CONTRIBUTORS / THE MELANMAG TEAM
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Joy Joses – Founder and Editor-in-chief
Joy is the founder and editor-in-chief of Melanmag.com. 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 Melanmag.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnership Consultant – Gerry Anyanwu: GerryAnyanwu@melanmag.com
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.
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.
Reesey Reclassifies – Contributor
‘Reesey Reclassifies’ is a qualified careers advisor, mother of one, who is passionate about pop culture, parenting and social inclusion. You’ll find her writing commentary on topical issues, career advice and features on navigating the perilous world of dating and relationships.
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.
Louise Chandler – Contributor
Starting out as a TV & radio broadcaster with BBC and corporate clients for 15 plus years, Louise is currently a PR & Communications Manager for a care home group. Louise is a self-confessed passionate cook, baker, travel enthusiast and music lover! Born and raised in Reading from Caribbean Barbadian parentage, Louise can often be found cooking and eating out, laughing at comedy and also taking part in box fit sessions!
Cherie Williams – Contributor
Cherie is a Business Change and Communications Consultant, who has worked for a wide variety of companies. Although, her true love is fashion, travel, lifestyle and helping others with career advancement. She’ll be launching her YouTube channel in 2020 where she intends to support by providing practical tips and advice.
Cherie also enjoys attending beauty events, concerts, eating out and working out in the gym!
Follow her on Instagram@chez_london
Esther Oluga – Food Contributor
Follow her on instagram @essieeats_ and her blog www.essieeats.com
Valerie McKen – Health and Wellbeing Contributor
Valerie McKen is a qualified Nutritional Therapist, Detox Specialist and Raw Food Chef. She has a special interest in health and wellbeing, particularly Black holistic health. After undergoing a course in this area, she describes: “I learned, unlearned, re-learned, then radically changed my whole approach to healing.”
Valerie is not a medical doctor, dietitian, or scientist. Her writing comes from a place of wanting to share informational, educational and self-empowerment ONLY.
For any health issues, please consult your GP.
Elizabeth Joses – Fashion Contributor
Outside of her career as a project management specialist, Elizabeth is a self-confessed fashion maven who can spot the latest covetable handbag at 20 paces! Keen to develop her prowess at fashion writing, Elizabeth will be curating our fashion content and bringing us interviews with our favourite fashionistas.
Follow her on instagram @elizabethjoses
Oliver Taylor – Contributor
Oliver Taylor is a blogger, freelance writer and does charity PR. He lives north of the Thames but spends as much time as he can in London. His work has appeared in The Guardian and Afropean and he loves to get out and about whenever he can, for films, shows and talks.
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