Toure Muhammad, founder and publisher
Toure Muhammad is the chief creative strategist for Bean Soup Times, a multimedia outlet where humor, politics and culture meet which reaches more than 30,000 people through his online network, which includes his blog, email subscribers and social media profiles. He has written front page cover stories for The Final Call and N’digo. He has been featured in the Chicago Reader, Upscale magazine, rolling out newspaper, and N’Digo magapaper. He’s been featured on Tavis Smiley’s radio show on NPR, on Chicago’s WBEZ (Chicago public radio), and many other radio shows. For two years he appeared weekly on Black Chicago’s historic WVON radio station and he’s a former board member for the Community Media Workshop. The Morehouse College graduate has served as a communications director for SEIU, the National Interfaith Committee, and the Nation of Islam’s Saviours’ Day Convention. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director and Press Secretary for Congressman Bobby L. Rush. He has landed articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the International Herald-Tribune, Dateline, Nightline, CNN, and many TV, radio and print media outlets.
Kam Williams, contributor
A syndicated writer for 100 plus publications around the U.S. and Canada, in 2008 Kam was voted Most Outstanding Journalist of the Decade by the Disilgold Soul Literary Review. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the Black Film Critics Circle, the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee, and Rotten Tomatoes.
Erika Townsend, contributor
An writer and columnist for several publications, Erika has done cover stories on the Bronner Brothers, Mystikal and profiles on Johnny Cochran and several black business owners, and countless other reviews, opinion pieces, and consumer information articles for Rolling Out Urbanstyle Weekly and Urban News Weekly. She also has a degree in PR.
Corey Hall, contributor
He is a freelance writer based on the South side of Chicago. He is also the editor and publisher of Expressions From Englewood, an annual journal that features work from people living, working, and/or going to school in the community.
Sydney Blaylock, contributor
Sydney Blaylock is a media socialite who loves to keep people informed on the latest trends and fashions affecting the new generation. She's been a regular contributor to WVON 1690 AM radio station, guest appearing on Dr. Terry Mason’s radio talk show, and during her recent stay in Accra, Ghana, Blaylock was a guest host on Radio Universe 105.7 where the Spelman College student discussed entertainment and her experience as an international student.