Self Made Photojournalism Project Comes To Fruition With Launch Of Book And Website

Express Newark

Express Newark Third Space Award Winner, Self Made, a project that profiles nine Black women business owners in Newark, launched its website and magazine today.

The women profiled in Self Made own businesses in the South and West Wards of Newark, where economic recovery has been slower than other parts of the city.

The project is the brainchild of Tinnetta Bell and Carrie Stetler.    

Tinnetta Bell is a New Jersey-based studio portrait photographer whose work has appeared in VIBE, Ebony, Essence and Black Enterprise magazines. Tinetta is also a photographer in residence at Express Newark’s Shine Portrait Studio.

Carrie Stetler is an independent journalist and communications professional who worked for the Newark Star-Ledger for 20 years as a reporter. She was also managing editor of HYCIDE magazine and senior editor of NewarkBound magazine.

“With Self Made, we wanted to emphasize that there is a wide range of women throughout Newark and the nation who are builders and makers,’’ said Stetler, editor-in-chief of the project’s print publication and website. “They are shaped and supported by their communities and strengthen them through the work they do. But they also offer products and services that give them joy to create, that are expressions of their values and passions, and that are available to everyone.’’

The Self Made print publication includes stories on the history of Black women entrepreneurs in America, resources for aspiring entrepreneurs and expert advice from financial educator and Newark resident Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche and Dawn Fitch, founder and owner of Pooka Pure & Simple bath and body products.

You can purchase the print publication of SELF MADE here.

The Self Made website profiles all of the nine women business owners.  Visit the Self Made site here.