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Umber Publishing Founder Mike Nicholls Wants To Give Power Back To Black-Owned Media Companies

Like many things in this country that are created out of a sense of repression, Black-owned media companies are just one avenue that has allowed us to take up space and tell our own stories authentically. There’s media conglomerates like Umber Publishing who are giving birth to a new narrative for Black media and keeping the seemingly lost art of print alive and well. Umber Publishing — an independent publishing house based in Oakland, CA — was founded by visual artist and designer Mike Nicholls as a means to provide a platform for Black and people of color to share their worldly and creative perspectives about their own lived experiences. What was originally founded as a single publication back in 2017 has grown to become a full-blown publishing company that’s amplifying the stories of marginalized voices in a way that gives power back to Black media who wish to control their own narratives. “One thing that these white-owned outlets have, for lack of a better word, is legacy and...

Njera Perkins

May 27, 2021

Black Creatives Pay Homage to Black Magazine Covers on Social Media

Even in times of civil unrest, Black people still find creative ways to honor our culture. Last week, in an effort to reimagine the magazine covers of Vogue, Black social media users started a trend — coined as the #VogueChallenge — to recreate said covers with Black models and photographers further showcasing the beauty in Blackness. According to The Cut , the #VogueChallenge was created in response to Anna Wintour’s published letter last week — obtained by Page Six — that admitted: “ Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators.” The idea behind the challenge calls for change in the entertainment and fashion industries to ensure more diversity and opportunities for Black people and POC. The social media trend took off so much that people then pivoted to recreating covers of esteemed Black magazines with the #ESSENCEChallenge, #JetChallenge, #EbonyChallenge, and more to pay homage to publications...

Njera Perkins

Jun 15, 2020