Black voices are often left out or obscured when it comes to positive news. Though there are a plethora of mindful Black-owned businesses, their efforts aren’t always as amplified in the media. Photographer and retoucher NayMarie recognized this and sought to create a platform that specifically celebrates Black brands, narratives, and imagery — and Taji Mag was created.
Launched in 2014, the quarterly digital and print publication features everything from lifestyle pieces, to local news, to profiles of artists, individuals and businesses that embody unapologetic Blackness. They celebrate mindful businesses that are interrupting and innovating in their industries and provide info about positive communal efforts. They also explore lifestyle and health topics that pertain to people of color.
Their many notable features include Philip Yumans who, at only age 19, is the first African American to win the Founders Prize at Tribeca Film Festival. They’ve also profiled Toyia Mays of The Laya Center, a wellness city in Kansas City that offers a unique approach to injury through mindfulness, integrated technology and natural medicine.
The 19th volume of the magazine will be released in June, and their 20th will follow soon after.
“We're excited to reach our 20th Volume in September and celebrate our five-year anniversary this December; we'll be having huge celebrations for both occasions,” NayMarie explained. “We're [also] currently hosting a Black Business Grant that awards $1000 Cash and $500 worth of Branding and Advertising.”
More about Taji Mag can be found on their website.