Keeping your head above water can sometimes seem like an imaginable task. You walk down the street to your service industry job after your evening class, and trying to hold your chin high through clenched jaw despite the whispered insults and vague threats that plague your existence just for being so– it gets exhausting. Trying to speak through fair hands over your mouth and after being told that someone else knows more about your experience than you do– it gets discouraging.

 

Living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and woman, I can attest to the fact that mediums for self-expression are necessary. Art is one of the most powerful ways. While it can at times serve as a vehicle for a message, sometimes you need to wield your pen or paintbrush to escape those problems that consume you on the regular.

 

This project serves as a platform for our expression. No one is going to silence you here.

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-Taneasha White, Founder and Curator for UnSung Literary Magazine

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