Evette Dionne is a senior at Bennett College pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies. Upon graduation, Dionne will be pursuing a graduate degree in media management or publishing focusing in magazine publishing and entrepreneurship at a top ten graduate program. Ultimately, she aspires to be the CEO of a publishing conglomerate which focuses on magazines targeted towards African-American women in several areas including health, politics, fashion, and relationships but Dionne also aims to be the quintessential media mogul. She is interested in fashion consulting as well as magazine editing, freelance writing, syndicated column work, on-air radio broadcasting, and television hosting. Dionne aspires to use her position in media to empower all women to defy stereotypes and encourage them to attain their dreams. When she is not engulfed in her craft, Evette loves reading her favorite websites and fashion blogs which include YourTango, The Root, Uptown Magazine, Vibe Vixen, Ebony, and Coco & Creme; devouring her favorite magazines (ELLE, W, O – the Oprah Magazine, Ebony, and Vogue) from cover to cover; spending time with friends and families; and visiting local art galleries, aquariums, poetry slams, and amusement/water parks.
Dionne considers herself to be a working journalist in college. She has held internships with Liberette Magazine, BettyConfidential.com, the Atlanta Post (which is now Madame Noire), the Greensboro Voice and House of Mikko, where she has been responsible for everything from pitching and writing stories to researching and writing grants and developing a blog’s voice, content, and audience base. In the summer of 2012, Dionne will be interning with the Star Tribune, the 14th largest newspaper in the U.S., as a copy editor. Miss Dionne also works for several publications reaching different target audiences. She is a featured contributor for BettyConfidential.com, a contributor to Full Figured News, a columnist for Urban Cusp, and the features director for JAYE, a digital magazine focused on college women. Since the summer of 2011, Dionne has published over 100 articles that focus on issues relevant to women including fashion, politics, and health. Ultimately, she wants to focus her writings on six key areas: the economics behind fashion and the power of the black dollar in retail, the oppression of immigrant women, womanism as it relates to the millennial generation, the issues facing overweight black women in America, the misogynistic undertones of hip-hop and how that impacts the misconceptions of the video model, and the depiction of black love in urban films. At Bennett College, she serves as the inaugural President of the Bennett College Association for Black Journalists, a student chapter of the National Association for Black Journalists. Dionne is also the editor-in-chief of the award-winning student magazine, BELLE, a second-year resident assistant, a staff writer for the Bennett Banner newspaper, queen of Naturally ME which is the first organization on the campus to provide support for women with natural hair, and she currently ranks number two in her class with a 3.95 grade point average.
Evette aspires to be the editor-in-chief of W, a fashion editor for ELLE, a web editor for Glamour, and a features editor for Ebony before shifting to entrepreneurial ownership. She also wants to syndicate a column through the Grio, the Huffington Post, and the Los Angeles Times in the future. Writing is her passion and she believes in the power of words. Her favorite quote is “History belongs to she who holds the pen” and she is holding that pen and rewriting history, one word at a time. Evette Dionne is a fashion writer for HBCU Buzz Inc. and the finance editor for HBCU Magazine.