Remember all those times you’ve wished there was a teen magazine you could legit relate to, and *gasp*, actually see yourself in? Wish no more because now you can have all that IRL! We created Sesi to give you a voice and a media space where you’re no longer invisible. “Sesi” means “sister” in Sotho, a Bantu language mainly spoken in Southern Africa. The only print magazine for Black teen girls in the U.S., Sesi reps to the fullest. Peep our squad:
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, Emerita
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’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.
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
When I was a young girl, magazines were the only thing that came in the mail directly addressed to me. The magazines I was subscribed to never discussed the Black experience, but now I get to bring our stories to all of you! Writing for Sesi is a lifelong dream of mine actualized.
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.
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.
As a Black child that grew up collecting magazines, the lack of representation was always something I noticed and what ultimately led me to study journalism in college. Being a contributing writer for Sesi magazine is exactly what my younger self aspired to be. Having a place for young, Black teens to see themselves in all aspects is amazing!
I write for Sesi because it allows me to foster the kind of inclusive content and representation that I didn’t see growing up. I love being able to share beauty tips that will help Black teens everywhere to be creative and come into their own style. In this way, writing for Sesi couldn’t be more rewarding.
More About Sesi
In the world of Black magazines, something was missing — a Black magazine edited specifically for teens. Then, in 2012, Sesi was launched. The only print magazine for Black teen girls published in the U.S., Sesi is, you read that correctly, print-focused.
We know you love a good IG/TikTok moment, but as one 15-year-old Sesi reader recently told us, “I like actually being able to hold [the magazine] in my hands and flip through the long articles. It also helps you take a break because we’re on our phones so much, so reading a magazine I just better.”
This quarterly glossy covers everything from beauty, fashion, and health to social justice issues, music, and more. Readers can even send in their own short stories or poetry for publication consideration. Into serving and creating looks? Check out our “Here For It” column for what’s good in the beauty space. Or, if you want to stay up on what’s new on the music scene, flip to the back of the mag to read “The Put On” — where we put you on to that new-new. Sesi’s Black girl magic column spotlights Black teens doing amazing things in their communities and is the perfect motivation to go after your own dreams.
Representation matters, and Sesi reps Black girls to the fullest. You, too, deserve a magazine that will always show up for you and be something you can truly relate to — a magazine that doesn’t see Black girls as merely passing fads to throw on a cover once a year or so.
To subscribe, simply click the subscribe tab at the top of the page and fill out your details. Then, you’ll start receiving your copy of Sesi right in your mailbox each quarter. Questions? Hit us up at email@example.com.