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Founder: LaShanda Henry
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Email: abt@msoyonline.com

LaShanda A. Henry is a long time advocate for the development of grass-roots programs and positive social change within African American communities. She founded Multiple Shades of You Online (msoy) in the year 2000, creating one of few internet magazines for women of color ages 5-25. Since its inception, Ms. Henry has expanded the scope of msoy to include a number of web projects and publications aimed at promoting positive content for African Americans in media.

With a strong interest in technology, Ms. Henry earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. While at Columbia, her fascination with both computers and community outreach developed into a personal collaboration of technology and social activism. In conjunction with her studies, she became an active youth leader within her community. She has worked with programs such as the All Stars Project Inc., The Liberty Partnerships Program at Barnard College, and Prep for prep.

Today, Ms. Henry continues to support community outreach, but in a different way. Determined to use technology as a tool for social change, she spends most of her time developing innovative msoy original projects and services. She states, “I’ve traded in my long days of telemarketing and tutoring, for long nights of typing. Instead of actually working within one program, I want to increase community awareness about all the programs that exist. As a people, we have a great deal to offer one another. I want to know that if there is a positive black voice to be heard, I have done my part to create spaces for others to hear it.”

Last Updated 2/1/05
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