One of My Favorite Journalists and People: Zondra Hughes

17 May
Marcie & Zondra

Me & Zondra Hughes

You know how you take a liking to someone and you really don’t know why? Well, Zondra Hughes has done just that with me and I have no idea why.  I’m glad she has because the feeling is mutual.  She is one of my most favorite people even though I don’t really know her personally.  I do know that she’s an author, journalist, editor, and blogger. And she likes toys. Yes, those toys. How could you not appreciate someone who publicly admits that she has replaced boys for toys when a lot of people still act as if sex is a taboo topic even though it has invaded our households in so many forms? Sorry, I digressed.

Every time I see her, she’s always smiling, which is a reflection of her radiant personality.  I absolutely admire Zondra’s level of achievement. She’s always accomplishing new things.  Currently, she’s the Deputy Editor of Rolling Out magazine. Earlier this year, she created SixBrownChicks, a ChicagoNow daily relationship blog for women, which has grown to WCIU channel 26 in Chicago. Last year she ruffled many feathers with her book, Living the Ebony Life: E-mails From The Plantation.  She shared her experiences as an employee at Johnson Publishing, which has not been done by any of their employees to date (I don’t think).

I could go on and on, but I won’t. But I would like to thank Zondra for her words of encouragement during her book signing last year. She pretty much told me she was waiting for my completed book. That added a sense of urgency to the book I was thinking about doing at the time.  Now, I’m on a mission to be first with my topic.

So, Zondra, if you ever read this, I just want to thank you for taking a liking to me and being a source of support on my writing journey. I am proud of your accomplishments and admire your courage to keep moving. You are truly an inspiration.

Thanks for everything.


6 Responses to “One of My Favorite Journalists and People: Zondra Hughes”

  1. clara54 May 17, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    Hi Marcie, First off congrats again for your blog’s nomination, you’re so deserving!

    I’ve never met Zondra, but have been following her 6 Brown Chicks & corresponded via email once, or twice- she seemed very approachable:)

    Your article today just confirmed it!


    • Marcie Hill May 17, 2011 at 8:54 am #

      Thanks so much, Clara! And, Zondra is fantabulous!

  2. Shoya May 17, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Marcie,

    I am one of the Six Brown Chicks and I conquer. Zondra is awesome. She is genuinely nice, personable and a giver that isn’t afraid to share with others. I felt the same way you did, prior to last year I didn’t know Zondra, not well at least and then she “out of the blue” presented me with the offer of blogging with her. I accepted and my life has changed in a positive way. I know it was nothing but God that directed our paths to cross. I am enjoying the ride. Again, I know why she is your favorite journalist, she’s mine too.

    I would also like to nominate you Marcie, to be our honorary Brown Chick of the Day. Please send me your picture and a brief Bio to

    Thanks and have a great day! 🙂

    • Marcie Hill May 18, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Shoya, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on Zondra. She is an awesome person and a total godsend.

      Thanks for the offer to be the Brown Chick of the Day, but I have already received the honor.

  3. Tisha May 17, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Very well written 🙂

    • Marcie Hill May 18, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Thanks so much.

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