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  There’s something singularly magnetic about Lauren Singer, the 24-year-old who considers herself to be the world's "worst entrepreneur" due to her philosophy that encourages individuals to make their own goods, instead of relying on the toxic and single-use products found in commercial brands, or even on sustainable cleaning lines, like her own, the Simply Co. And yet, talking with her will spark a revelation that there is power in the individual, in a very It’s...
When I first met Kahiem Archer back in 2015, I was getting off the Q train onto an empty Cortelyou platform with headphones snugged over my ears--a tip I learned my first month navigating the streets and transportation system in Brooklyn that was crucial in discouraging anyone from striking up an unwanted conversation with me; thus I was oblivious to Archer’s proposal to create a portrait of myself. After a second attempt from him and an...
Elise Peterson’s #blackfolk series is a collection of digital collages that incorporates black icons like Tupac and Grace Jones into famous classical artwork by artists like Matisse. Her collages provide often unrepresented communities an opportunity to see people who look like they do in what have traditionally and overwhelmingly been white spaces. Tell me a little bit about the path that brought you to where you are today--both in your career, and in life. I wanted...
On a wall at the Iyapo Repository, tucked behind a cerulean body suit, reminiscent of the precious, shimmering scales of The Rainbow Fish, hangs a 22” x 28” purple ombre poster that reads, “Where are all the black people in science fiction?” The question, like the twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, alludes to the lack of, disregard for, and even erasure of black lives in pop culture, save for one-dimensional sassy sidekicks, budding sports athlete tropes, or stories...

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