About ColorBlind Founders & Team
Writing has been Leah’s passion since she was 12 years-old. In middle school, she carried a reporter’s notebook each day, and wrote short stories about science fairs, school activities, and common middle school gossip. Her interest in writing was maintained through high school as she served as the Editor in Chief of her high school newspaper, The Communicator.
In college, Leah majored in Communications with a double minor in Psychology and African & African American Studies. When Leah wasn’t in class, she could often be found in the office of The Michigan Journal (U of M- Dearborn’s campus newspaper) writing, editing and assisting other editors. During her senior year in college, Leah served as the 1st African American Editor-In-Chief of The Michigan Journal and was recognized as a “Difference Maker” by her University, awarded the Student Leadership Award from the Student Activities Office on campus, and the Black Student Union recognized her as a Distinguished Student Leader. Leah has interned at The Detroit Free Press, BLAC Detroit Magazine, & WWJ Newsradio and blogs at “Leah Figures It Out.”
Although Leah is the shortest of the ColorBlind editors, she is known as the sassiest, and is often called “Miss Leah.” She welcomes the responsibility and privilege of being a journalist. “In college, I always imagined graduating and working for the Free Press or some other big newspaper or magazine. I never planned to create a new publication that’s meant to empower women and celebrate African American culture, but with the help of Veronica and Brittney we have collectively made this happen. What I love most is that the three of us share the same vision and that’s what makes ColorBlind a fun, worthwhile and noble endeavor,” Leah said.
Anyone who knows Leah well knows that she loves shoes, traveling, reading, bowling and dancing. Leah is convinced that ColorBlind Magazine would not be possible without the support of her family, friends, mentors and role models, and for that, she is truly grateful.
Veronica M. Grandison
ColorBlind Magazine Editorial Director & Co-Founder
Along with her love for writing, Veronica also has a strong love for music. She has interviewed numerous local and national musicians and aside from ColorBlind Magazine, she is the Reviews Editor for The Jazzline and has a personal blog titled “Roots, Rhythm and Rhyme” where she highlights up and coming musicians as well as discusses issues relating to various African American musical genres.
“Ronnie” as she is most commonly called by her friends and family, minored in music history in college and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She served as the News Editor for her campus newspaper, The Michigan Journal, for two consecutive years. Ronnie has interned for The Detroit Free Press, The Dearborn Press and Guide, WDIV Local 4, Real Detroit Weekly, and Model D Media honing her journalism skills each step of the way.
When Ronnie isn’t working hard as a journalist, she enjoys listening to music, attending festivals and live jazz shows, and spending time with loved ones and friends. She is actively involved in her church, Greater Mount Huron Missionary Baptist Church where she serves both as a bible study teacher and youth director for GMH’s EWE Women’s organization. She considers herself to be very blessed to be living her dream of being a writer, and is looking forward to all that life has to offer.
ColorBlind Magazine Web Editor
Writing always seemed to come natural to Jade Gonzalez while growing up. With tons of journals and diaries piling up in her room over the years, she realized that writing is exactly what she wanted to do with her life. Being a “military brat” as a child gave Jade a plethora of subjects and people to write about as she travelled the world.
Jade is a proud graduate of University of Michigan – Dearborn where she majored in communications with a Journalism focus and English minor. Through her years of schooling, she joined everything and anything that allowed for her writing to flourish. Along with numerous journalism and creative writing classes, Jade was Editor In Chief of her high school yearbook and a staff columnist for the Michigan Journal in college. She has stayed very much involved with her alma mater by attending many campus events and becoming the Secretary for the African American Alumni Affiliate at UMD.
Besides being the Web Editor for ColorBlind Magazine, Jade currently works at a digital marketing company named HelloWorld as a Talent Administrator. Jade’s friends and family would say, without hesitation, that she makes her presence known when entering a room. Whether it be befriending every person in that room or her loud, distinct laugh.
“Life is too short to do anything that you don’t have a passion for. I love all the jobs and titles that I carry – I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Life is about surrounding yourself with good people and good vibes, nothing else!”
Director of Photography- Tina Nelson
Contributing Writers- DeLean Tolbert, Stephan Bradley, Leah D. Johnson, Kimberly Murdoch, Ashley White, Khulela Byrd, Jessica Wilson