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Black History Month: 10 Indie Print Magazines To Support

by Grace Bonney

Ever since we started our print magazine, Good Company, I have gained an even higher level of respect and admiration for people running print magazines. They are so difficult to organize, design, get out into the world, and make profitable that anyone who is able to do it successfully pretty much knocks my socks off. It takes a lot of work and effort to put something out into the world that doesn’t look like every other magazine, so when it comes to indie magazines like these we’re celebrating here today, all I can say is this: bravo and please buy these issues!

Today we’re celebrating 10 art + culture magazines and zines that champion creatives of color and are run by Black editors-in-chief, founders, and art directors. From fashion and beauty to queer culture and punk rock, these magazines cover every inch of the creative world and celebrate voices and talents you may not find in other magazines yet. Whether you pick up or order an issue online or follow them on Instagram, please support these publications. Print needs sales and community support to survive, so please consider supporting these magazines by buying an issue if you can. xo, Grace

@hannah.magazine: This stunning print magazine celebrates Black women and is run by founder Qimmah Saafir. They’ve featured stories on everyone from Issa Rae to Tarana Burke and Hannah simply is a must-see.

@crwnmag: CRWN Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lindsey Day, is such a delight to work with (she wrote the Luvvie Ajayi cover story for Good Company‘s second issue) and her magazine is a beautiful ode to Black women and natural beauty. Their Money & Power issue looks incredible and right now you can order a bundle of three issues for $40, which is a steal for the quality of indie magazines like CRWN.

@whetstonemagazine: I’ve so enjoyed watching Stephen Sattefield’s Whetstone Magazine grow and evolve. Each issue is dedicated to food and celebrates stories, writers, and artists that we don’t always see appreciated in more mainstream food publications.

@polychromemag: I am SO excited about Polychrome magazine, which is a new-ish magazine (available in print and online) that celebrates creatives of color. Their first issue is so exciting and so gorgeous, I can’t wait to see what they do next.

@thetenthzine: I am a MASSIVE fan of The Tenth Zine. I lucked out and got to meet the founders at our local LGBTQ center in the Hudson Valley and have been following their every step since then. Their publication focuses on Black queer culture (art, music, film, poetry, and more) and it is a stunningly beautiful piece of work. I have discovered so many amazing fine artists (of all ages, which is something I love seeing in contemporary indie mags) and so many photographers because of The Tenth.

@galdemzine: Run, don’t walk, to buy a copy of Gal-Dem Zine. This is one of the best printed mags I’ve seen in a long time and every part of this pub (from their issues to their Instagram feed to their events) is fantastic. Gal-Dem is run by women and non-binary people of color and they celebrate a wide range of creative people in all sorts of artistic fields, from fashion and music to politics and writing. This is a MUST for any creative person’s shelf.

@neuneumedia: Neu Neu is relatively new to me, so I’m still catching up on their digital archives and awaiting their next issue. Their first issue sold out (yes!) and their social media feed has been my focus lately. I’ve been loving all of the new stylists and photographers I’ve found through them, and they have an incredible eye for up-and-coming artists in all fields.

Shotgun Seamstress
: I grew up in a surf town that worshipped punk rock and ska and it wasn’t until I moved to NYC that I learned the rich history of Black punk music and discovered bands that I’d never heard before. Shotgun Seamstress is a great old-school zine (think Xerox copy-style) that celebrates Black punk, but also a wide range of talented Black artists from all sorts of different disciplines. Check out their website to get started.

@the_inmag: I first discovered Isis Nicole‘s eponymous magazine through model Aaron Philip’s Twitter feed. Aaron was the latest cover of the magazine and I was so blown away by the beauty of the photos for Aaron’s story. Isis Nicole’s magazine focuses on creatives of color all over the world doing incredible things in art, music, fashion, design and just about any other creative medium.

@apricotajournal: Our friend Amelia Lang, Associate Publisher at the Aperture Foundation, introduced me to Apricota Journal, which is a new arts magazine founded by Andrianna Campbell (a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center) and Joanna Fiduccia (a visiting Assistant Professor of Art History & Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon).

@tonaljournal: I also wanted to mention Tonal Journal in this piece because it focuses primarily on celebrating women of color of all ages, is run by a woman of color (Zarna Surti), and is quite simply one of the most stunning ad-free magazines I’ve ever seen. It reads more like a book to me and I’m always blown away by the quality of the printing and photography — it’s a total work of art. Most importantly to me, I love that this publication really ensures a diversity of age ranges included. It celebrates women of color at every stage of their lives and that’s something I’m excited to see more of in print, hopefully.

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