Spotlight: SHECAST and {she crew}

Interview by Marina Murayama Nir There is some real magic that comes out of spaces that strike the perfect balance of creativity, friendship, learning, and collaboration. SHE CAST, the youth-led podcast of Chicago-based journaling and youth-empowerment non-profit, {she crew}, brilliantly bursts from the seams with energy, wisdom, positivity, and community. I reached out to program…

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Spotlight: Broken Boxes Podcast

A universe of stars came together when I found the Broken Boxes podcast. The interviews of various artists I admire and the mission driving this collection is dear and impressive to say the least. Recognizing how small and interconnected the world is, a collaborative force of a friend, Cougar Vigil, brought my attention to the…

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Spotlight: Growing Concerns Poetry Collective

By Marina Murayama Nir What happens when you live in a world that carves your narrative out for you? When you are told that you have no choice but to live out the life that white people design to hold you down? Mykele Deville and McKenzie Chinn use their poetry to unpack historical oppression and…

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Spotlight: O1 Magazine

As a species, we’ve created few other institutions that rival the depth and breadth of the US immigration system and its obstructive complexity. For those who experience it firsthand, it takes many forms. It is at once sterile, inscrutable, unyielding, and a powerful locus of human emotion, both joy and sorrow. The tension between these…

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Spotlight: Puerto Rico en mi Corazón

This post is bilingual. Esta publicación es bilingüe. When a major natural disaster occurs, the variety of avenues available to those interested in supporting relief efforts can be daunting. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico en mi Corazón is unique and exemplary in its approach. Puerto Rico en mi Corazón is a forthcoming collection of…

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Spotlight: Not an Alien

  Culturework Spotlight is a segment dedicated to recognizing initiatives that foster positive cultural change, human connection, and social justice in new and engaging ways. Not An Alien initiative, a podcast capturing an array of immigrant experiences in the US, is a creative endeavor that that responds to our current cultural shift. yet never allows…

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