Kierna Mayo

Kierna Mayo is a 25-year veteran writer/editor, content strategist and brand architect, Mayo has been recognized by Folio, the Root 100 and the NAACP among others as a modern media trailblazer. Mayo editorial career began in the early 1990s as an original member of the Mind Squad at The Source magazine. With music journalism and cultural criticism as her foundation, she next became an urban affairs reporter at the NYC award-winning publication, City Limits. Throughout this early time in her career, Mayo and a creative partner pitched the concept for what would become Honey magazine to a variety of publishersin 1998, the brand launched to critical acclaim. In a market where all the women's magazines are scrambling to book celebrities for their covers, and black artists are ruling the pop charts, Honey feels right on time, wrote New York Magazine. As Honey founding Editor-in-Chief, Mayo fostered an uncharted visibility for millions of young, multicultural women of the hip-hop generationand a name for herself as a journalistic maverick and formidable media brand creator. Now out-of-print, Honey is still widely celebrated as one of that era most groundbreaking, intersectional Black media spaces. By 2000, Mayo the joined the burgeoning digital 1.0 content wave and developed LikePepper.com, an e-zine concept with the late film producer George Jackson and then digital powerhouse, Urban Box Office. In the years following, she stacked deeper publishing experience: Mayo was tapped by publishing industry legend Susan Taylor to reimagine Essence Girl, a special interest publication for African American teens. A four-year foray at Hearst Magazines followed: as Senior Editor of Cosmogirl, Mayo also served as a founding member of the Hearst Diversity Council. Flourishing as a content leader for diverse audiences continued; post-Hearst, Mayo consulted on multimedia projects for beT Networks and became a popular staff writer for Caf om.com, a general market parenting site. By 2009, as the digital landscape fully exploded, Mayo was selected by model and mogul Tyra Banks to be the Editorial Director of her daily content platform, TYRA.com. As a culture writer for two decades, Mayo has penned provocative commentary, articles, and cover stories for several national publications including Essence, Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen, Vibe, Uptown, and many digital outlets. Herearliest writings are oft-referenced and excerpted in academic and commercial text including the s inal And It Dont Stop: The Best American Hip Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years. In 2011, Mayo was named Digital Editorial Director for EBONY Magazine, soon after garnering a Min/Folio Best of the Web honorable mention for EBONY.com. The impressive reintroduction of the venerable brand to a millennial audience led to her quick ascension to Editor in Chief. During Mayo reign as EIC, she was heralded for noteworthy covers that created a swell of new interest in the 70-year-old title. Chicago Magazine called Mayo EBONY creations bold and confrontational. Throughout Mayo two-decade career, she has proudly and most notably helped to launch numerous media careers of other people of color. The recipient of the Veteran Award for Extraordinary Leadership and Lasting Contribution in Media from Women in Media Meet Up, and of distinguished honors from the ROOT 100, NAACP, GLAAD and others, Mayo has realized anotheR&Branding and content mission with the creation of CASSIUS: (CassiusLife.com) iOne Digital unapologetic millennial lifestyle platform. Mayo currently serves on the American Heart Association, Diversity Leadership Committee, and she is a founding member of the Kennedy Center Hip Hop Culture Council. Mayo can be frequently seen on CNN Tonight with Don L on and has appeared on numerous radio, podcasts and cable TV shows. She has also been an invited guest speaker at prestigious colleges and universities including NYU, Harvard, Howard, Wellesley and Syracuse. Mayo is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts, and recently received the school Este ed Alumna Trailblazer Award for Digital and Print Media. A proud Brooklyn native, Mayo now resides in Long Island, NY with her husband and two sons.