Sweet-thang is a zine featuring and celebrating work by Black womxn/Black femmes/non-binary black folx around the world. It is a creative safe space for themes of resistance and activism, for free artistic expression. Our aim is to amplify the voices of these groups and celebrate emerging artists/writers!
Sweet-thang was created at the end of 2016 by Zoe Thompson, who loves everything about zine culture, writing and publishing but always felt alienated by the lack of women of colour, particularly black women, in these spaces. Sweet-thang has come about from this frustration, and its ethos will always be to allow Black womxn to share their artwork in a space that isn’t dominated by white voices. Sweet-thang wants to be a space that doesn’t require you to have thousands of followers on Instagram, a blue tick, or other markers of “winning in life” that our online world has created, to be noticed and celebrated.
“(When I (Zoe) first made a blog on blogspot.com in 2014, my posts would literally get no views or comments, haha. But I didn’t even care! It was fun! I posted so much, continuously, passionately, to no one. Then I got Instagram and it became about tailoring that passion to an audience – which is growth I guess, and a valid goal for anyone creating an online space – but landing in that social realm did come with a subtle loss. As a participator in social networks I cannot help but sound like a hypocrite, but trying to keep up a social visage is tiring and painful at times, and I have a love-hate relationship with it, like I can imagine most of us do. I am going on a rant now but sweet-thang was birthed out of this raw desire to just have an artistic space for myself and people like me, and I want to keep that essence, forever and always, into the meat of the digital eras and beyond ! Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk)”
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 have recently moved online after three print issues, but do not intend to stop publishing physical issues. Stay sweet and stay tuned x x x
Want to submit your work to us? Check out our submissions page for more info!