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November Issue 2019

credits : Alan Markfield . All rights belongs to Sony Pictures



Welcome back to Black Pepper Magazine ! I will keep it short this time.

A quick story behind this month's issue .

One week prior to that, we basically had no one on the cover. It took 3 months to actually plan everything out, but it got cancelled . The cover story and the cover picture was written and edited. Everything for nothing. Can you imagine the stress level ? Well, long story short, our writer and podcast host Rosalyn (@msrosalynofficial) saved the whole entire month ! Hardworking that she is, she managed to interview Tyrese Gibson. Let me tell you the gratitude that I felt at that moment was indescribable ! The theme : Mental Illness is not a crime and singer, actor Tyrese Gibson are the PERFECT fusion.

For that reason, this particular issue is dedicated to our writer, ROSALYN ! You did an amazing job and the results will definitely not go unnoticed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart .

Yours truly,

Amina , CEO&Founder

Marcus , Co-Founder

Black Pepper Magazine



We have officially launched our podcast

Your magazine on the go. Every Sunday on Spotify and Anchor.

Black Pepper Magazine presents the podcast series : 1. #RoseTalks hosted by our official writer Rosalyn from NY. Everything concerning self-development and women, who mind their business; 2. #DaisiesGrow hosted by the official writer , Daize from U.S . This series is about spiritual development, poetry and mental health ; 3. #QueenT podcast series is hosted by the lovely Cameroonian young lady, Terissa from Germany. Lastly 4. #LeslieLeads hosted by soon to be Dr. Leslie Ekpe in Educational Leadership from the U.S.

Make sure to tune in every sunday :


Official Member of...

We are happy and humbled to see how far we've come this year and it's just the beginning. Thus far, the tip of the iceberg is that our Founder, Amina is officially a part from #forbestheculture Family. The organization is now part of Forbes. For(bes) the culture was formed in Boston at the #forbes30under30 summit in October 2017, to gather the world's current and future elite minority leaders to network, collaborate, share opportunities and discuss issues related to their respective communities and the world at large.

It was founded by Vinisia Miles, Rashaad Lambert and also Mendel Grinter. These 3 African American are changing the dynamic and are opening doors #fortheculture .

Keep up with the Culture @forbestheculture


A dream come true...

The story behind this title is sooo cute !

We have basically discovered her pictures through Facebook. Her mother posted it by saying that it would mean so much to her to see her daughter in a magazine. Well, there she is ! Her first magazine feature. Let's welcome the beautiful A'mirah Costner


Who said magazines can't support each other ?

RosaMag. The first online lifestyle magazine for Afro-German women. Ciani's motivation is to create role models for Afro-German women and to break the stereotyped image of Black Germans. After her journalism studies in Berlin and her master's degree in political communication in London, the original Berliner cavorted around in the capital's startup scene. For over a year, she worked on her dream of creating an online platform for the modern Afro-German woman. Since the end of January, Ciani has been filming, shooting, writing and researching to inform, inspire and empower Afro-German women and friends!

Instagram @rosa_mag

Facebook RosaMag


Listen to the RoseTalks podcast series


Boom, stop playin'

Credits : Kyrie Moore @kyreemoore_photography

credits : Marcus Ivory @marcivory

Credits : Kyrie Moore


I had so much fun interviewing country singer , Rissi Palmer. She recently released her album #Revival and the lyrics and her voice are just amazing.

Rissi Palmer is an American #countrymusic artist. Palmer debuted in 2007 with the single "Country Girl", which made her the first African-American woman to chart a country song since Dona Mason in 1987."Country Girl" was no. 54 on the #Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and served as the leading single to her debut album, which also produced the No. 59 hit "Hold on to Me".

Rissi Palmer is a confident, intelligent and talented woman, who knows what she wants. You can tell by the way she talks and sings, that determination is her discipline . She was offered a record deal, when she was 19 years old, but she rejected the deal . Why ? Well, she'd have to change her style from country to pop. That's out of the question. That's right ! Rissi Palmer is unique and stands out with her style.

Instagram/Facebook/Twitter : @rissipalmermusic

Visit her website to purchase her music :



Sophomooreik releases ‘½ [Half Of It]’ and its accompanying visual. The track is taken off the newcomer’s ‘EASYAS…[growing up]’ EP, a collection of 7 tracks documenting the different issues faced when growing up in contemporary society, both from Sophomooreik’s own perspective, and from observed experiences of those around him.  ½ [Half Of It]’ is the final track to be revealed from the EP, it was released on 16th October and it showcases Sophmooreik’s staggering, rapid fire delivery over sparse, bass heavy beats. In support of the EP, he recently played a release show at the Waiting Room on 23rd October. He is from North West London and is taking his lead from a hugely eclectic range of creative influences, mixing sonic elements of trap and juxtaposing them with the rhythmic, melodic flow of classic hip hop. Sophomooreik is an artist whose sheer talent, perceptiveness and point of view firmly mark him as one to watch.

Watch here :


by Rosalyn

In the wake of recent events, there has been a call for a new way of building relationships with the police. Leaders want to provide ways for people to have a voice, work across divides and establish equitable policing that is accountable to the community.

Tyrese Gibson is best known for his time on screen in big actions movies; franchises like the Transformers films and much of the long-running Fast & Furious series. But, the actor has a new film, Black and Blue, starring Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (Moonlight), that will show a

different side of the performer that many of us haven't seen in theaters for a while. 

Naomie Harris'  character in this action-packed police drama Black and Blue focuses on some deep topics. Subjects like corrupt cops, criminal activity, body cam footage and doing the right thing no matter the personal cost. All come into play in the film, and Harris' character, Alicia West, has to deal with all of these things in the movie.

We are aware of different types of police corruption. Corruption in the police ranges from petty corruption and small acts of bribery to criminal infiltration and political corruption. During a conference call with the actors, myself and other writers were able to ask questions about not just the movie; but what we witnessed personally and how the movie Black and Blue highlights a lot of tough questions surrounding community and law enforcement relations.

The impact of police corruption

The impact of corruption in the police can be far reaching. When basic functions of law and order are compromised by corrupt practices within the police force, the state cannot legitimately prevent and punish violations of the law or protect human rights. Police corruption results in public mistrust of the police, rendering it more difficult for the police to perform what should be their primary task, countering crime. It compromises the institutional integrity of a policing system and undermines its legitimacy. Further, if the public is to respect the law, they must be confident that the police adhere to the law in general, and that, in applying the law, they treat people equally.

A serious result of #policecorruption is weakening ethical standards in society. If the public perceives the police to be benefiting from corruption, this could lower their own moral standards and make them more willing to engage in criminal behaviour. Police corruption can also damage a state’s international reputation, if for example, there is evidence of police involvement in transnational arms, drugs or human trafficking.  In short, police corruption can be harmful to democracy, the role of police in society and the community trust in the police force is important.

#BlackandBlueMovie is a must see movie that opens the opportunity for dialogue for movie-goers. While recognizing the complexity of the issue, Black and Blue shares the uncomfortable truth of what's going on in law enforcement. This movie should be credited for sharing a story to help create strategies we can use to create positive change in community-police relations where we live.

This movie is definitely NOT another slave movie but a movie that Include all voices in the community, especially those who have been marginalized or excluded. Think about the neighborhoods, racial/ethnic groups, people with various viewpoints, and people who work in specific sectors who may be affected by this issue; this invites them to take part in community conversations and action steps. Community conversation and action work best when people from all parts of the community come together.

Black and Blue Movie is in theaters NOW !

Check out the links and more information about this amazing movie and cast. 




Tyrese Gibson, also known as Tyrese, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, model, VJ and screenwriter. He played Joseph "Jody" Summers in Baby Boy, Angel Mercer in Four Brothers, Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious series and Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major #Hollywood releases. According to #Billboard Tyrese has sold 3.69 million albums in the U.S.

Gibson's career began when he auditioned for a Coca-Cola commercial at the suggestion of his high school music teacher. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola", led to bigger fame. It led him to other appearances for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger.

Picture : Rich Barr

One of his most known songs, was...

Throwback R'n'b vibes

Do you want to know what #Tyrese has to say about the movie ? Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @blackpeppermag to not miss the announcement on SUNDAY . The Interview was hosted by our official writer, Rosalyn. She had the chance to ask a question along with other journalists on an exclusive conference call. Spotify or Anchor is your destination >




credits : Giovanni L

credits : Vanessa L

Wer bin ich is in German and means 'who am I'

In this song she basically described her 6 years of absence . She doubted herself for to long, now someday (= irgendwann in German ) is now.

Support her music on all social and streaming platforms @LunaSimao





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