Hair Stories: (Kimber)

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…

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Healing Spaces and Places by Maya Mathur

Like most, I’ve always enjoyed receiving flowers. My first boyfriend used to pluck hibiscus and plumeria from the neighborhood hedges and place them behind my ear, causing seventeen year old me to swoon. When we broke up, I continued to buy myself flowers as a sweet gesture— tangible proof that I could make myself feel loved in this…

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Hair Stories: (Ron)

Forward and Interview by Carolina Meurkens, Photography by Joana Meurkens In Part Three of Hair Stories, I had the pleasure of interviewing my fiancé Ron Collins. Conversations around Blackness, self-love and hair care connected us from the very beginning of our relationship. And as we begin our family together, I felt inspired to learn more…

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LGBTQI IN AN ERA OF HOMOPHOBIC LEADERSHIP by Kelvin Mutugi Wangari

[Image source: https://www.them.us/story/themstory-ancient-egypt%5D During his visit to Africa in the summer of 2016, the U.S president, Barack Obama, addressed legal discrimination against LGBT individuals. Meeting the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama said: “When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the…

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Hair Stories: (Tiye)

Forward/ Interview by Carolina Meurkens, Photography by Joana Meurkens In a society that is so rooted in White Supremacy and Eurocentric beauty standards, hair is a battleground. It certainly has been for me. This series is an opportunity to learn from fellow Black and mixed folks about their journeys to self- acceptance, through their relationship…

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Black Birth Worker Interview Series (Part Two): Lea Jean- Francois

Forward & Interview by Carolina Meurkens, Photography by Joana Meurkens In Part Two of Mixed Mag’s Black Birth Worker Interview Series, we interviewed doula and health advocate Lea Jean- Francois. As I enter month seven of my pregnancy, I’m inspired more than ever to share the work of birth workers. Their dedication to maternal health…

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