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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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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