Contributors

Jerry Bembry

Jerry Bembry

Jerry Bembry is a senior writer at Andscape. His bucket list items include being serenaded by Lizz Wright and watching the Knicks play a MEANINGFUL NBA game in June.

Rod Strickland enters Long Island University a legend, and a first-year head coach
Karin D. Berry

Karin D. Berry

Karin Berry is copy chief for Andscape. She’s way too short for the basketball court, but she’s got mad editing skills and a mean red pen.

It was past time for Aunt Jemima's image to go
Mia Berry

Mia Berry

Mia Berry is the senior HBCU writer for Andscape and covers everything from sports to student-led protests. She is a Detroit native (What up Doe!), long-suffering Detroit sports fan and Notre Dame alumna who randomly shouts, "Go Irish."

MEAC champ North Carolina Central hopes to reverse past Celebration Bowl heartbreak
Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray

Dwayne Bray is a senior writer for Andscape. He writes about topics ranging from general sports to race relations to poverty. He previously ran ESPN television’s award-winning investigative team and is a die-hard Cleveland sports fan.

NFL referees penalize Black players for celebrating far more than white players
Kelley L. Carter

Kelley L. Carter

Kelley L. Carter is a senior entertainment reporter and the host of Another Act at Andscape. She can act out every episode of the U.S. version of The Office, she can and will sing the Michigan State University fight song on command and she is very much immune to Hollywood hotness.

Anika Noni Rose discusses new series ‘Let the Right One In,’ revisits pivotal roles
Nick DePaula

Nick DePaula

Nick DePaula is a footwear industry and lifestyle writer at Andscape. The Sacramento, California, native has been based in Portland, Oregon, for the last decade, a main hub of sneaker company headquarters. He’ll often argue that How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days is actually an underrated movie, largely because it’s the only time his Sacramento Kings have made the NBA Finals.

Innovation University celebrates Oregon Ducks’ impact on design
Aaron Dodson

Aaron Dodson

Aaron Dodson is a sports and culture writer at Andscape. He primarily writes on sneakers/apparel and hosts the platform’s Sneaker Box video series. During Michael Jordan’s two seasons playing for the Washington Wizards in the early 2000s, the “Flint” Air Jordan 9s sparked his passion for kicks.

The complete history of signature shoes in the NFL
Kelley D. Evans

Kelley D. Evans

Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.

Gabrielle Union on finishing year on a strong note with ‘Strange World’ and ‘The Inspection’
Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth

Domonique Foxworth is a senior writer at Andscape. He is a recovering pro athlete and superficial intellectual.

Dak Prescott is better than Tom Brady. There, I said it.
Brittany Grant

Brittany Grant

Brittany Grant is the director of audience development and insights. A mother and a fighter.

Martenzie Johnson

Martenzie Johnson

Martenzie Johnson is a senior writer for Andscape. His favorite cinematic moment is when Django said, "Y'all want to see somethin?"

John McLendon is a historical connection between Duke and Kansas
Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley

Raina Kelley is the editor-in-chief of Andscape and is obsessed with Whitney Houston, armchair mountaineering and the MCU, among too many obsessions to count. She also would have made an excellent homicide detective.

Why we are changing our name to Andscape
Marcus Matthews

Marcus Matthews

Marcus Matthews is the senior manager over social content for Andscape, tasked with developing strategy, overseeing special projects and establishing synergy opportunities in the social lane for the site. He’s a PG County, Maryland, native and a fan of the Washington Commanders, Georgetown Hoyas and Los Angeles Lakers.

Black History Month poetic tribute: Venus and Serena
Soraya Nadia McDonald

Soraya Nadia McDonald

Soraya Nadia McDonald is the senior culture critic for Andscape. She writes about pop culture, fashion, the arts and literature. She is the 2020 winner of the George Jean Nathan prize for dramatic criticism, a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism and the runner-up for the 2019 Vernon Jarrett Medal for outstanding reporting on Black life.

A hollow ‘Emancipation’ is a mismatch between director and subject
Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi

Ashley Melfi is the manager of special projects and product for Andscape. She has an unhealthy relationship with bagels and is a pre-bandwagon Warriors fan.

Tesfaye Negussie

Tesfaye Negussie

Tesfaye Negussie is a digital producer who creates video content for Andscape. His favorite stories to tell explore current society and culture through the lens of history and the systems that have played a role in shaping our communities. He also enjoys writing, basketball and abnormally spicy foods.

And the Know: Serena Williams & the rich history of Black tennis
Lonnae O'Neal

Lonnae O'Neal

Lonnae O’Neal is a senior writer at Andscape. She’s an author, a former columnist, has a rack of kids and she writes bird by bird.

‘Kinship’ at the National Portrait Gallery looks at all the ways we are connected
Jason Reid

Jason Reid

Jason Reid is the senior NFL writer at Andscape. He enjoys watching sports, especially any games involving his son and daughter.

Black NFL coordinators are ready for head coaching jobs. Do owners care?
Steve Reiss

Steve Reiss

Steve Reiss is the executive editor for culture and enterprise. He can no longer party like it’s 1999.

William C. Rhoden

William C. Rhoden

William C. Rhoden, the former award-winning sports columnist for The New York Times and author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves, is a writer-at-large for Andscape.

Lamar Jackson is under the microscope yet again
Marc J. Spears

Marc J. Spears

Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for Andscape. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.

Behind former NBA forward Luol Deng's coaching and charity, South Sudan basketball is on the rise
Beth Stojkov

Beth Stojkov

Beth Stojkov is the art director of Andscape. She loves nature, solo adventures abroad, music festivals and parties (techno and house), and has an insatiable need to make things.

Justin Tinsley

Justin Tinsley

Justin Tinsley is a senior culture writer for Andscape. He firmly believes “Cash Money Records takin’ ova for da ’99 and da 2000” is the single most impactful statement of his generation.

LeBron James is creating a legacy – in Hollywood
Jesse Washington

Jesse Washington

Jesse Washington is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He still gets buckets.

Deion Sanders’ exit from Jackson State shows why HBCUs keep struggling
Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates

Clinton Yates is a tastemaker at Andscape. He likes rap, rock, reggae, R&B and remixes — in that order.

Ken Griffey Jr., Swingman Classic bringing HBCU baseball to 2023 MLB All-Star weekend