Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
This magazine was started in print in 1993 as the first national magazine for Black parents ever. After working with substance-abusing parents in West Philadelphia for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I started it. I found myself writing culturally specific parenting material for these parents and was encouraged to create a magazine like no other — and with the help of my partner, I did. There was little representation of Black families and children in the pages and especially on the covers of mainstream parenting magazines. Today, it’s much better, but these magazines still don’t cover Black hair care or health issues specific to the Black family. Successful Black Parenting magazine was officially closed in 1996 due to a lack of funding, and it is currently available online only. We are considered the pioneers in Black parenting topics, and this is our legacy.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
We have Fortune 500 companies that want to work with us and advertise with us even though we are a micro-influencer online. We also partner with the American Psychological Association (APA) to provide researched-based parenting content to our website. These strategic alliances are most welcomed and are a pleasant surprise.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Those who stop doing what they love loose. Eventually, those who hang on like a tick to a bucking bull will win and see success. Hang in there, baby!
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person whom you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Successful Black Parenting’s success is due to one amazing woman who convinced me to create this publication, and she eventually became my business partner, Marta Sanchez. Marta recently passed away from cancer, but if it weren’t for her tenacity and excellent research skills, this publication would not exist.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Successful Black Parenting magazine is more than a publication; we advocate for the Black family. Every so often, a parent will contact us online about injustice, and we go out of our way to support them. Sometimes, it’s a school-related racially-charged incident, and often when the administration or school board gets a call from a magazine, they are suddenly ready to solve the issue that was ignored when the parent was working alone for a resolution. Our overall mission is “to help Black families thrive and not just survive” because no one else is doing it.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” I’m a big dreamer, but dreams are nothing but fantasy without goals, a timeline, and action steps. I’m still dreaming, and I have some big upcoming goals for Successful Black Parenting.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
We are on Instagram as @SuccessfulBlackParenting and everywhere else as @BlackParenting1. The one represents the first print magazine for Black parents. Follow us on YouTube at Successful Black Parenting.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
You can mention that our website is SuccessfulBlackParenting.com and to sign up for our monthly notices to stay up-to-date and informed. We also have a podcast available on most podcast platforms, including Android, Apple, Spotify, and more. It is called, BackTalk by Successful Black Parenting magazine. And we have a diverse animation company on YouTube called Ethnic Animations that features animations that feature children of color.