By Gabriella Achadinha
Layout by Marlize Eckard
A song for the beautiful brown angels out there healing in a world trying to kill them. “You gotta stick through it”. We can make it.
"Cleopatra" - Illustration by samspratt
My Afrofuturistic take on the Egyptian queen. This would’ve been done way sooner but I was dead set on designing chained shoulder and chest pieces and unsurprisingly: chains take a ridiculously long time to paint.
They want Africans to only write about anything but love, it seems writing about war or poverty seems to be the only way to validate my African identity as a writer. They say Africans cannot write love poems, so i write bold love poems with African names. Let them read that! Ka ha rie nshi!
Many physical health conditions and all mental health conditions fall into the category of ‘invisible illness’…That means someone who is casually looking at you might not be able to see the level of pain you experience. And they probably don’t understand the effort that goes into a ‘normal’ day…They don’t see or understand because they have some degree of what I am calling ‘healthy privilege‘.
Check out my awesome interview with Afropunk’s contributing writer Aliyah Blackmore.
"Over the past weeks I have had the pleasure of getting to know the warm spirited, creative and very inspiring young woman, Jamilla Okubo. Meet Integrated Fashion Design Student Jamilla Okubo - over laughs and conversation about school (we are both students at The New School), the experiences of being black women, inspirations, natural hair, music, and much more, Jamilla let me in to her vibrant world which possesses such a unique aesthetic. I came across Jamilla’s “Love You” illustrations on Tumblr and felt that there was something so warm yet regal about the pieces. Thank you Jamilla for inspiring me and those around you.”
it’s really sad that the term PoC/WoC, (which originated out of black feminist discourse, which was originally created as a tool of coalition building and solidarity under white supremacy, which was originally supposed to be used as a method of re/naming and complicating notions of race), has been turned into a rather vile way of erasing anti-blackness and black specific experiences and silencing black people, especially black women.