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“We deserve to have our diverse cultures, skin tones, hair textures, and every distinct feature of ours celebrated.”
Andréa Butler helps put the “mag” in #BlackGirlMagic as editor-in-chief and publisher of Sesi — the only teen magazine for Black girls on the newsstand.
Launched into this world a month early, Andréa made her debut at Fort Belvoir Army Hospital in Virginia. Growing up a Marine Corps brat, she didn’t attend the same school more than two years in a row until college. Throughout all the moves, though, her love of reading and writing remained constant. And as a teen, she fell hard for magazines — having what her mom called “an intense obsession” with them (it was nearly impossible for her to leave a store without buying at least one).
But, she tired of reading magazines she couldn’t relate to — Essence was too old and she didn’t exactly see herself in the pages of Seventeen, YM, et al. One night, lying on her bedroom floor, flipping through a dozen or so old issues of the aforementioned teen mags, 17-year-old Andréa had a thought: “If nothing’s changed by the time I’m done with school, I’ll start one myself.”
Representation matters, and Sesi reps Black girls to the fullest — filling that void in mainstream magazine media since 2009. Through an entertaining mix of features highlighting beauty, fashion, health, celebrities, social issues, and more, Sesi celebrates the culture of Black girls everywhere.
“Provides quality coverage of the issues facing and pertaining to Black girls, topics so often missing in mainstream publications. Articles cover a wide range of topics on education, social justice, health, celebrities, movies, beauty, and more. Teens are also urged to submit short stories and poetry. The layout is bright and inviting and with cover girls like musicians Chloe and Halle … sure to attract readers.”School Library Journal