(Issue 3) Art Feature: Zayira Ray

Zayira Ray is an established and well-regarded gen-z Indian-American photographer whose art captures the pure beauty within honest human connection and intimacy. In this interview, Zayira talks about photography’s role within activism and how quarantine has made her shift her photography to be more introspective. Read more about Zayira’s story growing up as a born and bred New Yorker in an Indian-American household and how her cultural heritage intersects with her artistry.

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(Issue 3) Music Feature: Murielle

Interview by Joana Meurkens Creative Direction by Taylor Mew Photography by Maia Bertrand Murielle (Mu-ree-elle) is a Belgian born, American raised, NYC based singer/songwriter/producer/dancer with strong Congolese roots. Murielle recently released her self written and produced mixtape “Cancer Moon Child”, which stemmed from deep rooted personal growth and showcases the personal and powerful art that…

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“High” by Abby T.

About the Artist: Abby T. is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who presents tender jazz-inspired vocals with a refreshing perspective on rap. She draws influences from artists like Lauryn Hill, Noname, and Tierra Whack. She is steadily plowing her way through the alternative R&B/Hip-Hop scene in New York and has had the pleasure of opening…

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Maxine Bell- Artwork

About the Artist: Maxine Bell creates artwork as a learning tool for her lived experiences. She aims to archive her thoughts, experiences, and feelings through her work. Bell opens her arms to any audience and hopes that other women, Asian Americans, and/or mixed folks can feel like their voice is valid and needed by being…

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(Issue 3) Prose Feature: Taylor Byas

​This month we’re excited to bring you a featured interviewed with Black poet & essayist Taylor Byas. Make sure to read her interview below, as well as her Creative Nonfiction piece Tiger Stripes.  ​Taylor Byas is a Black poet and essayist from Chicago. She currently lives in Cincinnati, where she is a second year PhD…

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Bridgetown Roti does GOATober

By Carolina Meurkens Led by Chef Rashida Holmes, Bridgetown Roti is a nod to her Carribean heritage, a commemoration of West Indian food and culture. This October Bridgetown Roti is celebrating GOATober, an international initiative raising awareness for Goat sustainability.  “Bridgetown is our love letter to West Indian food. Rashida founded Bridgetown to bring a…

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Okra is for Comfort

by Stephanie Eyocko “Make sure you grab enough wood,” my grandmere said, “we need enough to boil the yams.” Earlier that day, my grandmere had cultivated the yams, peeled them, and placed them in cold water that we transported from the well.  It was a half-day affair: okra soup and pounded yam–the most fulfilling of…

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