Who We Are



Candice Crutchfield

Candice is an occasionally stressed out college student and aspiring lawyer from northern Virginia. The African-American student-turned-social-justice-advocate can be found reading about civil rights issues, ranting about millennial life, and starting Twitter conversations with Soledad O’Brien. After being many people’s only black friend, she gained an interest in establishing diverse and accepting communities. A media junkie of sorts, she can also be found writing for Blavity, binge watching TV shows, and taking endless pictures of food for her Instagram account.

Email her at candice@undergroundvoices.co

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Adriana Lacy

Adriana is from the oh-so-famous town of “Right Outside of Philly,” Pennsylvania currently double majoring in Public Relations and African-American Studies. She is a passionate sports fan, avid reader, and an obsessive tweeter. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about sports for Vavel USA and Women United FC while drinking urban-framed, artisanally crafted coffee. A proud black student, Adriana considers herself a social justice warrior and strives to promote racial equality and diversity in her community.

Email her at adriana@undergroundvoices.co

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Shana-Kay Hart


Shana-Kay is a sophomore double majoring in Communication Arts & Sciences and Spanish. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she has a passion for learning about different cultures and traveling. She will be studying abroad during the Spring semester of 2016 in the Dominican Republic where she hopes to continue learning about the rich and beautiful culture of the Caribbean. A self-proclaimed Instagram addict, some of her guilty pleasures include eating cake and binge-watching Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, Devious Maids or Basketball Wives. She lives her life in pursuit of good vibes and good times.

Email her at shana-kay@undergroundvoices.co

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Matthew Lamas

Matthew is a Mexican American from Florida. With majors in Communication Arts and Sciences as well as Political Science, he seeks to foster diversity through awareness. When not advocating for equality he enjoys listening to Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, and other rap gods. Matthew may be found eating Mexican food, watching a new Netflix series, or engaging in controversial Facebook debates.

Email him at Matthew@undergroundvoices.co

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Adam Tidball

Adam is a Physics and Astrophysics student with a deeply rooted interest in world cultures and languages. In his spare time, he works at a Mexican restaurant in his hometown, learns new languages, and attends cultural and scientific events. He enjoys playing videogames, jamming to Shakira and Imagine Dragons, and playing piano. While not writing for The Underground, he conducts research with the Pulsar Search Collaboratory at Penn State to discover pulsars in our galaxy. He can usually be found around campus, making his friends laugh and getting involved in various hijinks. His journalistic interests include sexuality, gender, feminism, and culture.

See all of Adam’s posts here.

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Angelique Redwood


Angelique is setting out to make the world a better place, and waiting patiently until she becomes 30, flirty, and thriving.

See all of Angelique’s posts here. 


Cheyenne Pettiford


Cheyenne is super excited to be sharing her innermost thoughts and feelings with you all! She is a senior psychology major, minoring in sociology and labor studies and employment relations. She is a Pittsburgh native, who enjoys bargain shopping, 90s R&B music, and is obsessed with Sex and the City. Previously a Style Guru intern for College Fashionista, Cheyenne loves to express herself through writing, and hopes to connect with you via The Underground.

See all of Cheyenne’s posts here.


Dorianne Young


Panamanian born Chinese who loves coconut oil and meerkats. Food science major, French minor. Avid baker, photography amateur and writer after midnight.

See all of Dorianne’s posts here. 

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Ka’Lee Strawbridge – Moten


Ka’Lee M. Strawbridge-Moten is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania aka the Capital City of PA! He is a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan (this is our year!) and he plays a lot of instruments  with his favorite being percussion followed by the tenor saxophone. In 6th grade he started writing poetry and he has been writing poetry ever since. His inspirations range from society, experience, to emotions and feelings. Ka’Lee loves to write because he feels that writing is a way to externalize experiences and feelings.

See all of Ka’Lee’s posts here.


Deborah Coker

Deborah is easily impressed and very excitable, with a strange affinity for british boybands and celebrity babies.

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Daje Walker

Dajé Walker is a sophomore studying Secondary Social Studies Education and History at the Pennsylvania State University. Her obsessions are learning about the history of different countries, trying new foods, and improving her very amateur photography skills. She will be studying abroad this spring with the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) in London, England. As an aspiring educator and researcher, she hopes to learn from every experience that she has over the course of the semester. She will be writing weekly reflections on her adventures this semester.

Follow along at #TravelsWithDaje

See all of Daje’s posts here.



Brianna Raysor


Brianna is just your (not so) average-eighteen year old-biracial-social justice activist from New York, trying to make her mark in the world, one day at a time! She is also an avid lover of talking, debating, peach snapple, knick knacks, Cam Newton (especially when hittin’ dem folks/dabbin’), anything Kendrick Lamar related, and everything remotely out of the ordinary. Brianna is also the world title holder of being the #1 triple texter/imessage novelist and she is very proud of this feat. She is beyond elated to give The Underground a glimpse into her very chaotic mind! Her life motto: youdowhatyouwantwhenyourepoppin. Oh and lastly, she wants to remind you: always stay woke.

See all of Brianna’s posts here. 


Brianna Thompson 


Bri is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies and wishes to attend Law School. Having recently experienced what she calls a rebirth, she has a newfound interest in writing to express the feelings within herself. A proud Black Jamaican, she describes herself as funny and loving, yet truthful and cold. Don’t worry, she still loves people, almost as much as she enjoys watching anime marathons, the latest Netflix series, and anything by Shonda Rimes.

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Mia Mighty


Coming from the hustle and bustle of the streets in Brooklyn, New York, you can find her looking for the quiet places around campus. Majoring in Biobehavioral Health and Minoring in Biology she aspires to be a talented OB/GYN. Her hustle comes from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to give you hope and a future”. Her pastimes consist of greasing her roots after her newly perfected flat twist out or connecting with her Jamaican roots back home. An ardent lover of her community she is determined to take her knowledge and love for melanin to better her community back home and here at Penn State.

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Alicia Harris 


Alicia is an overly positive freshman majoring in biochemistry from Northern Virginia. She has big dreams of becoming a surgeon someday many years from now. When she’s not in class, eating, sleeping or studying, you can find her reblogging and starting conversations on Tumblr after-hours, or starting conversations about social justice with friends. In her free time she loves to take pictures, watch movies, sing and discover new musicians on Spotify.

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Matt Johnson

Matt is a sophomore majoring in Public Relations at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a Newark, NJ native and an avid shoe collector. Some of his passions include writing, snapchatting, critiquing music, dancing, and fighting for social justice. As a brother of a darker hue, he has witnessed the many forms racism and discrimination can take and has devoted much of his college career to first understanding this problem so that he can develop an action plan to properly combat it. When he isn’t self-educating or on snapchat, Matt can surely be found milly rocking on a block near you.

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Amit enjoys long romantic walks to Chipotle and…oh wait this isn’t eHarmony, awkward. Seriously though, Amit Patel is from La Plata, Maryland. Being from Southern Maryland he is naturally a die-hard D.C. sports fan, Hail To The Redskins!!! He lives for tailgating on game days at Penn State and Mexican food is his life blood. If you ever see him around campus, feel free to approach him; he always like meeting new people and your life will probably never be same.

See all of Amit’s posts here.