Ed’s let­ter

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The most re­ward­ing feel­ing is work­ing for a mag­a­zine that hon­ours black women. By telling real sto­ries of amaz­ing women who looked just like me, True Love had a huge in­flu­ence in in­spir­ing my younger self. Be­cause of these women, I knew I could ac­com­plish any­thing I wanted.

This year, to cel­e­brate Women’s Month, we de­cided to switch things up a bit. In­stead of talk­ing about icons that paved the way for women to­day, we put the spot­light on young black women that have picked up the ba­ton from them — these ladies use their tal­ents and skills to up­lift other women. Take Te­bello Ku­toane for ex­am­ple. I was scrolling through my In­sta­gram feed one evening when I came across @sis­ter_in_law_. Cu­rios­ity made me click on the ac­count and what I dis­cov­ered on this plat­form com­pletely blew my mind. Through @sis­ter_in_law_, Te­bello of­fers free le­gal ad­vice to women who strug­gle with is­sues such as child main­te­nance, prop­erty law when co­hab­i­tat­ing, and so much more. I sent the ac­count a DM be­cause I had to find out more about the ge­nius be­hind the ini­tia­tive. Our search led us to 25 more black women whom we are cel­e­brat­ing in this is­sue. Their pas­sion for help­ing other sis­ters goes far be­yond just mak­ing a profit. I’m in awe of their self­less­ness.

Our cover star is ac­tress Rami Chuene, pop­u­larly known as ‘TGOM’ in Mzansi Magic’s The Queen. This tal­ented and en­er­getic pow­er­house has built an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, and is liv­ing tes­ta­ment of how per­se­ver­ance pays off. I was ner­vous to meet her be­cause of the no-non­sense char­ac­ters she por­trays on TV, but was pleas­antly sur­prised to learn that she’s hi­lar­i­ous!

This month is all about you — pow­er­ful mboko­dos. From women who ooze style to those who share how they al­ways reach the elu­sive or­gasm, and our food ed­i­tor teach­ing us how to “fake” a gourmet meal dur­ing the week, we hon­our you!

In­stead of talk­ing about icons that paved the way for women to­day, we put the spot­light on young black women that have picked up the ba­ton from them – these ladies use their tal­ents to up­lift us.

If only I could own a Bil­lie Zangewa silk ta­pes­try in this life­time! Res­tau­rant lovers, do check out Artivist, a black-owned eaterycum-bar-cum-gallery in Braam­fontein, Joburg.

Our man of the mo­ment, Skhumba, is grow­ing older this month. Happy Birth­day!

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