Young Black Men YBE Magazine finds its niche

Founder marks first full year of publication

D. Kevin McNeir | 12/19/2013, 9 a.m.

A new magazine that brings to light the experiences of America’s young Black men has reached a milestone with its fourth quarterly issue in December — marking its first year of publication. Based out of Atlanta, YBE Magazine was started 10 years ago by Eric Foster, who serves as the chief editor of the publication. His challenge, he says, was transitioning from being a web/blog site to a print publication. The first print edition was released in March 2013.

“It’s been a great year producing the magazine,” Foster said. “It’s been challenging but fulfilling to see the magazine materialize and for our audience to be as supportive as they have been.”

Since its launch earlier this year, YBE’s website has had over 125,000 visitors and more than 300,000 page views. Foster says he’s optimistic about the future.

“We’ve developed great partnerships throughout the year and I am excited about the new opportunities that 2014 will bring.”

Among the contributors and partnerships that YBE has made during the year are men’s health website HealthyBlackMen.org; blogger Isom Kuade of IsomKuade Journal; psychologist Dr. Donald E. Grant, Jr., executive director of Mindful Training Solutions, LLC; and activist Taurean Brown.

The current issue of YBE Magazine features an exclusive interview with Ricardo Wrice, founder/CEO of Phase II Performing Arts Organization, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta that provides a platform for students to showcase their talents while fostering student development and academic success.

Grant returns with advice on how to manage holiday stress and financial experts offer advice on financial planning and budgeting during the holidays.

Congratulations to Foster and his crew. As he says in his mission statement, YBE targets young Black men to empower and inspire them to be successful and responsible in all aspects of life. Check it out at www.ybemagazine.com.