Proverbs 27:17 - " Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."

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BREANNA ARTHUR | CREATOR, EDITOR IN CHIEF

Breanna Arthur is a NYC-native marketing professional by day and full-time disciple -- always. In 2016, Breanna created BlackGirlsPray after sharing her testimony through digital journals online. Unseen in this millennial age, the stories showcased rarely seen transparency about her Brownsville, Brooklyn upbringing, experience with relationships of all kinds, and God's shipwreck intervention, causing #Praymates to gravitate to her story naturally.  

 

Breanna is convicted in God's ability to transform lives by way of Jesus Christ. She believes that women of color, young and seasoned alike, sometimes feel like they are too far from God to "get back" and knows she was sent to remind them that "God got you too Sis."

Home Church:

Lennox Road Baptist Church

(Brooklyn, NY)

 

Email:

breanna@blackgirlspray.com

 

Social Media:

@thebreearthur

@blackgirlspray

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SHAKEMA CYRUS | SR.EDITOR, STYLE + FASHION

Home Church:

Love City Church (Brooklyn, NY)

Email:

thegemexperience18@gmail.com

 

Social Media:

@_darkskynbeauty

@_thegemexperience

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Shakema Cyrus is a NYC native and Lifestyle Enthusiast. From an early age, she discovered a keen sense of creativity and style and was sculptured and nourished in a Caribbean household. Her rich family traditions mixed with a uniquely diverse community upbringing has taught her how to balance and appreciate the world around her. This world included a love of different type of fashion, music, food, dance and culture. As she matured, this love has turned into a passion- A passion that has led her to travel around the world and be a millennial creative in today’s society.

 

In 2016, Shakema started her first business Gem Cosmetics LLC where she launched her own cosmetic line and was heavily involved in the beauty industry. It wasn’t until 2017 when Shakema decided to put her business down, listen to God and follow her purpose. With ties to many industries, endless supporters and a passion for helping young women and seasoned women, Shakema knew that it was time for a change and decided to make the bold move of creating The Gem Experience. 

 

Shakema wanted to create a platform where she was able to share her insight on the many industries in which she is passionate about and proud to be apart of on a daily basis. She also realized that she became a mentor and major influence in the lives of young women and many of her supporters. 

 

As Shakema continues to climb the ladder of success she hopes to inspire, encourage, and support others in the area of entrepreneurship. She is determined to carve a path for other women to follow and wants to help everyone find their- Gem Experience.

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Home Church:

Nazareth Christian Fellowship (Brooklyn, NY)

Email:

kezbbusiness@gmail.com

 

Social Media:

@_kezb_ (IG + Twitter)

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KEZIAH BURGESS | SR.EDITOR, BEAUTY + STYLE

Keziah Burgess is a Brooklyn born and raised “Believer, Beauty Enthusiast and Nomad at heart.” Her Guyanese heritage gave her a huge appreciation for her family and “good food”. A true introvert, Keziah started her YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/kezb) back in 2014 as a creative outlet to share her love for beauty, travel and more. She subsequently started her own blog (http://kezb.net) to further share her experiences, tips, and random thoughts.

 

Keziah was raised in church and has served in ministry in some capacity most of her life. She strongly believes and knows in heart that without Jesus Christ she would not be here. She is eternally grateful for the gift of salvation and the upbringing her parents gave her despite not always appreciating it in the past. She hopes to reach more people for God through the Black Girls Pray platform bringing the message that life is a journey that you have to keep living through to get to the place that God called you to.

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Home Church:

Beulah Church of God 7th Day

(Bronx, NY)

Email:

Cg87814n@pace.edu

 

Social Media:

@AskCherie (IG + Twitter)

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CHERIE GAYLE | SR.EDITOR, LIFESTYLE + RELATIONSHIPS

Born in Jamaica and raised in New York City, Cherie is a CHRISTIAN millennial that loves fashion, spoken word, writing, philanthropy, and travel. Cherie started writing in college on Tumblr but didn’t launch her first personal blog until 2014. Currently she writes about lifestyle, relationships, and lessons she has learned on her website Realization101.com.

Cherie’s passion lies with organizing events and building community partnerships. She currently serves as the Development Assistant for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. In addition to her work, Cherie serves as a Board member for BRYDGES.

Cherie loves her work and feels privilege to serve the Bronx Community doing what she loves. In her free time she hosts monthly women meet-ups, mentors and participates in service projects with her church.

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DEBORAH GORDAN | SR.EDITOR, BEAUTY + FASHION

Deborah-Ann Gordon is a proud and faithful Christ Representer born in BROOKLYN to parents of West Indian and South American descent. Growing up a PK (Pastor's Kid), she was always in church. From a young age, she discovered her love for fashion, dancing, and singing.  Currently, she serves as a Youth Leader and praise team member in her home church. In 2017, Deborah graduated with her BA in Children & Youth Studies. By day Deborah is a fourth grade Social Studies educator and Entrepreneur. By night she is a Lifestyle Vlogger on Youtube. She recently started her own business @kutekingdomkulture ; a stationary line that represents the Kingdom and our Culture with a twist. Her aim is to promote healthy lifestyle habits while inspiring and winning souls for Christ through her stationery line.

Home Church:

Lennox Road Baptist Church

(Brooklyn, NY)

 

Email:

deborahann.gordon92@gmail.com

 

Social Media:

@deborahanniam_

@kutekingdomkulture

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