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Hannah Will Be the First Black Woman’s Print Magazine to Hit the Market in Years

Avatar • Oct 8, 2015

Black women are underrepresented in the media. We’ve known and carried the burden of this truth for longer than what feels necessary. There are far too many of us making tremendous strides in all facets of society for this fact to remain ever-present. Outside of Ebony and Essence, finding print magazines that cater to our needs while highlighting our accolades are few and far between. That’s why Hannah, a bi-annual magazine that is poised to open the door for black women to share their narratives is so incredibly important.

Hannah is the brain-child of CEO and Creative Director, Qimmah Saafir. Saafir named the magazine in honor of her late father who used to call the sun Hannah.  After graduating from Spelman College with a degree in English, she spent 11  years working for publications such as  SeventeenLucky, Marie Claire, and InStyle. During her time working in editorial, Saafir became increasingly concerned with the the rarity of black faces both on the printed page and working behind the scenes.  And while magazines like Essence give us some degree of exposure, Saafir says it is not enough.

A whole demographic, a whole race and gender of women and we’re supposed to be satisfied with this publication that is a very specific age and type of black woman? We’re not all the same.” she said.

Qimmah Saafir

Qimmah Saafir, CEO/Creative Director of Hannah (Image Source)

We’ve been looking at everyone else to include us in their pages and why not just create our own? There are so many of us who are breaking records, busting through ceilings, changing the dynamics within all these different industries, really doing great and amazing things, but we’re constantly waiting for someone else to celebrate us.” Saafir told The Fader.

Last month,  the internet was a buzz when eight black women graced the covers of fashion and culture magazines. It was a coup for many of us as this degree of inclusion is relatively foreign to our community. But even within the inclusion, there exists a level of exclusion as these publications don’t quite come up to snuff when celebrating diversity amongst black woman. The Williams sisters and Michele Obamas of the world make us proud, however, celebrities aren’t the only black women we should keep on our radar.

I know amazing women who are every day women who do amazing things that don’t get praise for it, don’t get the light for it, and I want to highlight those women more,” she said. “I believe in presenting the every day woman a bit more. I think celebrities have enough coverage as is. It’s not going to be a prerequisite for you to be on a cover.” said Saafir (Source)

Hannah (Source)

Hannah (Source)

While the need for seeing more of us in print is great, Hannah isn’t a sure thing. Saafir, and her five-person team have spent the last 5 years pulling this project together, but without adequate funding the magazine won’t come to fruition. Saafir has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds to publish Hannah’s first edition. She has raised over $19,000 so far, but she’ll need to come up with at least $10,000 more to meet her goal and get Hannah on the newsstands. (Update: The magazine has hit its funding goal!)

Do you think there is a need for a magazine like Hannah? Share your thoughts below.

 

 

 

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About Lisa Jean Francois

I'm a Lipstick-obsessed Journalist and Fashion Blogger. You can find me over on my blog or youtube channel swatching lippies and strutting around in 5-inch heels. I'm a also a brand coach, specializing in video marketing and digital brand development. Find me @lisaalamode.

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folamix
folamix
5 years ago

I think there is a real need for this. Why are we always waiting for others to celebrate us? That is part of our problems. We are always looking for acceptance. We are here, whether you accept us or not.

Neema
Neema
5 years ago
Reply to  folamix

So true…

Rella
5 years ago

I’m SO here for this!!

Elle P.
Elle P.
5 years ago

Yes!

Kimmie
Kimmie
5 years ago

I will be subscribing to this.

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
5 years ago

They need to make one! It’s always been our time to shine but it’s been on silent. Hannah needs to make it loud?

Vassie Welbeck-Browne
Vassie Welbeck-Browne
5 years ago

Yes indeed, there is a great need for this magazine. I am looking forward to the first issue!

TWA4now
TWA4now
5 years ago

Yes, there is GREAT need. We are not the same, think the same, look.the same (or same size) or act the same. We need a magazine to reflect our diversify.

BRIAN EZEALA
BRIAN EZEALA
5 years ago

great work

Brandi Lyle
Brandi Lyle
5 years ago

Can’t wait!

eljjai
eljjai
5 years ago

a print mag in this digital age is a risky move. But best of luck to her, you never know what it could become.

Cheryl Mintz
Cheryl Mintz
5 years ago

I’ve said for years, the constant re-cycling of “celebrity” images on covers and in articles is repetitive and frankly quite boring … there are so many more images to see and stories to be told — Bravo — please offer digital subscriptions too !!! The response to this will be positive … bring it on … Thanks!

Likewaterforchoc
Likewaterforchoc
5 years ago

Since I’ve given up the now white-owned (M)Essence magazine, I’ve been really wanting a new publication with a fresher taken on black women. I will be purchasing once this one hits the stands!

adrienne williams
adrienne williams
5 years ago

I love that this is a none celeb magazine. People look at celebs and praise them so much when there or so many amazing everyday people who are excelling and breaking barriers. We need more real people as role models!

Lele215
5 years ago

Is it me or does this magazine look a lot like The Gentlewoman? Either way it’s a great idea. I’m guessing that this will be a biannual or quarterly book that will run about $50 to $60 for a yearly subscription. I would certainly be interested in paying that much for amazing photos and interesting articles that are snapshots of the world today.

Gunit
Gunit
3 years ago

Y’all were late to the game with this one. Belladonna was the first black woman’s print magazine and is released quarterly! Get them both! http://www.belladonnamag.org/

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