When I reflect upon my goals and achievements, I often think about the women who came before, many who did not have the same opportunities as I. "Inheritance" is a celebration of the people, who's shoulders I stand on. Their sacrifices make me want to work harder so I can make my ancestors proud.
I wrote "Fear" around the time I turned 20. It was the first time I was aware of my own mortality and the fact that my youth was fleeting. It was a weird and scary feeling; however, over the years, I've learned to accept this and enjoy every moment as if I am 20 forever.
There have been so many times when I’ve felt like dead weight to people. I think it comes from the desire to be loved and appreciated. In these moments of great self-doubt, I feel like it would be better for me to disappear or seem useful. This poem reflects the feeling of not doing enough and wanting to be valuable.
In recent years, desis have dominated the romance genre. With each and every new book, Brown Girl Magazine receives an influx of requests from our readers for us to feature writers. The level and quality of South Asian literary talent continue to be elevated, especially as we fly into a new decade. We recently spoke with Alisha Rai about her new book, “Girl Gone Viral,” as well as her influences and her thoughts on romance writing.
When my mental health was at its lowest point, I was given a prescription of Prozac. My mood didn’t dip like before, but I wasn’t happy, either. I was experiencing an unintended side effect. I was always numb and couldn’t even focus long enough to string words together.
In my original essay, I focused more on the tragedy of Mike Brown as opposed to the real underlying issues. When I wrote the piece in September 2014, I couldn’t have predicted the massive international response to the case. As I watched the protests, trials, and news stories unfold in the following years, my perception of race, class, and authority figures, in general, changed completely. Brown’s case and its aftermath is an archetype for how America punishes black people for existing and gives non-black people the free reign to do so.
“Mermaid” is my frustration with the poetry community. The voices of minority poets are often relegated to talking about our struggles and issues. We are not published when we want to write about regular topics; we have to constantly tear open our wounds to create content.
On the fiery fields of Anatolia,
She hears the shrill yell of her countrymen.
Lead from another land with the ochre and sand.
She stands at a distance where the metal can’t touch her flesh.
Yet, there is the sweet tinge of fumes and blood as she licks her lips.
This book about the influence of women’s fashion and clothing during Sudan’s colonial period is a timely study for today’s rapidly changing social climate. Marie Grace Brown provides a nuanced account of the impact of politics and economics on Sudanese women during the period of British colonial dominance, from 1899–1956.
If you met Sharmonie Cockayne (pronounced like the word “cocaine”), you would think she’s the busiest woman alive. And you wouldn’t be wrong. The Adelaide native has juggled numerous jobs while solidifying her career.
If you’ve been online in the past few years, you may have seen Julia Gunther’s iconic pictures and not even know it. The German born, Dutch based photographer has an expansive portfolio of work, featuring subjects from multiple countries and locations. Gunther is known for her portraiture. Her continuing magnum opus, Proud Women of Africa, has been featured everywhere from Al-Jazeera and TIME Magazine to Refinery29.
"During the spring of 2018, Amol Jethwani burst into his local political scene. He was a third-year political science major at the University of Florida and a contender for the 21st district Florida House of Representatives seat...Before the August primaries, Jethwani had never run for public office, and what was even more daunting for the young candidate was the fact that there had never been a person of South Asian descent elected to the Florida state legislature – as if running a campaign wasn’t hard enough.
Drunk Magazine caught up with Julius Stukes, the mind behind the wildly funny and equally cringe inducing web series, “Hello, White People.” He’s a man of many talents, ranging from photographer, graphic designer, and videographer. He tells us his inspirations, creative process, and the crazy things white people tell him.