Jonece Starr Dunigan | firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Joy founder and reporter
Jonece Starr Dunigan (She/her/hers) is a journalist who gives the microphone to communities that are often ignored by mainstream media. Guided by empathy, her reporting centers the stories, movement work and voices of Black, brown and queer people. Her writing strives to amplify and empower readers instead of exploiting them of their traumas.
Starr is also the founder of Reckon’s Black Joy (formerly Black Magic Project), a media brand under Reckon that’s highlighting the multiple ways we as Black people cultivate liberating joy in our lives. She created the brand while she was a night reporter for Reckon’s sister news site Al.com in Birmingham, Ala. During her time in that position, Starr heard constant and valid complaints from Black and brown people about how the media exploits their communities. Starr responded to this issue in 2017 by publishing a series of stories detailing how Black Birminghamians use their “Black magic” (their skills, talents, love for the community, etc) to improve their neighborhoods. Since then, Starr has nurtured that mission of authentic and genuine representation from a one-time project into a nationwide, multiplatform brand examining the full spectrum of melanin magic from a multigenerational lens of joy.
After spending a couple of years in Birmingham, Starr now lives with her life partner, Michael, in her hometown of Huntsville, Ala. Check out what the Black Joy team has to offer by following @blackjoyreckon on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Facebook.