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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:

Partnership Consultant – Gerry Anyanwu:


















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

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



















Valerie McKen

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.








Nicole Hemming

Nicole Hemming   – Editorial Intern

Nicole is a third year English and journalism student, studying in London. Nicole has a particular interest in beauty and lifestyle journalism particularly beauty and lifestyle topics that appeal to Black women. When she is not busy writing or deep in her university work, Nicole likes to brunch with her friends, listen to alternative R&B and watch true crime documentaries.







Marianne Miles

Marianne Miles  – Contributor

Marianne Miles is a writer and Cultural Commentator from London. After a 20 yr career in Corporate Communications and PR she now works as a freelance copywriter.  She can be seen on Twitter regularly commentating on current topics, her views have led to her being featured on BBC Radio London, Victoria Derbyshire Show and featured in The Independant, Huffington Post as well as podcasts and media in the US.

Follow her on @missmsunshine






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