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Summer 2014

Happy birthday to you and me! What a milestone!

As of this issue, we are a year old. It has been a wonderful journey of growth and development, and we are still growing. This has been a real privilege: 1) to be joined by a fine body of writers, who dedicate time to share their vast expertise on diverse topics; 2) having you as our loyal reader, and 3) the opportunity to feature a number of wonderful individuals, who comprise the culture of Southwest Georgia—individuals who strive to help make this community a great place to live, work, and play. To date, our features have included: Carrie Lee Porter and Lucille Shazier, Dr. Wayne Whitest, Stanley Marrell, Pinevale High School-Class of 1955, Mayors Hubbard, Kinchens, and Morman and Poultry Farmer, Julian Marcus. The features in the current issue, Henrimae Bell and Professor Andre Johnson and the Circling our Wagon Hip Hop Conference are also among the stellar indigoLife™ Treasures we found here in Southwest Georgia.  

A part of our journey has been our defining who we are in the marketplace as a mass communications tool. Every day, we are asked questions about our goal, our name, and our future. Perhaps you have had similar questions, and it seemed that now is the perfect time and place to answer those questions just for you.

Who is indigoLife™ Magazine?

indigoLife™ Magazine is a quarterly publication featuring Black life treasures from Southwest Georgia. The publication is also filled with stories and columns that address hot topics surrounding issues related to education, social reform, health and wellness, entertainment, business, etc. Our mission is to inspire social uplift and empowerment as part of an inclusive community building movement throughout Southwest Georgia, in some cases considered to be the state’s most impoverished region.

Our Readership and Circulation

While the stories of indigoLife™ Magazine feature personalities who live or have roots and connections to Southwest Georgia, our circulation far exceeds this region to include areas such as Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, and most every major city in the State. Additionally, we relish in our present subscription base among readers throughout eleven other states, as well as Nassau and Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

indigoLife™…what’s in our name?

The name indigoLife™ relates to the color Indigo, said to be between royal blue and a dark purple. The color purple is often associated with royalty, which fits well with our desire to showcase Black Life Treasures from Southwest Georgia. A renown cultural sociologist, Dr. Deryl G Hunt, once said, “It’s not the problem that counts; it’s the solution.” We realized that if we were to define the black communities of the South, not based on the negative socio-economic challenges they face, but rather on their positive attributes and potential, we could help to inspire a resurgence of social and economic empowerment, the promise of what we call ‘indigoLife™.’

Our Future of indigoLife™

Known for our presentation of black life from a lens bent toward fostering inclusion, we believe that indigoLife™ will soon become a highly recognized gateway to the black community of Southwest Georgia. Others will also find great value in the narratives of our locals and our current events. indigoLife™ Magazine gets to share these stories with the rest of world in such a way that will, no doubt, engender a raised level of respect by others within and outside this Region.

You have been with us from the start. We appreciate your support, and we hope that we can continue to count on you to stay In My Korner™.

Alicia Ritchey

A graduate of Florida International University (Miami, FL), Alicia received her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, English Alicia received her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, English Education. Her ground-breaking research examined classroom culture as a ‘text’ composed by teachers’ use of Goma Curriculum, a character education paradigm.As a National Board Certified Educator, the highest commendation for educators throughout the US, she held numerous posts with Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Instructor of English, Reading, and Creative Writing, Writing Coach & Professional Development facilitator.

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