Black Girl Fly Magazine

Black Girl Fly Magazine is a digital nexus cultivated to explore and shift the existing narrative of Black women in mainstream media. Through dialogue that is reflective of our many representations and experiences, we exhibit progressive commentary to contemporary lifestyles and issues. We speak to our social + cultural circumstances and celebrate our flyness across the globe.

BGF Mag is a space for Black Fly Girls of all walks to collaborate and share their perspective. We amplify the voices of Black millennial women.



About the Collective



Nickecia “Nick” Alder

Founder + Editor-in-Chief



Courtney Stradford

Co-Founder + Creative Director

Courtney Stradford hails from New York with a BS in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University, an MS in Molecular Biology from Adelphi University and aspirations of adding an MD after her name. In addition to her studies, Courtney is the Co-Founder of Black Girl Fly Magazine and Founder of Curls & Couture; she melds all the things she loves: beauty, fashion, wellness, hair, science & Black women, of course. In all that she does, she hopes to inspire, educate and motivate all women who come in contact with her. Follow her, no seriously, you won't be disappointed: @curlsandcouture



Senior Editor + Content Creator

Rutherford is from Brooklyn, born and raised, and serves as Senior Editor for Black Girl Fly Magazine. She received her MS in Global Affairs from NYU and is dedicated to alleviating poverty around the world noting her greatest goal as becoming a superhero. Considering herself James Baldwin in couture, Ruth is excited about life and intends on writing about it. Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram. Stalk her at


Christina Dunn

Lead Social Media Coordinator

Christina Dunn is a University at Buffalo alumna with a double degree in Sociology and Communication. She hails from Queens, the home of greats like Nas and Run DMC. She is the Social Media Coordinator for Black Girl Fly as well as a contributing writer. She has a deep love for music journalism and spends her day to day as a Promotions Assistant at Power 105.1 in NYC.

IG: @christinadunn_____



Brittany Edwards

Content Marketing Manager + Growth Hacker

Brittany Edwards is an electrical and systems engineer and an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis. She is the growth hacker and content marketer for BGF, so analysis is basically her “thing”. Born and raised on Long Island, New York (shoutouts to the ‘burbs!), she is a nerdy black professional who loves physics as much as retro kicks and almost everything 90s.

IG: @bnayy Twitter: @__bnayy URL:


Tyler Lawrence

Public Relations + Content Creator

Tyler Marie Lawrence is a vibrant young journalist and publicist, hailing from the west side of Chicago, IL. She obtained her B.A. in Sociology from the oldest private HBCU, Wilberforce University in Ohio and regularly applies her educational training to her media based career. Tyler is passionate, outspoken, and very observant. When she's not editing, writing, or interviewing, she's spending time with her loved ones, and a plate of food. Tyler has a passion for people and a knack for words, and has been gifted with the ability of fusing the two, creating written works of transparency and hope.

Instagram/Twitter: @_mighty5



Sabrina “Bri.L” Labossiere

Business Development and Strategy + Content Creator

Bri is a born-and-raised New Yorker searching for pieces of home and self in all places she ambles into. She is a writer, thinker, and gatherer of perspectives and individuals alike. Her work is a raw reflection of the world’s cultures; telling stories that embody walks of life, consciousness, acceptance, and more.

As the founder and director of NY-based non-profit the SLAPcollective - a unique melding of creatives intent on fostering safe spaces of self exploration and expressions - Bri is a conscious curator of resources and experiences, building community through artistry.

IG: @bri_bossy + @theSLAPcollective



Vanessa Toussaint

Brand Marketing Manager + Content Creator

Vanessa is New York based digital marketer and storyteller. By day, she manages digital content and media campaigns for a technology company. When she is not working, she enjoys exploring New York, reading op-eds in the New York Times, and searching for her next apartment. Her dream dinner party guests include Claudia Rankine, Phylicia Rashad, and Beyonce. Vanessa believes Black girls are fly for several reasons, but if she had to choose one it would be their ability to empower one another. Feel free to drop her a line at

Twitter: @toussvane

IG: @bellevaness


Ashely Tisdale

Content Creator

Ashely Tisdale is an English doctoral candidate, big sister, teacher, and creator of She thinks Black Girls are fly because history has simultaneously deemed us uncredited trendsetters and undesirable. Despite these consistent inconsistencies, we celebrate ourselves.

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Katie-Ann Wallace

Administrative Assistant

Katie is a 2nd year Public Relations major and self-proclaimed Island Child and Carnival Baby. With a love for sunny vacations and good vibes she is on a bright path as she begins to establish herself within her field. Vacationing twice a year and being a full-time student Katie has learned the life hacks for being, what she calls a “broke student on a budget with wanderlust”. She is always open to new projects and learning anything she can to develop her entrepreneurial bug. She believes that “Madness is Genius” because even the greatest minds were once thought to be insane. Just vibe with her @kinksandqueens


Rutherford + Azalia

Content Creators

Azalia Brown and Ruth Jean-Marie decided to play double-dutch on this particular article. Shout out to NYC public schools for not giving us tennis courts. Azalia (not Iggy or Banks) hails from Harlem, NY and Ruth is one of those Brooklynites that thinks it's a country on its own. Despite their long distance friendship (yes, long distance), these two seem to have made it work—partly because they were stranded in the cold abyss that is Binghamton for four years—some refer to it as an undergraduate career. Not only do they write together, they protest, joke, shop and travel together too. Follow Azalia at @azaliaism and Ruth at @lesocialnomad.