Our Why? To give voice to Black teen girls in a media space where they are virtually invisible.
Sesi is the only teen magazine for Black girls in the U.S. As an independently owned, Black media company, we’re mainly self- and community-funded.
For more than 200 years, Black media has played a critical role in our communities, covering aspects of Black life other publications have blatantly ignored. But, with the exception of a couple very short-lived attempts, none of those Black-owned publications specifically wrote for Black teen girls.
As the only teen magazine for Black girls on newsstands in the U.S., we work hard to cover the Black girl’s mainstream through a mix of beauty, fashion, health, social issues, and so much more. We literally do what no. one. else. does. Period.
And we can’t continue without our community.
Black media, such as Sesi, can’t exist without you.
Like most of the Black press, Sesi is independently owned. We have no corporate backing and practically no advertising, so we rely on our EIC’s hella side-hustles as well as our community all year long to help us fund printing (which is about $5,000 – $6,000 per issue), shipping (about $2,500 per issue), and paying our POC writers, photographers, and designers (about $5,000 per issue).
Our team of freelancers works together to tell stories about Black girls experiencing joy, overcoming struggles, and just living their lives. We introduce readers to dream careers, help them love the skin (and hair) they’re in, and provide a safe place for them to express their own words — many submit their poetry and short stories to us for publication consideration, and we’re honored to be one of the first places their work is shared with the world.
- Pay our freelance writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, and other contributors to the magazine.
- Cover other production costs, such as printing and mailing.
- Sesi continue to produce the only teen magazine for Black girls on newsstands for future generations.
If you’re down with our mission and value what Sesi is doing, please take a minute to give what you can. Your donation will ensure our team can continue to produce and distribute the stories no one else tells.
From the 13-year-old reader who was in “awe” at all the Black Girl Magic Sesi serves up page after page to the 22-year-old subscriber who’s been down with the mag for five years to the teen who’ll discover Sesi for the very first time today, as she browses her local newsstand, our readers tell us the mag inspires them to go after their dreams, embrace their Blackness, and stay up on the latest, too.
Black girls across the world — in the United States, Germany, Japan, Australia, the UK, Canada, and the Bahamas, just to name a few — look to Sesi for the representation they haven’t been able to find anywhere else. Donate to make sure they always can.