Griots Republic LLC., an urban black travel brand, is the parent company to Griots Republic Magazine and Blacktravel.com, the retail 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.

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.

Camara Clayton

Staff Photographer

Camara is a travel photographer and active military officer who enjoys capturing the experiences of people around the world. He has won photography awards around the globe and is currently in the process of archiving the faces and places of Black Veterans in a new book. In terms of Griots Republic, he's been hooked on the content since his first assignment and looks forward to sharing stories through his lens.

Diana O'Gilvie

Staff Writer/Social Media

Award winning writer/filmmaker, Diana O’Gilvie’s work is driven by her global curiosity and distinctive approach to authentic story telling. Armed with a Master’s Degree (L.I.U) in Media Arts and Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism (York College) Diana has successfully coupled this academic knowledge with international independent film experience, travel writing and photography.

Lia Miller

Staff Writer

Lia Miller is a wife and mother, professional diplomat, award-winning blogger, DIY loc’d naturalista, avid reader, foodie, movie buff, sports enthusiast, passionate about the arts, news junkie, advocate for the underdog, and a world traveler.

Marcus White

Sales Manager

A seasoned traveler, Marcus enjoys long walks on any beach that leads to great food, especially desserts. He also enjoys sharing his adventures with the Griots Republic readers.

Usman Riaz

IT Coordinator