Black Women : Those of You Who Read Essence Magazine

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  1. river

    river Watch Her Flow MEMBER

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    Hey sistas
    Do you read Essence Magazine? Is it basically an entertainment mag or would it be an appropriate place to submit a story likeStill Waters Run Deep?

    I have been encouraged to make it more widely available and Essence has a large readership but do they deal with things like this?
     
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    To me, Essence tries to be all things to all Black women. That is annoying because they never get it right. Showing 3 pages of fashin does not make you a fashion magazine, or having an article on finance does not make you a financial publication. Essence needs to focus on what it is that it wants to be. Black women have more representation in magazines than they did 40 years ago and will not patronize Essence 'just because'. If the want to stay in the running they are gonna need to handle their business.
     
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    Gee sis Bootz.

    I been thinking I'd do well to send this to a parenting magazine anyway. I want to avoid sensationalism which an emphasis on entertainment seems to suggest. My only reson for wanting to publish this story is because I think it will help someone. I posted here because I thought Essence would be popular with yawl and you could give me an idea of what you are looking for. .
     
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    Hello River...

    I have been subscribing to Essence since 2002. Most of the stories/articles I’ve read are from famous people. I kind of lost interest in reading it, because they’ve seem to have eased white models in and so much advertisement. I skim through the pages and then drop them off at the nearest nursing home and pass some of them to my sister to read. Actually I’ve been contemplating canceling my subscription.

    A parenting mag. sounds good. What about a community newspaper?


    Whatever direction you take I wish you much success with it.


    MaddSistahlyLove!
    Coco:heart:
     
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    I have a question about Essence that someone may be able to help me with:

    Have they ever had a black woman on the front cover with natural hair, locks even ?
     
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    I have found that for the most part, Essence's niche has always been fashion and fluff. Occassionally, they get serious. They took on hip hop 10-15 years too late but eventually hit home. Did a survey on womens fear of loneliness vs their fear of AIDS. That was chilling. Etc. etc.

    But they seldom do stuff like that
















     
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