Ariell Johnson, owner of Philadelphia-based Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, is bringing a little #blackgirlmagic to comic book culture.
With more than 10 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development work, Charlene A. Carruthers has dedicated much of her life to learning about enacting change and then doing it.
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair.”
Black people (some of us, at least) need to stop thinking that people’s works outweigh their transgressions, especially when those transgressions have ruined other people’s lives in the process.
Usually when people create great things, it’s because they’ve identified a need. They’ve discovered a gap — a space where nothing else like it exists.
This was the case for Juliana “Jewels” Smith, a cultural worker, organizer, writer and educator. She’s also the creator of the comic strip (H)afrocentric, which “stars a posse of disgruntled undergrads of color as they navigate their way through Ronald Reagan University.”
Because introverts are like batteries. We get our energy from within.
In the words of Sister Solange, I got a lot to be mad about.