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Nyesha Lashay is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently studying Gender & Women’s Studies and Human Development/Family Studies with a certificate in Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is a creator, writer, aspiring holistic health practitioner, thinker, lover, sisterfriend, & artist hoping to uplift & inspire women everywhere to be brave in embracing their true, divine selves. With personal thoughts, reflections, words of affirmation, art, & holistic health tips, Nyesha hopes to encourage female identified folks to revolutionize themselves from the inside out.



This is a blog by a black girl for black folx everywhere.

My name is Zawadi, it means gift in Swahili. I am from Washington, DC and am currently a sophomore at UW-Madison as a Posse Scholar. This moved marked the biggest transition in my life, coming from a place once deemed “Chocolate City”, to the Mid-West. My time here thus far has been frustrating, exciting, beautiful, eye opening and worthy of sharing.

This blog will serve as a platform for me to share aspects of my life, my interests, my thoughts, my travels, my joys, and more. Most importantly this blog is for my people. As a new contributor for The Black Voice I want to showcase what life is like for Black Badger, there are many different experiences, this one is ZLife. enjoy.

“The best thing about life is the moment we start sharing it.” -Evan Ceasar 

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Kynala Phillips is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on their way to be a Community and Nonprofit major in the School of Human Ecology. Outside of class, Kynala is an intern for the African American Pathways to Educational Achievement and a diversity liaison for ASM’s Equity and Inclusion Committee. Kynala loves to write and enjoys sharing their stories with who ever will listen. Their favorite pass times are making sure that their skin is moisturized and that their stomach is nourished.



Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a proud Riverside Alum, Marquise Mays is currently in his junior year, double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Strategic Communication and Communication Arts with an emphasis in Film, Art, & TV. The current President of the Wisconsin Black Student Union, his personal pronouns are he/his/him. Currently he is interested in the representation of Blackness in media, visual arts, multimedia journalism, social media and academia.He lives by the quote, “Don’t let the purpose get lost in the process.”



Nia Scott is a multimedia artist, activist, and scholar from Tampa, Florida attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott is the creator of Beyond Acknowledgment, a personal, community rooted declaration of space and artistic development, as well as the Beyond Acknowledgment Film Collective, which is a solidarity of artists who create for the betterment of their art, their community, their intersections, and their professional development. Scott is a proud member of Black on Black Rhyme’s Word of Mouth poetry troupe, JVN Project’s Media and Marketing team, and the Steven Universe fan club.

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