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Shaylah Brown is more than a culture, identity, and diversity reporter; she's a dynamic spirit. Now at Trib Total Media as a features reporter, Shaylah brings stories to life with an upbeat and innovative approach, always reflecting the rich diversity of communities.

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  1. This is such a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself in this piece. I know I’m not the only one that can relate in so many ways. Look forward to reading more from you!

  2. I loved it! I found myself nodding and shaking my head, like we were catching up. It was definitely inspiring and a reminder of how I entered 2024. I’m taking EVERY shot!

  3. What a lovely testimony! Wishing you all the best as you explore whatever is already on its way to you & for you! As you said .. they lost me!

  4. Oh, how I smiled the more I read your beautiful piece, Shaylah. Thank you for being vulnerable in sharing this part of your story. There’s so much power in doing so. Cheering you on as you go, xoxo

  5. I’m always in awe of how much your stories touch my heart! You are one of the best humans I know! Keep smiling! You’re beautiful inside and out and that smile is precious!!!

  6. Thanks for the inspirational piece! You are not alone with not feeling picture perfect. Keep writing & keep smiling ☺️.

  7. Shaylah thanks for sharing. I alway told you how blessed you are. God has smiled on you. You never put yourself down, always lift yourself up. I always will remember how you presented yourself at the Y.E.S scholarship program. Then a Pastor stopped me and Reverend Harrield when we was leaving to tell you how God has gifted you, for good. Just keep putting God first,having Faith and Trust in God and your blessings will be more than you can receive.🙏🏾

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