M.O.T.H.E.R. by Caela Collins

Caela Collins Mother's Day Poem

by Caela Collins (in dedication to my mother Valerie) Childhood Mother, mother there is no Other Together we share the same color Hair Even though there’s a lot of  Rules So what I think you’re cool!I Love You! Adulthood Most of all, I want to say thank-you. No matter how Overly elaborate the words of…

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Galactic Gaia: Earth Month Illustration by Kai Ibarra

Kai Ibarra's Earth Day Graphic

This Earth Month 2021, we take inspiration from Kai Ibarra and their piece depicting goddess of the earth, Gaia. Selecting a muse was straightforward for Kai, “love goddesses and their stories of divinity, so Gaia, mother of Earth was who I thought of instantly.” Kai utilizes Gaia to highlight that ancestral knowledge may provide a…

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On The Boat in Victoria Harbor; A Comic by Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen By & For Comic

Trigger Warning: This comic contains references to sexual assault and explores a survivor’s emotional journey. This piece is part of Breakthrough’s program By & For; An initiative to amplify the lived experiences of creative girls and gender non-conforming youth of color in authentic, nuanced, and respectful ways, and provide them with platforms to share their…

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Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts by Caela Collins (Part 2)

Part 2 I had to lose my identity in order to find myself. As a Tree, I was only worried aboutmy own growth; I didn’t care about the trees around me, I just wanted to be big andtall but in order to grow like that, you need strong roots. The joke was on mebecause the…

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Tree Girl’s Budding Thoughts by Caela Collins (Part 1)

Photo by Francesco Ungaro on Unsplash

Part 1 By Caela Collins Like Trunks We stand tall and Like their stumps, sometimes we fall short. In moments of despair, we bow our heads deep down into our shoulder blades and weep Like Willows. Like blowing leaves, We shiver in the frigid wind when it grazes our epidermis. We stretch to the morning…

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Meet By & For Artist: Anna Nguyen

Anna Nguyen Artwork

Anna Nguyen is a young artist, Breakthrough youth ambassador, and monthly contributor to Mixed Mag, a digital multimedia publication dedicated to uplifting creatives of color, celebrating multicultural/multiethnic identities, and featuring intersectional perspectives in various areas. Anna uses art as an outlet to speak about the intersection of social justice and mental health and transforming her…

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By & For: Powerful Women in Activism

Eva Malis Artwork

Everyone has an active role to play in addressing society’s injustices. For activists that make this work a primary focus of their lives, that responsibility can sometimes be greater, challenging even, but evermore rewarding. These women women explain what their activism work means to them, the process of that work, and how they take time to recover.

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A Woman: Poem for International Women’s Day

International Women's Graphic Kai Adia

Poem Kai Adia Women have the audacity to birth new worlds With passion and honey on their tongues. This world would not move without women, They hold up half the sky. Reaching with their arms, they shout FREEDOM Into the heavens Raising unsung heroes From history’s sullen shadows. What is a Woman? Intuitive Connecter Emotional…

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Meet Nia Asemota: Artist Contributor to By & For

ArtxNia Asemota #thisisblackjoy

Cover art by Nia Asemota Nia Asemota is a young artist, technical instructor for Black Girls CODE, and contributor to By & For. “My artwork is the epitome of my inner personality- bold lines and bright colors. Through my cartoon realistic pieces, I seek to pay tribute to my dynamic cultural heritage as an Afro-Latina…

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