MelaNation available at Fantom Comics, Duende District Bookstore!

I got some good news, y’all. Copies of MelaNation’s first and second issues, “agitate the administration” and “the music edition,” are now available at two independent bookstores in DC!   MelaNation issue 1 is now available at Fantom Comics, a comic book shop in DuPont Circle in DC (images courtesy of Fantom Comics)   Fantom […]

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Our time at DC Zinefest (and our second issue is available now!)

Over the weekend, MelaNation had the pleasure of being featured in the 7th annual DC Zinefest. DC Zinefest is annual independent, volunteer-organized event that offers a space for local zine makers and artists to network with their fellow creators and share their work with the DC community. During this year’s DC Zinefest there were more […]

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Our Poetry and Zine-Making Workshop with Girls Rock! DC!

On June 29, 2017, MelaNation and BYP100 DC members Maya Cole and Jordan DeLoach and BYP100 DC Co-Chair Je’Kendria Trahan facilitated poetry and zine-making workshops with campers at Girls Rock! DC. Girls Rock! DC is a music education summer camp that aims to create inclusive and empowering spaces for girls, trans, and non-binary youth in […]

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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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Join the MelaNation team at DC Zinefest 2017 on July 15!

We gon’ be at DC Zinefest, y’all!  DC Zinefest is an annual event that creates space for zine-makers and other artists and writers to share their work with each other and the DC community. The organizers at DC Zinefest generously provided MelaNation with a grant to table at the seventh annual Zinefest on July 15!  […]

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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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