Welcome to The Higher South, a newsletter that focuses on the Black community, particularly within the Southern region of the United States.
What makes that special, you may wonder?
Well, the news usually travels from the east or even the West. No one thinks of the South because we are often viewed as far behind. However, while the other regions may set the pace of life in the United States, the South sets trends like no other, especially the Black culture of the South. From our music to fashion to food, we always have something going on or new business ventures popping up, but often that goes unnoticed.
This newsletter is about celebrating the South and all the culture and beauty that it holds despite the pain that it also bears. For years we have heard history only about war stories and slavery. Still, as new history is being made, especially in the Black community, we would like to document that and sprinkle in tidbits of history as we shine a light on the who’s who with exclusive interviews and the places you should see. We want to focus on the positive news while also keeping you current.
Inspired by the words of former state representative candidate Gary Chamber’s campaign, “Let’s go higher,” we asked ourselves how we can inspire and make an impact with those around us, those closest to us, our community? We came up with showing those we care about just how beautiful and brilliant we are. We have more to offer than hospitality, more affordable housing, and shorter winters. Hence the name The Higher South.
We aim to bring you the Black news stories that are often missed in the news cycles but that are definitely worth media attention so that you can be informed about what is going on around you. These stories may go overlooked by mainstream media, but we want to be the ones to share them with you. You can also expect interviews from the leaders, influencers, and celebs who live in this part of the United States.
So whose doing the storytelling and news sharing? It’s the SwagHer Magazine & Media team, a team of writers also hailing from the South. Articles are curated by me, Francheska “Fancy” Felder.
SwagHer Magazine & Media is a lifestyle and empowerment publication for the Black community. SwagHer's purpose is to change the way Black people view themselves to rise from marginalized communities and develop a mindset of royalty and wealth while educating them to grow a profitable business to be self-sufficient through positive media and storytelling.
We continue that work with The Higher South, moving in closer to home, as we are based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We intend to bring you news mainly from the Southern states of Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and the Carolinas formatted in interviews, news updates, along with some video when possible.
We would love for you to work with us on this venture. How can you do so? Feel free to submit news and leads to us at email@example.com.
Last but not least, don't forget to subscribe to the newsletter so you can stay in the know.
About Francheska Felder
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is a quiet Southern media mogul in the making. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the progressive Black community.
Fancy’s passion for all things creative combined with her love for writing, Black culture, and business guided her also to offer her public relations, creative, and branding services, making the magazine more of a media boutique having its own subscription clients as well as advertisers, hence why the name changed to SwagHer Magazine & Media.
SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black people, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead.
The Mississippi native is also one half of Theories & Thoughts Podcast, a discussion-driven show that tackles Black issues and taboo subjects with a kitchen table talk feel, which she hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis. The two also co-produce and host Theories & Thoughts Deep Dive, a millennial talk show.
The former teen mom graduated from Southwest Mississippi Community College with her associate’s in marketing management and studied mass communications with a focus in public relations from Southern University A&M College.
Cover photo credit: Samuel Dixon on Unsplash.