Vonnie Williams and Uncle Fred
Childhood friends and co-founders of The Black Forks, Vonnie and Fred created the site to highlight voices of color in the food world. Vonnie also serves as editor-in-chief of The Black Forks and is a proud first-gen Ghanaian-American. She loves her jollof rice as much as a great bowl of cacio e pepe, and has an (almost) unhealthy obsession with ice cream. Vonnie enjoys traveling and bookmarking far-flung locations for her next adventure, and will probably talk your ear off about them, too. Uncle Fred (a.k.a Fried Chicken Fred) can be caught searching New York City’s streets for the best fried chicken in town and will probably have a piece of fried chicken in his hand if you see him. Catch them right here on the site, in addition to Instagram, Twitter & Facebook!
Luisanna is a young, self-proclaimed social media aficionada and Afro-Latina foodie who is passionate about everything food/culture and communications! She loves reading self-growth/self-care books, writing and volunteering in her free time. You can find her at a restaurant with friends and indulging in delicious food. If you want to see more of her foodie and travel adventures, make sure to follow her foodie Instagram: @lafemmefoodie and her personal Instagram for random, fun shenanigans: @annasiul_.
Michelle’s love of food started with her grandparents, who were organic farmers in Cabo Verde. Her parents came to America and although they lived in a three story tenement with a small backyard, they cultivated their garden almost immediately. Michelle loved learning about different herbs and vegetables throughout the years and has used that knowledge to start her own line of natural hair, beauty and home products, inspired by her time in Hawaii, Cabo Verde and the Ocean State, called Natural Creola (debuting late summer 2017) and now, Natural Creola Farms. As a musician, she holds the power of music dear to her heart. 10% of Natural Creola’s proceeds will go towards “Music is Healing” sessions which provides music wellness to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients and will extend our efforts to veterans and those suffering through grief. This social enterprise combines her love of music, wellness and natural health.
Michelle recently spoke at this year’s JUST Food Conference at Columbia University, the Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference in Harlem and is the newly elected Vice President of the Rhode Island Women in Agriculture. Michelle co-founded URBAN Facts, an initiative to propel the conversation of accessible land, food and knowledge of agriculture in our surrounding communities. Urban FACTS has curated events such as “Stand Up and Be Counted”, a discussion with Farm Service Agency and the USDA to help minority and small farmers be counted in the latest Census of Agriculture. A foodie at heart, Michelle looks forward to hosting a farm-to-table series showcasing foods of the African Diaspora and releasing the Natural Creola cookbook in late 2018. Keep up with Michelle on Instagram @naturalcreola.