Kinfolk Kollective is run by a team of three committed to our mission of serving Black people. We wrote a song ’bout it. Like to hear it? Here it go!
LaSha – Founder and Editor-in-Chief
LaSha started Kinfolk Kollective in June 2015 with the goal of blogging from her Black ass viewpoint. Since, she has racked up writing credits for Ebony, Essence, The Guardian, Salon, Teen Vogue and host of other publications. She’s passionate about parenting, fried chicken and negroes.
You can find her on any given day on the KK Facebook page posting about anything from her experiences as a mother and wife to dissecting anti-Blackness. She’s a giver who is about that reparations life. Her wit, sense of humor and general aintshitness have become legend in these internet streets. She’s clear on her commitment to Black people and equally clear on her distrust of white people especially the mythical “allies” of which she hears. She has an opinion about everything, a comeback for anyone and will give you the shirt off her back.
Support her work directly (because again, she’s about that reparations life on:
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To reach LaSha for info on advertising or with special concerns regarding Kinfolk Kollective, email Info@kinfolkkollective.com.
AJ Bufford – Manager, Community Outreach, Social Media and Branding
AJ thinks she’s pretty funny. If you know her, then you know that she has the most epic laugh, which most times is funnier than her jokes. Not great for a stand up comedian career.
She has worked as a preschool teacher, a vault manager at an armored car service, a newspaper assembler, a voter registration verifier, a housekeeper, a CNA, and then found her niche in information services.
Or, so she thought.
After ten years of working as a librarian, AJ went back to school with the preposterous idea of becoming a television sitcom or sketch show writer. Since comedy writing isn’t exactly a degree plan, she settled for a BA in Professional and Technical Writing with the goal to freelance on the side of her librarian job while trying to break into comedy.
Then, she met LaSha.
It was ugly and mean, foul-smelling and just awful. AJ was hooked and needed more! More turned into lots of smooth talking with AJ finally getting LaSha pregnant as part of a sinister plan to take full control of Kinfolk Kollective. The plan is working because now AJ is drunk with power as she manages all of Kinfolk Kollective’s programming, community giving projects, and business-technical writing. Oh, and she fires and rehires LaSha daily.
Their baby girl is due January 2018 after which, AJ will take LaSha to court to gain full custody of baby KK and petition for 100% stake in Kinfolk Kollective.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, but be warned, her office hours are from 7 PM to 10 PM, CST. And much like negro legend Big Red, you do not wanna fuck with her outside her office hours.
She too is about that reparations life, so support her work for KK via:
Square Cash (Cash App): $ItsAJBaby
Julian Long – Managing Editor and Social Media Coordinator
Julian Long is a humorist, essayist and creative fiction writer whose work focuses on and centers the various dynamics of being Black in America. His professional background includes over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, 3 years in standup comedy and 12 years in voice acting.
As Managing Editor at Kinfolk Kollective, Julian is responsible for soliciting, reviewing and responding to writer submissions for the blog, and works with LaSha and AJ to protect and defend the editorial vision, and overall mission of Kinfolk Kollective – which is, to amplify, celebrate, uplift and support Black people and Black culture while working to demolish the underpinings of white supremacy and sexism. He also co-moderates the Kinfolk Kollective Facebook page and special groups – a community of over 100K active readers.
Outside of Kinfolk Kollective, Julian is currently building Vision27 a boutique press where he will publish his and other works by Black writers. Reach him directly at email@example.com. (Note that submissions should not be sent directly to Julian. See the “Write for Us” page for submission info.)
For as little as $2 per month, you can support Julian’s work with Kinfolk Kollective and keep up on his independent projects:
Support his writing:
Square Cash (CashApp): $JulianLong