Our team

Marcus Daniel
Editor in Chief

Marcus is a longtime supporter and contributor to Media Diversified. One of his essays was featured in the Media Diversified book “From the Lines of Dissent” and he joined a Media Diversified panel to discuss his work. He has been a contributor and editor for The Queerness, and has also written for SoSoGay and IndyVoices on LGBT issues and the glory of Whitney Houston. Of Afro-Bajan and white English heritage, as a descendant of the Windrush generation he is passionate about equality and diversity in all areas of life. He hails from the hills of Lancashire, and now lives in Walthamstow, London with his husband of ten years and has plans to adopt a whippet. @marccusdjl

Email: Info@mediadiversified.org

Samantha Asumadu
Founder and Chairperson

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Samantha is a documentary filmmaker, former journalist, founder of Media Diversified,  co-founder of Bare Lit Festival and CEO of Edmalia Ltd: TV, Talent and Crisis Management Agency

Email: samantha@mediadiversified.org


Kelly Kanayama
Arts and Culture

Kelly is the Arts and Culture Editor at Media Diversified. Originally from Hawaii, she now lives in Scotland and carries out PhD research into contemporary transatlantic comics at the University of Dundee. She has written on comics and related media for SciFiNow, NPR: Code Switch, Bitch, Paste, and xoJane. Her poetry on comics and pop culture has been published in the award-winning Lighthouse Literary Journal, Room Magazine, and Ink Sweat & Tears. Other writing can be found on the intersectional feminist geek culture site Women Write About Comics and on Mindless Ones.

Her favourite comics include Judge Dredd, Preacher, (almost) anything by Grant Morrison, and Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX. Find her on Twitter at @KellyKanayama.

Yasmin Gunaratnam
Academic Curator

Yasmin is a writer and academic, interested in illness, death, migration, the body and feminism. She teaches in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths College on research methods, culture, representation and difference and feminist theory. Yasmin is the curator of Media Diversified’s academic space.  Her latest book  Death & the Migrant (Bloomsbury Academic) is about transnational dying and care in British cities.

y.gunaratnam@gold.ac.uk


Xavia Dryden
Academic Editor

Xavia is a writer, scholar, and teacher based in the Midwest. Her research focuses on the interrogation of the various intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in both historical and modern contexts.


Margarita Aragon
Academic Editor

Margarita is a sociologist and lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, where she teaches on power, difference, and histories of oppression. She writes about American and British racisms, focusing on the 20th century and ongoing legacies of conquest, slavery and colonialism.  Her book, which examines collective violence and the historical construction of racialised black and Mexican masculinities in the US, is under contract with Manchester University Press.

@M_Aragon26