2013 Editorial Calendar Review

2013-new-yearIt’s 2013, and there’s so much in store in the coming year that’s got me very excited. This year will mark Afrikan Goddess Magazine’s 5th year in publication, and we’re going to be celebrating in style throughout the year with special features, lots of exciting giveaways, and more. Below, I share a few of the upcoming highlights of the coming year with you.

Among the many features we will be continuing from last year, we will pick up where we left off covering Africa’s first ladies in our weekly series “Who Are Africa’s First Ladies?” We will also feature a special series in March called “African Stilettos” which will feature professional and business-minded African women making waves in their various professions. “African Stilettos,” which will be a sequence to a feature we once started called “African Women on the Rise,” will be a 4-week series. Our February “Love and Heritage” issue promises to be a love inspired feature to rival all features. This issue, of course, will feature pieces centered on the themes of love and Black History Month. There will be a special Valentine’s Day giveaway and a special feature you don’t want to miss.

In March, we will also celebrate women involved in humanitarian efforts on the African continent, and elsewhere, who are not of African descent in an issue called Women for African Women. I look forward to interviewing and featuring some very inspiring and dedicated humanitarians with hearts of gold, including the goddess for that month who has dedicated her life to the cause of women everywhere.

For the first time in the history of Afrikan Goddess Magazine, we will feature a man as our main feature as part of an exciting Father’s Day issue in June, among other exciting columns and features.  He is a man who has opened his heart to children in a very special way and I can’t wait to interview and profile him when the time comes. In July and August, we will cover a two month series as part of our African Diasporan Woman I and II Series. In these two issues, we will feature the top 10 African women trending in the United States and Canada and the top 10 African women trending in Europe. And not to forget women in Africa, we plan on featuring a power list of African women trending in Africa in a future 2014 issue. I’m also especially excited about our Education and Literacy issue to be released in September. As the names suggests, this will be an issue dedicated to education and literacy projects and the people who make them happen. We will feature some interesting interviews and features that delve into the issue of Africa’s literacy and its impact on development. We will also be hosting a book drive that will be donated to an organization of our choice. Details will be shared in a future monthly letter. Our November issue will be dedicated to our youth.

In October, the festivities will come to a head as Afrikan Goddess Magazine officially celebrates its 5th year anniversary. There will be so much to celebrate given how far we’ve come. Some events being planned throughout the year include documentary viewings/networking events, a cocktail party/networking party, a book drive, numerous giveaways to our readers and subscribers, and a breast cancer walk-a-thon in collaboration with the African Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Association.

To end, I’ll leave you with my favorite quote of the New Year:

You have done what you could—some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Let’s remember to forget the past and forge ahead for that’s what’s most important!

Happy New Year Signature