2020 was a challenging year. When the world was forced to quarantine at home, many of us found solace in books, where we could escape to a different reality. I asked our editors to talk about one book that helped get them through 2020. Here is a collection of their selections, highlighting BIPOC titles that … Read moreBooks We Loved in 2020
Interviewed by Citrine Ghraowi, Photographed by Joana Meurkens Dania Darwish is a 28 year old Arab American currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve known Dania Darwish for a little over two years now. We have a lot in common, we both worked together at a non-profit centered around helping immigrants and refugees acclimate to … Read more(Issue 5) Politics Feature: Dania Darwish
Renee Harrison is a Jamaican born actor and content creator. She also founded a digital curation of culture and resources for Black women-identifying theater artists, called Black Girls Do Theater. For my last feature of 2020, it was great to talk to an old classmate, friend and someone I truly admire. Renee and I got to talk about everything from growing up, to code switching and the future of theater. It was such a lovely interview that we almost talked for two hours!
Interview and Photography by Joana Meurkens Dwany, is a first generation American-New York born singer/songwriter who is ready to introduce himself to the music world. Coming from a background of acting and musical theater, Dwany is an artist whose voice carries the emotion from the likes of Whitney Houston and Frank Ocean. Dwany and Artistic … Read more(Issue 5) Music Feature: Dwany
In order of appearance: Hickeys, Contortion, Pain and Pleasure In order of appearance: Chest and Hip In order of appearance: Peptoabymsmal, Flavors, and Sweet and Spicey Artist Statement: Beau (Zoe Abronson) is a Latinx, Jewish and Cree interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles who is currently studying to become an art therapist. Their art centers around … Read moreBeau Abronson Artwork
Photos from Left to Right: Omar Apollo by Julian Burgueno (Entertainment), Cuco by June Canedo (The Last Magazine), Ambar Lucid (Rolling Stones). Edited by Paola Fernandez Bedroom pop has exploded due to the digital age of the 21st century. It has opened doors to non-traditional faces to dominate music. Is bedroom pop the modern era … Read moreBedroom Pop in the Latinx Community by Paola Fernandez
When In Lockdown is a series of drawings created from the angst of feeling stuck physically and creatively in a small NYC apartment. These drawings were used as a way to cope with sudden life changes. About the Artist: Kasandra Enid Torres is a first generation Puerto Rican currently residing in NYC. She is a … Read more“When In Lockdown” by Kasandra Enid Torres
Queer bbys is a digital portrait series of friends who identify as lgbtq. It is a series that celebrates the community and a way to revolt against the political climate lgbtq+ persons face everyday. Queer “bbys” deserve to be celebrated at every capacity and creating portraits of specifically BIPOC queer persons is taking a step in demanding appreciation for how beautiful it is to be ourselves. Each portrait features different types and reflections of love from self love to love with partners. They also represent the diverse faces of queerness.
About the Album: Favorites Remixed III is the latest round of remixes from YUS. It features Azealia Banks, TOPS, A$AP Rocky and Chairlift, and was in production from between 2012 and 2020. The “Chasing Time” remix was created for the Azealia Banks remix contest, which ran when “Broke With Expensive Taste” came out, and though … Read more“Favorites Remixed III” by YUS
The entertainment industry as a whole was not built for us (BIPOC/LGBTQ). Those of us in it have had to find a way to make it ours. Along the way, we are building ourselves, because we are not our careers, we are human at the base of it all. Beginners Guide is a column where you get to meet some of your new favorite people, someone you can see yourself in, doing what they love, holding true to who they are, in the all-encompassing world of entertainment.