Interview with Art: Pippin Lee Truman

We sat down with animator and illustrative artist Pippin Lee Truman to chat about their artwork, intersectionality, and their advice for fellow artists! Check out the interview below! V: What inspires your artwork? P: I would say that my inspiration mainly comes from the media around me, especially things like comics, because they’re such an…

Word Current: Genderqueer

 Genderqueer: Of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female. The top definition of genderqueer on urbandictionary.com states, “Genderqueer is most commonly used to describe a person who feels that his/her gender identity does not fit into the socially constructed “norms” associated with his/her biological sex.…

Women and Women of Color of Law Enforcement

Us against them. Them against us. Having a gun and a badge creates another category that’s almost untouchable; hard to get into fraternity, a cult, or just another gang that runs the street. The Thin Blue Line. A symbol of solidarity among police officers, the divide between civilians and criminals, and without them there would…

Can a Black Girl Be a Gentrifier?

can a black girl be a gentrifier? i ask myself this a lot these days. no fixed gear bike or constant trips to whole foods. but i wear my horn rimmed warbry parkers and cradle my diana ross and bee gees vinyl records. the blurred line of false individualism and the desire to be above…

A Currency of Their Own

In my wallet, there are only imprinted legacies of dead white men. Every coin I’ve ever exchanged or found has reminded me that I’ve never possessed a relic of spare change embodying a woman. What would it look like if females were predominately featured on American currency? Women are akin to precious metals, which was my…

Black Face, White Lies: The Rachel Dolezal Story

Twitter was in a tizzy Thursday night after Rachel Dolezal was “outed” by her white parents as being a white woman, passing as black. Rachel Dolezal was the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. She’s an adjunct professor of Africana studies at Eastern Washington University. She’s a wife to a black man and…