Culture reporter Aliyah Veal, a native of Jackson, Miss., and a Murrah High School graduate, is a proud alumna of Spelman College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English in 2017. Afterward, she attended the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York, gaining a master’s degree in journalism in 2018.
After moving back home in 2019, Aliyah interned at the Jackson Free Press, covering city council and doing solutions-journalism pieces on Jackson neighborhoods before moving up to culture writer. Her 2019 cover feature, “More Love Than Hate: Rappers’ Deaths Sobering, Yet Inspirational,” won an Associated Press award for feature writing.
Her interests include tattoos, music and food, really, really good food. She now writes about culture, music and the arts for the Mississippi Free Press.