As an immigrant from Barbados I would like to see more stories about Caribbean immigrants who have made something out of the experience in New York. I feel that articles about people from the Caribbean would also serve as a source of inspiration for both African-Americans and people from the Caribbean. There are plenty of people who come to this country and are unable to do anything with their lives, so successful stories might give them that little extra push.
Winifred Thomas, Bronx, N.Y.
The individuals covered in TNJ are chosen for their importance to the education, empowerment and entertainment of our readers. Country or culture of origin is not a factor in our choice. However, given the increasingly diasporan nature of the black community, the individuals we profile, quote and honor annually (40 Under-Forty Dynamic Achievers; 25 Influential Women; Top Black Doctors) invariably include people from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.
As a woman business owner (of Big Beautiful Dolls) and someone who was featured in your magazine's article, �Pep Up Your Presents� (December/January 2003), I would like to see more articles about how to get financial backing for business ideas in the New York and New Jersey area. With New York City being home to so many financial institutions, finding ways to get money for your dream will give more people the encouragement that they need to follow their dreams. Let me also thank you for the positive vibe that I received from people after being featured in your magazine. Keep up the good work.
Audrey Bell, West Orange, N.J
I enjoy reading your magazine because it has many practical articles about small businesses and executives. I particularly enjoy the fact that people who live in smaller metropolitan areas are able to relate to your magazine. Most publications are written to appeal to [people living in] big cities and I find it helpful that your stories can offer guidance for someone in Knoxville, Tenn. I am also happy to see that the faculty at my university are getting their own copies of TNJ, so that I can keep mine to myself.
Carolynn Ashkar, Head Librarian
Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn.