Toccara Castleman

Deputy Editorial Director

Toccara Castleman is the Deputy Editorial Director of Colorines. She is also a writer, actress and occasional singer from the South Side of Chicago. Toccara has 15 years of storytelling experience in a variety of fields including: theatre, digital media, print journalism and education.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Toccara has worked with brands such as NBCUniversal (SYFY Channel and USA Network, 2020 Emmy ® Winner Interactive Extension of a Linear Program, USA Network/Mr. Robot), Time Inc. ( and Uptown Media Group (UPTOWN Magazine).

Toccara is committed to having a sense of humor, speaking in the first person (except when she is asked to write a bio about herself) and telling stories where Black people and other marginalized - yet deeply and vastly beautiful - communities are always central to the narrative, nuanced and loved. For more, visit: