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…

Read More

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!

Read More

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…

Read More

Pride and Shame: A Harikatha From Becoming My Identity (Part 3) by Hari Venkatachalam

“Self-Reflection,” Young Adult Injury caused by a burn will heal, But not the scar caused by the tongue. -Thirukkural During my freshman year of college, a friend came out on October 11th, generally regarded as National Coming Out Day. He was also new in college and, having left the baggage from high school and from…

Read More

Skin Deep (Wellness Column): An Introduction to My Skin Care Journey by Rachel Cabeza

Growing up, my immigrant mother from Colombia, always stressed the importance of taking care of my skin. I, like her, had been graced with skin that was low maintenance and easy to work with. My mom really enforced the law of sunscreen in our household from a young age; rainy day? Sunscreen. Sitting inside all day? Sunscreen. I was raised with a tenement of skincare I hold holy to this day; sunscreen is essential.

Read More

How To Mourn Alone by Nancy Azcona

For the next three days, I find myself having crying spells. Unprompted, heavy, crying spells, and every time I find myself doing one particular thing to soothe the pain. I wrap my arms around myself and squeeze. A pandemic is hard enough without the death of a close family member, especially when you feel like you’re on an episode of Black Mirror and you see all the mini fires surrounding you.

Read More

Preparing Our Minds and Hearts for This New Chapter of 2020 by Mayana Nell Torres

Like a lot of you, I am battling with the fact that school has relocated to the same place I’ve spent the last few months, home. Home has become a blessing, but I have caught myself having a bittersweet connection with it. We have had to rework our understanding of what home means to us and how we thought we were going to experience this fall.

Read More