sweet-thang is an independent print (and sometimes online) zine featuring work by Black women and non-binary Black folks around the world, focusing on themes of resistance, healing and free artistic expression. This is a space for joy, in whatever way that manifests. We want it to be a tool and resource for self-empowerment!
I created sweet-thang at the end of 2016 because I wanted to see more people like me in the DIY publishing industry, where representation has lacked in the past. I am inspired by the history of zines: their non-traditional, anti-authority messages, their dedication to supporting underground and under-represented voices. Zines can be spontaneous and messy, and within that, they "redistribute power to those that make them" (perfectly put by Lu Williams @ Grrrl Zine Fair). Zines and niche publications have a lot of force and significance in our world, and sweet-thang was definitely born out of the desire to reflect that.
sweet-thang will provide you with beautiful poetry, thought provoking essays and amazing visuals surrounding any theme and will generally just be a sweet lil' publication for all to enjoy!
We also have a podcast! SWEET STUFF can be streamed on Spotify. Tune in every month for interesting conversation, Black joy, healing energy, laughter, radical ideas, stories and art as activism into the digital eras and beyond. 🎧
Want to submit your work to us? Check out our submissions page and keep up to date on our Instagram to find out about opportunities and upcoming issues!
Want to support what we do? Subscribe to our patreon for exciting opportunities, freebies and more!
editor and founder