Founders: Ravay Smith & Kaine Hampton
It is estimated that over 150 million Americans drink coffee daily and typically within that consumption time those same individuals intake their daily news. As young Americans, not only do we intake news but we have taken it a step further and religiously check social networking sites to stay current with what is happening within our respective circles.
For young people, politics is not usually a part of our daily dialogue so the founders of MyBlackCoffee thought “What if a site providing political coverage in OUR terms was created to reach out to our generation?” Many often talk about the need for change, but fall short of doing, so MyBlackCoffee is our way of being that change. We can no longer afford to rely on the thoughts and opinions of others to influence and shape our future. Now is the time for young America to speak up and stop letting everything run its course; WE can create the course. MyBlackCoffee was formed to challenge mediocrity, instigate change and motivate our entire generation. We are more than just a website, we are a movement!
Ravay Smith was born in Cleveland, OH and raised in South Bend, IN. Ravay is a graduate from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in Political Science and African American & African Diaspora Studies. She is currently attending the IU Robert H. McKinney Law School in Indianapolis. Attempting to start her political career early she has served as an intern in the offices of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (35th District California), Mayor Stephen Luecke (South Bend, IN), State Senator John Broden (10th district Indiana), Congressman Brad Ellsworth (8th District Indiana) and Congressman Baron Hill (9th District Indiana). A true people person, Ravay enjoys assisting those in need. Her interests include volunteering and mentoring younger generations in the hope of helping them to achieve their dreams. Her primary goal is to be an advocate for those who are traditionally overlooked and underserved; who want their voice to be heard in the decision making process.
Kaine Hampton was raised in Beaumont, TX. He is a recent graduate of the University of Houston with a major in Finance and African American studies minor. Kaine is currently enrolled as a 2015 J.D. candidate at American University, Washington College of Law. After expanding his education to West Africa, and working as a staffer for Congresswoman Maxine Waters, he has facilitated a strong desire to bring politics to our generation. Working on the local political scene of Houston, TX with such notable public servants as City Controller Ronald Green, Kaine has continued to seek political advancement. His biggest inspirations are Malcolm X and Congressman Charles Rangel. His past times include mentoring youth in the community as well as participation with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
“Money Talk” Editor
Junious Williams IV
Engineer and aspiring entrepreneur, Junious Williams was born and raised in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. Junious has always had a great interest in personal finance. He defines personal financial education as one of the biggest issues in the black community. He cites rising student loans as the biggest financial pitfall for our generation. His favorite books on personal finance include “The Richest Man of Babylon”, “The Wealthy Barber”, and Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover”.