Founded in 2019, the Urban Liberator is a digital publication of writings, articles, op-eds and/or essays written, collected and curated tracking and commenting on newsworthy stories, current, and future events both nationally and local communities. The mission and duty of The Urban Liberator is to first PURSUE TRUTH and DEFEND FREEDOM. In this nontraditionally published journal, we seek to show that we are, first of all, more alike than we are different. Secondly, we seek to define and when necessary redefine what it means to be a conservative (both politically and socially) in an Urban (inner city) context).

“The Liberator” seeks to provide critical insight on the intersections of race, culture, politics, finance, history, lifestyle, faith and education. The Urban Liberator was founded by and currently edited by JayJuan Shakur Jones., a student at Howard University. We have the goal to begin launching a quarterly publication (available in print and online subscription) in February of 2021 (first quarter of the year).


Jay-Juan Shakur Jones, a native of Chicago, Illinois and currently a student at Howard University, majoring in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in political science is a one who has one overwhelming desire—he wants to change the world. He feels the only way that this can be done is by and through strategic evangelistic community building. He has said; “community never excludes diversity, it celebrates it and one can never know their true capacity without the sustained context of community”. Thus, it is with those views in mind that The HBCU EXAMINER was birthed. The HBCU Examiner is a grassroots movement and journalistic endeavor that seeks to encourage, inspire and inform giving its audience faster, smarter news and information about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

To date, Jay-Juan has served in many distinct ways, both spiritually and secularly. He has volunteered to serve veterans through the National Honors Society (NHS), he led a youth ministry at his family church for 3 years. Also, while in high school, he wrote, directed and produced two full-length stage plays (Suddenly in Love & Mixed Company) examining society’s views on such issues as interracial relationship, socio-economic disparities and love, as he has observed such. Most pronounced is his great love for reading and writing, having had two of his essays published and shared throughout his high school’s community. He currently hosts a podcast entitled, “CHANGING THE NARRATIVE with Jay Shakur” and he is not stopping until he has aided in changing lives around this world.

“Unity is not conformity, it is a celebration of difference.”

You can view “CTN Daily” a news and event blog that corresponds to “CHANGING THE NARRATIVE with Jay Shakur”, a podcast produced and hosted by Jay by clicking the button below.