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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“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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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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