Bene Viera is the woman behind some of the most awesome magazine cover stories featuring black girl magic. Bene has built her entire career in being a voice for black women. Some of her note worthy interviews include:
Even after you have spent years in upper education these days breaking into most industries is challenging. In an interview with For Harriet she has this to say about landing her first gig as a journalist,
I moved to New York August of 2010. I did not land my first media job until April of 2012, which was at VH1. That was not based on any contacts. That was not based on a recommendation. That was based on my blindly applying. After VH1, I went to Centric. Again, it was just me on my own. I have not had hook ups where editors are like, “Yeah, come work for me. Everything I have done has been on my own merit. I think it is important for people to know that. Sometimes, it takes longer to get where you are going when you don’t have those connections and when you don’t have people rooting for you.
You really have to treat freelancing like it’s your 8-to-5 job. You have to wake up in the morning; you have to have pitches; you have to send a ton of pitches to various publications and hope that you get a reply back.
Thank you Bene for being on your grind and being able to share the stories of women of color who most likely wouldn’t have been heard without you.
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