Interview: Stay Woke: A Q&A with ‘Faithfully Magazine’

The story behind a new, multiethnic journalistic enterprise.

Nicola Menzie has worked in media for over a decade, with staff positions at CBS News, AOL News, and The Christian Post. She’s interviewed some of the biggest power players in American evangelicalism, from T. D. Jakes to Tim Keller. But in 2015, she left that all behind to launch her passion project: a magazine that would center Christians of color.

Initially a digital outlet focusing on minority women in ministry, Faithfully Magazine has since grown to encompass a podcast and print publication that covers everything from depression among African Christians to Trip Lee’s latest album. “I realized there was a gap in the stories Christian news outlets were covering and pursuing,” Menzie says. “Christians of color were rarely featured, unless they were needed to respond to a specific issue.”

With a volunteer staff and only $5,000 in Kickstarter seed money, Menzie has established Faithfully as an exemplar of racial and spiritual diversity and a resource for news, theology, and cultural commentary from a faithful yet ecumenical perspective.

Here, in conversation with CT, she explores what it means to be an ethnically inclusive publication and why Faithfully’s message is needed by believers of all races and denominations.

What is Faithfully all about?

It’s another option for Christians who want to be informed and inspired by the things that Christians of color are doing or creating and the issues that they care about. If you go to the newsstand or bookstore and look at the magazine section, you’ll notice a pattern. If you stay out of the so-called ethnic and music publications, what you find is that 95 percent of the cover stories feature white individuals. They’re the leading …

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