It’s no secret black press is struggling. Slews of media outlets are struggling, but black media has been particularly hit hard in the last seven years.
Earlier this week reports swarmed the ‘net that Sister 2 Sister magazine filed for bankruptcy. But reps for the magazine claim “no filings have occurred” as of Thursday, Oct. 30. The glossy’s owner and publisher, Jamie Foster Brown, told Journal-isms the publication will focus on its digital platform.
“The community does not want us to go away,” Brown told Journal-isms' Richard Princes by phone.
Foster launched Sister 2 Sister in 1988 as a newsletter. She told Journal-isms she feels a responsibility to prisoners who “didn’t have a voice.”
“We wanted to teach people through celebrities,” she said. “God comes through other people.”
According to Foster, the print version is not going away indefinitely. It is, however, on hiatus.
"For our readers who still love the print-edition of Sister 2 Sister, the magazine is not going away,” Brown said in a statement. “We are putting it on hiatus while we reorganize to embrace the digital age for our subscribers and advertisers. We remain as dedicated to our mission today as we were 26 years ago.”
As its name suggests, Sister 2 Sister served the interests of black women through pop culture, entertainment and celebrities.
“Sister 2 Sister is a unique voice in entertainment journalism, Hip Hop and popular culture,” Foster Brown continued in a statement. “We represent an important audience and will continue to provide a bridge for advertisers who recognize the widespread influence of our brand.”
(Photo: Sister 2 Sister Magazine)