In June 2019, I received a newsletter from The Well—a newsletter geared to black women. One post stood out to me. There was a former Essence editor who was looking for content for black women on a Medium publication called ZORA. I didn’t know what ZORA nor Medium was, but I pitched my idea on facial recognition anyway. On Juneteenth 2019, that first post was published. I’ve been writing on Medium ever since and joined Substack in the winter of 2021.

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  • “BlackTechLogy” (inspired by a freelanging gig with tech/marketing company GoalsTV)

  • “Doggone World” (moved from Medium in November 2021 to Substack as “Black Girl In a Doggone World”)

  • “Homegrown” (moved from Medium in November 2021 to Substack as "“Homegrown Tales” on Substack)

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This is a series of race and culture articles by Shamontiel.


Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Shamontiel is a freelancer with 18 years of journalism and editing experience, along with being a three-time dog owner (Lab/German Shepherd mix, purebred German Shepherd, Hound mix).