve as an online community for like-minded change agents. Founded in 2011 by Rahiel Tesfamariam, Urban Cusp highlights voices, ideas and images not commonly found in mainstream media.

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Rahiel Tesfamariam is an independent consultant who provides consulting, writing, public speaking and instructional services focused on community, church, organizational, and individual development. Tesfamariam provides services to individuals as well as community-based and public sector organizations, churches and companies. For inquiries about speaking engagements, complete this online booking form. Areas of expertise include:

  • Strategies for Social Change
  • Creative and Journalistic Writing
  • Cultural Criticism
  • Grassroots Community Organizing
  • Leadership Development
  • New/ Social Media and Guerrilla Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Theological/Church Engagement and Innovation
  • Vision Implementation
  • Youth Advocacy and Urban Engagement

Tesfamariam’s service approach is focused on building bridges between the public, private and academic sectors for the betterment of individuals and communities. Tesfamariam possesses over a decade of experience in media relations, grassroots community organizing, cultural/ethnic diversity awareness, youth advocacy and urban engagement.


Selected Past Lectures/Speech Topics

Christian Young Adults and Social Awareness

Hip-Hop and Spirituality

Impacting Social Change Through Leadership

Intersection of Faith and Social Change

The Promise of Identity: I See God in You

Social Change and the Hip-Hop Generation: Our World, Our Responsibility

Using Social Media and the Arts for A New Way Forward

Women and Social Justice