(dis)place by Sophia Al-Banaa

I am from a place where the sea is the color of sand.  a place where pickup trucks hold watermelons, fuzzy peaches and ears of corn,  an old man splitting the fruits with his bare hands, juices running to his elbows for customers who never pay quite enough for his laborious fruits. I am from … Read more(dis)place by Sophia Al-Banaa

(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 … Read more(Issue 3) Prose Feature: Taylor Byas

Hair Stories: (Rose)

Interview by Carolina Meurkens, Photography by Joana Meurkens In a society that values whiteness and one’s ability to approximate it, hair can be a battleground. In Hair Stories, we wrestle with what it means to love yourself through your relationship with hair and others’ perception of it. Through interviews with our editors, contributors and community … Read moreHair Stories: (Rose)

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!

Eating America with India: Punjabi Deli & Hindu Temple Canteen by India Witkin

Photography by Joana Meurkens New York City’s beloved 24 hour deli pushes through it’s first closure in 26 years Seventies Bollywood music harmoniously plays in sync with the chime of the microwave, signaling the commencement of a delicious and very filling meal that Kulwinder assures will hold you down for at least 9 hours. Since … Read moreEating America with India: Punjabi Deli & Hindu Temple Canteen by India Witkin

Bridgetown Roti does GOATober by Carolina Meurkens

Led by Chef Rashida Holmes, Bridgetown Roti is a nod to her Caribbean 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 taste of our … Read moreBridgetown Roti does GOATober by Carolina Meurkens

Yam & Egg by Belema Iyo

Growing up in Nigeria meant Saturday mornings were made for chores, cartoons and straightforward dishes. I usually find that I find major comfort in one of these dishes: Yam & Egg. This meal means a lot to me & always satisfies my taste buds. I occasionally add some fried ripe plantains to the mix once … Read moreYam & Egg by Belema Iyo

Lola’s Filipino Pancit Bihon by Maria Sofia Fusco and Elvira Lacdao Pamintuan

When I’m three thousand miles away from home, nothing grounds me like the smell of my Lola’s cooking. Missing her warmth and presence, my aunt (her daughter) and I requested that she send us a recipe she’s made us throughout both of our lives:  Pancit Bihon, a staple Filipino noodle dish. Recipes from your Lola … Read moreLola’s Filipino Pancit Bihon by Maria Sofia Fusco and Elvira Lacdao Pamintuan

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 foods.  ‘Okra’ is … Read moreOkra is for Comfort by Stephanie Eyocko