Leslie Cunningham

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

Alana Jones

ALANA JONES is a community organizer, writer, journalist and editor for TRIBES Magazine. Ever-passionate about ‘the stories people tell’, Alana also has more than six years of experience in film production with a focus on story development. Alana’s film credits include writer and co-producer of the 2012 feature documentary film, 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 identity politics and African-American cultural history. Visit

Gabe Rich

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

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.


David Fulcher


Contributing Photographers:

Emanuel Cole

Brett Chambers