*If your question isn’t answered here, write to us at sesimag@gmail.com to send us yours!

PLEASE NOTE: All gift subscriptions placed by December 14, 2020 were mailed before the USPS deadlines and should arrive before Christmas. However, some shipments may experience delays. You can read more about that here.

1) What is Sesi magazine, anyway?

Sesi means “sister” in Sotho, a Bantu language mainly spoken in Southern Africa. We rep Black teen girls to the fullest — filling that void in mainstream magazine media, in which Black girls and their voices are virtually invisible.

Check out our recent features on the Teendom Talk Show, NBC News Washington, D.C., and ABC’s Let’s Talk Live!

2) Is Sesi an online magazine?

Nope.  Sesi is a print magazine. You can get yours by clicking the subscribe tab above. Sesi is printed quarterly, which means we publish a spring issue, a summer issue, a fall issue, and a winter issue each year.

3) Can I buy Sesi in stores?

YES!!! You can pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or one of these L.A.-area newsstands.

4) Can I give a gift subscription?

You sure can! Just click here!

5) Besides subscribing, how else can I support?

You can donate! An indie magazine with very little advertising, we have a small (but mighty) team, and we’ve got a lot planned for the future — more discussion on Black girls and mental health, our 7th-annual Natural Hair Love issue, and soooo much more. But there’s no way we can do any of it without the support of our community. You can set up a recurring or one-time donation here. ❤️

6) My issue never arrived. What do I do?

Your first issue will arrive within 6 to 8 weeks after your subscription has been ordered. Subsequent issues will arrive as follows: Spring issue (between the middle of March and the end of April), Summer issue (between the middle of June and the end of July), Fall issue (between the middle of September and the end of October), and Winter issue (between the middle of December and the end of January). 

If it’s been 6 to 8 weeks since your initial subscription and/or your magazine has not arrived within the specified timelines above, we may have an incorrect address on file or we may not have received your payment. E-mail us at sesimag@gmail.com to verify if your name and address are correct. Other reasons that may cause a missed issue:

  • Did you recently move? We may not have your change of address on file. Update yours here.
  • Your subscription may have expired or not yet begun.
  • The postal service may be experiencing delivery delays due to weather, Covid-19, or the current administration’s mismanagement of the USPS.
  • If none of the above applies, e-mail us at sesimag@gmail.com and let us know which issue you missed. We’ll extend your subscription to compensate for that missed issue. (EX: If you missed the spring issue and your subscription ends the following winter, we’ll extend it through the following spring.) 

Please notify us immediately of a missed issue. We will not be able to extend a subscription because of a missed issue if more than three months have passed since shipping of that missed issue, per the shipping schedule above.

7) How do I cancel my subscription?

If you’d ever like to discontinue your subscription to Sesi, simply send an email to sesimag@gmail.com with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. You will be refunded for the issues left in your subscription (if any) that have not yet been shipped and your auto renewal will also be cancelled.

7 thoughts on “FAQs

  1. My daughter Egypt Hughes is a Junior Golfer how can we get her stories in the magazine?

  2. Thanks Sesi for your advice. So appreciative you guys work so hard to create positive magazine for awesome young black girls and women! Cheers to future Sesi readers 🙂

  3. Hello! Sesi is a teen magazine, so it’s probably a bit too old for a 10-year-old. Our target audience is made up of teens ages 13-19. We do have 12-year-olds and 20- and 21-year-olds who read it, but 10 is a little too young. Just a few more years, though, and she’ll be ready! 🙂

  4. Do you think Sesi would be an appropriate mag for my client: 10 y/o african american girl adopted (at birth) by single white mom. Girl is quite immature for her age, has many mental health diagnoses but is so curious about black girl culture and so insightful about her own struggles. I am an asian woman and I want her to have age appropriate positive media in her life.

  5. I bought my daughter a gift subscription for her birthday (July 2016.) It arrived within 6 weeks in a protective bag in a bubble wrap envelope – already impressed, considering the subscription is $10 (very inexpensive!!) and the considerate shipping is always appreciated.

    I waited to read it until my daughter did. AS AN ADULT, I would absolutely subscribe to this magazine. I was blown away. I wish I knew more young black girls so I can buy them a gift subscription!

    And yes, my daughter absolutely LOVES Sesi. She said, “Every page had something I can use or learn about. I love how they talk about natural hair !” She went on and on about the hair tips/articles/love since maintaining a chemical free ‘do is a priority for her.
    She also loved how the different articles/topics appeal to different types of personalities. One article that stood out to her provided facts about Freshman year of college. She also liked how an article helped shy girls. She is only 12 but she felt like all the information was so helpful and it all made sense.

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