From the Publisher

Wow! Can you believe another year has come and gone? On behalf of ONYX Magazine, we wish you and yours the best that 2018 has to offer.

In launching our first issue of the year, we are excited to present on the cover the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program hits a significant milestone this year as it continues to mentor young Black and Brown boys and prepare them to graduate high school, matriculate through college, earn a degree, and return to their communities as productive citizens. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who proudly represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District, is the founder of the program. She has committed her life’s work to make a difference in the lives of our youths, and more specifically, young men. She is considered by many to be the modern-day Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as she serves as a voice for the voiceless. National Mentoring Month is in January, and we celebrate by presenting to you programs from around Florida, which are making a difference in the lives of our youths.

I am sure we are all waiting with bated breath wondering what else can take place in American politics. As we gear up for our 2018 political cycle, we the people will make crucial decisions concerning the country’s political landscape. In this issue, we are excited to present College/ University students around the nation who are preparing themselves on becoming informed voters. The students at Florida A&M University (FAMU) have launched the Strike the Vote movement which nudges students to become informed and take political action on campus and beyond. These students are fired up about civic engagement upon graduation. There is something going on at FAMU…did you hear that four FAMU graduates were recently elected as mayor of their respective cities? Don’t worry; we got the scoop in this issue….

Well, that’s just a little of what you will find in this exciting issue as we kick off what I’m sure will be a phenomenal year! We ask that you continue to support positive Black media by subscribing to ONYX Magazine online at If you have a great story idea or just want to share your views on any of the articles you read in our publication, please feel free to contact us at

ONYX Magazine’s management and staff remain committed to bringing you entertaining, inspiring and informative articles that celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans and those of the African diaspora.


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