About

Photographed by Jessica Gressa

Well, hello! It’s nice to (virtually) meet you. Get to know me a lil’ bit:

Descendant of the Fulani tribe, Gettysburg-obsessed Marine Corps brat, and lover of all things magazine-related, Andréa Butler is an entrepreneurial writer, editor, publisher, and paid public speaker who reps hard for the culture, especially when it comes to Black teen girls. Prior to launching Sesi, the only teen magazine for Black girls on the newsstand, Andréa worked as a high school English teacher for five years, and after that, became a senior editor at LivingSocial for four years. She’s been publishing Sesi since 2009 with her friend-since-high-school Shannon Boone and #cantstopwontstop. Her friends call her “Ms. Correcto” because she is all about that editing life.

Andréa holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. in Magazine Journalism from Kent State University.


You can learn even more about me from NBC News, Let’s Talk Live, The Free Lance-Star, the Dreams in Drive podcast, and The Homegirl Project. In April 2019, I was invited to participate in the panel “Why Independent Magazines are Thriving Today” at the Magazine Innovation Center’s annual conference. Take a look:

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