How'd She Do It? Publisher of Bahiyah Woman Magazine, Bridgett Hollingsworth Creates the Internet's Preeminent Black Lifestyle Magazine In Only Four Years

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Publisher of Bahiyah Woman Magazine creates the Internets preeminent black lifestyle magazine. Going weekly in only four years this publisher is turning heads. This week she features Fatherhood in the NFL including interviews with Samuel McNabb, President and Co-Founder of the National Football Players Fathers Association and Jacksonville JaguarsÂ? Defensive End, Paul Spicer on parenting from a male point of view, also this week Hollywood's mane man and UPN's America's Next Top Model stylist Dr. Boogie grace her pages.

Bahiyah Woman Magazine (BWM), the premier weekly lifestyle magazine for the spiritually conscious professional black man and woman goes weekly; and is now updated each Thursday. This little engine that would is taking the world of media by storm, and this season’s perfect storm “Bahiyah” is again breaking new ground. “We’re officially the Internets preeminent weekly magazine for black men and women. Our readership and writers have demanded it, and we’re ready,” says Bridgett Hollingsworth, Publisher and Editorial Director of BWM,

With their mission to promote more positive images of blacks in media, BWM is raising many eyebrows in the media and publishing worlds alike. “Four years ago, people didn’t really believe in us. Today they are taking a closer look.” And why not? BWM is getting stories usually reserved for mainstream publications. “I have that no-fear mentality, I guess,” Hollingsworth continues. “My back has been against the wall so many times. When I want a story, I ask for it. I’ve sent emails to some publicists and made calls that haven’t been returned, sure but one day—one day they’ll want to talk to me. I know of it.”

In the meantime, some publicists are getting it. They see the value in BWM and forward their client profiles. Makeda, Agency Head of Jazzmyne PR (Los Angeles, CA) shares her client interests. “It only makes sense.” Ministry Marketing Solutions gets their inspirational authors read in BWM. “They’re the best magazine on the Internet.”

This week’s issue of BWM reads like a media who’s who, including an interview with Dr. Boogie the mane man behind the glam hair and makeup on UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” and the master stylist behind today’s hottest celebrity looks including, LisaRaye, Kimora Lee Simmons, Gabrielle Union, Tichina Arnold and Raven Simone among other A-list clients. This week's cover includes work by one of the nation’s foremost photographers, Anthony A. Smith (Chicago, IL)!

Another amazing catch for BWM this season—we mean issue is, Fatherhood in the NFL featuring Samuel McNabb, President and Co-Founder of the National Football Players Fathers Association and Jacksonville Jaguars’ Defensive End, Paul Spicer. They explore, “the human side of football in Fatherhood in the NFL roundtable discussion on parenting from a male point of view.” This column is written by Diane A. Sears, contributing BWM columnist and author of In Search of Fatherhood Transcending Boundaries and publisher of the In Search of Fatherhood Forum for and About Fathers of the World newsletter.

Bahiyah Woman Magazine has brought together some of this nation’s leading writing talent including: Ronald E. Childs (Chicago, IL) their new editor of Literature & the Arts and Verve columnist for BWM, Robin L. Gooden, emerging contemporary writer (Jacksonville, FL), author of Daughter’s of the King, inspirational speaker Gail Hayes, PhD (Raleigh/Durham, NC) and Russian born artist and writer Jane Musoke-Nteyafas (Toronto, Canada). The talent pool is endless. “We are as much in tune to our writers as we are to our readers. This is what makes BWM such a beautiful and powerful publication,” Hollingsworth continues.

“I am thrilled I’ve been able to stay true to my mission. We haven’t had to go ‘thugged-out’ to keep our readers attention. I am thankful for the strides we’ve made.” BWM has certainly carved a niche for itself in the black magazine publishing market. “It’s a journey for sure; but, I don’t get as stressed as I used to. I manage business relationships a lot better. I have vision and a plan. I have a great team working with me, and I pray! I just do me. That’s why we’re turning heads today.”

In an industry where everyone thought only hip-hop could reign, here is a young trailblazer proving otherwise. “I grew up on the real founders of hip-hop. It has its place in mainstream media. That’s not who we are. We’re about celebrating beautiful black images. That’s not to say we wouldn’t interview a hip-hop artist. It’s just the perspective would be different, that’s all. We’ve grown enough as a publication to know who we are. We are comfortable in our skin and our coming of age. It feels good.”

BWM is certainly doing a new thing, and an avid reader says it best, “This magazine is going to be so huge one day.” Watch out—mainstream media BWM is in the house with a mission to promote more positive images of blacks in media—I think they’re on to something.

Bridgett Hollingsworth invites you to visit Bahiyah Woman Magazine weekly today at Advertisers contact research@bahiyahwomanmagazine. Bridgett Hollingsworth is currently available for interviews.


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