It seems as if 2015 has been a grand year for celebration of black women. From endless hashtags across social media to the number of African American women blooming new entrepreneurial ideas.
In the midst of all of this there is still a void in some places and magazines are one.
If you head to your local magazine stand you will find few options for women of color. There is a definite lack of diversity within the fashion and beauty industry when it comes to print work.
That is where HANNAH comes into play. To fill the void of what magazines lack.
Creative director and Editor-in-Chief, Qimmah Saafir, has created a bi-annual magazine to serve as a celebration of black women.
It is intended to be a different type of magazine. One that will share narratives of black women and cover just about any topic from fashion and beauty to sociopolitical issues and technology.
“I just started to realize that the publications that I loved weren’t meant for me or weren’t necessarily concerned with representing me or my demographic or what I like,” Saafir told The Huffington Post.
HANNAH is not to be in competition with Essence, Ebony or the few other magazines out there for women of color because there is always room for more!
Publication of the magazine is dependent on a kickstarter campaign that ends Monday October 5, 2015. Currently, at just under $15,000, reaching the $30k goal may be tough but many believe it is still possible.
There will be a #WeWantHANNAH fundraising party taking place this Saturday, Oct 3rd at Ode to Babel in Brooklyn, NY in efforts to raise the remaining funds for the magazine.
I do hope it works out and they are able to reach the goal because I see HANNAH being the perfect coffee table magazine. Stemming conversation and shedding a little more light to the beauty and ideas that women of color have.
A thick book filled with the beauty of women of color and showing how we are 3-dimensional and not all the same. Highlighting pieces of high fashion, giving more black models full spreads and black photographers an opportunity to show their skills.
This is why HANNAH needs to happen!