Interviews

Paula Mans

Reassembling the Diaspora// Paula Mans The African diaspora is expansive, making it challenging to capture the breadth of experiences, cultures, and customs in any single piece of work. Luckily, some of us have been able to experience the vastness of the diaspora and translate our experiences for others; Paula Mans, for instance. A self-taught painter,…

cry$cross

Pulsing Through the Community // cry$cross If you’re familiar with the NYC club scene, you’ve probably heard of Crystal aka cry$cross. Identifying as a multi-hyphenate visual, digital and sound artist, Crystal is not only a well-respected DJ that recently booked at a stage at New York’s upcoming Boiler Room festival, but she’s also a full-time graphic designer with…

Madjeen

Reclaiming Joy // Reimagining Community :Madjeen Isaac Native Brooklynites are rare these days, but there’s something to be said about how we interpret and interact with our community — one that’s seen an immense transformation in recent years. Through her paintings, murals, and programming, Haitian-American artist Madjeen Isaac spotlights the borough’s Caribbean community, paying special…

Out of Seam

Cut From a Different Cloth :Out of Seam Born in Bed-Stuy with Belizean roots, Out of Seam is a culmination of Director & Designer Tajah Ellis’ many walks of life. The designer’s background in urban farming jump-started her interest in natural dyeing, a practice that transformed her relationship with plants and herbs. Since then, Out…

Mona Layne

Sharing Unspoken Stories: Mona Layne Known for their experimental style of capturing movement, color, and illustration, Mona Layne is a visual artist reminding us of “the people who get lost in the day-to-day crowd.” Working between Cambridge and NYC, she began her career at streetwear boutique Bodega, where she shot and directed campaigns for brands like Nike…

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