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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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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.





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!





Yasmin Boaitey

Yasmin Boaitey – Social Media / Digital Assistant

Yasmin works as a digital marketing freelancer within the not for profit sector. Outside of her 9 to 5 job she helps produce the V Chronicles, a campaigning and advocacy podcast focusing on ending and surviving sexual violence. She recently studied an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has also created her own digital platform Black Girl Nomads- a space dedicated to exploring notions of identity and diaspora for black women and travel.

Follow her on Instagram @BlackGirlNomads and check out





Esther Oluga

Esther Oluga  – Food Contributor

Esther works within the corporate communications sector. Outside her day job, she is also a food blogger at Essie Eats. She read Sociology at the University of Essex, during which time she spent a year at California State University, Monterey Bay. Whilst in California, she was a guest writer for women’s platform, Women’s International Perspective.
Esther’s blog shares recipes, interviews and reviews, but its central aim is to find out the stories of the people behind the food we eat, through the art of storytelling.

Follow her on instagram @essieeats_ and her blog






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