My name is Imade (ee-MAH-day).
Freelance Writer & Mental Health Advocate
I am an award-winning journalist with three MDDC Press Association awards for my articles as a Features Writer at the Frederick News-Post. I won the 2017 Best of Show award, beating out The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post, for my arts and entertainment reporting. The award-winning article featured author Harriet Levin Millan who wrote How Fast Can You Run. The book was inspired by the Sudanese refugee story of Michael Majok Kuch.
I cover arts and culture stories, but I write a bit of everything including mental health. I've done articles on police brutality, community gardening, an international African pop star, and a young woman living with advanced cancer. My bylines are in Bandcamp, The Mighty, The Outline, Shondaland, LA Weekly, VICE, WNYC, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.
I am also the founder of Depressed While Black, an online community sharing mental health stories from an African-American lens.
Freelancer/Former Music Intern