Glitter Paradiso by CHEUNGJO Production

The concept of black toxic masculinity in fashion refers to the use of clothing and accessories to reinforce harmful stereotypes and expectations of black men, such as aggression, hypermasculinity, and violence. In recent years, there has been a growing movement to challenge and subvert these harmful stereotypes through alternative fashion concepts. The manifesto is to … Read moreGlitter Paradiso by CHEUNGJO Production

deflowering by Kyra Andrews

I had just turned eighteen the first time I had sex. It was the beginning of the winter season, and I was away at school in the mountains. The red pine trees intoxicated my lungs daily. I was on the precipice of womanhood. Freshman year of college had been a series of coming-into my-own’s while … Read moredeflowering by Kyra Andrews

(Issue 19) Feature: Art All Night at the Howard

Article by Laquavia Alston, Photography by Russell Visions Something exciting is happening in Washington, D.C. In the last three-five years, I’ve witnessed an explosion of talent in the arts and culture scene of D.C. On Sept 30th, the city was buzzing with arts and creativity, the avant-garde community leading Mayor Bowser’s 2023 installation of Art … Read more(Issue 19) Feature: Art All Night at the Howard

Meet Me at Mine (a dance narrative) by Annika Wong

Meet Me at Mine is a constantly evolving dance narrative that was conceived over the course of two years. It is an experiential, transient story of love, of the people who come and go in our lives, and the precious, unrepeatable moments we spend together. It is the story of love in its most nuanced … Read moreMeet Me at Mine (a dance narrative) by Annika Wong

STROOPWAFEL by Cristina Barco

INT. BATHROOM – NIGHT  FAITH, our despairing, noble heroine, sits on the toilet, squinting her eyes, trying to pee sub-humanly silently.  Only when the faucet is streaming water can she let herself pee at full throttle. Her face relaxes.  She whips out her phone and opens a video of girls using a “What is the … Read moreSTROOPWAFEL by Cristina Barco

Strength at صفر by Mary Barghout

First Fragment: In بور سعيد there is a pedestal missing a statue.  A tall concrete beginning with no end.  What crumbling culminated in this break? *** On my first and only trip to Egypt I walked to this beginning with my younger cousins. They stood and hung on the chains surrounding the pedestal, I captured … Read moreStrength at صفر by Mary Barghout

How to Hold the Truth by Tamar Ashdot

Cover Collage: “locating lineal traces” by Tamar Ashdot It’s impossible to know where to begin because most of my ancestral understanding lives in the past. In the world before 1948. Before Israel’s statehood.  My father was born in 1935, in Jerusalem, in British Mandate Palestine. Though it is incredibly rare for a father to be … Read moreHow to Hold the Truth by Tamar Ashdot

Halmeoni: “Grandma”/ A 2-Min Short Film

Director/Writer Producer Co-Producer Director of Photography Production Designer Composer Kevin Jin Kwan Kim Anastasia Itkina Bianca Rose Cheung Valeriya Khan Rachel Kwan Sorah Eun Logline  A Korean Granddaughter faces guilt and shame as she reunites with her Halmeoni (Grandma) after immigrating away at a young age, having forgotten her mother tongue. Synopsis  In a quiet, … Read moreHalmeoni: “Grandma”/ A 2-Min Short Film

Hair Stories: (Tatianna)

Interview by Carolina Meurkens Photography & Creative Direction by Collin Pullum Wardrobe/ Styling by Anika Ghirnikar In a society that values whiteness and one’s ability to approximate it, hair can be a battleground. In Hair Stories, we wrestle with what it means to love yourself through your relationship with hair and others’ perception of it. … Read moreHair Stories: (Tatianna)

(Issue 18) Feature: An Interview with L Scully and Mayah Lovell

Interview by Carolina Meurkens I had the pleasure of sitting down with two incredibly talented writers, L Scully and Mayah Lovell, on the heels of their debut publications. The pair met in 2017 in Washington, D.C, and instantly connected around poetry, queerness, and the intersection of both. We dive deep to talk about what its … Read more(Issue 18) Feature: An Interview with L Scully and Mayah Lovell