Founded by Danny Tisdale who served as a advertising production director at Interview, Essence, and Details Magazines, and Barney’s N.Y., Tisdale’s idea was to create quality Harlem content using Harlem-based photographers, designers and writers for Harlem World Magazine.
On a bright and spring night in April, 2003, the premiere of Harlem’s first print company Harlem World Magazine hit the streets. In 2009, HarlemWordMag.com was launched to follow their readers wherever they were going and that was online.
Harlem World Magazine’s editorial approach builds on a 35 year tradition of journalism started by his deceased uncle Charles Tisdale at the Jackson Advocate. The Jackson Advocate is a strident voice for Mississippians who were poorly represented.
Charles Tisdale made a commitment to ensure the newspaper survived Klu Klux Klan bombings, and attacks from media outlets. The paper called it like it saw it, and it was challenging, and chastising. The paper encouraged discourse, critical debate, and understood the importance of having a voice for community ideas.
Tisdale says, like John Demsey of M.A.C. Cosmetics, “I’m really a convergence of all these different worlds, whether it’s retail, business, consumer products, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, street culture, high culture, pop culture.”
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