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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The Weekend Getaway: Mentally or Physically, Ya Need One by Rachel Cabeza

These are trying times. I think that for a while I tricked myself by doing ab challenges and drinking foamy coffee but y’all – it’s getting to me. The election. The pandemic. The disregard for human life that we see systemically everyday. THE COLD WEATHER! Everyone needs a breather, a change of scenery from time…

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Black Birth Worker Interview Series (Part One): Azuri Jenkins & Blue Andrew

In this series, I’ll be interviewing Black birth workers (doulas and midwives) and shedding light on the importance of bringing the conversation of birth into mainstream narratives. In Part One of Mixed Mag’s Black Birth Worker Interview Series, I talked to NYC based doulas Azuri Jenkins and Blue Andrew. They both opened up to me about how they came into doula work, the spirituality of birth, and more!

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What is ‘Eco-anxiety’? How can we manage it? by Prakriti Bhardwaj

(Picture by Medness) Climate change continues to make its presence felt. But this year, it got a little (actually, a lot) too close for comfort. In the initial months of the year, Australia was going through its harshest bushfire season ever. I woke up to apocalyptic scenes of heavy smoke clouds and smogged streets as…

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