About

Arise 2.0 is a multi-media online news, politics, entertainment, sports, spirituality, tech, arts, and opnion publication by LGBTQ folks of color and for us and our allies.

Akilah “KiKi” Monifa

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Akilah “KiKi” Monifa, a lesbian mom of African descent, mother of two teens,  and based out of Oakland, California, is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder/Co-Publisher of ARISE 2.0, a digital global publication with news, issues, and opinions impacting the LGBTQ of color community and allies.  She also is a contributor for The Huffington Post, Progressive Media Project, and Divorced Moms.

She has two e-books, collections of her essays.  She also vlogs and is active in social media.

Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy

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Rev. MacArthur H Flournoy is the President/CEO of ARISE Communications; Founder and publisher of ARISE Magazine, a national monthly publication awarded for its editorial content, reflecting the lives of African American LGBTQ people. MacArthur is the co-founder and co-publisher of ARISE 2.0 and serves as its Editor-at Large. As a journalist and human rights activists, he writes on issues of race, human rights, LGBTQ equality, literature, public policy, religion and faith and parenting. MacArthur holds a Master’s of Divinity from the Graduate Theological Union, Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley CA. He is the father of five children and an amazing grandson.