Chida Rebecca is the Editor-in-Chief of Black & Magazine, which is a premier digital Black lifestyle publication, catering to the 22 to 44-year-old African American demographic. In addition to publishing, she serves as a media and marketing consultant through her business Rebecca & Company.
Prior to launching her businesses, Chida functioned as the Co-Publisher & Managing Editor of The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper, a family business that serves as the city’s oldest and largest African American publication in its 60thyear. From small church gatherings to major political campaigns, the ‘Voice & Viewpoint’ as it is affectionately called, reports news from an African American perspective, highlighting people and events in a more comprehensive manner. In that capacity for almost a decade, she was the youngest African American newspaper publisher in the country, also serving as the Black Press Association’s West Coast Region 5 President, which governed the African American newspaper publishers tied to the association on the west coast.
Before operating in the role of Co-Publisher and Managing Editor Chida spent her time learning the family’s businesses, which included operating San Diego’s first Black Chamber of Commerce, created by her mother in 1990. At 22 years old, she served as the organization’s Executive Director, creating outlets and forums where economic issues affecting San Diego’s Black business community could be addressed.
In 2010, Chida created a non-profit organization called the Hadassah Project, which was designed to instruct school-aged girls on their image, communication skills, etiquette, educational development, and life lessons. During its summer and after school program offerings, she and her team were able to reach hundreds of girls locally, offering encouragement to them, and also informing people on the issue of sex trafficking in the Black community; drawing crowds of approximately 400 at sessions. A domestic violence survivor, Chida advocates for victims of domestic violence and is currently in the process of writing a recovery book for victims, with the hopes of helping them to advance towards survivorship. She is the author of the children’s book My Prayers Have Power, which focuses on teaching children the power of prayer.
Currently, Chida serves as the VP of Community Development for the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Chair for the NAACP. Chida is the recipient of numerous awards and proclamations from Mayor Kevin Faulconer, NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, the San Diego Urban League and a host of others.