Meet 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 TYF Editors

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Gabrielle is twenty-something and lives in the beautiful city of Chicago. She found The Young Folks in 2010 with Luciana Villalba with a desire to create an online community where young writers can write and share their opinions on entertainment. Gabrielle enjoys writing about film, TV and books, but occasionally writes about music. In addition to writing for TheYoungFolks.com, she manages the editorial staff, maintains the site and all that other fun stuff the comes with running a website. In her spare time, she is either watching more movies or reading more books, while continuously checking Twitter, which she may or may not be addicted to…

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Co-Founder & Senior Editor

23 years old, Hip-Hop connoisseur, 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, thinking about food or quoting The Social Network, Gossip Girl or Misfits.

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Film Editor

Ally is a twenty-something year old living in the Boston area. Passionate about film, entertainment and writing, and particularly a focus on feminism in film, she’s dedicated to writing about what she loves, what she finds important, and sharing with with those who share a similar interest and voice.

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Video Games Editor

A twenty-something-or-other New Englander who enjoys good storytelling. As an aficionado of superheroes, classic video games and (subjectively) awesome movies, Evan makes it his goal to slog through the good, the bad and “meh” to let you know what stories in these overcrowded creative mediums are worth the cash in your pocket, or the time of your eyeballs. He is a living movie quotation machine, obsessively analytical, and 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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Books Editor

Lauren is a twenty-something currently living in Northern Virginia. She loves to read YA books and watch movie adaptations. Lauren is passionate about many things, but reading has always been a huge part of her life. Ever since she first learned to read, her parents have always had to pry books out of her hands when it’s time for other commitments. Lauren is always eager to try a new book, author, or series. She also loves music, Harry Potter, and the Washington Capitals. Follow her on Twitter: @LWengrovitz.

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Music Editor

Ryan is a music writer, critic and journalist from Newport, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s journalism program, where he was entertainment editor for its college newspaper. Ryan has had a passion for pop music from an early age, and transitioned into writing as soon as he could. Aside from pop music, Ryan enjoys the films of Akira Kurosawa and SNK arcade games.

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TV Editor

Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic and entertainment journalist. 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 on TV watching with a glass of wine in hand.

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Meet the Writers


Bri Lockhart

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Jon Espino

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Nathanael Hood

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Catherina Gioino

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Justin Carreiro

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Camille Espiritu

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Jon Winkler

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Ashley Bulayo

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Leigh-Ann Brodber

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Brittany Menjivar

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Gary Shannon

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Yasmin Kleinbart

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Michael Fairbanks

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Katey Stoetzel

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Brian Thompson

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Andrea Thompson

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Melissa Berne

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Travis Hymas

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AJ Caulfield

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Savannah Brock

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Ryan Feyre

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Josh Cabrita

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Kristen Lopez

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Beth Winchester

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Alexander Suffolk

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Grant Jonsson

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Will Ashton

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Melissa Linares

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Tyler Carlsen

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Joey Daniewicz

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Oliver Hollander

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Tyler Christian

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Leo M.

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Danielle Solzman

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Nguyen Le

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Brian Acunis

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Kerry Erlanger

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Gisselle Lopez

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Jon Negroni

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Sam Carpenter

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Deborah Krieger

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Jonathan Frahm

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Mark Wesley

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Anthony Guivas

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Ivanna Barrera

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Jose Cordova

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Adonis Gonzalez

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Kareem Rifai

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