Get to know the crew behind the Black teen magazine you love to read.
“Sesi” means “sister” in Sotho, a Bantu language mainly spoken in Southern Africa. The only teen magazine for Black girls in the U.S., Sesi reps to the fullest. OUR WHY: To give voice to Black teen girls in a media space where they are virtually invisible.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m a freelance fashion & beauty writer based in New York City. I love writing for Sesi to create inclusive content that reflects young, Black women; content that I wish I had during my time as a style-obsessed teen.