Happy Friday, ladies and gents!
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing today’s ‘Millennial on a Mission’ for quite some time, and have always admired her tenacity and professionalism in the world of journalism since our days in undergrad. She is a self-proclaimed “blerd” (black nerd) who loves technology, travel and social media. Formerly Technology Editor at Black Enterprise, she is an expert in the digital space that works diligently to report the stories of men and women of color excelling in areas of entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Her newest endeavor ‘Ain’t I Latina?” is an online destination for Afro-Latinas to get the latest celebrity news, career advice, and lifestyle coverage, all the while celebrating their diversity.
I’d like for you to meet Janel Martinez.
A proud Bronx, New York native, Janel is technically the first generation in her family to this country, with both of her parents hailing from Honduras in Central America. “We’re Afro-Latino — Garifuna to be exact — and not for a second do I take that for granted,” Janel says. “If my grandparents and parents had not come to this country, my life would be very different.” Janel attended Syracuse University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. “Writing is my passion, so I feel extremely blessed to have a career that’s rooted in something I truly love.”