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FSM Year One

Year One of FSM is done. The staff and editors of FSM appreciate your readership and following on your social media platforms. This edition of FSM is a look back on a tremendous year of publishing and contributions by our photographers, editors, writers, contributors, and advertisers. It has been a team effort by a group of creatives dedicated to publishing quality content for our readers.

The magazine itself has grown in style and content over the past year as well. There is a definite difference between our first issue in January 2018 and our December 2018 issue. We all had to find a style and production cadence to meet deadlines that we were comfortable with. Each month we performed a self-assessment and lessons learned to publish a better magazine for the next month.

We wish to thank our featured photographers and creatives for 2018: Matthew Jordan Smith, Jhanielle A. Brown, DeVonte Giovanni Rhea, Anthony P. Roberson, Michelle Thomas, Shamayim, James Washington and David M. Johnson. Each artist’s contribution provided a visual and emotional experience for our readers.

Our partnership with fashion, hair, and beauty entrepreneurs provided our readers with insights into their respective industries. A special thanks to Aunt Funky’s Closet, Melodrama Boutique, and Philetta Designs whose fashions covered the pages in several issues of FSM.

We also brought you a look behind the shutter in our monthly “Beyond the Lens” feature. James Gamble Jr., director of photography for FSM shares his photography experience and expertise each month in this informative section of FSM. It is a must read for any aspiring photographer.

Finally, success does not come without some sacrifices. The staff and editors wish to thank our supportive families for allowing the “creatives” to be “creative”. Their support provided the backbone of the magazine operations for 2018.

Wishing you and yours a safe and wondrous Holiday season.


Foto of the Month

Thomas Carter

Canon 5D Mark III • Sigma Art 85mm • 1/100sec @f5.6 ISO 200
Main & Fill Light: Natural Lighting
Model: Chamond Brooks