About the Mag
On a mission to fill that void in the mainstream media, in which Black girls are virtually invisible, Sesi (a quarterly, print magazine for Black teen girls) celebrates them.
As a teen, I had what my mom called, “an intense obsession” with magazines. (I legit couldn’t leave a store without buying one!) 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, I was flipping through a few of those mags (I had to read something!), and 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.
Print and magazine design is my first love. 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.
I write for Sesi because #BlackGirlMagic isn’t another tactic to try and increase Black readership. It’s what we believe in at our core. When our readers flip through the pages, they can take pride in knowing that the magazine was created especially for them.
Quite simply, Sesi is the magazine I wish existed when I was a young Black girl. Growing up, I didn’t see myself represented in mainstream teen magazines and it had a negative effect on my self-esteem. My hope is that every girl who reads Sesi will recognize herself, celebrate herself, and love herself.
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.
I write for Sesi to provide the articles that I didn’t see in magazines growing up. I’m dedicated to creating positive images for Black teenage girls, and I’m so thankful for the Sesi team as we continue to do this!
I write for Sesi because it’s the voice I needed when I was a teen. It’s the voice I still need. Sesi Mag is where it’s at.
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
When I flip through Sesi, I see someone that looks like teenage me on nearly every page. How many other magazines can you say that about? Representation matters, and it’s my duty to ensure our Nubian princesses know there’s no shortage of #blackgirlmagic. There’s an abundance of it.
I write for Sesi because I want every girl who looks like me to know and feel like her story is being told. I want to a voice for those girls because I didn’t have that voice represented when I was growing up. Representation matters and #BlackGirlMagic needs to be celebrated and appreciated, and Sesi does that.
I write for Sesi because I believe that representation of the Black [girl] is extremely important today more than ever. We inspire and influence so many things, yet we are so frequently overlooked. Sesi is a stage for Black Girl Magic!
(in the Sotho language of Southern Africa)
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