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Edited for black teenage girls, Sesi magazine is dedicated to providing a community that focuses on celebrating their mainstream.

What is Sesi Magazine?

Sesi, which means "sister" in the Sotho language of South Africa, is a teen magazine edited for African-American/black teenage girls, ages 12 to 19. It is dedicated to providing a community that focuses on celebrating them and their culture by covering beauty, fashion, social issues, relationships, health, school/college life, careers, entertainment, and more.

How did the Idea for Sesi Arise?

The idea for Sesi came when I, myself, was a teenager and noticed that I rarely, if ever, saw black girls on the covers, or inside stories, of teen magazines that were sold in stores. I became aware that black girls were an underserved audience in regard to the mainstream teen magazine market; it remains that way today. After graduating college, when I realized nothing had been done to remedy this issue, I decided that I would start such a magazine myself. 

What will Your Support Do? It will...

...allow us to print our first ever, truly high-gloss issue that can be distributed via single-copy sales and subscription sales. This will also help make our audience more aware of this publication by making it more affordable and accessible.

...help relaunch a magazine that fills a void in the marketplace, making you a part of something huge, impactful and rewarding.

...allow us to build a solid circulation, so that we may attract advertisers for upcoming issues. By reaching our funding goal, we'll be able to print 5,000 copies.

...allow us to score distribution, so the issue can be purchased in stores at $2.99 per issue, making it more accessible location-wise and cost-wise to our audience.

...allow us to pay our volunteer graphic designer and writers, as well as hire more writers and a photographer, so we can curb our use of stock photos.

...allow us to bring the dream of seeing such a publication on the newsstands to fruition, and to keep that dream growing.

Thanks in Advance!

Any contribution will help us get closer to our goal: Choose the amount that you're comfortable giving, and you'll not only receive an awesome reward, but you'll become an integral part of creating a publication that is very much needed.

Thank you in advance for sharing whatever you have to offer, so that we may share our stories with you and our current and future readers. Thank you, again, for believing in our team and our mission, and remember to share this link with your friends and family, so they can participate, too!

For more information: "Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our blog.

*** Also, a thank you to BOPD for allowing us to use the song "Elevator" in our video.

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    Digital version of the relaunch issue and a thank you card. This will be the Winter 2012 issue.

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    Digital version of the relaunch issue, as well as a signed, printed copy of the same issue.

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    A lifetime subscription to Sesi magazine and a signed copy of the relaunch issue. You'll also receive a Sesi magazine T-shirt and notebook, an invitation for two (transportation not included) to attend the relaunch party in a DC-area venue in December, and one copy of the three original magazine issues. Additionally, if you are a business that sells products geared toward teens (think: bath and body products, feminine products, apparel and accessories for teens, makeup, hair products, etc.), we will publish one ad for your business in the relaunch issue in December.

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