Erica Buddington is a career educator, based in Brooklyn, New York. Complex Magazine called her the “most fire teacher ever.” She left her post as Director of TRUCE Media and Arts at Harlem Children’s Zone, formerly their Manager of Agency Curriculum, to design equitable and culturally responsive curriculum. She’s been a teacher and grade team lead at Uniondale School District, Uncommon Schools, and Capital Preparatory Schools.

Buddington has an extensive background in youth development, assisting many organizations with content that improved site culture and student academic/creative progression.

In her spare time, Buddington writes fiction and memoir that elaborates the experience of the millennial woman of color. She’s written/published four books. She’s also an HBO Def Poet and poetry slam champion.





Ferguson is a sixth Grade Social Justice teacher, by day, at a Harlem charter school. By night, you can typically find him hosting lively underground New York City jams as part of his Creative Public Offering collective, performing to packed crowds at hot spots like SOBs, and recording endless amounts of music.










Fredrick Salyers is an educator, writer, and photographer, based in Brooklyn, New York. Salyers’ educational experience ranges from K-12 to higher education, specifically working with males of color. Before relocation to New York City, Salyers worked in learning communities, leadership programs, and international programs, for Morehouse College.

Salyers is Dean and Curriculum Specialist at a college prep charter school, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.








Courtney Lett is a designer and developer, living in New York City. She’s currently a UX designer at Verizon, working on a team to create new and innovative experiences for Verizon customers. She graduated from Spelman College with a B.S. in Mathematics, where her love of technology was solidified in Spelbots, the Spelman robotics team. She’s also earned a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Her passion lies in making technology accessible to all types of people, particularly women and people of color. She’s created workshops about technology and user experience for kids and adults. Originally from Ohio, Courtney never imagined she’d pursue a career in technology but has since explored and designed experiences with robots, augmented reality, voice user interfaces, websites, apps, and more. She assists Langston League with clients and projects that use coding, robotics, and circuitry in their curricula.


Timothy Prolific Jones is a writer and poet by design, hip-hop by culture, cultural amplifier by passion, and activist by necessity. His mission is to amplify voices of the hip-hop generation. He is a poet, writer, activist, performer, marketer, publishing consultant, artist manager, and champion of independent artists. Over the past fifteen years, he’s written and performed poetry at a diverse variety of venues, ranging from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and New York University to Riverside Church and Rikers Island. He’s been published in  African Voices, the graphic novel, Gunplay, and in The New School For Public Engagement’s award-winning literary journal, 12th Street, where he served as the Online Editor and eventually Editor-in-Chief. Timothy is currently an Arts Coordinator at a program for young adults of color, where he publishes a literary magazine, teaches graphic design, and helps to incorporate National Common Core Standards throughout all of the curricula. He regularly consults on curriculum, operations, and more, with Langston League.


Isake Smith is a renaissance woman in the truest sense of the word. During the day, she moderates panels, podcasts, and more on pop culture, cosplay, and all things nerd. She’s been featured at NY Comic Con, Dragon Con, Flame Con and numerous other conferences that display the amazingness that is entertainment and fantasy. Smith is also a facilitator that specializes in rowing, organizing around queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) rights, theater, music, dance, mental health/wellness, whilst growing as an educator. A Posse scholar, she graduated from Lawrence University with a BA in Psychology and currently attends The Milano Management Program at The New School. She’s been an educator for Girls Inc., Capital Prep Harlem, and currently facilitates workshops and curriculum for LGBTQ youth on graphic novels, comics, pop culture, and more.



Residing in Harlem, New York by way of Benin, West Africa, Justin Lokossou’s life has revolved around education for years. Justin’s work with students ranging from the kindergarten to collegiate levels, as an academic advisor for Hunter College, Writing Specialist at Harlem Children’s Zone for middle school students and a fencing instructor in elementary public schools. Joining Langston League as a Curriculum Designer, Justin is looking forward to employing his skills as a writer with his knowledge of the various ways students learn to create cohesive and engaging lessons.








Brooklyn native Darren Arthur is an ambitious young man focused on his creative pursuits as a poet and poetry teacher, actor, dancer, singer, and photographer. Under the tutelage of artists such as Lemon Andersen, Nicco Annan, Carvens Lissaint and Mohagany L. Browne, he has amassed a wide scale of artistic prowess that he uses to convey his truth and the struggles of so many others he may encounter. He has touched stages such as New York Live Arts, Tammany Hall, Nicholas Brooklyn, the Symphony Space, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, The Apollo Theater, the Barclays Center and The Russell in Connecticut. He was also a member of the 2013 Urban Word NYC Slam Team that won third place at the “Brave New Voices” international poetry festival at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. He was a speaker at the TedX Youth Day at The Hewitt School and as an actor and playwright for his own one-man show, “Forest.” Darren also taught poetry to sixth graders at Eagle Academy for Young Men in the Bronx. Darren is currently working on starting his very own Art Therapy workshop and looks to build curriculums that will create a community of healthy, ever-advancing and interdependent artists.






Bree Woodley is the reason that all things run smoothly at Langston League. She attended Long Island University and studied Broadcast Journalism.