(Issue 6) Art: Daleela
(Issue 6) Music Feature: Kyrsten Bates
Kimber Monroe (Co-Founder/Director of Operations) interviews Kyrsten Bates, a NYC based multifaceted artist about DJ’’ing, breaking rules in the music industry and more.
(Issue 6) Poetry Feature: Taj Burroughs
Poet Taj Burroughs talks to Editor-in-Chief Carolina Meurkens about writing from a place of yearning and the connection between family, spirituality and inspiration.
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Photography by Joana Meurkens, Forward and Interview by Carolina Meurkens Interviewing our community members for our monthly hair stories has been one my favorite projects to put together every Issue. With every story, I learn more about the powerful connection between hair, heritage, and identity. This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kimber, my…Read More
Is hop hop making the beauty of Black and Brown bodies more digestible to the white Americans? by Trinity Townsend
Illustration by Andrea Miranda Big Sean and Nicki Minaj described it best when they said “ass, ass, ass, ass, ass” on “Dance (A$$)” in 2011. America is finally in love with big booties. Nicki Minaj, Meg Thee Stallion, and Kim Kardashian are women known for their curvy figures and they have a collective 346.3 million…Read More
Photo by Jacob Boll I first became familiar with Chris L. Terry when his novel, Zero Fade, and mine, Don’t Start Me Talkin’, were being published in 2013 and 2014 by a hip, indie press, Curbside Splendor. So rare has it been to encounter not only another mixed writer, but one with similar parentage and…Read More
I’m lost and wandering in a forest of blue gum eucalyptus trees and fog horns in San Francisco while listening to Baby Keem’s The Sound of Bad Habit. For fun, I think about which X-Men character I would be if I were a Caucasian male. But I’m not, and haven’t imagined hard enough. Instead, I’ve…Read More
Artist Statement: My paintings are based on photographs of my mixed race family. My skin tone gives the impression that I don’t struggle fitting into the majority, which is untrue. I use photographs of my father’s side of the family because I feel there was so much beauty in their lives, even as they struggled…Read More
(Illustration by @iggdeh) While Miguel Hastorga speaks, he constantly has to clear his throat, trying to suppress the fits of coughing that still linger from the virus. His sentences are slow and thoughtful. Before the positive test results, every member of the family had tried their best to be cautious and clean. Then his wife…Read More
Photo of Yana Perrault taken by Marcus V. Richardson Yana Perrault (they/she) is a 24-year-old musician/actor stemming from Southfield, Michigan, and though that may be where they are from, Yana has taken the stage across the country. Identifying as an “all-around artist”, music being at the base of that, Yana (pre-quarantine) was making her living…Read More
I can’t eat a mango without thinking about my nani ma, my Indian grandma. As its golden juices trickle down my chin and cling to my fingers in sticky drops, I recall her words. Describing how as a child she would pick the fruit from the graceful tree in the garden, devouring the sun-soaked fruit…Read More
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