Leslie Cunningham, Publisher/ Editor & Chief

A master storyteller with a journalistic background, Leslie Cunningham is an artist, writer, filmmaker, collaborator and creator of TRIBES Magazine. Driven by a passion for storytelling, Leslie is a graduate of the Documentary Arts Program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Owner of TRIBES Creative, a boutique digital marketing company in Durham, NC, Leslie brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her work.  Visit

Patricia Corbett, Editor

An award-winning playwright, Patricia R. Corbett is an artist, advocate, educator, author, personal historian, editor, feminist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Her passions are community service, social justice and education. Patricia is graduate of the MFAIA program at Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia Union University. Patricia has spent more than fifteen years as the Owner/Educational Director of JUSTaSISTA Productions. She utilizes storytelling, writing, speaking and networking to create paradigm shifts in education, business and the community. Patricia encourages marginalized populations to seek their truth, claim their power and tell their stories. Visit to learn more.’

Gabe Rich, Senior Writer

In the entertainment world, Gabriel has been on the cutting edge as a voice for indie soul music for over a decade, writing for such publications as Soul Tracks, Independent Weekly, Bsoul.TV, and, (Sweden) where he served as the senior music writer from 2008 to 2013. He also is the senior music writer for Tribes Magazine. The creator of Starchild 7 Public Relations, Gabriel has worked with an impressive list of actors, book authors and independent music artists. Some of Starchild 7 PR’s clients include: actor Derrick Simmons (The Wire, Paid in Full), novelist L.A. Banks (the Vampire Huntress series), and music artists such as YahZarah, Xavier, (Blackball Universe) Stacye Branche, Edwin Lugo, Kelli Sae, Rhonda Thomas and Purpose Records. Gabriel is the host of “The Rich Report” on Blogtalk Radio. For more information on Gabriel Rich, checkout his web page:

Nichole Martin, Contributing Writer

Nichole Martin has been a contributing writer for TRIBES Magazine since its debut in 2004. She is currently an editorial consultant with a client roster which includes both accomplished writers and successful businesses. She participates in many community outreach efforts and continues to raise literacy awareness in impoverished areas. Nichole received her B.A. in Communications/Audio and Visual Production from North Carolina A&T State University. She currently resides in Carrboro, North Carolina.


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Contributing Photographers:

Emanuel Cole and Brett Chambers