Danielle Wideman – Founder of Goddess Magazine for Teen Girls

Afro Puffs and Ponytails is so pleased to present Danielle Wideman,  the Founder of Goddess Magazine for teen girls.  We are also elated to have her join our network of Professional Leaders of Women and Girls.  Keep her and her work on your radar as she is definitely working to make a difference in the lives of our young girls!

Afro Puffs and Ponytails Tell us a little about yourself  

Danielle Wideman  I am the founder and editor-in-chief of Goddess Magazine. My background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from Northern Illinois University and a MBA from The University of Phoenix. My role with Goddess Magazine is to ensure the mission of the magazine is carried throughout each issue. Being a new business owner, I wear many different hats. I am the head decision maker, editor, graphic designer, webmaster, administrative support, sales, accountant, event planner…everything. It not an easy task, but I truly enjoy every minute of it.

I love what I do but I did not imagine this pathway for myself. I always thought I would be in the Public Relation field. PR is what I thought I was passionate about. All my college courses were centered around PR rather than Journalism. But God knew what He was doing. I truly believe he laid out this plan for the magazine and I am just following his plan.

 Afro Puffs and Ponytails – What is Goddess Magazine?

Danielle WidemanGoddess Magazine is a teen magazine for high school girls.  Our mission is to provide teens a positive outlet where they can not only receive a wealth of information that affects them but they can also be a part of magazine by submitting articles, poetry, short stories and artwork.  The magazine is geared to telling stories of teen girls. We have a section called GoddessStar. This section was designed to highlight the accomplishments of our readers. We want to know if they are overcoming negative situations, or excelling in school, or if they are volunteering their time to help others. We also discuss advice for health, college admission, how to find a job, the latest in entertainment, and fashion tips.

Afro Puffs and PonytailsPlease share with us the inspiration behind Goddess Magazine?

Danielle WidemanI started Goddess Magazine February 2009 because I wanted urban teen girls to have a publication they can relate to. I wanted to create a publication that girls can tell their own story from their point of view and in turn give advice to their peers about life’s struggles. Sometimes, we feel like we are the only person going through a particular heartache and no one would understand our struggles. But once we meet that person that understands and knows how that pain feels, then it can become easier. Then we can say, “this person made it through, I know I can.”  I totally believe what makes us weak will make us stronger.

Afro Puffs and PonytailsWhat are some of your goals for your business? 

Danielle WidemanMy goal is set up a working type of partnership with the youth groups, youth centers, and schools.  This partnership will not only benefit both the organizations and magazine but also benefit the teens that are in the programs and schools.  I see Goddess Magazine being more than just a publication but mentoring opportunities for teen girls. The magazine has so many opportunities for teen girls to benefit from.

Afro Puffs and Ponytails –What advice do you have for young African American/Black Girls?

Danielle Wideman My advice to young girls is to dream, create a plan, and never give up. As young ladies, you may be faced with so many obstacles that stand in your way.  But if you have a dream and a vision with what you want to accomplish then you can overcome any negative obstacles.  With your dreams and visions, you can create a life plan for yourself.  For an example, if you know you want to go to college to study Business, then ask yourself “what can you do now to prepare for that?”  Who are some people in your life you can talk to that has been down that path? These people can offer you some great advice on how to get started with your vision. Next, write your plan down or create a vision board.  Once you have written it or mapped out your vision, you can see it and you can begin to take the necessary steps to accomplish what you want.  No matter how hard it may seem, do not give up. Use these moments as you motivation to keep pushing because “This too shall pass.”

Afro Puffs and Ponytails – Thank you so much Danielle for sharing with us and our readers!

Please visit  her website for more information and upcoming events involving Goddess Magazine.

Website: www.GoddessGirlMag.com Twitter: @GoddessMag

Facebook Fan page: Search for www.GoddessGirlMag.com (magazine is no longer in circulation 2014)

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  2. Kim, 6 years ago

    Hello Roz and thank you for visiting our website! The creator of Goddess Girl Magazine has informed us that the magazine is no longer in circulation. We will be sure to make note of it on our blog post.

    Again, thx for dropping by and we hope you will continue visit our positive website for African American Girls!

  3. Roz, 6 years ago

    How does one order this magazine? There is lots of talk about the writer, but no info on ordering??????

  4. Kim, 6 years ago

    This book is no longer being published.

  5. Paulette Browne, 6 years ago

    I am trying to find out how I can order subscription of the goddess teen magazine for my nieces. help

  6. Cheryl Pope, 9 years ago

    Nice Magazine. This is very inspiring. Where may we order subscriptions? Is it on newsstands or online?

  7. Dominique, 10 years ago

    This is great! Our girls need something like this.

  8. Regina E. Coley, 10 years ago

    I love this! Great job we need a magazine like yours

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