(Issue 4) Music Feature: Summer Breeze

Interview by Joana Meurkens Photography by India Coombs Summer Breeze is an LA born and bred musician on her journey to expressing her truest self through her art. Summer Breeze talks to artistic director, Joana Meurkens, about how her rigorous dance training has shaped her as an artist and how she celebrates the eccentricity of … Read more(Issue 4) Music Feature: Summer Breeze

(Issue 4) TV/Film/Theater Feature: Tomás Matos

By Maya Renee Castro, Photography by Joana Meurkens Tomás is a New York native performer. He identifies as a Queer, Afro-Latino with a newly found love for making empanadas. Tomás attended the renowned “FAME” high school and has been in countless amazing productions, from musicals to HBO and Amazon shows. At 22, he is about … Read more(Issue 4) TV/Film/Theater Feature: Tomás Matos

(Issue 4) Politics Feature: Toyah Barigye

Interviewed by Citrine Ghraowi, Photographed by Mariah Miranda Toyah Barigye is the Senior Project Manager for The Solar Foundation’s SolSmart program. She works with communities to reduce solar soft costs, lower barriers to solar energy and streamline planning, zoning, permitting and inspection processes aligned with industry best practices. Prior to joining The Solar Foundation, she … Read more(Issue 4) Politics Feature: Toyah Barigye

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 … Read moreHair Stories: (Tiye)

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 … Read moreBlack Birth Worker Interview Series (Part Two): Lea Jean- Francois

“Create to Express” by Gayathri Krishnan

Gayathri Krishnan is a singer/songwriter from Irvine, California. Her musical roots lie in Indian classical music(Carnatic) as she creates a unique sound, a fusion of her culture and R&B. She stands by the phrase Create to Express as her intention when making music is to empower other creatives to express themselves freely. Her songs carry … Read more“Create to Express” by Gayathri Krishnan

“Azrael” by Dwany

Dwany is an NYC based singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor who has just released his debut single “AZRAEL”. An introduction to the world of the illuminated man, a concept birthed by Dwany over quarantine highlighting the issues with idolizing a toxic lover. This time of isolation allowed him to get in touch with his first-ever passion, making music. He took the time to teach himself how to start producing and mixing vocals and AZRAEL was his first product. With soft harmonies and many-layered vocals, he explores the power of just using his voice with minimalistic production. Growing up, Dwany took after artists such as Beyonce and Whitney Houston, recently adding Frank Ocean and Brent Fiyaz to the list of who he draws inspiration from. He is an aspiring artist ready to make a name for himself in the popular music scene. You can check out his music on all streaming platforms

“By My Side” by Sam East

About the Artist: Sam East is a triple threat Korean American singer, songwriter, and music producer hailing from the Greater NY Area. Son of parents who immigrated to Brooklyn in the late 70s, Sam East represents the new wave of contemporary R&B. Crafted from the sounds of a gospel loving mother and a hip-hop loving father, Sam East’s melodic voice … Read more“By My Side” by Sam East

Why Protests Have to be Disruptive by James Washington

I’ve found that one of the most difficult elements of teaching about the struggle for civil rights is effectively challenging the whitewashed and rosy paradigm with which students are familiar. Part of my job is to challenge the hegemonic belief that Dr. King gave a speech, and then racism was illegal and everything was groovy. … Read moreWhy Protests Have to be Disruptive by James Washington

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