Meet Our Contributors

Gypsy C. Gallardo is Publisher of the Power Broker magazine, which pioneered the Southside Voter Guide in 2009. This website is the company’s first all-digital production. She is also CEO of Urban Market Analytics, a firm that helps to design, fund and evaluate place-based community economic development solutions (pictured here with her aunt and mentor Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich). Reach Gypsy

Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich  is a Political Scientist, an award-wining writer and is recognized as one of  the most significant thinkers and leaders in the modern civil rights community. She has authored several books, countless articles, and is a Smithsonian HistoryMaker.

Bro. John Muhammad has been involved in grassroots organizing since joining the Nation of Islam in 1997 at age 21. He has a passion for uniting people and developing the next generation of leaders. Bro John is a Co-Founder of the Community Development And Training Center, a Florida Non-Profit that helps individuals and groups develop their potential and accomplish their personal and professional goals. Reach Bro. John

Attorney Keisha Bell is a a published Author, Blogger and Columnist for The Weekly Challenger.  Bell is a public servant who currently serves as a Board of Trustee for the Foundation for a Healthy Saint Petersburg, a chapter member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers in Pinellas County, a City of St Petersburg Community Planning & Preservation Commission Member, among other roles. Reach Keisha

Jabaar Edmonds is a Community Organizer, an Independent filmmaker with 909films, Publisher & founder 1Lovemagazine, and serves in various community roles, including as Vice President of the Neighborhood Association of Childs Park. Mr. Edmonds serves in several capacities, is self-educated, focused on goals and is driven to help the community. Reach Jabaar

Sharlene Emmanuel-Edwards is the owner/founder of On the Beat St. Pete online social media news outlet – a platform dedicated to uplifting the image, voice, and culture of the black community. Sharlene is a volunteer and supporter of various community outreach events and organizations in St. Pete.  She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health Epidemiology. Reach Sharlene

Andrea Monique Peaten is the owner/founder of Island Life Entertainment, a company dedicated to bringing a blend of community news, entertainment, politics and travel to a social media platform.  Andrea is a co-host of On the Beat St. Pete radio show and supporter of various community organization; she is native of St. Petersburg. Reach Andrea

Ashley Green is a movement and political organizer who works at the intersections of racial and economic justice. She cut her teeth in politics as a campus organizer at Rollins College and has gone on to work on local, state & national campaigns, including the successful campaign to re-elect President Obama in 2012. She currently serves as state director for Black PAC, an organization focused on developing independent Black political power & infrastructure.

Aleyah Conway is a part-time research assistant for the Power Broker Magazine as well as a small business owner and mother of one (soon to be two). A life-long honor roll student, she currently has her Associates in Arts and is pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration.