Tanu Henry, Journalist

Tanu Henry enjoys reading, writing, history, politics and music. Before joining California Black Media, he freelanced with and worked in several editorial roles at different organizations, including BET.Com, AOL.com, Latitude News, Africana.com, the Dayton Daily News, the Toledo Blade and the Oakland Press. He earned his undergraduate degree at Wilberforce University in Ohio and his  grad degree at Harvard.  tanu@cablackmedia.org

Madlen Grgodjaian, Journalist

Raised in Los Angeles, Madlen Grgodjaian is most passionate when writing about stories that inform and inspire individuals. She hails from the wonderful world of film and is an enthusiast of all things comedy. Knowing the ups and downs of the entertainment industry, she thoroughly enjoys writing profile pieces of individuals who sought their dreams and turned them to reality. Through her writing, she hopes to educate, encourage, and embolden readers to ask more questions.

Manny Otiko, Journalist

Manny Otiko has worked in the media for 20 years as a journalist and a public relations professional. His experience includes stints as a reporter at a daily newspaper, serving as a media relations specialist for a state agency and working for several Southern California PR agencies.


Manny has been published in The Riverside Press-Enterprise, The LA Sentinel, The LA Wave, The Washington Afro-Am and IE Weekly. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.


Manny currently writes for FourFourTwo, the world’s biggest soccer magazine,the Atlanta Blackstar, Our Weekly and California Black Media. He has interviewed Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was chief of staff to Gen. Colin Powell, when he was secretary of state; former drug dealer Freeway Rick Ross and Anthony Ray Hinton, who was recently freed after serving 30 years on death row. His Wilkerson interview went viral and was shared 22,000 times on Facebook and covered by the Washington Post. 


Manny has written about race, sports, entertainment, politics and media. He also writes a blog called “Manny on the Media.” manny@cablackmedia.org

McKenzie Jackson, Journalist

McKenzie Jackson has been a California Black Media journalist since 2014. The native South Carolinian has penned stories on a wide breadth of news happenings in South Carolina, Georgia and California involving business, civil rights, community, health, sports, law and political news since graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2005. Under the CBM banner, McKenzie has written stories about healthcare in California’s black community, the effects the state’s drought has had black communities, the “School Vaccine Law,” and insurers’ relationships with black business owners. The Southern California native is always striving to be a journalist that tells news stories in an interesting and engaging way and someone readers can trust, rely-on, and enjoy. Outside of journalism, McKenzie is a basketball and UNC Tarheel fanatic, who enjoys reading early sci-fi novels and the SoCal sunshine.  mckenzie@cablackmedia.org


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Louis Stewart joined California Black Media in 2013 as the organization’s Treasurer. Currently serves as the Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), where he oversees the coordination and promotion of innovative programs, activities, and emerging technologies throughout the state of California.  At GO-Biz, Mr. Stewart manages a robust statewide innovation-based economic development support network of regional innovation clusters called the California Innovation Hubs (iHubs).  The 16 iHubs were designed to stimulate local, regional, and statewide job creation as well as enhance the awareness, visibility, and opportunities for commercialization of the technologies emerging from GO-Biz’ iHub partners.  


Mr. Stewart’s role includes a priority to develop an ecosystem that endorses entrepreneurship as well as promotes approaches that will augment strategic business development opportunities. High profile business opportunities are coordinated and managed in order to retain and expand business investment, assist in job creation, and enhance economic opportunities through collaboration and innovation.


Mr. Stewart comes from the private sector where he has 17 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, and Information Technologies.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University. 

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