Vashni Balleste is from upstate New York and studied broadcast journalism at Xavier University. She has been a freelance photographer for Ebony Magazine and written for tennis.com. Balleste is a UNCF grant recipient and documented political issues at the borders of Haiti for American Friends. She has directed music videos, contributed to publications such as Sofar Sounds, BalconyTV, and Data News Weekly. A black culture enthusiast and documentarian, Vashni’s goal is always to build platform for often silenced voices.