In this month’s Ask Siedah, the advice column from designer, writer, and entrepreneur Siedah Mitchum, a reader is considering a career change and needs helps with design resources to make that next step. Also, where are the graphic designers and creatives in Los Angeles, California?

When it comes to design across the African diaspora marketers, advertisers, fundraisers, and designers often misunderstand and underestimate the potential of this massive market. However, this is not the case for everyone. Some brands have been able to break through stereotypes and build spaces in the digital marketplace to create vibrant online communities, using smart design, market position marketing to and from the African diaspora. Here are a few of them.