By Nina Rayburn Dec
"Today there isn’t a publication that represents Muslim women," said Tayyibah Taylor, editor of Azizah magazine and the president of the Atlanta-based publishing company WOW which will put out the new quarterly. Azizah means strong, dear and noble. The content will reflect the meaning of the magazine’s name, Taylor says. Upcoming issues will include: "Listening to our Elders" (interviews with four women over the age of 80 from different ethnic cultures); features about Latina Muslim women and Islamic scholars in America; and profiles of interesting Muslim women.
Discovery Girls 1/01
Editor and publisher Catherine Lee created this new bimonthly because she was unable to find an appropriate magazine for her 9-year-old daughter. The content will be aimed at girls between the ages of 8 and 12 and will focus on stories by real girls about the issues affecting their lives. A strict "no models" policy will be enforced.
"The new magazine about shopping." Lucky is a slick and chic shoppers guide to looking cool. This monthly catalogue of clothing and accessories, published by Condé Nast, is put together by the editors of Vogue and Glamour.
The "All That" section at the front of the magazine features entertainment news. The "Savoy Life" section at the back highlights lifestyle pieces including recipes and tips for better living. See Kate Novack’s piece on page 14.
My Generation 3/01
AARP’s new bimonthly magazine for aging baby-boomers who have hit 50. Whereas Modern Maturity subscribers receive information on travel bargains, retirement communities, health insurance and Medicare, the articles in My Generation will focus on health, sex, plastic surgery and celebrity. The cover story for the May/June issue is a profile of the Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek.
Blender 5 /01
The British company Dennis Publishing, which produces Maxim and Stuff magazines, is well known for sexually charged content. It will launch Blender as a quarterly music magazine this spring. Editor Andy Pemberton sees an opening between Rolling Stone’s readers, who have grown old, and Spin, which hit its zenith with the grunge trend. Blender, he has said "will have a bit more blood and guts to it and more of an irreverent attitude."
Editor Lisa Gabor’s vision for Fuse was to combine the business news of Fortune with the celebrity worship of InStyle and create a chic business lifestyle magazine. Fuse’s publishers, Imagine Media, pulled the plug before Fuse had a chance to light up the newsstand.
After an outstanding 125 years of reflecting the lives of American women, McCall’s, which was started as a venue for selling paper dress patterns by its founder James McCall, called it quits in February. In its heyday, McCall’s was known for publishing the fiction of legendary writers such as George Bernard Shaw, Zane Grey and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
A bimonthly spinoff of Smart Money magazine for parents. It ceased publication in January 2001, less than a year after its initial launch by its publisher, The Hearst Corporation. The magazine offered readers financial information on issues like choosing health care for your children and how to fund their college educations.