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"Nia is my digital love letter to confident, yet vulnerable Black women
just like me..."

Nia Magazine

Our name Nia /pronounced KNEE-ah/ is of Swahili origin, meaning Purpose.

Launched in October 2015, Nia Magazine is a digital platform created especially for Black women, featuring lifestyle content that encourages self-love, inspiration, travel, career, purpose & motivation. We exist to bring discussions and affirmations of Purpose to life, through the telling of our stories and elevation of our voices in media.


  • Clarity. Provide relatable content and positive solutions for personal growth and expression.
  • Purpose. Encourage thought and discussion, leading to a closer understanding of your purpose and happiness.
  • You. Never lose sight of why Nia was created – to provide a destination for you, our readers.


Meet Our Team


Ianna Small is a New York-based media marketing executive, who has amassed 20+ years of experience working with a portfolio of entertainment brands including: BET Networks, Apple, MTV, Vh1, HOT97, Disney, Google, ABC, Amazon, and more. As the Founder and CEO of, she oversees editorial and creative direction for the digital lifestyle and empowerment platform, created to bring Purpose to life for Black women, through the telling of their stories and elevation of their voices in media.

An avid fan of Black web series, Indian literature (Jhumpa Lahiri anyone?) and all things The Golden Girls + Love & Hip Hop, this self-proclaimed Black Girl Nerd dreams of one day running Nia from a lounge chair overlooking the archipelagos of Santorini. Nia is her love letter to confident, yet vulnerable Black women like herself who long to reach the pinnacle of their Purpose.

Toronto born and Brooklyn and London raised, she is a proud graduate of Syracuse University. Read more about why she started Nia HERE | Email her or connect on Twitter.

CIERRA KALER-JONES, Contributing Writer

Cierra Kaler-Jones is a graduate student whose research focuses on using storytelling and artistic expression as effective strategies to teach and empower students to have constructive conversations about social justice issues. When she isn’t researching trends in education or speaking to students about the power of sharing their stories, she is dancing professionally or leading free arts workshops.

Check her out at

LAURA ALEJANDRAContributing Writer

Laura Alejandra is a Florida-based blogger, writer and born storyteller. Born and raised in Colombia, she is obsessed with musicals, anime and manga, Instagram, romance novels, EDM music, weightlifting, and recreating every cooking recipe found on Pinterest. When she is not taking spontaneous weekend trips, (or wishing she was) she can be found on Twitter (@introducinglau), talking about her experiences living in the United States as an immigrant—and just about life in general. Her blog is

TAKIA ROSS, Contributing Writer

Takia is a professional Make-Up Artist and owner of Accessmatized, LLC the home of Pretty Mobile Baltimore, DMV’s First Mobile Make-Up Studio.

Takia’s passion is to encourage and inspire women to live their best lives and dream BIG; and she is leading by example.

DR. KATRINA SPIGNER, Contributing Writer

Dr. Katrina Spigner (Dr. K) is the Founder and CEO of Re-Source Solutions,LLC, a personal and professional growth and development company. She is a certified personal and executive coach, inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator, author of three books, and an adjunct professor.

Dr. K is the creator of the research-based, Voice Positioning System, a strategy that emerges out of her “Voice Lessons” program, which is designed to help women harness their power and master their influence. More than anything, Dr. K’s heart’s desire is to live her life in a way that SPEAKS LIFE! Find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NOBI DeLONContributing Writer

Nobi DeLon is a NJ based writer, educator, and empowerment facilitator obsessed with vintage Black glamour, hip hop, good conversation, reading, sweet tea, and hope.

Always evolving, this proud mama of three considers herself most fearless when she is being creative behind a pen, podium or set of turntables. Connect with Nobi on her new vice, Instagram.

TANITH RICE-HARRISContributing Writer

Tanith Rice-Harris is a wanna-be stay at home wife, mother and an aspiring romance author. She spends her days being creative, searching for good music, and trying not to suck at life. Check her out at: or on Facebook @tanith.riceharris.