Independence Day by Alex Brunson

About the Artist: Passionate about fostering the connections made possible only through shared vulnerability, Brunson is a practicing human at his core. As a Black man who grew up in South Carolina, he has always been cognizant of his race and the work it does in the world’s various spaces.  For the last three years,…

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Entrando en el período azul by Alicia Russo

About the Artist: Alicia Russo is an artist and art historian from Brooklyn, New York. Born to a family of Ecuadorian immigrants and Italian-Americans, her ethnicity often informs how she navigates her role as a young creative. She is dedicated to exploring how visual histories contribute to collective socio-cultural perceptions, and often, our contemporary racial dynamics.

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Ranee Henderson Artwork

Vilifying faceless figures of power has always been present in my life and the lives of those closest to me. It only recently became the focus of my work. My latest paintings depict the battles and bandits that inhabit my own lived, socio-economic codex (clout, grind, impotence, layaway, racket…). Each one of these “themes” serves as an umbrella that presides over the canvas. If I am to scrupulously manifest the images that I propose to create, I need to live with the villains as well as poke at the basis of my own internal conflict with poverty. My goal is to destabilize, work through, and overthrow. When that is done, I will gift what I have discovered to my family and to any others that inhabit the lowest rungs of the tax bracket.

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Toyin Salau

Ky (she/her/hers) is a graphic artist from Greensboro, NC who creates digital and traditional drawings. She is heavily influenced by the Japanese manga and anime styles, but focuses on depicting Black and Indigenous characters. Ky operates primarily within the slice of life genre and is currently working on an original comic set to be released in the Fall of 2020. You can follow her art on Instagram @streetfighter.kyu

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(Issue 1) Art Feature: Miss Fellatia

Interview by Kimber Monroe. Photography by Joana Meurkens Tony Grunin and I first met in the seventh grade at Professional Performing Arts School. We were immediately drawn to each other. While I was incredibly shy and nervous, Tony was always unapologetically himself. Over the past 12 years, we’ve suffered through middle school bullies, high school…

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