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Ashley M. Williams
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Ashley Michelle Williams is an energetic, world-traveled multimedia journalist. Whether she is traveling the world or highlighting today’s news coverage, Ashley is deeply driven to persistently use journalism and social media to inform and inspire others to initiate positive changes within the world. She is especially passionate about investigating and reporting on youth and young adult issues.

For her efforts in journalism, Ashley has received many honors, including the 2011 Student Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists; the Pat Tobin Scholarship from the Black Journalists Association of Southern California; a Hearst Journalism Award Nomination; and USC’s Outstanding Scholar Award.

Ashley graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. She earned a B.A. in broadcast and digital journalism as well as minors in international relations and Spanish.

While in college, Ashley interned for many media outlets. Additionally, in her senior year, she was granted the opportunity to contribute to The Huffington Post.

Ashley began her career by hosting television programs for her high school’s educational access channel.

In her spare time, Ashley also manages and oversees her media company, RIZZARR. She created RIZZARR to inspire youth and young adults to create their own ripple effect in the world. High school students and college students from around the country contribute to the platform, which features current news and articles on issues that they face.

Entries by Ashley M. Williams

The Power of One

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 10:45 AM

As human beings, we each have the power to make a difference in the world through ever action we take and through every word that we speak. But unfortunately, many of us do not believe this to be true. We hold onto the notion that we alone cannot make a...

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We All Truly Impact Each Other

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 6:10 PM

How do you treat people that you come in contact with every day? Are you nice to them? Do you treat them like how you would want someone to treat you?

I think it is important for you to realize that even though we can be distances apart from everyone...

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An Inside Glimpse Into the Guatemalan Tourism Industry

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 3:07 PM

During the spring and summer season, Guatemalans welcome tourists into their picturesque cities, like Antigua and Panachajel. They sell their artwork, native foods, textiles, and other goods to the tourists.


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Most tourists seek vacation in Guatemala not just to...

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Is the Mexico-US Truck Proposal Really Worth It?

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2011 | 1:38 PM

For Mexican truck drivers, like Bernardo Cervantes, the U.S.-Mexico Truck Border Proposal doesn't just open up the U.S. border, but it also opens up the possibility of making more money through trade.

"This will allow my business, BCH, to maintain at its normal rate," Cervantes said. "I currently drive...

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The Only African American Firefighter Museum in the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 8:23 PM

I was amazed when I found out about the oldest and only African American Firefighter Museum in the country, which is right in Los Angeles!

The museum preserves and shares the great accomplishments of African American firefighters throughout the decades. It opened on December 13,...

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NCAA President Says Paying Collegiate Athletes Is Not an Option

(18) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 5:49 PM

With the changing economy and the rise in tuition, more student athletes say they believe they should get paid to play sports in college. However, NCAA President Mark Emmert said no way!

The NCAA President came to downtown Los Angeles to address a large audience on...

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The Live-Streamed Play: A New Dynamic in the Theater World

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 1:04 AM

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Better Left Unsaid is a new theatrical paradigm that is not only breaking barriers, but also creating a whole new world by merging theater, technology and social media.

"We're changing the way theatre is experienced around the world!" Better Left...

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The Best Pizza in the World... Literally

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 7:47 PM

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I cannot describe to you how great this pizza was! I have been meaning to tell people around world about the best pizza I have ever eaten, and now I finally can.

It was quite the pizza....

Well,...

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Excerpt from Investigative Story: A Los Angeles Underground Industry Uncovered

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Stylish and confident, yet barely five feet tall, Ima Matul used her slender frame to quickly push open the front office door of the Coalition for Abolishing Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) on a Wednesday fall morning.

With her soft voice, Matul began apologizing to the...

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A Firearm Prevention Device Saving Lives

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 12:54 PM

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In the United States, every eight minutes a child gets access to a firearm. In fact, according to the CDC and the Federal Bureau of Statistics, more than 3,000 children die from firearm deaths annually.

Yet, Michigander William McMurray...

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Social Media Is the Gateway to Hispanics

(9) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 4:27 PM

Media experts agree that social media is the gateway to U.S. Hispanics, the fastest-growing audience to embrace social networks and to tap into web information resources.

Joe Kutchera -- author of the newly released book, Latino Link: Building Brands...

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