Our Story

We’ve loved every minute of our journey

Our Mission

We believe it is our duty to keep the narratives of the Black diaspora alive through storytelling. Black Diaries provides a space for people of color to share their personal narratives for the purpose of community building. This is accomplished through: social media commentaries, town hall meetings and community organizing projects.


Our Vision

Our vision is to be a trailblazer in social change, creating a society where people of color will experience justice and equality. We are a 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City.


Objectives


The principal objectives of Black Diaries shall be:

• To create or enhance community among individuals of color nationally and internationally.

• To focus on community empowerment for the purpose of enabling more people of color, specifically in low-income environments, to play an active role in the decisions that affect their neighborhoods.

• To inform the public of the negative consequences of racial discrimination and systemic oppression, while challenging racial stereotypes.

• To ensure the social equality of all citizens and eliminate race prejudice.

Our Team

We love building community

Nzinga-Christina Reid, LMSW

Founder and President 

Nzinga-Christina (Tiny) Reid, LMSW is an activist, organizer, and social justice advocate whose work centers around anti-racism. Ms. Reid holds a Masters of Science from Columbia University School of Social Work, specializing in Social Enterprise Administration- Nonprofit Business Management. In 2015 she co-founded Blackdiaries.org, a 501(c)(3) which shares the personal narratives of people of color. Currently she is an Associate Adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

Tyrone Nero, MSW 

Cofounder

Tyrone (Ty) Nero has been working in social services since 1989. His formal 10 years of military service initiated the knowledge of psychology and social work. Mr. Nero is a noted disabled veteran that is very in tune with the complexities of working with individuals and families. After the military, Mr. Nero spent years working with Army families as a civilian employee.The past ten years re-enforced his connection to advocate for people that can benefit from a responsible administrator and social worker. As a civilian he has worked in the fields of foster care, residential treatment center care, New York City Housing, financial management and AIDS Advocacy. Mr. Nero has a passion for social justice. Having a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters of Science in Social Work are indicators of his mastery of philosophy and application in the social sciences.

Matthew Gray 

VP Marketing

Matthew Gray, born in Carson, CA is a communication specialist adept at social media, public speaking , special events coordination, and community relations. Matthew received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in 2012.