L'lerrét Jazelle Ailith, Communications Manager
L’lerrét Jazelle Ailith is a Black trans creative and communications strategist born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She now currently serves as the Communications Manager for BYP100 where she is integral is building out a comprehensive communications infrastructure to support Black queer feminist youth organizing. L’errét lives and believes in a feminism that is sex-positive, glamorous, and affirming but also all things raggedy and contradictory – acknowledging humanness and the complexity of life. She has a passion for acting, uses music as a love language, adores cosmetic surgery (if only she could afford it), and lives for a bomb lace unit. Catch her, if you can, on social media @thebaejazelle and reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shanice Brim, Internal Communications Specialist
Shanice is BYP100’s Internal Communications Specialist. It’s her job to assist local chapters in their communications work. Something that propels her in the work is that our ancestors fought to build new futures for us and one day future generations will see the work we’re doing at BYP100 and build upon it in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Shanice is also a writer and former Communications Co-Chair of BYP100 NYC. When she’s not working or writing she’s collecting more books than she can possibly finish and scouring FilmStruck. Contact her at Shanice@byp100.org
Aaron Bryant, Southern Regional Organizer
Aaron Jamal Bryant is the Southern Regional Organizer for THE Black Youth Project 100 where he is foundational for building expansive political power with Black Queer youth in the U.S. South. Aaron is a commitment to the mastery of his own found voice, a practitioner of the unbound praise of Black people, and he is the 21st century disciple of David Walker. He has a passion for writing eclectic essays, making melodies and studying Black socialist construction. Catch the Black-Jedi-In-Residence on instagram @ayoajb otherwise reach him at email@example.com.
Chris Bufford, National Membership Chair
Chris Bufford is a community organizer from the south side of Chicago. He serves as the national membership chair for BYP100 where he is excited to spread a Black queer feminist politic within the black community. Chris is committed to realizing his full potential so that he can be of the highest service to Black People. Chris enjoys listening to trap music, watching other people dance, and being in community with black people. Follow him on social media @chris4change and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlene Carruthers, Founding National Director
Charlene is a lesbian feminist community organizer and writer from the southside of chicago with over 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. As the founding national director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), she has worked alongside hundreds of young Black activists to build a national base of activist member-led organization of Black 18-35 year olds dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. Catch Charlene on the gram at @charlenecarruthers and contact her at email@example.com
Charlene’s forthcoming book Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement will be published in the Fall of 2018 on Beacon Press. Find her full bio here.
Brianna Gibson, National Organizing Co-Chair
Brianna Latrell Gibson is a loud Black queer woman from Prince George’s County, MD. She is also an organizer who decided to dive deep into the movement during the Ferguson uprising in 2014. Brianna currently serves serves as one of two National Organizing Co-Chairs for BYP100 and is a member of the BYP100 New York City Chapter. She is also an active member of the BlackOUT Collective, a Black direct action training collective, and a climb trainer with Greenpeace. She prides herself in being a devoted daughter, partner, and Super Auntie who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. In her spare time, she enjoys burgers, dancing, sarcasm, scrolling Twitter, and vibing to music with her homies. You can catch her at @brilg89 on Instagram, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sam Grant, Operations Coordinator
Sam Grant is a magical queer black femme born in raised in Baltimore Maryland. She serves as BYP100’s Operations Coordinator. Sam enjoys making things happen behind the scenes for BYP100 and likes to call herself the “organizers organizer”. She is also a songtress, performer, healer, and Juju Bae- all for the sake of black liberation and an end to all structures that harm us! When not engaging in BYP100 work you could probably find Sam leading workshops on ancestral veneration, twerking, somewhere in The Shade Room comments, conjuring, and spreading all kinds of black love. Hit her up at email@example.com.
Denzel McCampbell, National Policy Chair
Denzel McCampbell is a Black Detroiter and Beyoncé stan born and raised on the east side of the city. His real dream is to be a hype-person on tour with Queen Bey but currently he serves as the National Public Policy Chair for BYP100 where he helps to support the organization with the creation of and the strategy behind everything public policy. Some folks call him Oak Tree because of the amount of shade he throws. He’s always down for a holistic turn-up and believes that pineapples do indeed belong on pizza. Denzel has been involved with numerous electoral and issue campaigns in Michigan and considers himself a policy-wonk and is beyond excited to be able to do this work with such a transformative organization rooted in Black queer feminism. If you’re trying to @ him, go ahead – @DenzAnton otherwise contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn, National Organizing Co-Chair
Asha Rosa Ransby-Sporn is a young, Black, (sometimes) sensitive dyke with strong opinions & a lot of love for her people. Originally from the Chicago area & currently residing in Harlem, NY, her journey from youth poet to prison abolitionist to student organizer has led her to her current role as National Organizing Co-Chair for BYP100. Hit her up at email@example.com.
Fresco Steez, Training and Culture Manager
Fresco Steez is a young, Black feminist, queer, abolitionist freedom fighter from the southside of Chicago, she serves as the Minister of Training and Culture for BYP100. Her greatest love is creating and designing, in her off time she studies aesthetic strategy, plans outfits, and cooks decadent meals. She is committed to a Black liberation experience that frees ALL Black people and follows in the Black radical traditions of our ancestors. Find the minister of culture on Instagram @thepalmtreepapi, you can also reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nzinga West, Managing Director
Nzinga West is a Black mama, auntie, and lover/ally of young people. She currently serves as the Managing Director for BYP100 where she is excited to community build with some of the most brilliant Black minds EVER. Nzinga is a pragmatic dreamer who believes that to truly thrive, we must honor all aspects of who we are, while respecting the lived experiences of those in our village. She is a Cancer and like all good crabs, ruled by the moon. Hit her up at email@example.com.