10 Black-Run Zines To Get Familiar With


You won’t find these in your local Barnes & Noble

In celebration of Black History Month, NYLON is running a spotlight series called UNAPOLOGETIC. Every day, we’ll celebrate different aspects of black culture through profiles, interviews, roundtables, reviews, videos, and op-eds. #Blacklivesmatter and we hold that truth to be self-evident.

In 2015, only 27 of 136 magazine covers featured people of color, according to a Fashionista report. In 2016, the numbers improved significantly, with 52 of 147 people of color gracing the covers—a 15.5 percent rise. This is all well and good, and we commend the industry for realizing the errors in their ways, but a diverse cover doesn’t always equate to diverse content within the magazine.

Enter: independent magazines. They’re the unsung heroes of the supposed “dying” print market, helping to fill voids with niche and inclusive content. And there are a whole lot of them—if you’re looking in the right places—being run by young, creative people of color (another rarity in the mainstream media space). The scope even reaches beyond the minimalism of Kinfolk and Gentle Woman (both genius magazines on their own), if you can believe it.

No, really, there's a whole other, colorful world of original content out there to explore. Let us help guide you.  

Founder Liv Little and her crew, made up entirely of women of color, first started the Gal-Dem project as an online publication in 2014. They recently expanded to print, and thank god for that. The editorial spreads are as stunning as the words accompanying them. The Gal-dem articles that live on their website are also worth checking out.

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Thank the prep school gods

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The company announced its sustainability plan, and it's pretty impressive

Yesterday, Zara, one of the largest global fashion retailers, announced its sustainability plan for the next five years, which includes its goal to make its collections from 100 percent sustainable materials before the year 2025. Given just how many collections and pieces Zara puts out each year, this goal is pretty ambitious. Zara's parent company, Inditex, has also announced that its other brands, which include Zara Home, Massimo Dutti, and Pull&Bear, will be following suit.

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Is this keeping you up at night?

In celebration of SpongeBob's solar return (it's the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants' first episode), HipDot—best known for their influencer collaborations and marble packaging—launched a skin-care and makeup collection inspired by everyone's favorite underwater sponge. For the most part, the collection is everything you'd expect; the eyeshadow palette features show-appropriate shades like Bikini Bottom Blue, and there's a coconut oil-infused lip gloss called Jelly Fish. Cute, right?

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Whether you're going through heartbreak or not

Back with her first release since 2017's Bad Baby, singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe needed to dig herself out of heartbreak, and, in the process, wound up with two EPs worth of new music encapsulating the experience. Ahead of the release of her This Is Better Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 EPs this Friday, Jaffe shares her latest single, "LAY LOW (TAKE CARE)," exclusively via NYLON.

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