The SBG Team


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Rowana Abbensetts, Editor-in-Chief & Founder

Rowana is a writer, editor, and mental health advocate. She started Spoken Black Girl in the spring of 2015 as a personal blog about her own struggles with anxiety and depression hoping to find other women of color who could relate. Two years later, realizing that women of color lacked a centralized place to share their mental and emotional journeys, Rowana decided to turn the blog into what is now Spoken Black Girl Magazine.  Learn more about Rowana.


Allaya Cooks-Campbell, mind editor

A Brooklyn native, Allaya is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher 200, through the Joschi Yoga Institute. With her love of movement, music and theatre, she utilizes yoga, meditation, and techniques inspired by cognitive-behavioral psychology to help her clients navigate some of the most challenging transitions in their lives. Allaya is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology and certification in Integrative Wellness & Life Coach, and is a student member of the American Psychological Association. Find her at .