Kailyn Rhone

Public Relations • Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University
Last edited June 28, 2022

When I was 13, I wrote stories on an app called “Episode – Choose Your Story Interactive” about depression, love, and fame and how they all tied together. I didn’t feel like I was in the shadows by writing on social media platforms. I could express myself without being questioned, shamed, or bullied. Once I started getting more than 100,000 reads on my stories, I knew I was helping someone else who was going through the same thing I was: depression. As the managing editor of Florida A&M University’s student newspaper, I was selected to report for the HBCU voter’s guide for Flytedesk and Vote.org. This experience allowed me to incorporate digital elements to advance my storytelling. Starting my blog, “The Black Love Kollection,” from the ground up allowed me to become the current multimedia director for an online student-run magazine, Blck G.E.M.S. (Black girl empowerment for mutual success). Within this field, I can do my part in creating change for future generations to come while also elevating marginalized voices. Understanding the power that my voice gives me, I am eager and humbled to leave my footprints in the journalism world, creating change with each step.