Michaela angela Davis is an Image Activist, writer, creative director & cultural commentator. She is the creator of MAD FREE, a service and platform for producing creative content, curating culture and connecting community. She’s been honored by the NAACP, UNCF, The City of NY, and others, for her work expanding the narrow and often inaccurate narratives of women of color in mainstream media. She was the only Executive Fashion, Beauty & Culture Editor at Essence, the first Fashion Director at Vibe and the last Editor-in-Chief at Honey magazines. She has written widely about gender, race, fashion, culture, beauty & identity.
Michaela is a conversationalist, bringing MAD FREE conversations to France, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, and more. She’s hosted conversations on leading campuses and major television networks, including ABC, MSNBC & BBC. Michaela was the editorial lead on the Promax Gold Award-winning rebrand of Centric TV, the First Network Designed for Black Women, and is Editorial brand consultant to BET NETWORKS. She has been a premiere commentator on Anderson Cooper’s AC360/Later, and appears regularly on CNN.
Davis is currently producing “The Hair Tales,” also known as “The Vagina Monologues for Black Hair,” a multi-platform content & conversation project. The first series of mobile mini-docs starring Regina King, Tasha Smith, Patrisse Cullors of #BLM, Amanda Seales & Kim Coles premiered to broad critical acclaim in March 2016 on Refinery29, Huffington Post & CENTRICTV. Davis recently produced a documentary series for the historic Broadway show Eclipsed, featuring Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, airing in 100 countries through BET International. She lives in The Peoples Republic of Brooklyn and serves on the board of Brooklyn Community Services.
She is the mother of Elenni Davis-Knight aka @Dopedaughter.