Our Team of Guest Bloggers

Contributing writers of the Localista Blog are all unique bad ass creatives, seeking to e-meet new people. Know more about the writers!


Danielle Bayard Jackson

is a former high school teacher and the founder of STRIDE Media Group, a public relations agency dedicated to securing media coverage for women- and minority-owned businesses. She also runs the "GIVE IT A REST MOVEMENT", a  "tough love" blog that encourages Millennial women to discover their power by releasing their insecurities. Danielle's goal is to help women in both their personal and professional lives through community storytelling. Her first book, Give it a Rest, will be released summer 2019.

Siria Alvarez

is a Media & Event Producer, Photographer and Blogger from the Bronx, New York currently residing in Harlem. She has been an entrepreneur since 2008 and has done a range of media work small and large for clients in the areas of journalism, fashion, retail and more. Some notable companies in her resume include The New York Times, Source Magazine, The Harlem Collective and Barclays Center. Siria is also the CEO & Founder of The Urban Interest, a boutique agency, resource and inspiration hub that provides branding and creative consulting services and more. She hopes to help develop the growth of small businesses and branding education in the urban creative communities.

Ayana Bryant-Weekes

is a writer, editor and language artist. Ayana’s literary intuitiveness was nurtured and developed during her academic career at The Fashion Institute ofTechnology as a Communications student. Overtime, Ayana established a distinctive approach to poetry and personal essays, that creates a visual of the duality imbedded in their themes.

In addition to her affinity for creative writing, Ayana combines her love for prose and proofreading as Co-Founder, Managing Editor, and contributor for Advance Magazine. Ayana also specializes in writing and editing professional biographies, blog posts, product reviews and descriptions, academic essays, resumes and cover letters.

Tushiya Hunter

is a Public Relations Coordinator for FBF Metal Atelier, formerly known as Friday by Friday. This is a Design House for metal artistry, both chain linked and wearable sculptures.

Previously, Tushiya worked in luxury retailing and marketing positions in San Francisco and New York City. She graduated from Academy of Art University with a dual degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. Her hobbies and personal interest include fashion, art and music. She recently attended The Armory Show in New York City and participated in Harlem Fashion Week in September. 

Evelyn Rivera

is the founder of Loveandwaterco. productions. She is a mother, a wellness advisor, author and aspiring doula. Her mission is to contribute to the wellness of artists and artistry one creation at a time while nurturing her community and using meditation as a daily guide for better living.   

Evelyn has been studying yoga for 2 years and is self taught. She has been learning meditation (techniques, benefits, etc) for over 10 years. In her endeavors, she has been actively teaching meditation and plans to expand into more dutiful classes, workshops, and events that nurture natural human ways in overcoming the difficulties of life.