magazine is a bi-monthly lifestyle publication
about Brooklyn home decor, fashion, culture
and the arts. It explores people and places
of this unique borough through the lenses
of some of its resident writers.
magazine features insights of award winning
poet Patricia Spears Jones in her column,Cosmopolitan
in Brooklyn, fashion maven Bonnie Sandy-Sterling
on Fashion in Brooklyn; essayist and photographer
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn on Culture, Travel
& Heritage with Food Editor and Columnist,
Each issue of CALABAR magazine contains three
distinct feature sections: Home Decor, Fashion,
Culture, Travel and the Arts.
Home Decor section showcases homes
and interiors of living places in Brooklyn.
Explores emerging trends in home design, interior
decoration, furniture and features products
made in or from the borough.
Fashion section covers design personalities,
style, trends and businesses found in and
exported from Brooklyn.
Culture,Travel & Heritage section
covers sites, vacation places, escapes and
holiday destinations in Africa, the Caribbean,
Asia and South America. Some articles are
written by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn.
Columns are educational and opinionated.
in Brooklyn: Opinionated views of Patricia
& Dining: An Insiders look at
eateries in Brooklyn
your Creative Business Enterprise: A business
tips column written by Atim Annette Oton.
editorial calendar is defined by the themes:
- Early Spring Fashion and Home Decor Preview:
in and what's out? In Central Brooklyn, who
and what neighborhoods are setting the standards
for Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Bed Stuyvesant
or Crown Heights? Who is hip? Who is innovative
and far-out remarkable? Our best of best settingthe
standards creates the list by singling out
out-of-this world trend-setters. Finally,
what is Black History month doing for black
Design and Style and/or The African IssueIssue:
Nigeria to Brooklyn, African inspired design
is taking over the industry. What are the
influences, who are the designers and where
can you find their work? Brooklyn designers
from Moshood to Guereje are African, more
precisely, Nigerian. How does the Nigeria
factor influence design? Or is it a West African
aesthetic? From fabric to furniture, is Africa
the source of pleasure and design inspiration?
What's going on for Egypt and South Africa
in travel and food?
Travel Issue: Escape to the world from Brooklyn.
are Brooklynites hottest destination - the
Caribbean Africa, Europe or the US? This issue
we explore the vacation spots and what types
of vacations are available - from spas to
resorts to eco-tours. We look at immigration
and what changes are occuring in this newest
invasion into Brooklyn from Manhattanites
to Africans, whose coming to this city.
Summer and Home Issue:
bikinis to rollerbrades in Prospect Park and
Coney Island, what are the key events and
places to hang out this summer in Brooklyn.
What are our fashion cues, our health needs
and what kind of homes do we open up for the
summer. This issue we celebrate Brooklyn homes
and apartments. We highlight homeowners and
share secrets of buying and selling. We showcase
hot neighborhoods and explore summer trends.
September/October: Business and Finance
managing your finance? Where can you get help
and what are the things to do for your business
and finance now? This issue takes a look at
your personal finance and business needs?
We explore money and its affects on your life.
Whose making it in Brooklyn and who is not?
What are the problems facing Brooklynites
when it comes to money and finances?
November/December 2007: The Holiday Issue:
do Brooklynites go for Thanksgiving? What
Brooklyn's holiday celebrations are unique?
From Hannukah, Christmas to Kwanzaa, where
do you go to get those great gifts? This issue
looks at entertaining, table settings and
gifts. It features our Holiday preview and