Get to know the crew behind the Black teen magazine you love to read.

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“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.

Team Sesi. Headshot of Andrea Butler, Sesi magazine's editor-in-chief/publisher. She's a Black woman wearing long box braids and a black and gray sweater.

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.

A photo of Shannon Boone, Sesi's art director, emeritus. She's a Black woman wearing short hair and black glasses.

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.

Team Sesi. Photo of Laswhawn Hudson, contributing writer. She's wearing a curly afro, a black sweater with white flowers/leaves and black leather pants. She's smiling and posing with one hand on her hips and one making the peace sign.

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.

Photo of Tracey Rogers, astrologer and horoscope writer. She's wearing an afro, a red polka dot shirt, and is drinking from a mug of tea.

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

Headshot of Miaira Jennings, videographer for some of Sesi's photo shoots. She's wearing long box braids and an off-the-shoulder, striped dress against a beige background.

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. 

Team Sesi. Photo of Ava Marshall, contributing writer. She's a Black woman wearing straight hair with half of it up in a top bun. The photo is of her speaking into a microphone at an event.

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.

Team Sesi. Headshot of Jamie Yu, lead layout designer. She's an Asian woman, wearing a gray turtleneck. Her black hair is short, and she's smiling for the camera with one hand gently pulling on the neck of the sweater.

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.

Headshot of Sire Leo Lamar-Becker, contributing writer and photographer. He's a Black man and is wearing is hair in a curly bun; he's also wearing black glasses, a nose ring, and a salmon-colored T-shirt with a light wash denim jacket over that. He's standing against a red background, holding his hands up by his face.

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

Team Sesi. Photo of Anissa Gabbara, contributing writer. She's a Black woman wearing long, straight hair and a teal headwrap.

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

Team Sesi. Black and white headshot of Cass Yu, contributing layout designer. She's an Asian woman wearing her hair long. She's got on a white sweatshirt that says, "Live Fast, Live Long."

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.

Team Sesi. Headshot of Jeana Aaron, contributing layout designer. She's a Black woman, and in this photo, she's seated in a red and white chair by a table. Her hair is short, one leg is crossed over the other, and she's wearing dark denim jeans, a taupe blouse, and a blue, black, and taupe necklace.

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.

Team Sesi. Photo of Nya Etienne, social media contributor. She's a Black woman standing outside wearing a black turtleneck with a leopard-print spaghetti strapped dress over top. Her hair is in natural curls.

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.

Team Sesi. Photo of Ryan Oakley, contributing illustrator. She's wearing large Senegalese twists and is standing outside by a flower bush. She's looking off to one side and is wearing a blue and black short-sleeved top with angels on it.

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.

Team Sesi. Headshot of Kindra Mone, contributing writer. She's a Black woman wearing her straightened hair in a low bun. She's smiling and resting her face on one hand.

Kindra Moné

Contributing Writer

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.

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