Meditations: A Series of Self-Portraits

What I wear can’t be replaced.  Inside or out, it always stays the same. Day after day, I look at myself and reflect on my outfit of (no) choice. Black skin and nappy curls is what it is. My outfit has its pros and cons. Nonetheless, I take care and maintain it  with the utmost…

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Languages of Change

Featured Illustration: Sage Barnes This is the summer We blossomed into being We stepped inside of ourselves Into the discomfort Of our own minds Of our shared spaces That shape our lives We learned to make choices For healing (us) For nurturing (us) For surviving.  All the people inside of us Meet us more often…

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A (Personal) Written Speech on Racism & Anti-Blackness

Featured Artwork: Shirien Damra 6.13.20 Hi. I’m Na’ilah. A lot of y’all know me as Nailah — minus the Arabic pronunciation — because it’s easier for me to dumb my name down for everyone else’s benefit. My name is Arabic for achiever, I believe. I never felt like it was a name that fit me.…

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Bitter Roots, Sweet Home

Featured Artwork: Madeline Kate Martinez When I was little, I dreamt of living in a house by the water with white picket fences. With a front porch and pots of plants leading the doorway. With a basement to host sleepovers in. With a garage for two cars, central air, an in-unit laundry machine, a kitchen…

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A Letter On A Paper

Featured Artwork: Anna Parini He returns home With his buttoned shirt And maroon tie   He breathes it in And lets out a sigh His backpack slouching Descends to the side   And plummets down With a muffled cry   He can’t disclose it Can’t let his parents know He failed his test Can’t let…

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