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Free Online Reading - African American Magazines

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There is a variety of African American magazines available for free online reading, including vintage black magazines, black women’s magazines, and magazines focused on black entrepreneurship. Additionally, there is a free online book library that offers a wealth of content for those interested in exploring African American culture and history.

African-American Magazines – Free Online Reading

Black Enterprise – Free Online Reading

Black Enterprise Website


New York: Black Enterprise

“BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BLACK ENTERPRISE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers.” – Black Enterprise Website. Black entrepreneur magazine.

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Black Heritage/Negro Heritage


Chicago: Watkins

Negro Heritage was a small newsletter-style bi-weekly, published in Chicago by Sylvestre Watkins beginning in 1961. It contained mostly biographical profiles of African Americans in U.S. history.
Note that these issues don’t all appear in chronological order. Vintage black magazines.

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Black World/Negro Digest – Free Online Reading


Negro Digest 1942-1961 (Black & White)


“The Negro Digest, later renamed Black World, was a magazine for the African-American market. Founded in November 1942 by publisher John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, it was first published locally in Chicago, Illinois.” – Wikipedia. African American magazines.

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The Crisis – Free Online Reading

The Crisis Magazine Website

Vol 1 (1910)



“The Crisis is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It was founded in 1910 by W. E. B. Du Bois (editor), Oswald Garrison Villard, J. Max Barber, Charles Edward Russell, Kelly Miller, W. S. Braithwaite, and Mary Dunlop Maclean. The Crisis has been in continuous print since 1910, and it is the oldest black oriented magazine in the world.” – Wikipedia. The Crisis magazine back issues, vintage Black magazines.

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Ebony – Free Online Reading

Ebony Magazine Website

Vol 15 No. 1 (Nov 1959) to Vol 64 No. 2 (Dec 2008)

Ebony 1945-1961 (Black & White)

Chicago, IL

Ebony free magazine archive. “Ebony is a monthly magazine for the African-American market. It was founded by John H. Johnson in Chicago and has published continuously since the autumn of 1945. In 2016 Johnson sold the publication to private equity firm Clear View Group.” -Wikipedia. Ebony magazine free online, old Ebony magazines, old Ebony magazines online.

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Essence – Free Online Reading

Essence Magazine Website


U.S.: American

“Essence magazine is a lifestyle publication for African American women of all ages, shapes, and cultures.” – Publisher. Essence magazine back issues. Black women’s magazines.

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Jet – Free Online Reading

Jet Magazine Website


Chicago, IL

“Jet is a magazine marketed to African-American readers. It was founded in 1951 by John H. Johnson of the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois, as an American weekly. ” – Wikipedia. Old Jet magazines free.

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Women of Color

Women of Color Magazine Website

New York

“A publication for today’s career women in business and technology.” – Women of Color Magazine. Black women’s magazines, African American magazines.

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Articles about African American History – African American Magazines

A collection of links here at Century Past to articles in magazines and newspapers related to African American History.

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