Our Team

Founder / Publisher

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Rahiel Tesfamariam is an activist, writer, social commentator and public theologian. She is a former columnist for The Washington Post and founder/publisher of Urban Cusp, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. Visit Rahiel.com and follow her on Twitter (@RahielT) and Instagram (RahielT).

Managing Editor

Special Assistant to the Publisher

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Ashlee Wisdom is a graduate of Howard University, where she received a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Biology. While studying in Washington, DC, Ashlee joined the Urban Cusp team as an intern, and has since been appointed to the position of managing editor. Merging her passions for healthcare and writing, she also works as a grant writer for a non-profit health center in New York. Ashlee is most passionate about her faith in Jesus Christ, black feminism, and combating racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health in Health Policy & Managment at New York Medical College. You can follow her on Twitter @WisdomsEssence.

Copy Editor

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Jazmyne Butler is a copy editor for Urban Cusp who recently earned a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Mississippi Associated Press Award Winner for College Television Newscast and was awarded Most Outstanding Student in Broadcast Journalism.  As an undergraduate, she completed a thesis, delving into topics such as media framing, feminism, and gender roles.  Jazmyne is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.  You can follow her on Twitter at @SimplyJazmyne.


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Judith Ayers is an intern for Urban Cusp and has a passion for social and reproductive justice, as well as intersectional feminism. Former farm girl, she now lives in Washington, D.C. after graduating with a double BA in Communications and Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania. With a varied background working in TV and print journalism, non-profit development and communications, polling and elections as well as student organizing, she brings an interesting perspective to Urban Cusp. You can follow her on Twitter at @juditheayers.

Fashion Editor


Vinniece Dufresne is founder of NYBCloset.com. Not Your Boyfriend’s Closet specializes in personalized styling with trendy up-to-date pieces for the modern woman. While a new company established in 2012, Vinniece has years of retail and styling experience. With a passion for fashion and the experience to back it, she parlayed her fashion saavy into her own online boutique in May 2012. Vinniece’s personal style is an effortless blend of femininity with a tomboy edge that turns heads wherever she goes. Her love for fashion is evident in her trend-right collections each season. Mixed with a hint of her own flair, each of Vinniece’s fashion items offered at NYBCloset are a representation of young women everywhere who are classic, fun and flirty.