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General Information

Name:  Sesali Bowen  

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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Bowen was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sesali Bowen is a multifaceted writer, media personality, and cultural commentator with a knack for plus-sized style. She is the author of the forthcoming memoir/manifesto, Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes From A Trap Feminist and the creator, producer, and co-host of Purse First, the podcast about the culture of femme rap. Sesali is former Senior Entertainment Editor at NYLON magazine, one of the architects of Refinery29's Unbothered. She got her feet officially wet in television writing on the series Black Equals Beauty. She loves press on nails and direct deposits. She currently lives in New Jersey.

She has over eight years of digital writing and editing experience with a prove track record of crafting entertainment-based news, editing, reported analysis, and features writing for a digitally savvy audience. She's expanded her storytelling skills to video, social media, and audio. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, HelloBeautiful, and even onscreen as a subject in the documentary Black Girl Church.

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