Team

Chenelle Covin

Chenelle Covin

Editor-in-Chief

Chenelle Covin is the Editor-in-Chief of Unheard Voices Magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication; both obtained at Monmouth University. While at Monmouth University, Chenelle received the Mullaney Entrepreneurial Award for creating positive narratives about people of color and other marginalized communities through digital media platforms. Chenelle prides herself on being an experienced communications professional committed to sustaining positive relationships within the community, writing thought provoking stories, and helping brands enhance their digital presence.

Keith Covin

Keith Covin

Vice President

Keith C is the Founder and Vice President of Unheard Voices Networks. Keith founded Unheard Voices Magazine in 2004 and took the magazine online to reach a broader audience to give other people a voice. The cultural media difference today just doesn't allow the current media out there to genuinely give the common everyday people a voice. Unheard Voices is a magazine that gives a sense of unity to all people whether they are black, white, orange, red or green. Everybody deserves a voice! Remember our voice is your voice and your voice is ours! Speak Up and Be Heard! Remember never be scared to voice your opinion!

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor

Sports Contributor

Brandon Taylor, 33 originally from the Home town of Akron, Ohio currently makes his home in Neptune, New Jersey is Unheard Voices sports contributor. Brandon brings great experience to this position. Brandon is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire (2005) with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Brandon is a former collegiate player who Played Strong Safety/Free Safety/Punt Returner for the University of New Hampshire (2000-2003) and won12th Man of the year award (2003) Professionally Brandon has spent Two years in the AF2 (Albany Conquest-2008 and Mahoning Valley Thunder-2009) Two years in the AFL (Utah Blaze-2010-2011). He brings to UV his coaching experience. He has coached on the high school level (Robbinsville High School (New Jersey)-2007-2012) and at the Collegiate Level (Kean University (2013), Bentley University (2015)) and at the professional level with Pittsburgh Power, AFL (2014), Cleveland Gladiators, AFL (2015). Unheard Voices welcomes Brandon Taylor's voice to the UV team.

David Wronko

David Wronko

Education Contributor

David Wronko is a history teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (formerly Asbury Park Middle School) sharing with the Unheard Voices community the wonderful stories coming out of Asbury Park.

Erik Jensen

Contributor

Erik Jensen grew up in and out of trouble with the law, at 18 it finally landed him in the New York State Department of Corrections. He was incarcerated in numerous facilities, including Five Points, Attica, and the now infamous Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York. It was there he became well acquainted with inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt. On June 6, 2015, the two convicted murderers pulled off a daring escape that was front page news for over a month. During his imprisonment, Erik was witness to atrocities perpetrated against fellow inmates by several of the guards. He also observed abominable behavior inflicted on inmates by each other, convincing him that the U.S. prison system needs serious reform. It is a dark world with serious ramifications that Erik felt obligated to bring to public light. Given his vast knowledge of the Department of Corrections; Clinton Correctional Facility; plus the barbaric culture of the prison system, Erik Jensen is a consultant on an array of projects with television networks and major motion picture production companies. Erik continues to share his views with the world by consulting on disturbing issues in the prison system nationwide, such as corruption, physical and mental abuse, and the long-term effects of solitary confinement. He has participated in myriad televised debates hosted by award winning journalists such as Deborah Feyerick, Randi Kaye, and Jessica Schneider. In September 2015, he had the honor of being the Keynote Speaker for the NYS Prisoner’s Legal Service’s Annual Statewide. Erik also shares his vast knowledge with Professors and students every semester at SUNY New Paltz. Erik has written numerous essays on the criminal justice system, based on his eyewitness accounts of atrocities and inhumane treatment inside of four maximum security prisons. The issues he addresses are not going to disappear. He is the one the media calls on for extensive knowledge of the barbaric culture of the prison system as new stories develop. This problem is not leaving the news anytime soon. In fact it is escalating with numerous T.V., Newspaper, and Internet reports on prison failures coming out every day. MEDIA EXPERIENCE: ABC: Nightline Contacted by Yu Fanting Interviewed by Juju Chang ABC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and 20/20 Contacted and interviewed by Linzie Janis (interview used on all three shows) CBS: CBS News Contacted and interviewed by Jessica Schneider NBC: Dateline: "The Accomplice" with Matt Lauer Contacted by Cassandra Marshall Interviewed by Cassandra Marshall & Matt Lauer NBC News Contacted by Laura Allenbaugh Interviewed by Chelsea Damberg CNN: Anderson Cooper360 Contacted by Kari Pricher Interviewed by Anderson Cooper (twice) Outfront with Erin Burnett Contacted by Kayte Steinmetz Interviewed by Erin Burnett (seven times) CNN Newsroom: Contacted and interviewed by Brooke Baldwin (twice) At This Hour with Berman and Balduan Contacted by Marie Malzberg Interviewed by John Berman and Kate Balduan (five times) The Great Prison Escape: CNN Special Report Contacted and interviewed by Randi Kaye Fredricka Whitfield Contacted by Sarah Edwards Interviewed by Fredricka Whitfield CNN Remote studio interview Contacted and interviewed by Carol Costello for later broadcast and syndication Deborah Feyerick (documentary) Contacted and interviewed by Deborah Feyerick PIX-11: Special Report Contacted by Veronica Rosario Interviewed by Kori Chambers and Sukanya Krishnan Up Close with Marvin Scott Contacted by Ellyn Marks Interviewed by Marvin Scott MSNBC: Special Report Contacted by Tara Ayers Interviewed by Tamron Hall WNYT-13-NBC: Special Report Contacted and interviewed by Jessica Layton TIME WARNER CABLE SPECIAL: Behind the Wall Contacted and interviewed by Michael Howard GQ MAGAZINE Contacted and interviewed by Cole Louison PEOPLE MAGAZINE Contacted and interviewed by Jeff Truesdell NY POST (two page spread) Contacted and interviewed by Jamie Schram TIME MAGAZINE ONLINE (My sound bites used in an article on The Great Escape) GAWKER MAGAZINE Contacted and interviewed by Gabrielle Bluestone SIRIUS XM RADIO - Channel 121 with Margaret Hoover. Contacted and interviewed by Margaret Hoover Channel 45 (Shade45) - Sway in the Morning Show SHOPFM National Internet Radio Show NPR – In depth interview with Brian Mann AREAS OF ANALYSIS INCLUDE: • A strong knowledge of the structure of the New York State Department of Corrections, the Criminal Justice System, the Court System, and Law. • Prison Life • Corruption inside Correctional Facilities • Escape from Prison • Relationships between Corrections Officers/Employee’s and Prisoners inside Prison • The Criminal Mind • Re-Entry • Rehabilitation • The Effects of Long Term Solitary Confinement • Prison Reform

Evgeniya Melnikova

Evgeniya Melnikova

Contributor

Evgeniya ( Eva ) Melnikova was born and raised in a small town of Yessentuki, in North Caucasian region of Russia. Studied international relations for 3 years and at the age of 20 packed her bags and moved to United States. After spending one year studying photography at New York Film Academy, Eva is now a full-time student, majoring in journalism, an activist and Amnesty International member.

Israel Wilson

Israel Wilson

Contributor
Khalil A. Cumberbatch

Khalil A. Cumberbatch

Justice Contributor

Khalil is an activist, advocate, and humanist who aims to bring humanity to systems that are systemically inhumane. He has worked with various non-profit agencies in the tri-state area as a service provider, policy analyst, board-member and consultant. He recently graduated with his MSW from CUNY Lehman in May 2014 and has focused his attention on the intersection of criminal justice and immigration.

Monique Fortson

Monique Fortson

Contributor

Monique came on board with Unheard Voices as a contributor in 2013. She also owns her own papery boutique, Ajih Creations, blogs @ a creative girl, living in a country world and is a Social Media Consultant for a local antique boutique. She holds a B.A. in English/Professional Writing, and has been an active participant in the genre for quite some time, along with being a former Media, Marketing & Administrative Coordinator for a non-profit and serving as their Managing Editor of their newsletter. She is a “creative” through and through, as well as being a music fanatic. Fashion, technology, social media, etc. are also interests, along with things regarding the black community or minorities in general. She plans to become a great addition to the Unheard Voices family!

Music That Matters

Music That Matters

Music That Matters

Unheard Voices Music That Matters campaign highlights talented and diverse artists from across the globe that might be overshadowed by mainstream. Get the latest right here on UV.

Vanessa Shae

Vanessa Shae

LGBT/Health Contributor

A native of Newark, NJ and Washington, DC, Shae is a black culture and health contributor for Unheard Voices Magazine.

Todd Brown

Todd Brown

Contributor

Todd wears many hats: Minister, Motivational Speaker, Event Coordinator, Visual Merchandiser, Stylist, songwriter, poet, up & coming author, he is a makeup artist. Who worked for Iman Cosmetics & Fashion Fair. Co Founder of Personal Appearances, a modeling group that was very acting in the Upper Hudson Valley.

Trevor McDonald

Contributor

Trevor McDonald is a contributor for Unheard Voices.

Yvonne

Writer

A young enthusiast writer from Los Angeles that loves to write stories on Afro-American culture and pop culture.