My name is Mahala Herron-Rutland and I am honored to serve as Nommo’s Editor-in-Chief for the 2018-19 academic year. I am a 3rd year student from Oakland, California majoring in Comparative Literature with a minor in Environmental Science. I have been in Nommo for three years now as the host of our radio show and a staff writer as well. My personal interest and goal for the magazine is to showcase the diversity of the Black identity and I am so excited for the opportunity to contribute to the important work that Nommo undertakes.