Sisters Revitalize Hometown Legacy with Acquisition of 90-Year-Old Newspaper

Photo Caption: L-Zakkiyyah Terrell White, Esq. R-Dontaira Terrell (Photographer Credit: On Sight Photography & More, LLC)

In a transformative move for their hometown of Youngstown, OH, Dontaira Terrell, and Zakkiyyah Terrell White, Esq. have cemented their commitment to community empowerment by acquiring the esteemed publication known as “The Voice of the Valley,” the “Buckeye Review Newspaper.” They are the 6th family owners in history since the 1937 newspaper started. This historic acquisition marks a milestone in their entrepreneurial journey and signifies a renewed dedication to amplifying local and Black voices and preserving the region’s cultural heritage.

The Buckeye Review is a dynamic publication that skillfully combines in-depth coverage of local events with insightful global perspectives. It takes pride in showcasing diverse cultures, amplifying the voices of young individuals, and wholeheartedly embracing digital advancements. The publication’s overarching mission is to serve as a platform for marginalized communities, advocate for the betterment of society, and uphold the principles of honesty and integrity in reporting. Dontaira has become editor-in-chief and co-owner of the Buckeye Review, while her sister Zakkiyyah has assumed the position of chief operating officer.

“There wasn’t one thing that sparked this (taking ownership of the Buckeye Review); it was more of a question of why not? We know we have what it takes to be successful. We have both worked independently for other people; she’s (Dontaira) been a freelance journalist. I’ve been an entrepreneur, a serial entrepreneur. I’m always starting something, growing something, and trying something out. So, really, it was, “Well, why not”? We know we can do it,” Zakkiyyah said.

For Dontaira and Zakkiyyah, this transition is more than a business venture. It’s a return to their roots, a reconnection with a publication that has been a part of their community for almost 90 years.

Zakkiyyah interned at the newspaper 30 years ago while in high school and continued through her time at Howard University. She recalls while in undergrad having an internship at the newspaper. Now, she is a licensed attorney with an MBA in multiple businesses. Dontaira’s first byline, which many believe kickstarted her journalism career when she was nine, is not just memories but threads that weave their personal histories with the newspaper’s legacy.

Dontaira is a lifestyle journalist who has been featured in various publications, including BET, VH1, MTV, The Recording Academy, Andscape, USA Today, Bustle, and Shondaland. She has also interviewed numerous celebrities, such as Tyler Perry, Regina King, Michael B. Jordan, Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Issa Rae, and Taraji P. Henson.

“That’s the beauty of being able to work alongside Zakkiyyah because we complement each other. She handles the business aspect, including contracts, trademarks, and everyday business operations. Then I can stand in my greatness on the editorial side, and she can stand in her greatness, and then we’ll come together in different capacities at some point. Whenever we need to review things, but for the most part, she’s amazing. All of this is what is helping us build this legacy,” Dontaira said.

As proud graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) such as Florida A&M University and Howard University, Dontaira and Zakkiyyah feel a deep sense of responsibility towards their communities. They both see this as an opportunity to showcase marginalized communities’ diversity and cultural wealth and uplift and celebrate the often overlooked unique narratives and experiences, especially in the Black community. Their commitment to community empowerment and cultural preservation is a call to action for all who share their vision.

“Something we are both excited about is the cross-generational approach. I want my daughter, who’s nine, soon to be 10 when she picks up the paper, and when our dad, who turned 70, picks up the paper, I want them both to look forward to opening their mailbox every month knowing that there is something in there for them both. That cross-generational approach,” Zakkiyah said. “Getting back to “it takes a village,” getting back to the respect factor of knowing that others have something to offer you, not necessarily that they’re older than you or more educated than you but more based on the fact we can all learn something from everybody. And so our paper will showcase that.”

The Buckeye Review is currently circulated in over 200 cities across 26 states and is growing. To read the latest edition and updates, visit


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