“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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“Bag Lady” by Ayaana Marie

The following personal essay was written by Harlem native Ayaana Marie, a storyteller and photographer currently based in DC. “Bag Lady” is published in part in MelaNation’s third issue, “we are family.” The full story is published below.  Explore a moving account of love, mental illness, strength, vulnerability, and Ayaana’s relationship with her grandmother. Bag […]

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Submit to MelaNation’s Third Issue!

Today, MelaNation launches the call for submissions for our THIRD issue! We hope issue 2’s summer love playlist got you through the wait for another round of dope creative pieces from Black artists in the DMV. This time around we’re focusing on that thing called family. You know, the people you love, but sometimes need […]

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Mama Salone, You Do Not Mourn Alone

(featured image: a coastal view of Freetown, Sierra Leone, photo by David Hond)   Mama Salone, you do not mourn alone.   On Monday, August 14, 2017, a mudslide took place on the outskirts of  Freetown, Sierra Leone in the rural, mountain town of Regent. To date, 499 bodies have been unearthed, 600 people are listed […]

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