In the past year, I’ve noticed several online magazines (a bit different than blogs) popping up geared toward black women. I’m loving this trend because the new sites offer something different than what’s been the norm for black women’s voices on the web: celebrity gossip, fashion or hair. Not to knock those resources, but it’s refreshing to see some spaces where women can be their full selves and discuss issues like self-esteem, careers, health, relationships and even depression as well. Check out four of my favorites below and let me know if there are others I should know about!
In the heart of a woman, you’ll find two things: love, and more love. Even when that woman’s having a bad hair day or struggling with her 1980’s wardrobe, she is filled with love. Even when she’s the lone voice of reason in an all-male board meeting, she is filled with love. When she’s stereotyped, misjudged or mischaracterized, her heart still forges ahead with love. In good times and bad, with good shoes and bad, whether basked in high fashion or struggling with low moments, this woman’s heart keeps racing, pacing with love. This woman is you, your sister, your mother, your role model, your wife, your friend, your girlfriend, your cousin, your First Lady. Her mind has traveled everywhere, her eyes have wondered everything, her beauty has affected everyone and her thoughts have turned the world around its axis: we listen to her thoughts and collect them here. And, we fondly call her “Madame Noire.”
For Harriet is daily online magazine which provides a forum for Black women of all ages to debate and discuss the challenges and triumphs of Black womanhood in the 21st century. The site is an online community that Black women can call their own. For Harriet’s editorial covers the most pressing interests and concerns of Black women around the world. Our mission is to inspire, educate, and entertain our readers.
Zora&Alice is an online community that provides a fresh, smart voice for young black women. So much of what is written about young black women is homogeneous and stereotype-driven. Zora&Alice exists so that we can take control of our stories and tell it the way we see fit. The site covers a range of topics, with special focus on career, culture, sexuality and women’s issues. We hope to empower young women to be leaders and entrepreneurs, in business, non-profit, writing, film, fashion – wherever our passions take us. So go on, put on your power pumps, and rule the world like the stone cold force you’ve always been.
With the rise of the online sector as the primary source of news, Clutch is an industry leader forging the movement into the digital age for its target demographic. With a site that accumulates a steady increase of viewers each quarter since its inception, Clutch proves that there is a market for Black women that hasn’t been filled before. Clutch is the only online magazine for Black women that is updated numerous times daily and releases a full issue every Monday. Weekly interviews with the biggest names in the world (Russell Simmons, Diahann Carroll, Sheila Johnson, Hill Harper, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, John Legend, Suze Orman, among others) are mixed with editorials by some of the most eclectic minds of this generation.