Editor’s Reflection: Five Years of ColorBlind Magazine
Oct06

Editor’s Reflection: Five Years of ColorBlind Magazine

“Would you still do this if you didn’t make any money from it?” I don’t know why 5+ years later that question is still in my head. Whenever the anniversary of the magazine’s release us near that question becomes louder and more persistent. It’s true that the desire to do many things often stems from money or a desire to make more money. This is especially true among my generation- having one job just wont do. The side hustle has become a necessity. The truth is, I don’t view the magazine as a side hustle; I view it as a form of service and celebration. Anything I receive on behalf of the magazine that happens to be green and spendable is a bonus. Presenting at various events in the city and state, utilizing the business and journalism knowledge to mentor students as interns for this publication, and of course the WEALTH of people I have met and interviewed is too numerous and overwhelming. This proves passion and dedication can (and in most cases should) trump monetary gain. People recognize, value, and appreciate those who are willing to serve and celebrate others and that’s exactly what ColorBlind Magazine is about. So, my answer to the initial question posed is still a resounding YES.  Sincerely, Leah T. (Johnson)...

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ColorBlind Magazine Celebrates Four Years!!!!!
Oct05

ColorBlind Magazine Celebrates Four Years!!!!!

Many thanks to EVERYONE who has assisted and supported ColorBlind Magazine for the past FOUR years!! Please enjoy the following short video!! -Leah

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ColorBlind Magazine Celebrates 3 Years
Oct23

ColorBlind Magazine Celebrates 3 Years

ColorBlind Magazine CEO shares her thoughts on why the magazine still exists 3 years later… (Adapted from the October 2015 Newsletter) Inspiring Minds is the name of the permanent, interactive Science exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. As a former employee, I led tours through the exhibit and grew to have a deeper respect for past and contemporary workers in the S.T.E.M. field. Daily I was surrounded by the stories of over 500 lives, successes, and inventions that make life better right to this day. Inspiring indeed. Inspiration propels a person forward. But where does inspiration come from? Nature? Music? Those we love? To some extent, yes. Still, we must remember that inspiration resides within you. Sometimes the birds aren’t singing, the music isn’t making us dance, and loved ones may not say the right thing. But your personal inspiration should still exist. ColorBlind Magazine is a product of inspiration. That is why it has reached its 3rd year of existence this October. Look for the following topics on the website this month: Inspired by…? (everyone has the opportunity to inspire others) Inspiring shoe fashion and food features Songs and books that can inspire you The encouraging comments from readers, quotes (such as the one to the left), and support add to my inspiration and commitment to this publication. Three years in and still inspired? Yes, that is a good sign. Sincerely, Leah T....

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August Issue Editorial
Aug03

August Issue Editorial

She was anxious from the moment she walked into the workshop room. She came to update her resume and she later revealed to me (I’m a Work Readiness workshop facilitator) that she has been out of work recently, and although she is receiving unemployment she feels jittery just being at home. Because of this, she has not felt like doing “girly things” such as hair and makeup, and has even toyed with the idea of suicide. Tears started to well up in her eyes, and it was at that moment I knew two things: I needed to go and grab her some tissue-FAST More importantly, this resume workshop had become more than just a class that I was teaching; I had to console her. The August issue of ColorBlind Magazine is about Education and honoring those who perform the daily task of teaching. As you read this issue, please remember: Teaching is more than just imparting knowledge; most times it means imparting your very heart and soul to people. Teaching is considered a human service, especially considering the work of Jerrice Donelson, a grad student at U of M- Dearborn and creator of an after-school nonprofit writing organization known as The Scribe Tribe. Donelson and her “tribe” highly esteem the importance of good writing. Our other teacher Pamela Love, shares her love (no pun intended) with college-bound students as she challenges them in her College Readiness course at Detroit Edison Public School Academy- Early College of Excellence. Other stories in this issue allow you to educate yourself on topics that are on the minds of teens, and how one of our editors made the decision to take a 1 year hiatus from Facebook and has not regretted her decision. Returning to the woman who had her emotionally charged moment…It was only myself and one other person who frequents my workshops in the room that day which helped provide a friendly atmosphere. She left with a resume that was on point. But more importantly, she felt stronger emotionally. I may have taught her how to create a resume, but I also taught her that she must love herself FIRST and that is more important than anything she could have written on her resume. To all of our dear teachers, in whatever capacity it is that you teach: Thank YOU for teaching us what teaching is TRULY about. Happy Reading, Leah T. Johnson...

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May 2015 Editorial
May04

May 2015 Editorial

My mom is a self-proclaimed Fashionista. My response to her proclamation? #Truth. She can take an outfit and match it with just the right accessory (earrings, handbag, or shoes) with such ease and fluidity. But, my mom is more than just a woman who loves fashion, she’s a woman to be celebrated- as are all moms. Sadly, most people wait until that one faithful day in May to show their moms love by cards, balloons, brunch or other expensive gifts. But let’s not forget: your mom is your mom EVERY DAY. In this issue of ColorBlind Magazine, we reveal part two of the mother-daughter story that was inaugurated in the February 2015 issue. We also take a look at two moms who are entrepreneurs at heart- one in the health and beauty field, and the other in the culinary field. How are they passing on their respective passions to their kids and other women? You will also be introduced to a woman who lives in the present, but has refused to forget her past. To all of our readers who are new moms, moms at heart, mom’s by circumstance, and moms who have been “mommying” for so long ‘til your’re a pro, we see you, and we appreciate you.   Best, Leah T. Johnson ColorBlind Magazine CEO & Co-Founder...

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Two Years In, So Much Still To Learn…
Oct21

Two Years In, So Much Still To Learn…

Dear ColorBlind Magazine Reader, By the time you read this letter, it will either be the day of our two year anniversary (CB Mag was founded October 22, 2012) or sometime afterwards. I must let it be known however, that this letter was not written until the eve of the two year anniversary. Why is that significant? Because I can honestly say that until today, I was unsure of what to write or how to address our readers. But, now as my creative juices are flowing, and this letter comes to pass, it excites me (and scares me a little) that new ideas are emerging to make ColorBlind Magazine better. My bio that’s found on the “About ColorBlind Founders” tab on this site may make it appear that my success thus far in the world of journalism was destined. I have no comment on whether or not that is true. However, I do know that my success in the business world is a daily learning process. There are many ideas and concepts (some worthy of consideration and others not) that are either thought of or presented to the magazine team, and its takes persistent effort to weed through that ones that will hinder the growth of the publication. Along with the numerous ideas come the times when life get in the way, and I have to be my own cheerleader, confident that our loyal readers appreciate ColorBlind Magazine  and this keeps me going. The readers along with the absolutely amazing, and yes I do mean ABSOLUTELY AMAZING  magazine team, serve as a reminder that this publication is bigger than me. Actually, it’s not about me. It’s about others, and it’s an opportunity to give and to give back. Thank you to everyone for allowing me another year to do what I love. All the best,                                                 Leah T. Johnson ColorBlind Magazine  CEO/Co-Founder   ...

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In This Issue…
Feb14

In This Issue…

Love is an action word. Therefore, how often do we show love to others? As songstress Alicia Keys sang “Some people need three dozen roses, that’s the only way to prove you love them.” The February 2014 issue of ColorBlind Magazine reveals and reminds us all that there is more than one way to show love to others, and it doesn’t have to be in a romantic manner. This issue explores the love between a brother and a sister, and mentors and their mentees. See how you can relate to or apply these examples in your own life. Also, we share our love of learning about other cultures through our health and beauty story regarding women in Thailand, and meet an Indiana college student to see if you share her thoughts on healthcare. Rounding out the issue we encourage you to read our 2nd annual Black History Month and Women’s history month special section as we honor past and present “She-ro’s”. As you read these articles, we hope you sense our love for you and your support of the work we do! Sincerely, The ColorBlind Magazine Team Enlighten. Encourage....

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