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“Sesi” means “sister” in Sotho, a Bantu language mainly spoken in Southern Africa. The only teen magazine for Black girls on the newsstands, Sesi reps to the fullest — filling that void in mainstream magazine media, in which Black girls and their voices are virtually invisible. As an independent magazine with very little advertising, we rely on the support of our community to continue publishing. You can show your support by subscribing or donating. Subscriptions are $15 a year and you can donate any amount you’d like. ❤️

Andréa Butler

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher

As a teen, I had what my mom called, “an intense obsession” with magazines. But I got sick of reading mags I couldn’t relate to: Essence was too old, and the Seventeens and YMs of the world left me singing, “Where My (Black) Girls At?” One night, as I was flipping through a few of those mags (I had to read something!), I thought to myself, “If there’s still not a teen magazine that speaks to Black girls by the time I’m done with school, I’ll start one myself.” And I did, with Shannon, my friend since high school. We’ve been killin’ it ever since.

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Shannon Boone

Art Director, Emeritus

Print and magazine design are my first loves. I design for Sesi to share an experience with our audience that they can relate to. I am committed and passionate about providing enjoyable, entertaining layouts to enhance every girl’s love for herself.

Simi Segun

Contributing Writer

I write for Sesi because it’s a space where Black girls are front and center — both in the spotlight and behind it. Sesi doesn’t just tell our stories, it also tells Black girls what reaching for our dreams looks like — and that’s so important. 

Tracey L. Rogers

Astrologer/Horoscope Writer

I am thrilled to be a part of #TeamSesi, and I hope my horoscopes resonate deeply with you! I write for Sesi because it is an opportunity for me to share messages of empowerment with young, Black women who will go on to change the world, promoting a new set of values that reflect tolerance, humility, and a shared humanity for all. #ProudToBeBlack

Miaira Jennings

Videographer

I’ve always had a passion for video production and hosting, and I’m proud to contribute to Sesi’s mission of celebrating Black girl magic, portraying positivity, and sharing inspirational content for young girls everywhere. Creating media that is both entertaining and meaningful is important to me, and I am able to do that as part of #TeamSesi. 

Ava Marshall

Contributing Writer

I write for Sesi because as a young Black girl myself, finding myself reflected in the media was a rarity, making me feel as if I wasn’t worthy. As a creator, this paralleled with seeing my work as good enough. Sesi shows that Black girls are the mainstream, that who we are, in all it’s diversity, is worthy. And pretty freakin’, phenomenal.

Jamie Yu

Lead Layout Designer

As a self-proclaimed pack rat that has collected copious piles of magazines, I love designing for Sesi. It is so rewarding being able to help girls through my own passion for print design.

Sire Leo Lamar-Becker

Contributing Writer/Photographer

I write for Sesi because Black girls and teenagers seeing themselves represented and being the focus of a magazine is so important. Stories curated based on their specific interests and experiences allow them to see that the world sees them as valid. All of my life I’ve been obsessed with pop culture, entertainment, and magazines; Sesi allows me to merge my passion for all of these things and gives them purpose

Anissa Gabbara

Contributing Writer

I write for Sesi because it puts a smile on my face knowing that we are not only celebrating US, but we are pushing the conversation forward that should never be muted; Black girl representation in mainstream media is paramount and very necessary. My hope is that every Black girl out there who picks up a copy can relate to the content, as if they were having a conversation with their BFF. WE are everything! #BlackGirlMagic

Cass Yu

Contributing Layout Designer

Empowering and supporting girls? Uh, yes! This is why I design for Sesi, and why I am proud to be a part of the #SesiTeam.

Jeana Aaron

Contributing Layout Designer

I’m so honored to be a part of the Sesi team. I consider myself an old-school designer because while I appreciate the digital world, I still LOVE the opportunity to work on print design projects. Sesi also gives me an opportunity as a Black mother of two daughters to be a contributing factor to a magazine that represents #blackgirlmagic.

Nya Etienne

Social Media Contributor

As a young Black girl, I was always obsessed with pop culture and fashion. But when it came to the intersections of representation, I never saw myself reflected in the media I consumed. I am joining #TeamSesi because as a creator, I love everything that this magazine stands for and the important topics it tackles are essential for the Black teen to resonate with.

Ryan Oakley

Contributing Illustrator

Representation REALLY matters! I illustrate for Sesi because Black teens should be able to see themselves in art, TV, and in media in general. Sesi is that needed outlet of positive imagery and stories for Black teens.

LaShawn Hudson

Contributing Writer

Writing for Sesi magazine is personal for me; it’s my gift to young Black girls all around the globe. Their stories, thoughts and experiences matter — and now it’s time that we shine a light on them. Dear beautiful Black girl, you are enough. Not even the sky is a barrier for you. Go courageously after your dreams.

Jasmine Nicole

Fall 2021 Intern

I’ve read magazines my whole life but had never seen a magazine for Black girls. Just when I started doing research to start my own magazine, I found Sesi and knew I had to be apart of it. I especially love the beauty recommendations, they’re always on point!


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