and Tan Fantasies
The Com modification of Marriage and
Sexual Desire in African American
We can’t get too many short stories. So let them come fast and thick.
…We aim to please the women and make Half-Century popular.
We do not want philosophy, science, sociology, and eloquence—we
editors have plenty of that ourselves. Our people—tired at the end
of the day’s work—have no time to consume solid literary stuff.
They want diversion and recreation, and will read anything stimu-
lating and refreshing. They will read light, airy fiction—full of snap,
pep and go. Don’t go into the church-house for all your plots.
—Half-Century Magazine, February 1916
Dear Editor: I’ve been reading confession magazines since I was 16
and I guess my life wouldn’t be the same without them. They’re the
most enjoyable minutes of the day for me. For a long time I’ve
thought that it would be wonderful if there would be a Colored
magazine of this kind and just when I about gave up hope, I noticed
where Ebony was bringing out one…. Congratulations to you for
giving the public, especially the Colored woman magazine reader
what she’s always wanted.
—Mattie Johnson, Tan Confessions, December 1950