“Concrete: Pen & Pad” by Uptown Shane

Each day is an opportunity to celebrate Black art. Today we’re coming with some heat from DC-based rapper Uptown Shane and her poem “Concrete: Pen & Pad,” originally published in MelaNation’s third issue, we are family. “This work was inspired by the life and death of my 19-year-old nephew, Robert, and so many young black men […]

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“Integrating Baltimore Schools (circa 1960s)” by AJ Hayes

Illustration by Kira Coleman, BYP100 DC organizer and designer with MelaNation When we first started MelaNation, we were driven by the incredible dopeness we witnessed from Black artists and writers in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. There are many valuable and brilliant perspectives held by people in our communities, and MelaNation is a space where those perspectives […]

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The Black Joy Experience Album

BYP100 organizers do it for the culture, so it’s only right we make an album. The Black Joy Experience is a musical collection dedicated to freedom songs, liberation chants, and holistic energy that keeps joy at the center of our fight for freedom. Let’s be clear. Without joy, we won’t win. Without joy, we won’t survive. […]

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Finding Divinity in Black Womanhood – The Story of Osun: A Graphic Novel

For the first decade and a half of my life, I did not identify as Black. I grew up in Nigeria, and I had no understanding of the meanings attached to racial differences because I was surrounded by people who looked, more or less, like me. I saw white people (and occasionally Latinx and Asian […]

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ELIXHER magazine features MelaNation!

This week, MelaNation was featured on ELIXHER — “a collection of all things queer, culture, and current.” As a GLAAD Media Award nominated website and magazine, ELIXHER centers Black queer women, trans women, and nonbinary people as it aims to inform, uplift, comment, and reflect. Sound a little like BYP100? The magazine interviewed our very own […]

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Zines

Zines (short for “magazine”) are self-published, small circulation booklets that often deal with topics outside of the mainstream. MelaNation is an art zine about Black liberation. Read published issues online. Submit to the zine.

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Now Accepting Submissions for MelaNation’s Second Issue!

MelaNation would be nothing without participation from members in our communities. Thank you to everyone who affirmed and supported the first issue, and so much gratitude to the contributors for sharing their art with the world through MelaNation. We’re excited to keep journeying through MelaNation with y’all. MelaNation’s second issue will be published in Summer 2017, […]

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Darya Nicol, ‘Reflecting On My Melanin”

I grew up altering myself—this feminine body deemed Black— to fit into molds sanctified as worthy enough to please the white misogynist’s gaze. Displeased, I contorted myself despite being born into a lineage of stunning Black Sierra Leonean womyn, each having defied multiple society’s odds to live lives of meaning. To be viewed as a […]

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