Tiana L. Ferrell is Publisher of Atlanta Free Speech, which is a revival of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight newspaper that was co-owned by her great-great grandmother, Ida B. Wells, in the late 1800’s. Tiana is responsible for the editorial direction and administration for the publication, which targets primarily African Americans. She has several years of experience in the media profession serving as a writer, journalist and editor. She has had the pleasure of working for various magazines, as well as other news outlets.
Tiana began working in the media profession after several years of employment within the non-profit and public relations industries. She has assisted with publicity on various films including Takers, Shark Night 3D, Limitless, and Death at a Funeral and has also produced many live award shows for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Tiana began her education at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi (Ida’s alma mater) where she studied Business. She later attended American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Management and a concentration in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Tiana also holds a Master of Business Administration in Entertainment Business and Sports Management.
Being a descendant of Ida B. Wells, who was one of the founders of the NAACP, Tiana strives to promote and preserve her legacy that began over a century ago. She loves her community and takes pride in advocating for those who are under served and disproportionately affected because of their race, class, or gender.
Tiana serves as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, and shares her time with many other local community organizations. The Georgia House of Representatives recently recognized Tiana with a Resolution commending her work and contributions in the state of Georgia.