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. A highly passionate multi-media professional, Leslie has directed, produced and collaborated on a collection of engaging feature film and short video for public broadcast and film festivals. Leslie is currently working on her second feature film JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana which was selected for the Sundance New Frontier Program in 2016 and the ITVS Diversity Development Fund in 2014. Owner of TRIBES Creative, a boutique digital marketing company in Durham, NC, Leslie brings a wealth of industry knowledge to her client work.  Visit or email

Patricia Corbett, Editor

72ad74_cdedb00f6c06435ebcd67c731bc2c232-mv2An 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. She is a recipient of the 2007 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in Playwriting for her first play, Fall of the House of Snow. She has been awarded the Banks-Koegel Commitment Award from the Youth Pride Alliance in Washington, DC. Visit to learn more.’

Alana Jones, Contributing Writer

Alana+JonesAlana Jones is a community organizer, writer and journalist from South Orange, New Jersey.  Passionate and committed to the process of writing, Alana is actively working on several short fiction projects. She was a senior writer and editor for TRIBES for nearly five years and has more than six years of experience in film production, with a focus on story development. Alana’s film credits include M.I., A Different Kind of Girl and “An Evening with Gloria Steinem,” along with coverage of other community and arts events for public television in the Triangle. A graduate of Duke University’s Trinity College, Alana’s work is grounded in cultural anthropology with a special interest in the arts, contemporary American racial politics and African-American cultural history.  Visit her website at

Gabe Rich, Senior Writer

gmr-picIn 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 created Starr Child Entertainment in 2007. SCE is a versatile production company that takes a special interest in film/TV and Web entertainment production and music concert consulting. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gabriel will continue his quest to bring devoted music, television, and film lovers around the world the best in innovative and cutting edge entertainment. Gabriel is the host of “The Rich Report” on Blogtalk Radio. The show focuses on relevant topics affecting the Afro-American community. For more information on Gabriel Rich, checkout his web page:

David Fulcher, Design Intern

davidHardworking, passionate and dedicated, David Fulcher is a talented young man with a bright future in the area of graphic design and arts. He is an intern for TRIBES Entertainment and assists in the areas of photography and design for the publication. A student at the Art Institute of Raleigh/Durham, David has sharpened his skills using an array of techniques and design software. He has worked in the print industry for several years, were he has become an expert in the areas of producing an array of printed marketing collateral.

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.


Contributing Photographers: Emanuel Cole and Brett Chambers