About The Young Folks


As a fun and engaging website for young people, The Young Folks’ main focus is to deliver a young approach to film, books, music, television, video games, etc. to those in need of a fresh and relatable perspective.


It all started in 2010 when two friends found themselves frustrated by the lack of diversity in entertainment criticism.

Luciana Villalba and Gabrielle Bondi created The Young Folks as an outlet for their own voices, which at the time they didn’t see reflected in the reviews they read. It was also a way to share with their friends (and anyone else who happened to be interested) what they thought of the latest movie they watched, book they read or song they can’t get out of their head.

Eventually, readers became interested in writing for The Young Folks, helping cover a range of entertainment and pop culture topics, including film, music, TV, books, and video games. Within a few years, they would have a staff of over 50 writers who volunteer articles and reviews weekly. TYF would eventually be recognized as a Tomato-approved publication for Rotten Tomatoes.

Our goal with The Young Folks is to be a place that reflects the voices of our generation. We’ve learned that there is not one distinct voice that defines all of us, but a multitude that showcases how truly diverse and interesting we are as generation. We are the young folks.


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Meet The Young Folks

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Gabrielle Bondi

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Gabrielle founded The Young Folks in 2010 with Luciana Villalba. Since then, she has served as editor-in-chief and oversees the staff and editorial content on the site. She is currently an undergrad at Northwestern University, studying English and cinema studies.


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Luciana Villalba

Co-Founder

Luciana Villalba. 23 years old, David Fincher fan, food addict and soccer fanatic, very passionate about FC Barcelona. Born in Colombia, moved to Miami when she was 14 and currently lives there. In her spare time she usually is listening to music, taking a nap, watching soccer matches, or thinking about the series she should binge-watch next. You can contact her at Twitter: @lucianavee
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Allyson Johnson

Film Section Editor

She is a 23 year old in Boston MA. She is hugely passionate about film, television and writing. Along with theyoungfolks, she also is a contributor over at TheMarySue.com . You can contact her on Twitter (@AllysonAJ) or via email: allyson@theyoungfolks.com.
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Evan Griffin

Video Games Section Editor

Boston, Massachusetts: Evan is a 26 year old writer, film lover and gamer. Obsessively analytical, Evan will always give an honest and fair opinion with an insertion of wit where appropriate. (Who are you kidding? It’s always appropriate.)
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Ryan Gibbs

Music Section Editor

Ryan Gibbs is a journalist and music critic from Newport, Rhode Island. He is the music editor for The Young Folks, and writes the “Freshwater Phish” column about the rock band Phish.


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Brian Acunis

Social Media Editor

Brian is a 25-year-old film and talk show enthusiast. He college graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications. In his spare time, he can be found searching for post-grad employment and giving friends lectures about film production updates and celebrity gossip. He eventually hopes to produce films, host a talk show, or both. You can find him in the evenings catching up on The View, The Wendy Williams Show, or Barefoot Contessa.
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Mae Abdulbaki

TV Section Editor

Mae is a critic/writer and TV Editor for The Young Folks. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she’s a geek who loves talking about all things entertainment. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she’s not at the movies, she’s catching up with her TV shows with a glass of wine in hand.

Melissa Berne

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Bri Lockhart

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Jon Espino

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Leigh-Ann Brodber

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Yasmin Kleinbart

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Nathanael Hood

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Jon Winkler

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Grant Jonsson

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Justin Carreiro

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Ashley Bulayo

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Anthony Guivas

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Melissa Linares

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Tyler Carlsen

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Katey Stoetzel

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Brittany Menjivar

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Andrea Thompson

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Travis Hymas

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Miles Stanton

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Ryan Feyre

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Manzanares de la Rosa

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Sam Carpenter

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