About Us

Blistey is a digital table where we can all have a seat and connect consumers with amazing businesses of color.

The Blistey Team

Franklin Forbes, CEO and Founder

Franklin Forbes- Founder of Blistey

Meet Franklin Forbes, the founder, and owner of Blistey.

His Latino heritage and the importance and visibility of Afro-Latino/a/x people in the culture have shaped his goals and experiences growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. His favorite phrase is that “When one of us wins we all win.”

After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in architecture he received his Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning (M.A.U.D) from the Kent School of Architecture in England. After finishing school he taught Architecture in Tokyo and Paris.
As an architect and urban planner, he saw a lot of inequity in his profession and the ability to connect with other business people and entrepreneurs. He believes that with his skill sets as an urban planner he can find new and creative ways to connect people in the BIPOC community to build and strengthen bonds between our rich cultures.

Shani Tait-Santana, COO

Shani - COO at Blistey 

Born in Jamaica but raised in NYC, Shani holds her M.A in Disability Studies.

Keeping herself busy, she also holds a position with CUNY.

Shani enjoys her family, dining out, and baking when she can.

Linda Cherwon, IT Manager

Linda is a WordPress web developer and head of IT at Blistey.

She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and attended the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Outside work, she enjoys going on hikes and working out.

Danielle Moore, Social Media Manager

 

Danielle is born and raised in Charleston, WV, but currently enjoying life in the DMV with her beautiful family.
She loves a good book, good music, and good food!

Sarah Estime, Blogging Manager

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Illinois State University.

She enjoys traveling and good food.

Ann Augustin, IT

Ann was born and raised in Haiti, moved to Canada in her teens. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English lit and Translation.

She's a tech geek and gamer at heart. When she's not traveling around the world, she's either playing the latest AAA game or keeping fit by playing competitive soccer.

Taliyah Jarrett, Blogging

Taliyah Jarrett is a recent graduate from Ball State University where she studied creative writing and screenwriting. In the future, she plans on obtaining her Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA). Over the course of three years, Taliyah Jarrett has had her short stories published in two different literary magazines. You can follow her on LinkedIn to see her film reviews and other literary works.

Samara Marshall, Social Media

Samara Marshall is a recent Mass Communications graduate from the University of West Georgia. During her free time, she likes to dabble into photography and blogging.