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Rahiel Tesfamariam, Urban Cusp

Urban Cusp is a cutting-edge online magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. We offer a platform for young adult perspectives, profile inspirational visionaries and artists, and serve as an online community for like-minded change agents. Founded in 2011 by Rahiel Tesfamariam, Urban Cusp highlights voices, ideas and images not commonly found in mainstream media.

Rahiel Tesfamariam is an independent consultant who provides consulting, writing, public speaking and instructional services focused on community, church, organizational, and individual development. Tesfamariam provides services to individuals as well as community-based and public sector organizations, churches and companies. For inquiries about consulting services, speaking engagements and media appearance, email Areas of expertise include:

  • Strategies for Social Change
  • Creative and Journalistic Writing
  • Cultural Criticism
  • Grassroots Community Organizing
  • Leadership Development
  • New/ Social Media and Guerrilla Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Theological/Church Engagement and Innovation
  • Vision Implementation
  • Youth Advocacy and Urban Engagement

Tesfamariam’s service approach is focused on building bridges between the public, private and academic sectors for the betterment of individuals and communities. Tesfamariam possesses over a decade of experience in media relations, grassroots community organizing, cultural/ethnic diversity awareness, youth advocacy and urban engagement.

Rahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian,writer and speaker. She is Founder / Publisher of Urban Cusp and a former columnist for The Washington Post. Rahiel is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University where she graduated magna cum laude and was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. As a lifelong writer, Rahiel was appointed, at age 23, the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of The Washington Informer newspaper. She went on to work as a community organizer for anti-violence
youth initiatives before launching Urban Cusp in 2011. Rahiel has traveled the world on various delegations and humanitarian projects and has spoken at prestigious universities and historic
churches throughout the nation. She has been featured on countless national and international media outlets and is the recipient of several distinguished awards. Rahiel is also one of forty women published in the book “Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith.” The world-renowned nonprofit Black Girls Rock!, Inc. featured Rahiel on their annual awards show on BET in 2013, saluting “her tireless dedication to global issues, community activism and youth advocacy.” Black Girls Rock! recognized Rahiel because she “leads with her faith, inspiring awareness and inciting change around the world.” Most recently, Rahiel was featured in Essence Magazine as one of six women they identified as “The New Civil Rights Leaders.”



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