The Chocolate Voice is an online resource that showcases strictly positive news within the African American and multi-cultural communities. In a world that seems to thrive off of negativity, we work hard to make sure that we are only providing the best content geared toward nourishing the spirit. It is our hope that we can enhance our reader’s lives and make their souls a little sweeter with our positive, inspirational and uplifting content.

Gwen Pierce
Founding Editor-in Chief

Gwen is a passionate visionary and is the heartbeat of The Chocolate Voice. With a background in non-profit and journalism, she created the publication originally as a newsletter in 2007. First launching in Tucson, The Chocolate Voice uniquely focused on the positive contributions of people in the community – something the city was lacking. Little did she know, her small newsletter would grow into a successful online publication that celebrates positivity in our global community, an aspect that continues to encourage and inspire those who come across it.

She is a proud member of The San Diego Association of Black Journalist, NAACP and has been featured in lifestyle publications like The Tucson Citizen, The San Diego Union Tribune, and Arizona Public Media.


Tamara Kegler
Contributor, Health & Wellness

Tamara is a freelance blogger and full-time Human Resources professional.  Originally from Miami, FL, she currently resides in San Diego, CA with her husband.  Tamara enjoys reading, writing, motivating/inspiring others, and basking in the Miami (or California) sunshine.

Emily Kolheim
Intern, Operations

Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to The Chocolate Voice. She is a grammar Nazi who keeps the writers on their best behavior with her quick wit, skilled writing skills and valued opinion. She is currently in her 2nd year at UCLA.

Charles DeJesus
Intern, Food and Music Review

Originally from the Bronx, Charles is an honored US veteran and proudly served for 4 years in the US Navy. He is a self-proclaimed foodie who will try anything, and will give his honest and always brutal opinion on any and everything he eats, hears and sees.

Jordan Brooks
Intern, Creative Writing

Skilled with the pen, Jordan has a way with words like no other. Her passion for creative writing bleeds through her work and her tenacity and energy always spark fire in those who cross her path. She is passionate about her family, reading and writing whatever comes in to her heart and mind.

Shanda Pierce

Shanda brings a world of personality, comedic charm and a soft uniqueness to The Chocolate Voice family.  Her commentary on pop culture and entertainment are even more comedic after she’s put her colloquial spin on the current trends, what’s in and what’s hot now.

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