Griots Republic LLC., an urban black travel brand, is the parent company to Griots Republic Magazine and, the book publishing division of the company. The digital magazine, Griots Republic (GR), is the face of the brand and offers both original and curated content and interviews about black culture and travel. The monthly magazine, which seeks to appeal to a niche market of travelers, is only made possible through the efforts of hundreds of photographers, writers, travelers and sponsors – all willing to share their insights on the world with Griots Republic readers.


Davita Mckelvey

Editor In Chief

A creative with astute organizational management skills, Davita's career in international production and sourcing has placed her in lead roles with several large fashion companies, including Gap Inc. and Nine West Footwear Corporation. As an avid traveler, she has traveled through nearly 90 countries, making her travel knowledge and international connections a strong asset to the Griots Republic brand.

Rodney Goode

Deputy Editor

A seasoned project manager, Rodney's planning and resource management skills have been utilized by several Fortune 500 companies and local governments worldwide. He has lived as an expat in China and India, and brings effective interpersonal communication competencies to the GR team. As the Griots Republic SVP of Sales and as a veteran traveler, we rely on his experience in international business and all things travel.

Brian Blake

Director of Visual Media

A graduate of Wharton School of Business' MBA program, Brian contributes a broad based knowledge of information technology to the GR team. He has spent over 17 years operating and building IT programs for several major corporations and organizations worldwide, including Cisco Systems, Merrill Lynch and UBS. He is also a Jamaican National who has traveled to 30+ countries and as a traveler we lean on his ability to conduct business anywhere in the world.

Alexandra Stewart

Business Manager

With over 16 years in private and governmental accounting and finance, Alexandra oversees Griot Republic's Finances, as well as leads the Retail Division, set to launch in 2017. She has lived on four continents as a U.S. diplomat and has traveled to over 30 countries. She brings a level of organization and attention to detail to the team and as the Retail Executive, Griots Republic benefits from her worldwide contacts.

Zaakirah Nayyar

Social Media Manager

Zaakirah Demba is an American based professional photographer, videographer, travel blogger and social media manager. Shas has 5+ years of social media experience. We love her for her ability to share amazing content across all channels. She first started documenting her domestic travels at the age of five. She has since traveled to Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, Ghana, Jamaica, The Gambia, Senegal, South Africa and Germany. She started her travel blog in 2015 to document her journey to 30 countries by the age of 30. You can follow her blog at

Alexis K. Barnes

Copy Editor

Alexis Barnes is a multimedia freelance journalist currently working in development in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds journalism degrees from Howard University and the City of New York Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY). Her work reveals her passion for sustainability and technology in developing nations, social justice, women and gender issues. A Lorenzo Natali European Commission Media Prize nominee for her feature on composting toilets and sustainable sanitation solutions in Haiti, Alexis has also reported from Zambia, Belgium, Kenya, South Korea and Tanzania. She has worked with Vice, Al Jazeera English in the United Nations bureau, Africa Times and Norwegian publication, Bistandsaktuelt. You can find her work on or blogging at