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About Us



BLAC is the premier lifestyle magazine for African-Americans in and around Detroit. We cover the people, places and issues of importance to our community. We strive to be inclusive of the entire African Diaspora in our region, covering African descendants of various national and ethnic backgrounds. We also empower readers with the information they need to fully appreciate and enjoy metro Detroit. We are committed to providing our target audience—ranging in age from the late 20s to the upper 50s—with engaging, high-quality editorial and visual content.

Founded in 1999 as African American Parent, the magazine's name was soon changed to African American Family. During our 10th anniversary year, the publication was renamed BLAC (an acronym for Black Life, Arts & Culture) to more accurately reflect our content and mission. Our goal is to make BLAC a more trusted and treasured resource than ever before.


The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) "Salute to Excellence Award"
Parenting Publications of America (PPA) (Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards)
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Award
Life Directions, Mary Ball Children's Advocacy Award
Legacy Award (from Aisha Shule-WEB Dubois Academy)
AWEC/Alliance, Against All Odds "Excellence in Print Media"


  • Chairman: Paul Riser Jr.
  • President: Alyssa R. Martina
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Alexis Bourkoulas
  • Board member: Marc Hardy
  • Board member: Dr. Glenda Price
  • Board member: Sharon Banks
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