Shayler R. Barnes Jr.
Managing Editor & Executive Director
A cultural strategist dedicated to true and authentic storytelling; he explores personal and interpersonal connections — focused on marginalized identities to advance social and economic equity and build strong communities.
Shayler began his journey in storytelling at Eastern Michigan University as a reporter, writer, and editor for the University publication then graduated with a degree in journalism and marketing.
With his deep respect for culture and intersectionality, he pushes the boundaries to create a world where all people feel seen, supported, and protected.
A natural multifaceted radical lover intentionally channeling his passion for writing and love for growth and positive change. He has worked on-air for radio and television, as well as behind the scenes to produce, program, and organize.
Originally born in Wayne, Michigan. He has since traveled the world and moved around the Metro-Detroit area; where he continues to grow, and actively works to positively impact his community.