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Ujima Magazine

By Damita Miller-Shanklin
Ujima Magazine is a digital platform that tells stories about the "everyday heroes" in our community. We focus on our Black community providing uplifting and inspirational stories.
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Running on Empty
This is a short audio piece to make our readers aware of the article in our October issue that was written by Kara Jillian Brown, with Well and Good that gives signs of when you may need to take a break and breathe. You can find the link in our digital issue on our website at
October 15, 2021
Meet the Ujima Magazine Team
In this episode, the Ujima Magazine team that works to get the issue out every month takes time to chat about their why and their passions. The questions are moderated by Damita, but the answers are unfiltered. Get to know who they are and celebrate the 13 years this team has been together reaching our community and sharing stories of our community and our people. Even though we focus on Austin, Texas, we reach many people because we are digital.  Please subscribe to our channel and follow us so you will know when a new podcast is dropped for your enjoyment. Please go to our website for more information and podcast. You can reach us at  Thanks for Listening and your support Ujima and Friends Podcast
October 03, 2021
The Principles of Being Creative
Sanah Brown-Bowers is a native of Queens, New York. She has been residing in Fort Worth, Texas for the past 20 years. She attended the Fashion  Institute of Technology in New York and now attends the University of  North Texas to pursue her BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Her aesthetic is about merging her whimsical and realistic style to tell her story and the stories of others. The ability to do this has been extremely therapeutic to her and those with who she has the privilege of painting. She is drawn to telling the story of people’s personal struggles, successes, and finding ways to address the social issues many face on a  daily basis. I am most impacted by young people because they have, at times, been overlooked by society and have fallen victim to the unrealistic expectations fueled by social media, parents, teachers, and peers regarding their bodies, self-image, identity, and purpose. This episode is all about CREATIVITY. This is the start of our summer series about self-improvement. We are not just talking about sketching or painting, we want to go a step further. We want to look at principles of being creative such as what hinders or restores creativity. Professional Artist, Sanah Brown-Bowers, chats with Damita and Eliza about her art journey and experience with her own art story of creativity. Visit for more information Visit for more information Visit 
August 12, 2021
Ujima and Friends Podcast
This episode is about where you can find and listen to our current episodes. 
May 12, 2021
April Issue of Ujima
End of the month reminder to check out our latest issue.
April 27, 2021
Ujima New Issue: Joi Chevalier
Quick Reminder about new April Issue.
April 06, 2021
Farmer’s Market and Art Therapy
This episode is sharing pages from the March issue about it being Spring and the Farmer’s Market is a place for fresh fruits and vegetables and Art Therapy a tool for the soul.
March 23, 2021
How Is Your Goal Planning?
Damita and Eliza chat this week about planning your goals for the day, month, and year. They discussed the traditional way people approach their goals and how they planned out goals for themselves. 
February 14, 2021
Organizing Your Work Space
Damita and Eliza talk about how most people are working at home and need to define a workspace for themselves. Eliza is a professional organizer. Her company is I Can Do That!!. She gives advice on how to make your home workspace yours with creativity. The hope is the ideas discussed will inspire you to change your space to enhance your productivity and focus. 
January 27, 2021
Hope and Racism In 2021
Damita and Eliza chat about hope and what they would like to see around the subject in the new year. Eliza talks more about racism and her perspective on our future. The discussion comes from a Viewpoint article in the Ujima Magazine January issue. What is your hope for 2021?
January 14, 2021
Ujima Magazine January 2021 Issue
This is announcing the new issue of Ujima Magazine is out on our digital platforms. 
January 05, 2021
Ujima Magazine January 2021 Issue Is Out!
An announcement about the latest issue of Ujima Magazine.
January 05, 2021
Jacquie Parish of the Jacquie Ooh Project and Collection
Jacquie Ooh is a lifestyle and beauty writer for Ujima Magazine. Damita and Co-host Eliza Edwards interviewed her about her Skin Care Line and her Created Women project.  Enjoy the show!
October 10, 2020
A Higher Freedom with Eliza Edwards
Eliza Edwards wrote a poem about her feelings and reflections during this pandemic. Join us for this chat from the heart. 
September 02, 2020