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Joy Joses – Founder and Editor-in-chief

Joy is the founder and editor-in-chief of She lives in East London with her husband and two sons. Right from a young age, Joy always knew that she would someday launch a magazine. After achieving her journalism degree from City University, Joy embarked on a successful communications career that has spanned two decades, before finally deciding to pursue her ambition of publishing an online lifestyle magazine for women of colour. Joy’s ambition for is for it to be that go-to online platform for women of colour everywhere, a place that they can recognise themselves, their experiences and the things that are important to them, in the content.


Editorial Assistant – Laura Samuels:

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Claire Clottey – Contributor

Claire is a multi-award winning broadcast journalist who has found her niche as a culturally and socially conscious commentator in the world of media and events. Claire has hosted and been involved in numerous high profile events such as the Black Film Makers International Film Festival and Screen Nation Awards.

Claire Clottey is also a qualified community development specialist who empowers and champions young people, women and the African diaspora.

Follow Claire: @claireclottey







Vanessa Thomas – Book Contributor

Vanessa, aka Blaquereads, describes herself as a book obsessed, extroverted introvert! An avid reader, she recently made the decision to only/ primarily read books written by Black authors, deciding to share this journey on social media. She will be sharing her thoughts and reviews on books and literary events in our book section.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @blaquereads and her blog





Sue Omar – Contributor

Sue is a London-based journalist, specialising in beauty, health and style. With more than five years of industry experience, Sue has the inside scoop on all of the latest launches and trends in beauty and fashion. Sue launched her journalism career as an editorial intern at Pride Magazine. Sue then when on to work full-time at beauty supplement – Spell Magazine.

A self-proclaimed fitness junkie, Sue Omar’s YouTube channel has attracted over half a million viewers world-wide who have connected with her personal weight loss journey. Sue’s story has been featured in major media outlets including UK Women’s Health Magazine and BBC Radio 5 Live on Adrian Chiles’ breakfast show.





Karen Rollins – Contributor

Karen Rollins is a freelance multimedia professional. She has previously worked as a broadcast journalist and producer in online, TV and radio newsrooms at leading media organisations including ITN, Al Jazeera English, Reuters and the BBC. Karen was born and raised in London but currently lives in Barbados.





Jodine Willams – Photographer

Jodine is currently completing a masters in sports psychology, but fell in love with photography along the way. She started her photography journey in February 2016 and wants to showcase a side of black culture that is not often seen. She works with fashion bloggers, brands and models and has branched out to cultural events too. She believes photography helps to show beauty that is otherwise missed in the world.





Jennifer Adetoro – Editorial Intern

Jennifer is currently attending Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is completing her masters in Journalism. A lover of music as well as a critic of society, she has written for the i newspaper and currently, also writes for music blog, PardonMyBlog.

Follow Jennifer on Twitter and Instagram: @JenniferToro_.






Bethany Deer – Beauty Intern

Proud Londoner, Bethany is just starting her career in the media industry. While she has a passion for music and motivational thinking, she will be focusing on another favourite area, the beauty industry for Currently studying Journalism at London South Bank University, she also writes her own blog where she writes about her experiences growing up in London, to her current favourite bronzer.





Madeline McQueen – Contributor

An executive coach/consultant, author and speaker, Madeline has 20 years’ experience of working with leaders and business owners helping them to embrace what she calls “their magnificence”. Everything that she does is person-centred and based on three words – confidence, clarity and empowerment. Madeline is often heard on BBC Radio 3 Counties Drive Time Show.





Dr Dami  – Health & Wellbeing Contributor

Dr Dami is an aspiring dermatologist with a passion for skincare, natural haircare and skin of colour problems. She currently works as a Clinical Fellow in a thriving Dermatology unit and spends part of her time teaching medical students.





Abbie May Hopkins – Beauty Contributor

Abbie May is a London-based international makeup artist, having previously worked with Space NK and MAC. Her client list includes numerous celebrity clients, Maya Jama, Kelela, Julie Adenuga, Craig David, Neelam Gill, Krept & Konan and Lethal Bizzle, to name a few. Editorially, her work has been featured in Wonderland, W Magazine, Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, and The Guardian. She has also worked on commercial campaigns with brands including Adidas, Converse, Beats By Dre and Freya Lingerie.





Inès Tahi-Ezan – Contributor

A French national, Ines is a director in a London-based advertising agency and has worked with luxury brands for over 10 years. She runs a lifestyle blog for women of colour across Europe and Africa, called The African Factory, which provides an outlet for her passion for ethnic consumer trends in fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She will share editorial content on a wide range of topics and areas.





Jacinta Menina – Staff Writer

Jacinta is a beauty writer, lifestyle journalist, makeup enthusiast and photography lover based in London. Having graduated from King’s College London with a Master’s Degree in Political Economics and History, Jacinta believes that critical reasoning and creativity always go hand-in-hand. In her spare time, she loves to cook for family and friends, try out new beauty trends or lounge on a far-away tropical beach with cocktails and coconut ice cream.

Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @jacintamenina






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