BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – To mark Black History Month in February, 23ABC News brings the story behind the sole creator of Bakersfield Black Magazine.
In Bakersfield Black Magazine, you may have seen many of their social media publications highlighting and introducing several African American executives in Kern County, but this month we’re hearing about the person behind the publications magazine who shares that they started doing it to recognize them all of the great contributions they make.
“My favorite story is that I gave a kid a magazine and I said, ‘What do you see in this magazine?’ And he said what he saw and I said ‘do you see yourself’ and he said ‘yes’. That’s the goal, you can be and do anything you want, “said Angel Lee, founder of Bakersfield Black Magazine .
Angel Lee is also the founder of Beautiful Human Hair Wigs, an organization that provides wigs for cancer survivors. However, when she doesn’t trust young girls or women, she works in the latest issue of Bakersfield Black Magazine.
“It can be seen that there are people in your community who are tangible, not like a celebrity who is intangible. You can read their interview, we’ll see what it took to get there,” Lee said .
Bakersfield Black Magazine has been published for two years and has 24 subscription issues across the country. Lee said she started the monthly magazine to introduce the many talented and diverse people in Kern County.
“Personally, when I came here I saw so much talent and you have to be in certain areas to see that talent, or to see the people in a community and what they do, and then there are these people that is not recognized and so is the magazine, “added Lee.
Lee is also responsible for Bakersfield Woman Magazine, which highlights local female leaders in the community. Both magazines cover a wide variety of entertainment, health, and wealth topics.
“It’s a voice for us.”
Grassroots magazine is also a member of the Black Chamber of Commerce. Its president Nick Hill says the community and beyond, Kern County need platforms like Bakersfield Black Magazine that highlight only the often unsung aspiring African American leaders.
“It’s extremely important that other ethnic entities also run and run ads in Bakersfield Black Magazine, you know, because there are a lot of different things you know about business and entertainment as far as products,” Hill said.
The Black Chamber of Commerce will offer a free ad to three of the chamber members in the next issue of Bakersfield Black Magazine to encourage other business owners.
The magazine is currently looking for writers and social media managers to help with the Bakersfield Black magazine publishing process. You can email [email protected]