Ethnic Men in Magazines: Alex Rodriguez in DETAILS

I heard this bloke plays baseball. I have no clue who he is. All I know is he can have it.

And FYI before anyone goes after me for saying this guy is not ethnic, he was quoted as saying in Sports Illustrated that:

When people write [bad things] about me, I don’t know if it’s [because] I’m good-looking, I’m biracial, I make the most money, I play on the most popular team….”

Bloke is kind of buff. I am feeling his physique.

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Black Girls in Magazines: Taraji, Iman & Serena in ESSENCE (April 2009)


I scanned this early last week. This April issue is actually very good, but I don’t understand why ESSENCE cannot just give Taraji her own cover? They had a full page scan of her before, which I scanned here and the issue before that which I also scanned. Don’t get me wrong, I love Iman & Serena but it’s Taraji’s time to shine so why can’t she just have her own cover? The girl has loads of personality and would be a fantastic interviewee.

ESSENCE do well and then do false starts like this. What do you think?

Black Men in Magazines: Terrence, What’s Wrong with this Cover?


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Okay, I would let Terrence have me, any day. Even if I was watching TV. He’s that buff. However, what the hell is up with this mag cover? I know TH has hazel eyes but they have photoshopped them to DEATH in this image.

Ebony has some issues to work out clearly. I am not feeling the eye photoshopping. It’s tired and sends the wrong message.

The End of VIBE?


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This is going to be a quick post but it’s something I can’t get out of my head. I remember ages Monie talked about this too but as usual, US import magazines come to the UK weeks late. I was in Borders yesterday checking out the latest magazines for research. I saw VIBE with Keyshia Cole and her mum on the cover.

I would not even dream of wasting £3.25 to buy the brochure. It’s not a magazine, it’s a brochure spliced with a few articles and pathetic top 30 lists? What the fuck? You cannot be serious. How can they expect people to waste money to buy something that is so thin with basically no content?

The top 30 lists are perfect digg style content. That should stay online and not creep into the magazine. There is so much wrong with that magazine. They have lots of one page style profiles with the hot things to buy, again, this is all information that can go on the website because the products can all be found online. It’s nonsense.

If I am going to spend £3.25, I want to spend it on chunky features (more than 3,000 words hello!) on what’s happening in pop culture and interviews I cannot find anywhere else.

They need to step their game up. Blogs like Concrete Loop are basically making them irrelevant. CL already landed a plethora of interviews with top celebs like T.I & Kanye.

Can VIBE really make it through the next two years? Count those eggs because I do not see this title making it. And that’s from a former reader of VIBE.

It’s just not relevant.

Black Men in Magazines: Rio Ferdinand on Observer Sport (February 2009)

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I am going through a phase where I am fancying this guy. I don’t think he is, on face, good looking but I think he drips sex appeal. There is something about him. Could be that he is a great footballer, but I think it is more that he is a black man in this country who is making it work for himself by expanding his brand.

Charcoal Conversations: With…Sharmadean Reid, Founder of WAH! Magazine


Where does the name WAH! come from?

WAH stands for WE AINT HOES


If you could interview 3 people (alive or dead) for the magazine, who would they be? Annabella Lwin, Simone De Beauvoir, Ronnie Spector


 In Issue 2, there is an article called ‘Sex Sells’. In that sense, would you consider the magazine feminist? Yes it is a feminist magazine


         Many of the big female fanzines/ female oriented are in the US like Bitch. Why was it important to you to make one for girls in London?  London (and British) girls are unique, we are multicultural, we have influenced fashion, art and culture around the world. We originate in everything else, why not in this?

          You have a MySpace presence. Has that helped to promote the magazine and do you think the Internet will be the future for media for women?  The myspace did help the magazine in its infancy. Internet and other forms of alternative media such as self published fanzines are the future for women and other marginalised groups as they dont have to conform to the rules and hierarcies within the print industry. they can create their own management structure and work in their own time. Important for families who may not be able, or want to, do a 9-5.


          When I first stumbled across WAH!, I thought it looked like a great fusion of fashion and culture. Would you consider it as an entrepreneurial exercise or is it a labour of love? wah is a complete labour of love. it costs me money and time and energy. we’re just launching the website and we’ll get our first proper income from ads which is going straight to the growing number of contributors i have. i make my living styling and consulting and i do WAH purely for fun.


          If you don’t mind answering, I noticed that in issue3, the magazine doesn’t carry much advertising. Is there a specific reason why you don’t have a lot of advertising?  i ever have any advertising. ecko paid for the first issue i return for advertorial, and kung fu gave us a bit of money for issue 2 in exchange for advertorial too. i would have done it without either sponsors, and when i made issue 3 i had so much work on that i couldnt be bothered to chase anybody for money. Continue reading

The Frantz Fanon Link in Skin Lightener Advertisements

I was magazining it in Borders last week. And for this painful reason, I can’t get this advert out of my head. I was reading Black Beauty & Hair magazine. It’s a beauty mag for Black British women with tips on beauty etc. It has stacks of photos on tips for hairstyles. I was hoping to find some ideas for Natural hair. Needless to say, I didn’t find many. Anyroad, flicking through the mag, I saw an advert that was advertising Lightenex Plus:

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